Adopted Building Codes

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What are construction codes and why are they important to you?  Construction codes regulate the design and construction of buildings and the systems that support them.  These codes protect the citizens of Pearland from disasters, weather-related events and structural collapse. The codes also regulate items such as the number of exits in a building, the amount of lighting in emergency conditions, the number of restrooms in a building and energy efficiency requirements.  Before the construction of a building and the associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems can begin, developers are required to submit plans to the city for review.  Once the plans have been found to be in substantial compliance with the codes and local ordinances a permit is then issued for the construction work. Throughout the construction of the building, inspections are scheduled by the contractor in order for city staff to verify substantial compliance with the approved plans, codes and local ordinances.  Only after all inspections have passed is a certificate of occupancy issued which will allow the building or space to be occupied by the end user. City employees work hard to ensure that the citizens of Pearland have safe, sustainable structures where we live, work and play.     


Code Block

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2014 National Electric Code                                                                                                                                         
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
  • 2015 101 Life Safety Code
  • 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards
  • City of Pearland Engineering Design Criteria Manual
  • City of Pearland Uniform Development Code

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Design Criteria (Brazoria County)

  • Wind Load: Texas Department of Insurance Inland II 110 mph (3-sec gust) 2006 International Building Code
  • Soils: Expansive
  • Snow Load: N/A
  • Rain Load for Structures: 4.5 inch/hour
  • Seismic Design Category: A
  • Flood:  Flood Insurance Rate Map Revised September 22, 1999  

Design Criteria (Harris County)

  • Wind Load: Ultimate design wind speed 150 mph 2015 IBC
  • Soils: Expansive
  • Snow Load: N/A
  • Rain Load Structures: 4.5 inch/hour
  • Seismic Design Category: A
  • Flood:  Flood Insurance Rate Map Revised June 18, 2007  

Design Criteria (Fort Bend County)

  • Wind Load: Ultimate design wind speed 150 mph 2015 IBC
  • Soils: Expansive
  • Snow Load: N/A
  • Rain Load for Structures: 4.5 inch/hour
  • Seismic Design Category: A
  • Flood:  Flood Insurance Rate Map Revised April 2, 2014