CODES IN EFFECT
The State of Maine has adopted the 2015 editions of the ICC Codes listed below. Building Permit applications received before April 23, 2018 will be allowed to use EITHER the 2009 or 2015 code editions. All permit applications received after April 23, 2018 MUST use the 2015 Editions of the Building Codes. REMEMBER THE ENERGY CODES DO NOT CHANGE – CONTINUE UTILIZING THE 2009 IECC FOR ALL CONSTRUCTION. ASHRAE 90.1 2013 IS FOR OPTIONAL USE ON ALL CONSTRUCTION EXCEPT LOW-RISE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.
A. Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code "MUBEC" consists of the following codes:
2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
2015 International Building Code (IBC)
2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) remain 2009 for both residential and commercial.
The following STANDARDS are also adopted as part of the MUBEC, but are not mandatory. These are only guidelines should you choose to use them as to how it should be done:
B. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standards:
ASHRAE standards have been updated as of January 23, 2018 to the 2013 standards:
62.1 - 2013 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality)
62.2 - 2013 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)
90.1 - 2013 (Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) editions without addenda.
C. E-1465-2008, Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for the Design and Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings. *The radon standard is now E-1465-08 as of January 23, 2018.
The Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) became effective Statewide on December 1, 2010. This code consists of the main body of the following codes:
- 2009 International Building Code
- 2009 International Residential Code
- 2009 International Existing Building Code
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007. This is also known as the Commercial Energy Standard.
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007 Ventilation of Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
- ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007 Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Buildings
- ASTM E-1465-06 Standard Practice for Radon Control Options for Design & Construction of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings
A complete listing of State-wide amendments to these codes can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/dps/bbcs/
Copies of the above-listed codes may be purchased at:
Copies of all of the codes listed above can be found by visiting the Code Enforcement Office located on the first floor of Saco City Hall during normal business hours.
- 2014 Edition of the National Electric Code (NFPA 70) NFPA Codes can be viewed online at http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/resources/free-access/free-access-widget
- We have adopted a number of amendments. You may download these by following the links below:
Amendments to the Electrical Code
Internal and External Plumbing Codes
- State of Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules
- State of Maine Internal Plumbing Rules. This code is based largely on the 2009 Edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code. Information on the State of Maine Plumbing Code can be found here: http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/plumbers/index.html
In addition, there are many Fire Safety Codes in effect in the State of Maine. For a complete listing of these codes, please follow this link: http://www.maine.gov/dps/fmo/laws/nfpa.html