Past Editions of the MA State Building Code

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Seventh Edition (Base Volume)

Forward 

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1: Administration 

Chapter 2: Definitions 

Chapter 3: Use and Occupancy Classification 

Chapter 4: Special Detailed Requirements Based upon Use and Occupancy 

Chapter 5: General Building Heights and Areas 

Chapter 6: Types of Construction 

Chapter 7: Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction 

Chapter 8: Interior Finishes 

Chapter 9: Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems 

Chapter 10: Means of Egress 

Chapter 11: Accessibility 

Chapter 12: Interior Environment 

Chapter 13: Energy Conservation 

Chapter 14: Exterior Walls 

Chapter 15: Roof Assemblies and Roof Top Structures 

Chapter 16: Structural Design 

Chapter 17: Quality Assurance During Construction 

Chapter 18: Foundations and Retaining Walls 

Chapter 19: Concrete 

Chapter 20: Aluminum 

Chapter 21: Masonry 

Chapter 22: Steel 

Chapter 23: Wood 

Chapter 24: Glass and Glazing

Chapter 25: Gypsum Board and Plaster 

Chapter 26: Plastic 

Chapter 27: Electrical 

Chapter 28: Mechanical Systems 

Chapter 29: Plumbing Systems 

Chapter 30: Elevators and Conveying 

Chapter 31: Special Construction 

Chapter 32: Encroachments into the Public Right-of-Way 

Chapter 33: Safeguards During Construction 

Chapter 34: Existing Structures 

Chapter 35: Referenced Standards 

Chapters 36-50: Reserved

Chapter 51-109: See Seventh Edition of MSBC for One and Two Family Dwellings

Chapter 110: Special Regulations 

    R1: Concrete Testing Laboratories Licensing
    R2: Concrete Testing Personnel Licensing
    R3: Manufactured Buildings, Building Components and Mobile Homes
    R4: Use of Native Lumber
    R5: Construction Supervisors
            CSL Scope of Work 
    R6: Registration and Enforcement of Home Improvement Contractor Program
            HIC Regulations Removed from MSBC 
    R7: Certification of Inspectors of Buildings, Building Commissioners, and Local Inspectors
            BO Energy Code Training 
            BO Energy Code Training, Final
            BO Stretch Code Training 

Chapter 120: Appendices

    Appendices A to J 
           AG: Construction in Flood Zones
           AG: Floodplain Construction 
    Appendices K to O 
    Appendix P 
    Appendices Q to Z 
           AX: Fee Schedule Update
           AX: Fee Schedule Update 
           AZ: Townhouse Snow Loads 

Seventh Edition Errata

Seventh Edition (Residential Volume)

Forward

Table of Contents 

Chapter 51: Administration for Single- And Two-Family Dwellings

Chapter 52: Definitions

Chapter 53: Building Planning for Single- And Two-Family Dwellings

Chapter 54: Foundations

Chapter 55: Floors

Chapter 56: Wall Construction

Chapter 57: Wall Covering

Chapter 58: Roof-Ceiling Construction

Chapter 59: Roof Assemblies

Chapter 60: Chimneys, Fireplaces and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances

Chapter 61: Energy Efficiency

Chapter 62: Mechanical Administration

Chapter 63: General Mechanical Requirements

Chapter 64: Heating and Cooling Equipment

Chapter 65: Exhaust Systems

Chapter 66: Duct Systems

Chapter 67: Combustion Air

Chapter 68: Chimneys and Vents

Chapter 69: Special Fuel-Burning Equipment

Chapter 70: Boilers and Water Heaters

Chapter 71: Hydronic Piping

Chapter 72: Special Piping and Storage Systems

Chapter 73: Solar Systems

Chapter 74: Fuel Gas

Chapter 75: Plumbing Administration

Chapter 76: General Plumbing Requirements

Chapter 77: Plumbing Fixtures

Chapter 78: Water Heaters

Chapter 79: Water Supply and Distribution

Chapter 80: Sanitary Drainage

Chapter 81: Vents

Chapter 82: Traps

Chapters 83-92: Electrical Provisions

Chapter 93: Repair, Renovation, Alteration, Addition, Demolition and Change of Use of Existing One- And Two-Family Dwellings

