Codes & Links II

9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code – 780 CMR

Includes Specialized Codes and Referenced Standards

Codes of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) and Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.)

The Massachusetts State Building Code consists of a “Base Code” & “Residential Code” sets of amendments to the following 2015 Codes as published by the International Code Council (ICC).

  • International Building Code (IBC) 
  • International Residential Code (IRC) 
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • Portions of the International Fire Code (IFC)

Base Codes  aka Commercial Codes:  All buildings other than one and two family dwellings

Residential Codes   Detached one and two family dwellings (Townhouses 3 stories or less)

Energy Codes Residential and Commercial (Base)

Swimming Pool & Spa Codes

Mechanical Codes  Mechanical systems, ventilation, exhaust and duct systems

  • 2015 International Mechanical Code: 2015 IMC

Sheet Metal Code - Board of Examiners of Sheet Metal Workers: 271 CMR 

Mass Fire Safety Code:  527 CMR

  • M.G.L. Chapter 148  Fire Prevention: Automatic Sprinklers: § 26A, 26A ½, 26G, 26G ½ , 26H, 27A ½

Mass Electrical Code: 2020 National Electric Code:  2020 NFPA 70  with Mass Amendments 527 CMR 12 

Mass Plumbing and Gas Code: 248 CMR - Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters


BBRS: Board of Building Regulations & Standards-780 CMR  Office of Public Safety and Inspections

CMR: Codes of Massachusetts Regulations Index

ICC: International Code Council Public Access

M.G.L.: Massachusetts General Laws

NFPA: National Fire Prevention Association

Ipswich Town Charter & Bylaws

Ipswich Protective Zoning Bylaws (As Amended through May, 2018)  M.G.L. Chapter 40A  Zoning