TITLE 14B
BUILDING CODE*
* Editor’s note – Title 14B was added by Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029, Art. III, § 1. This title incorporates provisions of the 2018 International Building Code®, which is published by International Code Council, Inc. (ICC). These provisions are incorporated by reference and not reprinted in the ordinance. A free, read-only document which compiles the model code provisions and amendments adopted by the City of Chicago, hosted by ICC, can be viewed at: https://codes.iccsafe.org/content/CHIBC2019P1. For frequent users of the code, this compiled version of the Chicago Building Code is available for purchase from ICC in print and electronic formats. Provisions governing effective dates for provisions of this title are found in Section 14A-1-105.
   Ch. 14B-1   Scope and Purpose
   Ch. 14B-2   Definitions and Measurements
   Ch. 14B-3   Occupancy Classification and Use
   Ch. 14B-4   Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy
   Ch. 14B-5   General Building Heights and Areas
   Ch. 14B-6   Types of Construction
   Ch. 14B-7   Fire and Smoke Protection Features
   Ch. 14B-8   Interior Finishes
   Ch. 14B-9   Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems
   Ch. 14B-10   Means of Egress
   Ch. 14B-11   Accessibility
   Ch. 14B-12   Interior Environment
   Ch. 14B-13   Energy Efficiency
   Ch. 14B-14   Exterior Walls
   Ch. 14B-15   Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures
   Ch. 14B-16   Structural Design
   Ch. 14B-17   Special Inspections and Tests
   Ch. 14B-18   Soils and Foundations
   Ch. 14B-19   Concrete
   Ch. 14B-20   Aluminum
   Ch. 14B-21   Masonry
   Ch. 14B-22   Steel
   Ch. 14B-23   Wood
   Ch. 14B-24   Glass and Glazing
   Ch. 14B-25   Gypsum Board, Gypsum Panel Products and Plaster
   Ch. 14B-26   Plastic
   Ch. 14B-27   Electrical
   Ch. 14B-28   Mechanical Systems
   Ch. 14B-29   Plumbing Systems
   Ch. 14B-30   Conveyance Devices
   Ch. 14B-31   Special Construction
   Ch. 14B-32   Encroachments into the Public Way
   Ch. 14B-33   Work Site Safety and Operations
   Ch. 14B-34   Reserved
   Ch. 14B-35   Referenced Standards
   Ch. 14B-36   Appendices
CHAPTER 14B-1
SCOPE AND PURPOSE
14B-1-001   Adoption of the International Building Code by reference.
14B-1-002   Citations.
14B-1-003   Global modifications.
14B-1-100   Chapter 1.
14B-1-001  Adoption of the International Building Code by reference.
The International Building Code, 2018 edition, first printing, and all erratum thereto identified by the publisher (hereinafter referred to as “IBC”) is adopted by reference and shall be considered part of the requirements of this title except as modified by the specific provisions of this title.
If a conflict exists between a provision modified by this title and a provision adopted without modification, the modified provision shall control.
14B-1-002  Citations.
Provisions of IBC which are incorporated into this title by reference may be cited as follows:
14B-[IBC chapter number]-[IBC section number]
Provided that the appendices shall be deemed to be part of a new Chapter 36.
14B-1-003  Global modifications.
The following modifications shall apply to each provision of IBC incorporated into this title:
1.   Replace each occurrence of “International Codes” with “Chicago Construction Codes.
2.   Replace each occurrence of “International Building Code” with “Chicago Building Code.”
3.   Replace each occurrence of “ASME A17.1/CSA B44” with “Chapter 3 of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.”
4.   Replace each occurrence of “NFPA 70” with “the Chicago Electrical Code.”
5.   Replace each occurrence of “International Fire Code” with “Chicago Fire Prevention Code.”
6.   Replace each occurrence of “International Fuel Gas Code” with “Chicago Fuel Gas Code.”
7.   Replace each occurrence of “International Mechanical Code” with “Chicago Mechanical Code.”
8.   Replace each occurrence of “International Energy Conservation Code” with “Chicago Energy Conservation Code.”
9.   Replace each occurrence of “International Plumbing Code” with “Chicago Plumbing Code.”
10.   Replace each occurrence of “International Existing Building Code” with “Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code.”
11.   Replace each occurrence of “International Property Maintenance Code” with “Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings.”
12.   Delete each bracketed designation of ICC code development committee responsibility preceding a section number.
14B-1-100  Chapter 1.
The provisions of Chapter 1 of IBC are not adopted. The following is adopted as Chapter 1:
CHAPTER 1. SCOPE AND PURPOSE
101. GENERAL
101.1 Title.
This Title 14B of the Municipal Code of Chicago shall be known as the Chicago Building Code, hereinafter referred to as “this code.”
101.2 Scope.
The provisions of this code shall apply to the initial construction of buildings and structures and to other building- and property-related activities, including demolition, maintenance and rehabilitation, as specifically referenced in the other Chicago Construction Codes.
101.3 Intent.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements to provide a reasonable level of safety, public health and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire, explosion and other hazards, and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.”