Codes and Standards

Vermont Adopted Codes and Standards

Since 1972 the State of Vermont has adopted nationally recognized safety standards to protect the public from fire and explosion hazards.  Vermont is able to benefit from the research and fire safety experience from experts across the nation in every area of expertise by using nationally recognized safety standards.  The Division of Fire Safety amends the national standards only when necessary to address conditions specific to Vermont.

State Amendments

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State Adopted Codes

  • NFPA 1 Fire Code                                                                     2012 edition
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code                                                    2012 edition 
  • The International Building Code, IBC,                                  2012 edition
  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code                                        2014 edition
  • ICC International Plumbing Code                                         2012 edition
  • The National Board Inspection Code, National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspectors,  2004

Previous Code Editions  

Information for Architects, Designers, and Professional Engineers

        Project Compliance Certificate                            General Plan Submittal Guidelines

        Final Construction Valuation Form                     Minimum Ground Snow Loads Map 

Vermont Building Code Matrix



NFPA 101 - Top 20 Questions and Answers

NFPA just released a white paper about the 2015 edition of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® and it is based on the top 20 questions our engineers are asked through our technical questions service. We compiled the questions and their answers as a resource for NFPA. Download NFPA 101 FAQs.


How to Get a Copy of the Code Books

 The Vermont Division of Fire Safety does not sell code books.

The codes may be viewed at any our regional offices or if you wish to purchase code books please contact:


Visit the web site of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards referenced in our state's statutes and/or regulations.

Review NFPA Codes and Standards Online

As part of its commitment to enhancing public safety through the adoption and enforcement of key ANSI codes and standards, NFPA offers free viewing all of their codes and standards online. Visit

To review NFPA's codes and standards online:

  1. Visit NFPA's Document Information
  2. Select the document you want to review.
  3. On the Document Information tab, scroll down to the heading "View the document online (read only)" and click on the link "view xxxx edition online". Note: you will be asked to "sign-in" on NFPA's Web site in order to view the document online. Please make sure you are viewing the edition that is adopted in Vermont