Answered By: Vicky Gannon
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2016     Views: 1834

 The New York State Library has a webpage which includes some useful history of the various buliding codes adopted by NYS.  Another resource which helped was the Department of State, Office of Legal Counsel Legal Memorandum LG07 The Uniform Code and Local Authority. Both of these sources gave me a clearer sense of what I would be looking for in order to answer your question.

I did some searches in the catalog of the New York State Library and Worldcat, and here is what I found:

  • Here is a link to the 1954 Code in PDF format http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/business/Code_manual_state_building_construction_1954_June_01.pdf (I found this in WorldCat by doing a title search for : state building code, combined with a keyword search for : new york, and limited the year to 1954.  There are other documents listed in the search result, so if the PDF link above is not what you are looking for, you may find what you are looking for via the Worldcat search listed here.)
  • Here is a link to the 1984 Code in PDF format http://www.libraryweb.org/~digitized/business/New_York_State_uniform_fire_prevention_and_building_code_1984_January_1.pdf (I found this in Worldcat by doing a title search for: uniform building code, combined with a keyword search for : new york, and limited the year to 1984. There are other documents listed in the search result, so if the PDF link above is not what you are looking for, you may find what you are looking for via the Worldcat search listed here.)
  • As noted in the New York State Library webpage and Memorandum LG07 The Uniform Code and Local Authority, effective January 1, 2003, New York State's Building Code is based on the model code developed by the International Code Council.  With this revised format, the code was published in separate volumes: Building Code, Fire Code, Fuel Gas Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, and the Property Maintenance Code.  Unfortunately, we do not have the 2003 version of these codes. We do have the 2007 (KFN 5035 2007 .A22  stacks) and 2010 (KFN 5035 2010 .A22) versions and the 2010 code is available online. If you can identify the volume in which your citation will appear, we can request a photocopy of that portion of the code from another library via Interlibrary Loan.  Please note when making your request that although  these codes are dated as 2003, for purposes of searching for them in a library catalog, the codes were acutally published in 2002.

I hope that this information is helpful. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

- Vicky Gannon