Akron, Ohio Building Codes

Updated : 05/21/2024

Overview

The State of Ohio adopts and enforces a set of statewide mandatory construction codes. The building codes are strictly mandated throughout the state; however, local jurisdictions may adopt additional more stringent provisions so long as they are not in conflict with the state code. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.01(A). Furthermore, jurisdictions may seek variances from the state for certain provisions that are in conflict with the code yet are deemed necessary to secure the health and safety within the local governing authority’s jurisdiction. Id.(C)(2)(b).

The State of Ohio adopts the following codes:

  • The Ohio Building Code – based on the 2021 International Building Code. Ohio Admin. Code 4101.1.
  • The Residential Code of Ohio for One-, Two-, and Three-Family Dwellings – based on the 2018 International Residential Code. Ohio Admin. Code 4101.8.
  • The Ohio Existing Building Code – based on the 2021 International Existing Building Code. Ohio Admin. Code 4101:1-34-01 (adoption and amendments).

Note that the City of Akron Building Department was combined with Summit County Department of Building Standards. See, Summit County, Ohio Building Standards.

Helpful resources for Akron, Ohio include the following.

Residential Building Code

Ohio adopted a statewide mandatory residential code that will control; however, local governments are free to make laws more strict (with some limitations).See PLRB, Ohio Building Codes for more information on state level codes.

Akron adopted the 2018 IRC, statewide with limitations. Note that adoptions usually come with amendments. So, it is important to review those amendments in addition to the unamended model code.

You can find a copy of the model code here.

You can find information about amendments to the model code here.

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2019 Residential Code of Ohio (2018 IRC)(Akron, OH TITLE 19 - BUILDING CODE)

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Drip Edge

Drip Edge: no

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Akron ? Yes
Citation: Ohio Admin. Code 4101.8-3 - 301.2(1) (Design criteria).
Municipal Code https://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4101:8-3-01v1
Comments:

Ohio completed Table 301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria, and indicated that ice barriers are required. Ohio Admin. Code 4101.8-3-01, Table 301.2(1).

Comments

The State of Ohio adopts and enforces a set of statewide mandatory construction codes. The building codes are strictly mandated throughout the state; however, local jurisdictions may adopt additional more stringent provisions so long as they are not in conflict with the state code. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.01(A). Furthermore, jurisdictions may seek variances from the state for certain provisions that are in conflict with the code, yet are deemed necessary to  secure the health and safety within the local governing authority’s jurisdiction. Id.(C)(2)(b).

The State of Ohio adopts the Residential Code of Ohio for One-, Two-, and Three-Family Dwellings – based on the International Residential Code, 2018 edition. Ohio Admin. Code 4101.8.

Drip Edges

State amendments modify the drip-edge provision Sec. R905.2.8.5. The code no longer explicitly requires drip-edges as would be stated in the 2018 IRC. Instead, the code refers to Secs. 903.1 & 905.1, which then refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Ohio Admin. Code 4101:8-9-01 Roof assemblies (905.2.8.5).

Existing Buildings

Existing buildings, meaning buildings that were built in accordance to code at the time of construction, typically merit extra consideration in a current updated code.

There is no mention of the adoption of Appendix J of the 2018 IRC.

Ohio adopted the 2021 International Existing Building Code (IEBC), chapters 2 to 16 and Resource A, with amendments, as the 2024 Ohio Existing Building Code. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.10(A)(1) (authority); Ohio Admin. Code 4101:1-34-01 (adoption and amendments) (Ohio official site has not updated this section as of March 4, 2024); 2024 OEBC.

Commercial Building Code

Akron adopted the 2021 IBC, statewide with limitations. Note that adoptions usually come with amendments. So, it is important to review those amendments in addition to the unamended model code.

You can find a copy of the code here.You can find information about amendments to the model code here.

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2024 Ohio Building Code (2021 IBC)(Akron, OH TITLE 19 - BUILDING CODE)

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Comments

The State of Ohio adopts and enforces a set of statewide mandatory construction codes. The building codes are strictly mandated throughout the state; however, local jurisdictions may adopt additional more stringent provisions so long as they are not in conflict with the state code. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.01(A). Furthermore, jurisdictions may seek variances from the state for certain provisions that are in conflict with the code, yet are deemed necessary to  secure the health and safety within the local governing authority’s jurisdiction. Id.(C)(2)(b).

The State of Ohio adopts the Ohio Building Code – based on the International Building Code, 2021 edition. Ohio Admin. Code 4101.1.

Existing Buildings

Ohio adopted the 2021 International Existing Building Code (IEBC), chapters 2 to 16 and Resource A, with amendments, as the 2024 Ohio Existing Building Code. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3781.10(A)(1) (authority); Ohio Admin. Code 4101:1-34-01 (adoption and amendments) (Ohio official site has not updated this section as of March 4, 2024); 2024 OEBC.

Other Building Codes

Ohio’s building codes contain references to other codes that are applicable as references in limited scope as specified by the building or residential codes. These codes include:

Note that the City of Akron Building Department was combined with Summit County Department of Building Standards. See, Summit County, Ohio Building Standards.