The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction adopted the 2018 Kentucky
Building Code (“KBC”) and the 2018 Kentucky Residential Code (“KRC”). The
2018 KBC and the 2018 KRC went into effect on Aug. 22, 2018. The codes
are based on the 2015 International Building Code and the 2015 International
Residential Code, both with Kentucky amendments. The mandatory effective
date for the 2018 KBC and the 2018 KRC will be Jan. 1, 2019.
The adopted Kentucky admendments are as follow:
2018 Kentucky Building Code
2018 Kentucky Residential Code
Welcome to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, a Public Protection Cabinet agency. The agency was established to unite all related functions pertaining to the building industry and to provide a more effective building inspection process. On this website, you will find codes, interpretations, forms, safety tips and information on inspections, continuing education and more. The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of this great Commonwealth. We hope you find our resources useful.
As part of his Red Tape Reduction Initiative, Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the reorganization of eight boards under the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction into one united advisory committee representing all sectors of the industry.
HBC enforces statewide standards for building construction. The agency ensures fire and life safety in existing buildings; licenses/certifies plumbers, electricians, boiler contractors, sprinkler and/or fire alarm contractors and building inspectors. The main DHBC phone number is 502-573-0365, you can reach the specific divisions with the phone numbers below. The department is comprised of the following divisions: