Codes and Standards

Part 1: Intent

The primary intent of the building laws are to provide regulatory controls to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural design, means of egress facilities, sanitation, adequate light, ventilation, and energy conservation. By removing substandard work and hazards attributed to the built environment, they provide safety to life, property, and emergency responders.

Part 2: Current Adopted Codes & Standards

  1. North Dakota State Building Code and Amendments 2015
  2. International Building Code (IBC) and Amendments 2015
  3. International Residential Code (IRC) and Amendments 2015
  4. International Fire Code (IFC) 2015
  5. National Electrical Code (NEC) and North Dakota Wiring Standards 2014
  6. International Mechanical Code (IMC) 2015
  7. North Dakota State Plumbing Code (UPC) 2014
  8. International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2015
  9. International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) 2015
  10. City of Minot Zoning Ordinances and Zoning Supplement 2015
  11. ICC A117.1 Accessibility Codes 2009
  12. City of Minot – Code of Ordinances, Chapter 9 Building & Housing
      • Article I‐ Building Codes
        Division 1, International Building Code
        Division 2, International Residential Code
        Division 3, Uniform Sign Code
      • Article II‐ Dangerous Buildings
      • Article III‐ Moving Buildings
      • Article IV‐ Excavating & Water Run‐Off Control
      • Article V‐ Housing Code
13. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Chapter 12, Electrical Code
14. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Chapter 13, Fire Protection
15. City of Minot Code of Ordinance, Chapter 15, Gas Licensing
      • Article VI
        Section 15‐031, International Fuel Gas Code Adopted 
        Section 15‐032, Amendments to IFGC

16. City of Minot Code of Ordinance, Chapter 17, Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
17. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Chapter 25, Planning and Zoning
18. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Chapter 26, Plumbing
19. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Appendix C‐ Annexations
20. City of Minot Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8, Type of Licenses Ordinances
21. City of Minot City Council Resolutions:
      • Resolution 2743, Planning Fees
      • Resolution 2584, Permitting Fees
      • Resolution 2019, Excavation Fees

Part 3: Applicability

These codes and standards apply to the construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use, occupancy, location, maintenance, removal, demolition, relocation of every building or structure, and any appurtenances connected or attached to it.

Part 4: Document Submittal

Submittal documents consisting of final construction documents, statement of  special inspections, geotechnical reports, and other data shall be submitted to the Inspections Department in two hard copies and in an electronic format, such as CD or flash drive for each permit application as indicated in Chapter 3 “Commercial Plan Review” of this guide. Additional sets shall be provided to the Engineering, Planning, and Public Works Departments as required for their review. Please contact these departments directly or refer to the City of Minot Engineering web site.

Part 5: Design Professional in Charge

All construction documents shall be prepared by design professionals registered in the State of North Dakota in their respective disciplines, including: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, land surveyors, and as indicated in the following laws and policies:

  • Current version of IBC, Sections 107, “Submittal Documents”
  • City of Minot ND, Code of Ordinances, IBC Amendment Sections 9‐1 and 9‐2, of current IBC version.
  • Chapter 3 of this guide “Commercial Plan Review”

Part 6: Signature on Construction Documents, Reports, Surveys

Construction documents; hard copy, and electronic sets shall be wet signed and sealed, and electronically signed by the registered design professional who prepared the drawings in accordance with the applicable ND Century Code professional practice laws, and the State of ND


Boards of Professional Practice guidelines for architects, landscape architects, engineers, and land surveyors. For more details refer to:

  • ND Century Code Article 8‐06, Chapter 8‐06‐01 “Architect’s or Landscape Architect’s Stamp”.
  • ND Century Code Chapter 28‐0.2.1‐08 “Certificates & Seals” for Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Please refer to Chapter 3 “Commercial Plan Review” of this guide for detailed description of the building permit submittal documents and the permitting process.