To: All Interested Parties
RE: Proposed Code Modifications to the proposed 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Code
This is to inform you that the proposed code amendment cycle to the 6th Edition (2017) update to the Florida Building Code (FBC) will commence July 1, 2015 and will close by midnight August 3, 2015. The draft 6th Edition (2017) update to the Florida Building Code consists of the 2015 International Building Codes (I-Codes) as the foundation and the Florida specific amendments which consist of the state agency regulation, High Velocity Hurricane Zone wind standards and those code provisions mandated by law that are currently existing within the 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code and compiled in documents titled “Florida Supplements to the 2015 I-Codes”. The 2015 I-Codes and Florida supplements are available from the link below.
Florida law was amended in 2011 to eliminate the automatic re-adoption of existing Florida specific amendments into new editions of the FBC. Now, all Florida specific amendments, other than those noted above, must be approved through the same process as newly proposed amendments each time the FBC is updated to a new edition. For more information regarding the code development process and the work plan for the 6th Edition (2017) update to the FBC, please see the link above.
Proposed code modifications are accepted electronically via the www.floridabuilding.org website. All of the information and the steps necessary to submit a modification are done on-line at www.floridabuilding.org through the code modification database. To further familiarize yourself with the modification process, we advise that you take the time to review the list of “Question & Answers” and the “Users Guide” which are available from the following link:
In order to submit a code change to the 6th Edition (2017) FBC, you must use as a base text for your code change, the 2015 I-Codes and the Florida supplements to the 2015 I-Codes available at the link below:
After reviewing both the 2015 I-Codes and Florida Supplements to the 2015 I- Codes, cut the text of concern and revise as appropriate using legislative format for drafting your proposed code change.
Instructions for submitting a proposed code modification is available from the “Users Guide” stated above.
Fiscal Impact Statement: When submitting a code modification, it is very important that the proponent provides support documentation on how the proposed code change will affect the cost of construction.
Should you have any questions, please call us at 850-487-1824. Thank you very much for your work in the development of the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Code.