Tempe, Arizona Building Codes

Updated : 04/22/2024

Overview

Tempe, AZ adopts the following codes:

  • The International Building Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters I, J, and N. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-200 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Residential Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, B, C, G, H, J, K, P, and Q. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-300 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Existing Building Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, A1 through A5, and B. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-400 (adoption and amendments).
Helpful resources for Tempe, Arizona include the following.

Residential Building Code

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

Tempe adopted the 2018 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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2018 IRC(Tempe, AZ ARTICLE III. - 2018 INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE)

...Footnotes: --- (3) --- Editor's note— Ord. No. O2018.59 , §§ 1, 4, adopted August 30, 2018, repealed the former Art. III., § 8-300, and enacted a new Art. III as set out herein. The former Art. III pertained to similar subject matter and derived from Ord. No. 2011...

Drip Edge

Drip Edge: yes

Ice Barrier

Are ice barriers required for Tempe ? No
Citation: Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-300.
Municipal Code https://library.municode.com/az/tempe/codes/city_code?nodeId=CH8BUBURE_ARTIII2018INRECO_S8-300ADWHFIAM
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Table R301.2 (1)

CLIMATIC AND GEOGRAPHICAL DESIGN CRITERIA

Ground Snow Load Wind Design Seismic Design Category g Subject To Damage From Winter Design Temp e Ice
Barrier
Under-
Layment
Required h
Flood Hazards g Air
Freezing
Index i
Mean Annual Temp. j
Speed d (mph) Topographic effects k Special wind region l Windborne debris zone m Weathering a Frost line depth b Termite c
0 115 No No No C Negligible 12
inches
moderate to heavy 34 0 F No See Maricopa County N/A 71.2°

Comments

Tempe, AZ adopts the International Residential Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, B, C, G, H, J, K, P, and Q. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-300 (adoption and amendments).

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.

Refer to Appendix J of the adopted 2018 IRC.

Commercial Building Code

Tempe adopted the 2018 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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2018 IBC(Tempe, AZ Sec. 14-16. - Adopted; where filed; amendments.)

...That certain document known as the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, which has been published in book form by the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC), together with appendix chapters B, C and K, three (3) copies of which are on file in the office of the City Clerk, and this same Code is hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof...

Comments

Tempe, AZ adopts the International Building Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters I, J, and N. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-200 (adoption and amendments).

Existing Buildings

Tempe, AZ adopts the International Existing Building Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, A1 through A5, and B. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-400 (adoption and amendments).

Other Building Codes

Tempe, AZ also adopts the following codes:

  • The International Mechanical Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapter A. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-500 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Plumbing Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters B and E. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-600 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Fuel Gas Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters A, B, and C. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-700 (adoption and amendments).
  • The National Electrical Code (NFPA-70), 2017 edition. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-800 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Energy Conservation Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapter CA. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-900 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, 2018 edition. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 8-1000 (adoption and amendments).
  • The International Fire Code, 2018 edition, including Appendix Chapters B, C, and K. Tempe, AZ Muni. Code § 14-16 (adoption) with amendments at § 14-41.