Code Adoption Status in the South

Blog Post created by bryan.holland on Sep 8, 2016

Code adoption activity in the southern region continues to progress through the remainder of this year and is expected to remain vibrant through 2017. Following is brief review of the code adoption activity in several states in the southern region.


The Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council unanimously adopted the 2014 NEC on July 26, 2016.  The updated edition was adopted as published, with no state or local amendments. Upon approval of the state legislature, the 2014 NEC is expected to go
into effect on July 1, 2017.  The 2015 I-Codes are also expected to go into effect on this date. 


The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance held a rulemaking hearing to adopt the 2011 NEC on September 27, 2016.  The updated code is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2017. The update to the 2012 I-Codes went into effect on August 4, 2016. 


The Florida Building Commission has scheduled a rule development workshop on December 13, 2016 to complete the
final draft of the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Code.  The updated code includes the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC.  The new code will go into effect on December 31, 2017.


The Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development held a code adoption hearing on September 19, 2016 to review the first draft of the 2015 Virginia Construction Code.  The updated code includes the 2015 I-Codes and 2014 NEC.  Several additional code
hearings will be held in 2017.  The current timeline indicates an effective date of March 1, 2018 for the new code.


Two additional states are expected to begin the code adoption process early next year to update to the 2017 NEC.  This includes the state of Texas and the state of Georgia.


For more up-to-date code adoption information in all 50-states, please subscribe to the NEMA Code Alerts email service at  You can also view the most current NEC and Energy Code adoption maps along
with informational spreadsheets at