Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education International Building Code 2021 effective January 1, 2023

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Arkansas school districts are reminded that effective January 1, 2023, the State of Arkansas will change to the IBC (International Building Code) 2021, which will supersede IBC 2012.  This will apply to all new construction for Group E occupancies including new schools, and additions and total renovations, where applicable.

Per Sec. 423.5, all Group E occupancies with an occupant load of 50 or more shall have a storm shelter constructed in accordance with ICC 500.

Please refer to attached code IBC 2021 Section 423 – Storm Shelters.

Any questions may be directed to Dennis Free at the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Dennis Free

Arkansas State Fire Inspector

(501) 618-8640       Telephone    

(501) 519-3803       Cell Phone



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