State: Minnesota

Minnesota Notice of Cancellation of Hearing

Hearing canceled:  possible amendments to rules governing the Minnesota Residential Energy Code

Chapter 1322, Minnesota Residential Energy Code

The Department of Labor and Industry has canceled the hearing scheduled for May 18, 2020, regarding the appropriateness of amending the existing Minnesota Residential Energy Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 1322. The hearing will be rescheduled for a future date and time to be yet determined.


Minnesota – 2020 National Electrical Code adoption delayed

Adoption of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) has been delayed and it will not be effective in Minnesota on July 1, 2020, as anticipated. The Board of Electricity received 25 valid requests for hearing regarding the adoption of the 2020 NEC. That hearing has been rescheduled to Aug. 19, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (more…)

Minnesota Rulemaking notice: Proposed amendment of Rules, Chapter 1322

Adoption of the 2018 edition of the Minnesota Residential Energy Codes with amendments

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry will conduct a public hearing at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, for the purposes of taking public comment and testimony regarding the appropriateness of amending the existing Minnesota (more…)

2020 Minnesota State Building Code adoption
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


Minnesota Board of Electricity Rulemaking Notice

Please find the notification below as received from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry regarding the intent to adopt the 2020 edition of the National Electrical Code. The Dual Notice, proposed rules and Statement of Need and Reasonableness, along with other information about the status of the rulemaking, are available in the rulemaking docket. The code update will go into effect without a public hearing unless 25 or more persons request a hearing and a notice of hearing if 25 or more requests for hearing are received. The comment period for this rulemaking ends at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Please see rulemaking docket for additional instruction on written comments, questions and requests. (more…)

IIBC 2019 Summary of Actions

See BU – IIBC 2019 Actions bulletin describing the actions taken by the Commission during the July 2019 annual meeting. They include:

  • Imposition of administrative fees for returned labels
  • Clarification on MRR provisions exempted by a CA program waiver (Formal Interpretation 19-01)
  • Recognition of accredited Product Certification Agencies (Formal Technical Opinion 19-01)


Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Minnesota Rules – Amendments to Elevators and Related Devices

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry requests comments on its possible amendment to Minnesota Rules, chapter 1307, “Elevators and Related Devices.” The existing Minnesota Rules chapter 1307 incorporates chapter 30 of the 2012 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) and incorporates by reference several standards published by the American Society (more…)

Minnesota Adoption of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code, Commercial Provisions

Chapter 1323, Minnesota Commercial Energy Code

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry intends to adopt permanent rules governing the adoption of the commercial provisions of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 1323. (more…)

Minnesota Adoption of the 2018 International Residential Code

Chapter 1309, Minnesota Residential Code

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry intends to adopt permanent rules governing the adoption of the 2018 edition of the International Residential Code, Minnesota Rules, chapter 1309.

The following document related to this rulemaking will be published in the Sept. 16, 2019, edition of the State Register: (more…)

Minnesota Rules – Amendment to Simplified Wind Loads

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry intends to adopt permanent rules amending existing Minnesota Rules, part 1303.2200 (Simplified Wind Loads). The following documents related to this rulemaking will be published in the July 29, 2019, edition of the State Register: (more…)

Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry Newsletter Highlights

One item covered in the newsletter is the adoption process for the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code. The Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) met June 21, 2018, to review a report from Technical Advisory Groups about seven of the 2018 I-Codes and the administrative requirements of the State Building Code. With the exception of the model residential energy code, the CCAC recommended DLI move forward with the adoption of the 2018 I-Codes with amendments (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)

Minnesota 2018 International Model Codes Review with CCAC

The “2018 International Model Codes Review” is attached, as received from the state of Minnesota.  This report summarizes the findings of the Technical Advisory Groups, public comments received between May 15 and June 1, 2018, and comments and concerns received at the CCAC meeting on June 21, 2018.  Please note, however, that recommendations on adoption of the Residential Energy Code, Chapter 1322, are included here for informational purposes but were not discussed at the CCAC meeting. (more…)