Building and Rehabilitation Code

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Please Be Advised: The City Planning & Development Department is preparing the periodic update of the Kansas City Building & Rehabilitation Code (KCBRC) – Code of Ordinances Chapter 18.  The KCBRC provides the technical and administrative requirements applicable to private development construction.  On June 18, 2020, City Council approved an update to the current 2018 edition of the International Building Code, and the other associated codes and standards. However, council elected to delay the update to the energycode until the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code is released. Visit the Building Code Update page for more information and draft documents.

The Kansas City Building and Rehabilitation Code outlines the minimum requirements for construction within the City of Kansas City, Mo. It is designed to safeguard the public’s health and general welfare as buildings are constructed.

City Council adopted an update to the code with Ordinance 120375,  Chapter 18. This update includes the most recent versions of previously adopted model codes, including the 2012 International Building Code.

The International Code Council provides the complete content of the various international codes.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials provides the complete content of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

The National Fire Protection Association provides complete content of all standards. Click on the standard you wish to view; then click the Free Access link. Consult the adopted codes to determine which standards and editions are adopted by reference.

All local amendments to the adopted model codes are below.

2012 Code Package (Effective June 3, 2012)

Table of Contents
Article 1: In General
Article 2: Building Code
Article 3: One- and Two-Family Dwellings
Article 4: Electrical Code
Article 5: Fuel Gas Code
Article 6: Mechanical Code
Article 7: Plumbing Code
Article 8: Private Sewage Disposal Code
Article 9: Elevators and Conveying Systems
Article 10: Signs
Article 11: Underground Space
Article 12: Contractors
Article 13: Existing Building
Article 14: Energy Conservation
Article 15: Blasting
Article 16: Energy Empowerment (This Article is administered by the KCMO Office of Environmental Quality. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Environmental Quality at (816) 513-3462 or See the KC Green page for additional information).

Building Code & Rehabilitation Interpretations
Interpretations remain valid for subsequent editions of the code provided that the interpreted text has not changed in the subsequent code. Interpretations remain valid unless revised or revoked.

Chapter 18 History
This document shows the history of changes to Chapter 18 of the Building Code.