Arkansas Building and Residential Codes

The 2012 AR Fire Prevention Code, Volumes II and III, are based on the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC).

Building Code Compliance Software for Arkansas

Plan Analyst code compliance software programs make it easy for building officials, architects and other designers to quickly perform commercial and residential building code plan reviews / code studies.  Plan Analyst for the 2012 IBC and Plan Analyst for the 2012 IRC simplifies the plan review / code study process enabling compliance to specific code years. 

This proven software allows modifications to accommodate local amendments, where applicable.  Users have the ability to add code requirements and to add to the checklist.  Changes can be made permanent by changing the data file using the setup section of Plan Analyst, or specific reports can be edited for special conditions.

Plan Analyst Calculators: Deck – Sign – Beam & Column

Plan Analyst Deck, Sign and Beam & Column Calculators are additional simple and effective design and code review software tools that will quickly become your go-to resources when working on associated tasks.

Users of Plan Analyst in Arkansas have included:

City of BentonCanino Peckham & Associates, Inc.
City of GreenwoodCromwell Architects Engineers
City of LowellPolk Stanley Roland Curzon Porter Architects
City of RogersRobert D. Berry, Architects
City of Van BurenWoods Group Architects

Building and Residential Code Resources for Arkansas

Energy Code Compliance Software for Arkansas

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website to see the latest on energy code adoption in Arkansas, including the use of COMcheck and REScheck Energy Code compliance software.

COMcheck enables architects, builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new commercial or high-rise residential buildings, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1.  

REScheck product enables builders, designers, and contractors to determine whether new homes, additions, and alterations meet the requirements of the IECC or a number of state energy codes.

The “Building Codes Assistance Project” also provides information on Arkansas’s building energy codes.

FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking

The FEMA Building Code Adoption Tracking program reports on the status of hazard-resistant building code adoption in each state. Arkansas is in FEMA Region 6. Read the 2022 Region 6 fact sheet showing the annual metric of the percent of communities adopting hazard-resistant building codes in Arkansas.


American Institute of Architects – AIA Arkansas represents architects in the state.  There are just over 1,500 registered and reciprocal architects in Arkansas.

Arkansas has a couple of ICC Chapters.

Arkansas code adoption status on the ICC website