S.B. No. 1458
relating to the adoption of a uniform commercial building code for
use in municipalities in the state.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 214.211, Local Government Code, is
amended by adding Subdivisions (4) and (5) to read as follows:
(4) "International Building Code" means the
International Building Code promulgated by the International Code
(5) "Commercial" means a building for the use or
occupation of people for:
(A) a public purpose or economic gain; or
(B) a residence if the building is a multifamily
residence that is not defined as residential by this section.
SECTION 2. Section 214.213, Local Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 214.213. EXCEPTIONS. (a) The International
Residential Code and the International Building Code do [
apply to the installation and maintenance of electrical wiring and
(b) A municipality is not required to review and consider
adoption of amendments to the International Residential Code or the
International Building Code regarding electrical provisions.
SECTION 3. Section 214.214, Local Government Code, is
amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to
read as follows:
(a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), the [ The] National
Electrical Code, as it existed on May 1, 2001, is adopted as the
municipal [ residential] electrical construction code in this state
and applies to all residential and commercial electrical
(c) The National Electrical Code applies to all commercial
buildings in a municipality for which construction begins on or
after January 1, 2006, and to any alteration, remodeling,
enlargement, or repair of those commercial buildings.
SECTION 4. Subchapter G, Chapter 214, Local Government
Code, is amended by adding Section 214.216 to read as follows:
Sec. 214.216. INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE. (a) To
protect the public health, safety, and welfare, the International
Building Code, as it existed on May 1, 2003, is adopted as a
municipal commercial building code in this state.
(b) The International Building Code applies to all
commercial buildings in a municipality for which construction
begins on or after January 1, 2006, and to any alteration,
remodeling, enlargement, or repair of those commercial buildings.
(c) A municipality may establish procedures:
(1) to adopt local amendments to the International
Building Code; and
(2) for the administration and enforcement of the
International Building Code.
(d) A municipality may review and consider amendments made
by the International Code Council to the International Building
Code after May 1, 2003.
(e) A municipality that has adopted a more stringent
commercial building code before January 1, 2006, is not required to
repeal that code and may adopt future editions of that code.
SECTION 5. Before January 1, 2006, rules shall be
established and other actions taken as necessary by municipalities
to implement Section 214.216, Local Government Code, as added by
SECTION 6. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b) of this
section, this Act takes effect January 1, 2006.
(b) This section and Section 5 of this Act take effect
September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1458 passed the Senate on
May 11, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 28, Nays 3; and that the
Senate concurred in House amendments on May 26, 2005, by the
following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1458 passed the House, with
amendments, on May 23, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House