The Department of Public Safety and the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) are pleased to announce the completion of the Seventh Edition Basic Building Code (780 CMR).

The Seventh Edition Massachusetts Basic Building Code addresses all building USES except One- and Two-Family detached buildings and is based on the ICC International Building Code-2003 (IBC-2003) with measurable Massachusetts modifications, particularly, but not exclusively, to: Chapters 1, 4, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, portions of 21 and 22, 23, 34 and the appendices.

In addition, the Seventh Edition Massachusetts Basic Building Code refers the User to applicable Massachusetts Specialty Construction Codes where certain IBC-2003 Chapters otherwise speak to electrical wiring, plumbing and gas-fitting, elevator machine regulations, fire prevention regulations, architectural access matters, pressure vessel requirements and certain environmental requirements that otherwise, individually or collectively, can impact building construction.

The Seventh Edition Basic Building Code will bear a September 1, 2008 effective date and as a matter of BBRS policy, there will be a six (6) month concurrency period allowed following the 9/1/08 effective date where the User may choose to use the Sixth or Seventh Edition of the code (without mixing provisions) to design and/or construct a building. A viable permit application would need to be filed prior to the expiration of the six-month concurrency period for projects designed to the Sixth Edition. If the application is filed after the expiration date, the applicant would need to file appeal(s) to address any inconsistencies between the two codes or redesign to the new code.

The 7 th Edition Basic Building Code is now available at the State House Bookstore (617-727-2834). The Code may be purchased at the Bookstore or by placing an order via US Mail. An order form can be found at http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catidx.htm

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

THE 7 TH EDITION BASIC BUILDING CODE

The Seventh Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code consists of two volumes; one volume (the Basic Code) addressing all building USES except One- and Two-Family detached dwellings and a second volume addressing only One- and Two-Family dwellings referred to as the 7 th Edition Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

The Seventh Edition Massachusetts Building Code Volume addressing only One- and Two-Family detached buildings is based on the ICC International Residential Code (IRC-2003) with significant Massachusetts modifications and has been in full force since 1/1/08.

The Chapters of the two-volume Building Code set are numbered consecutively from 1 to 120, with Chapters 1-50 being dedicated to the Basic Building Code and Chapters 51-99 dedicated to the 7 th Edition Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.

Regulations 110.R1 through 110.R-6 (Chapter 110) and Appendices 120.A through 120.Z (Chapter 120) are shared with both Volumes of the Seventh Edition Massachusetts State Building Code.

Where Massachusetts requirements are different than requirements of the baseline IBC-2003 and IRC-2003, in some case these differences are noted using bold and italicized print. If an entire chapter is unique to Massachusetts then it is identified as \ such at the beginning of the chapter.

UNRESTRICTED CSL EXAM REQUIREMENT TO

UTILIZE THE 7 TH BASIC BUILDING CODE

As the new 7 th Edition Basic Building Code will run concurrent with the present 6 th Edition Building Code for six (6) months commencing 9/1/08, the first time that the new 7 th Edition Basic Building Code (along with the present 7 th Edition Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings) will be required for Unrestricted Construction Supervisor Licensing testing is 3/1/09 and until 3/1/09, the present 6 th Edition Code along with the 7 th Edition Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings are required for Unrestricted Construction Supervisor License testing.