Chapters 94-99: Reserved

Chapter 100: Referenced Standards

Index

    The following are amendments of 780 CMR 51, as promulgated by the BBRS:

Seventh Edition Errata

Sixth Edition

Forward and Acknowledgements 

Table of Contents 

User Guide

Chapter 1: Administration

Chapter 2: Definitions

Chapter 3: Use or Occupancy

Chapter 4: Special Use and Occupancy

Chapter 5: General Building Limitations

Chapter 6: Types of Construction

Chapter 7: Fire Resistant Materials and Construction

Chapter 8: Interior Finishes

Chapter 9: Fire Protection Systems

Chapter 10: Means of Egress

Chapter 11: Accessibility

Chapter 12: Interior Environment

Chapter 13: Energy Conservation

Chapter 14: Exterior Wall Covering

Chapter 15: Roof and Roof Covering

Chapter 16: Structural Loads

Chapter 17: Structural Tests and Inspections

Chapter 18: Foundations and Retaining Walls

Chapter 19: Concrete

Chapter 20: Lightweight Metals

Chapter 21: Masonry

Chapter 22: Steel

Chapter 23: Wood

Chapter 24: Glass and Glazing

Chapter 25: Gypsum Board and Plaster

Chapter 26: Plastic

Chapter 27: Electrical Wiring, Equipment and Systems

Chapter 28: Mechanical Systems

Chapter 29: Plumbing Systems

Chapter 30: Elevators and Conveying Systems

Chapter 31: Special Construction

Chapter 32: Construction in the Right-of-Way

Chapter 33: Site Work, Demolition, and Construction

Chapter 34: Repair, Alteration, Addition and Change of Use of Existing Structures

Chapter 35: Manufactured Buildings, Manufactured Building Components, and Manufactured Housing

Chapter 36: One and Two Family Dwellings

List of Appendices

    A:    Referenced Standards 
    B:    Sample Building Permit Application Forms 
           Official Interpretation 1-85 to 49-98
            Official Interpretation 50-98 
    C:    Recommended Fastening Schedule 
    D:    Guidance for Selection of Foundation Material Classes in Table 1804.3 
    E:    Procedure for Accounting for Series and Parallel Heat
    F:    Reference Data for Repair, Addition, and Change of Use of Existing Buildings 
    G:    Unit Dead Loads for Design Purposes 
    H:    Historic Buildings 
    I:    Independent Structural Engineering Review 
    J:    Energy Provisions
                Pages 753 - 762 
                Pages 769.1 - 760.32 
    K:    Floor Protector Thermal Conductivity Calculations 
    L:    Schedule of Fees 

Special Rules and Regulations

    R1: Concrete Testing Laboratories Licensing 
    R2: Concrete Testing Personnel Licensing 
    R3: Manufactured Buildings, Building Components and Mobile Homes 
    R4: Use of Native Lumber 
    R5: Construction Supervisors 
    R6: Registration and Enforcement of Home Improvement Contractor Program 
    R7: Certification of Inspectors of Buildings, Building Commissioners, and Local Inspectors

Fifth Edition

Forward and Acknowledgments 

Table of Contents 

Chapters 1 through 9 

Chapters 10 through 34 

Appendices 

Index 

Fourth Edition

Forward, Acknowledgements and Amendments 

Table of Contents 

Chapters 1 through 10 

Chapters 11 through 21 

Index 

Third Edition

Second Edition

Forward and Acknowledgements 

Table of Contents 

Articles 1 through 8 

Articles 9 through 19 

Article 20 

Appendix 

Index 

First Edition

Forward and Acknowledgements 

Table of Contents 

Articles 1 through 7 

Articles 8 through 20 

Appendix 

Index 

 

 

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