On Jan 26, 2022, Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRR) officially approved as final updates to the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) by adopting nearly all provisions of the 2018 International Code Council’s model codes, as directed by the UCC Review and Advisory Council

This rulemaking amends 34 Pa. Code, Part XIV, Chapters 401 and 403. 

On December 15, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) filed the final-omitted regulations, updating chapters 401 and 403 of the PA UCC with the IRC. The 2018 ICC codes as amended by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania go into effect on February 14, 2022. Details of the adoption, including sections that were excluded, or amended can be found at: https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/Documents/ICC-Code-Review-2018-Final-Report.pdf

Please remember that in accordance with Section 304 (c) Prior permits, contracts, and construction, of Act
45 of 1999 as amended, subsection (4):

Where a design or construction contract was signed before the effective date of regulations for a
subsequent Uniform Construction Code or International Fuel Gas Code issued under this act, the permit
may be issued under the Uniform Construction Code or International Fuel Gas Code in effect at the time
the design or construction contract was signed if the permit is applied for within six months of the
effective date of the regulation
or the period specified by a municipal ordinance, whichever is less.

35 P.S. § 7210.304(c)(4) (emphasis added).

The effective date is February 14, 2022.