TUCSON, ARIZ. — Tucson is the most recent Arizona jurisdiction to switch its plumbing code to the International Plumbing Code. Approximately 85 Arizona jurisdictions have adopted the IPC, which is also in use by the Arizona Department of Health Services and its Division of Licensing Services, and the Arizona Office of Manufactured Housing. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors bases plumbing contractor licensing exams on the IPC and the International Fuel Gas Code.

“The ever-increasing number of Arizona communities adopting the International Plumbing Code recognizes the code’s water-efficiency provisions as well as its public health advantages,” said ICC Board President Ronald Piester. “In addition to public safety, it also demonstrates the confidence code officials, plumbing inspectors, design professionals, engineers and others in the plumbing industry and business community have expressed to elected officials about the International Plumbing Code’s flexibility, cost-saving advantages and up-to-date provisions.”

The IPC is in use at the state or local level in 34 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, according to voluntary reporting submitted to the Code Council. The IPC benefits the plumbing industry by providing:

·      Performance and prescriptive objectives for plumbing facilities

·      Acceptance of new and innovative products, materials and systems

·      Inclusion of the International Private Sewage Disposal Code, and

·      Coordination with the ICC family of codes and standards

In 1997, the IPC was the first code published by the International Code Council, which this year marks its 10th anniversary operating as a consolidated membership association.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process.