The ninth edition building code was filed with the Secretary of State on Friday, October 6, 2017, and will, therefore, become first effective on October 20th.
During their October 10th meeting, members of the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) debated whether or not to move the full force and effect date of the code due to a shortened concurrency period, but decided to hold firm with the January 1, 2018, date. Consequently, building permit applications for projects utilizing eighth edition code provisions will need to be filed on or before December 31, 2017. Applications received on or after January 1, 2018, where the project has been designed to the eighth edition, shall be returned to the applicant. The applicant will either need to revise construction documents to comply with ninth edition standards or seek relief through the Building Code Appeals Board (BCAB).
The New code is based on the 2015 Internation Building Code, with the Massachusetts amendments.
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