Evanston, Illinois Building Codes

Updated : 04/29/2024

Overview

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-9-1 (adoption) and § 4-9-2 (amendments). Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Building Code (IBC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-2-1 (adoption) and § 4-2-2 (amendments). 

Helpful resources for Evanston, Illinois include the following.

Residential Building Code

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

Evanston adopted the 2021 IRC, locally. 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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2021 IRC(Evanston, IL 4-9-1. - ADOPTION.)

...than the rules and regulations contained in the 2021 International Residential Code adopted hereby, are expressly excluded from this Chapter. (B) Any reference in the 2021 International Residential Code to "Administrative Authority," "Building Official"...

Drip Edge

Drip Edge: yes

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Evanston ? Undetermined
Comments:

No amendments to Table R301.2(1) were found in the municipal code or city website; Therefore, it is unclear if ice barrier underlayment is required.

Government Officials
Last Name First Name Title E-mail Phone Note
Gerdes Gary Division Manager, Building and Inspection Services ggerdes@cityofevanston.org 847/448.8030

Comments

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Residential Code (IRC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-9-1 (adoption) and § 4-9-2 (amendments).

R313.1.1: Design and Installation: Automatic residential sprinkler systems for townhouses shall be designed and installed in accordance with NFPA 13D.

R313.2.1: Design and Installation: Automatic residential sprinkler systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with NFPA 13D.

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.

Evanston, Illinois, did not adopt the IEBC.

Commercial Building Code

Evanston adopted the 2021 IBC, locally. 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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See Muni. Code(Evanston, IL Municipal Code)

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Comments

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Building Code (IBC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-2-1 (adoption) and § 4-2-2 (amendments). 

Existing Buildings

Evanston, Illinois, did not adopt the IEBC.

Other Building Codes

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2014 Illinois Plumbing Code, with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-5-1 (adoption) and § 4-5-2 (amendments).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Mechanical Code (IMC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-7-1 (adoption) and § 4-7-2 (amendments).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-17-1 (adoption) and § 4-17-2 (amendments).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2020 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-6-1 (adoption) and § 4-6-3 (amendments). 

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-4-1 (adoption) and § 4-4-2 (amendments).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Fire Code (IFC), with amendments. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-4-1 (adoption) and § 4-4-2 (amendments).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 4-19-1 (adoption).

Evanston, Illinois, adopted the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code. Evanston, IL, Muni. Code § 5-1-1 (adoption) and § 5-1-3 (amendments).