Code of the District of Columbia

§ 6–1404. Intent.

The Construction Codes shall be construed to secure their expressed intent, which is to ensure public safety, health, and welfare by regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of premises, buildings, and structures, and mechanical, plumbing, fuel gas and electrical equipment and systems, including by providing standards for structural strength, energy and water conservation, accessibility to persons with disabilities, adequate egress facilities, sanitary equipment, light, ventilation, and fire safety, and the issuance of permits, and, in general, to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the design, construction, erection, repair, removal, demolition, maintenance, use, and occupancy of buildings, structures, and premises, and related equipment and systems.


(Mar. 21, 1987, D.C. Law 6-216, § 5, 34 DCR 1072; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-305, § 22, 53 DCR 6198; May 18, 2016, D.C. Law 21-118, § 5(c), 63 DCR 4645.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 5-1304.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-305 substituted “persons with disabilities” for “the physically handicapped”.

Mayor's Orders

Establishment of Building Code Advisory Committee: See Mayor’s Order 89-257, November 7, 1989.