The Latest Scoop on the 9th Edition of 780 CMR

The 9th Edition of 780 CMR, which is an amended version of the 2015 International Building Code, is on the cusp of adoption. Code Red Consultants attended the Board of Building Regulations & Standards (BBRS) meeting on September 12th to get the latest information. Here’s what we learned:

  • The 9th Edition is expected to be adopted on October 9, 2017.
  • There will be a shortened concurrency period until December 31, 2017 where either the 8th or the 9th Edition may be utilized. The effective date is based on when the permit package is submitted.
  • As of January 1, 2018, the 9th Edition will be solely adopted.
  • The latest amendments to the 9th Edition can be found here: Note that this version is from February 2017 and therefore changes should be anticipated in final adopted version.

We understand this is big news and doesn’t give much time to prepare for the impending new code adoption. Contact us at if you’re interested in us coming into your office for a Significant Changes in the 9th Edition presentation. A focus will be given to those code changes which will be most impactful on the design, cost, and schedule of your future projects.

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