Building Codes & Design Criteria

NOTICE: 2021 Code Adoption | Grace Period Extension

The Town of Erie Board of Trustees adopted the 2021 editions of the International Codes (I- Codes) that became effective Jan. 20, 2023.

  • An April 1, 2023 “grace period” date for compliance was enacted and extended for up to six months to allow for adequate review and adjustment to the 2021 I-Codes, specifically the energy code amendments and residential fire sprinkler provisions.

UPDATE: July 10, 2023

Be advised, the extended “grace period” for compliance to the adopted 2021 I-Codes will expire Sept. 30, 2023.

Building permit applications submitted on and after Oct. 1, 2023, shall be accepted, reviewed, approved, permitted, and inspected for compliance to the 2021 I-Codes and applicable amendments.

Please email with any questions.

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Current Codes

The Town of Erie Board of Trustees adopted the 2023 National Electric Code and new 2021 International Energy Conservation Code amendments on Aug. 22, 2023.

  • REQUIRED: Any and all electrical work permitted in the Town after Sept. 21, 2021 is required to comply with the 2020 NEC.
  • Please also review the 2021 International Code Adoption Ordinance. The Board of Trustees approved the adoption of these codes on Dec. 13, 2022.

2021 International Fire Codes

The Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the adoption of the 2021 International Fire Codes on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. Review the ordinance.

Planning Division Design Criteria

This includes items such as architectural standards, access requirements, and orientation requirements. These requirements are governed by the Unified Development Code as well as individual subdivision development agreements. Development Design Standards.

Please consult with the Planning Division to ensure your project meets these requirements.

Design Criteria

Please design residential projects to comply with the following criteria:

  • Snow load - 30 psf
  • Wind load - 142 mph V(ult)
  • Frost depth - 30 inches
  • Winter design temp - 0 degrees
  • Summer design temp - 91 degrees