Minnesota 2020 State Building Code adoption

March 31, 2020
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, six new Minnesota construction codes are scheduled to take effect. Although this adoption is occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction industry has been fully engaged in the process of developing changes to the new codes over the past two years and are anticipating their implementation.

Currently, many architects, engineers, and other building designers either have or are in the process of preparing designs in accordance with the new codes. The industry has also been providing training about changes the past few months, prior to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. The department’s spring training educational seminars will be provided in an online format in the coming weeks.
Anyone who is facing challenges related to the adoption of the new codes should contact the department and we will work to assist them.
These new codes apply to permit applications made on or after March 31 with the exception of the Minnesota Mechanical Code that takes effect on April 6, 2020.
The Minnesota Fire Code also goes into effect on March 31, 2020.
New codes effective March 31, 2020
The following codes have been approved for adoption:

2020 Minnesota Conservation Code for Existing Buildings

2020 Minnesota Residential Code

2020 Minnesota Building Code

2020 Minnesota Energy Code

Note: The 2015 Minnesota Residential Energy Code remains in effect.

2020 Minnesota Accessibility Code

2020 Minnesota Mechanical/Fuel Gas Code – Effective April 6, 2020

2020 Minnesota State Fire Code