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ICC: Commercial Building Code Violations


The International Code Council’s 2019 Common Code Noncompliance Survey Report ranks the top commercial building code violations in construction-related trades, and details the reasons behind the violations. Building inspectors rank the top causes for issues and the categories of work where they most commonly take place:

  1. Workers that don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. A contractor’s lack of code knowledge.
  3. Cost-cutting, such as using substandard building materials that don’t meet local requirements.
  4. Lack of coordination between trades.
  5. Damage to a trade’s work.
  6. Inadequate manufacturer’s instructions.

As for code violations, the inspectors responded that the most common breaches fell under several major categories of work.

  • Plans
  • Sitework/Foundation
  • Framing
  • Building envelope
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing
  • Stairs/Railing
  • Safety

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