Hawaii Building Codes

Building Codes References

Hawaii has very minimal state-wide building codes. Codes are adopted and enforced by each specific county.
Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling CodeState Building Code
(IBC 2006)
Structural CodeState Building Code
(IBC 2006)
Plumbing CodeState Plumbing Code
(UPC 2006)
Mechanical CodeAdministrative Rules Title 11, Chapter 39, Air Conditioning & VentilatingJerry Haruno,
(808) 586-4701
Applies to all public buildings
Electrical CodeState Electric Code
(NEC 2008)
Fire/Life Safety CodeHawaii State Fire & Life Safety Code (2010)
(NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code 2006)
Building Dept.
(808) 586-0526
Applies to all buildings except single family dwellings. Adoption at the local level is voluntary.
Accessibility CodeADAAGNo amendments
Applies as a mandatory minimum to public buildings and facilities
Energy CodeASHRAE 90.1 (Hawaii Model Energy Code)
(IECC 2006)
Dept. of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Energy, Resources, and Technology Division, (808) 586-2423
Mandatory for state-owned buildings
Gas CodeNFPA 54, 1988 (State Model Fire Code)Bookstore,
(808) 523-4780
Elective for all buildings
Public Health CodeHawaii Department of Health, Administrative Rules, Title 11Online

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
MechanicalSanitation Branch
Phone: (808) 586-8000
Fax: (808) 586-4729
AccessibilityBen Gorospe, Jr.
Access Coordinator, Architectural Access Committee
Phone: (808) 586-8128
Fax: (808) 586-8219
Phone: (808) 587-2423
Fax: (808) 587-2790
EnvironmentalDepartment of Land & Natural Resources
Health DepartmentHawaii Department of Health
Fire MarshalState Fire Council
Phone: (808) 831-7771
TransportationDept. of Transportation
Boiler InspectorBoiler/Elevator Inspection, HI OSHA Div.
Phone: (808) 586-9141
Fax: (808) 586-9104
Elevator InspectorBoiler/Elevator Inspection, HI OSHA Div.
Phone: (808) 586-9141
Fax: (808) 586-9104
Building codes are also available for these other Hawaii municipalities: