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Cole County, Missouri Building Codes

Updated : 04/22/2024


"Cole County adopted Building Codes in 1999. The codes were adopted for the purpose of promoting the public safety, health and general welfare, to protect life and property and to prevent the construction of fire hazardous buildings. In 2003 the County Commission adopted the latest version of codes from the International Code Council. Specific versions of building codes in effect can be seen below.  Reference materials can be purchased directly from the ICC website at Reference materials can be purchased directly from the ICC website.  Besides these codes Cole County uses a fee schedule calculated from the current RS Means Building Construction Cost Data.

State Statute (Sec. 327.101) requires architect or engineer sealed plans for commercial buildings( including for any structure that is intended for residential containing more than two dwelling units).

Cole County has adopted the following codes:

  • 2000 International Building Code
  • 2000 International Residential Code
  • 2000 International Plumbing Code
  • 2002 National Electrical Code"

See https://www.colecounty.org/280/Building-Permits (accessed 4/24/2020).



Helpful resources for Cole County, Missouri include the following.

Residential Building Code

Missouri has yet to adopt a statewide residential code. Local laws will control.See PLRB, Missouri Building Codes for more information on state level codes.

Cole County adopted the 2000 IRC, statewide. 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.

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Drip Edge

Drip Edge: undetermined

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Cole County ? Undetermined

Commercial Building Code

Cole County adopted a code that is yet to be identified .Please contact PLRB if you would like us to research this for you.

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