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Public Protection Cabinet

Division of Building Codes Enforcement
Building Codes

The Building Codes section is responsible for reviewing, approving and inspection of buildings and structures that are under the applicability of the Kentucky Building Code (KBC) and other referenced standards. This service is done though reviewing and approving of the construction documents and follow-up field inspections to ensure that the building is constructed in accordance with the approved construction documents.  Jurisdiction responsibilities are divided into state and local inspection in accordance with Section 104.0 of the Kentucky Building Code (KBC).
Jurisdiction Overview

Responsibilities for the enforcement of the KBC are shared between the Division of Building Codes Enforcement and the local government (city or county) building departments. Not all building construction projects require review and inspection by the Division of Building Codes Enforcement. Section 104.15 and 104.16 of the 2013 Kentucky Building Code (Chapter 1, Page 3-4) identifies those buildings that fall under the jurisdiction of the local building department and Section 104.16 identifies those buildings that fall under the plan review and inspection jurisdiction for the Division of Building Codes Enforcement. All construction projects, except single-family dwellings, in those jurisdictions that do not have a local building inspection program, shall be submitted to the Division of Building Codes Enforcement for review and approval prior to the start of a construction project.

Codes Enforced

Commercial Buildings

The 2013 Kentucky Building Code (KBC) went into effect Jan. 1, 2014 for commercial application. The 2013 KBC may be purchased through the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) by calling 1-623-587-9519 or 1-623-587-9354 or going online at  View the 2013 Kentucky Building Code changes to the 2012 International Building Code. 
One- and Two-Family Dwellings

The 2013 Kentucky Residential Code (KRC) went into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The 2013 KRC may also be purchased through NASCLA by calling 1-623-587-9519 or 1-623-587-9354 or going online at All single-family homes built in Kentucky will be reviewed and inspected by the local county or city building official if such an inspection program exists. For those counties or cities that do not have a single-family inspection program, the builder is still required to meet the KRC, but there will not be any building inspections except for the mechanical systems, which will be inspected by the Kentucky Division of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and by the local county electrical inspector. View the 2013 Kentucky Residential Code changes to the 2012 International Residential Code.