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Do NEC referenced code apply if not adopted by local AHJ?

Question asked by ecockerill on Nov 19, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 25, 2018 by opes

A local AHJ has adopted NEC, IBC, IFC, but no other NFPA code.  NEC references other NFPA codes (NFPA 820, for example).  Does that mean a design professional must comply with all NFPA codes even if not expressly adopted by the AHJ?  (and to head of the obvious answer, the AHJ officer said no, but some design professionals are concerned with liability cause by the reference)