Codes and Regulations
Development in the City of Boulder requires conformance with all adopted building codes, all land use regulations, and the city’s design and construction standards. These codes, rules and regulations comprise the minimum standards required for development in the City of Boulder.
Adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes
City Council adopted of the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) suite of codes with local amendments at 4th reading on March 3, 2020. As with previous code updates, the energy code is revised to maintain a code that requires buildings be ~20% more efficient than required by the national code. The effective date is July. 1, 2020. Applications for projects designed to the 2012 ICC Codes and the 2017 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code will be accepted through June 30, 2020. Beginning July 1, 2020, all projects must be designed to meet the 2018 ICC suite of codes and the 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code. A draft of the proposed energy code can be found here .
- Oct. 17, 2019: Planning Board public hearing/recommendation to council
- Nov. 19, 2019: City Council first reading of ordinance
- Jan. 21, 2020: City Council second reading and public hearing on the ordinance
- Feb. 18, 2020: City Council third reading on the ordinance
- March 3, 2020: City Council forth reading on the ordinance
Adopted building codes consist of:
- The International Code Council's (ICC's) 2018 family of codes, with local amendments in Title 10 of the Boulder Revised Code.
- The 2017 National Electrical Code with local amendments in the Boulder Revised Code.
- The 2020 City of Boulder Energy Conservation Code.
The city updates its codes on a regular basis to ensure that the regulations keep pace with changes in the construction industry.
International Code Council (ICC) Codes
The City of Boulder has adopted the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) codes, which went into effect on July 1, 2020. Local amendments are in Title 10 of the Boulder Revised Code.
Local amendments to the ICC family of codes have been kept to a minimum and are defined according to the community vision of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Other sections of the Boulder Revised Code may apply to your project and advance consultation with a Project Specialist is highly recommended.
On March 3, 2020, City Council approved "Ordinance No. 8366" to adopt the 2018 International Codes by reference, with amendments. Select the "Changes to the International Building & Residential Codes" link for more information.
To view printed copies of the building codes, visit the Planning and Development Services (P&DS) Center at 1739 Broadway, third floor. P&DS also has order forms available for customers wishing to purchase the codes. The ICC codes can also be viewed free online here.
The Boulder Revised Code is the charter for the municipal government of the City of Boulder, Colorado.
An online version of the Boulder Revised Code is provided as a public service, but is different in layout, format, and structure from the official Boulder Revised Code. Select the "Boulder Revised Code" link to view the online version.
The official version of the Boulder Revised Code is supplemented and published quarterly in written form, and is available in Central Records at the City of Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway. A printed copy is available at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Boulevard.
- Boulder Revised Code
- Title 9: Land Use Regulation
- Title 9: Land Use Regulation - Table of Contents
- Title 9: Land Use Regulation - Tables & Charts
- Title 10: Structures
- Title 11: Utilities & Airport
Boulder Revised Code Definitions
All civil engineering design must conform to the Design and Construction Standards.
The Design and Construction Standards are intended to protect the public health, safety, and welfare in the provision and maintenance of public improvements within the City of Boulder. These standards apply to the comprehensive design and construction of adequate and functional public improvements associated with developing, redeveloping and subdividing lands and providing necessary right-of-way, transportation, and utility services.