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 Interpretations 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 Flows 
    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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