Codes and Standards

Vermont Adopted Codes and Standards

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

State Rules

Primary State Adopted Codes

  • NFPA 1 Fire Code, 2015 edition
  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, 2015 edition 
  • The International Building Code, IBC, 2015 edition
  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, 2017 edition
  • ICC International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition
  • The National Board Inspection Code, National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors,  2015
  • Current Vermont Adopted Code Information Sheet
  • Fire and Building Code History

A complete list of codes can be found within the rules above

The Codes may be viewed at any of our Regional Offices or if you wish to purchase code books please visit the web site of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Code Council, or the National Board.

Visit NFPA's Codes and Standards Web page for read-only access

Referenced Fire and Building Safety Code Memorandums

Building Energy Standards as administered by the Vermont Department of Public Service

Information for Architects, Designers, and Professional Engineers

Previous Code Editions

Effective  Dates:

2015 Code - 10/10/16 - CURRENT   >   2015 NFPA 101 | 2015 NFPA 1 | 2015 IBC | 2015 NBIC

2012 Code - 11/05/12 - 10/9/16  >   2012 NFPA 101 | 2012 NFPA 1 | 2012 IBC | 2004 NBIC

2006 Code (amended) - 06/01/11 - 11/04/12   >   2006 NFPA 101 | 2006 NFPA 1 | 2006 IBC | 2004 NBIC

2006 Code - 06/15/09 - 05/31/11   >   2006 NFPA 101 | 2006 NFPA 1 | 2006 IBC | 2004 NBIC

2005 Code - 10/22/05 - 06/14/09   >   2003 NFPA 101 | 2003 NFPA 1 | 2003 IBC | 2004 NBIC

1999 Code (amended)- 01/01/03 - 10/21/05   >   1997 NFPA 101 | 1997 NFPA 1 | 1996 BOCA NBC

1999 Code - 04/15/00 - 12/31/02   >   1997 NFPA 101 | 1997 NFPA 1 | 1996 BOCA NBC

1994 Code - 01/11/95 - 04/14/00   >   1994 NFPA 101 | 1992 NFPA 1 | 1987-88s BOCA NBC

1989 Code (amended)- 06/01/92 - 01/10/95 > 1988 NFPA 101 | 1987-88s BOCA NFPC | 1987-88s BOCA NBC

1989 Code - 09/01/89 - 05/31/92   >   1988 NFPA 101 | 1987-88s BOCA NFPC| 1987-88s BOCA NBC

1983 Code - 05/01/83 - 08/31/89   >   1981 NFPA 101 (H, D) | 1981-83s BOCA BFPC | 1981-83s BOCA BBC

1979 Code - 01/01/80 - 04/30/83   >   1976 NFPA 101 | 1976 AIA NBC

1975 Code - 12/23/74 - 12/31/79   >   1973 NFPA 101 | 1967 AIA NBC

1974 Code - 01/01/74 - 12/22/74   >   1973 NFPA 101 | 1967 AIA NBC

1973 Code - 07/11/73 - 12/31/73   >   1970 NFPA 101 | 1967 AIA NBC

 1972 Code - 06/01/72 - 07/10/73   >   1970 NFPA 101 | 1967 AIA NBC

Research available for Codes prior to 1972

AIA -          American Insurance Association
BBC -         Basic Building Code
BFPC  -     BOCA Fire Prevention Code
BOCA -    Building Officials and Code Administrators
H, D -        Health Care, Detention
IBC -          International Building Code
NBC  -       National Building Code
NBIC -      National Board Inspection Code
NFPA -     National Fire Protection Association
NFPC -     National Fire Prevention Code
s -                BOCA Supplement

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