2018 International Codes
You can cast the deciding votes on the 2018 International Codes by computer without attending the hearings or leaving your desk, but, in order to vote, you must be a verified ICC governmental voter by Monday, September 19, 2016.
by Lee Schwartz, Executive Vice President for Government
Relations, Home Builders Association of Michigan
Here’s How It Works

In November, after the October Public Comment Hearings (formerly the Final Action Hearings) are over, the ICC will begin its Online Governmental Consensus Vote (OGCV). For a two-week period (November 7-21) verified governmental voters can log into the cdpACCESS website and begin voting on the proposed changes to the 2018 I-codes. The website will have the actual language of the change; all relevant information about the proposal, an overview of everything that happened at the hearings and streaming video that can be paused, reversed, and picked up at any time.

You don’t have to vote all at once. You can spread your voting over the 14 days. You don’t have to vote on every proposed change. You can change your vote right up until the voting closes. But you have to be a verified voter by Monday, September 19th.

Each jurisdiction is allotted either 4, 8 or 12 voters depending on population. In addition to building department staff, members of a local Construction Board of Appeals are also eligible to be voters as are elected officials. An easy-to-follow guide from ICC to becoming a verified governmental voter is enclosed. If you need help in finding out the name of your primary contact or if you run into any other problems, contact ICC’s member service department at 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 33804 or at members@iccsafe.org.

Your on-line vote can make the difference between a reasonable, rational, cost-effective code and one ruled by manufacturers and special interests. We may not always agree on every code requirement but the code is better when building officials and inspectors are involved in its creation. Please make sure you’re a verified governmental voter before the September 19th deadline. l

You have to enforce the code. Shouldn’t you help write it as well?

It’s time for you to be heard from again.