Building Plan Review Section

The Building Plan Review Section reviews building permit applications for compliance with the adopted building code and energy conservation code.

Codes Enforced

An administrative grace period from November 13, 2020, to August 31, 2021, has been applied to the enforcement of the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC).

The County of Maui is required to adopt the 2018 IBC and 2018 IRC by August 31, 2021.  We are currently working on the draft ordinance amendments to adopt these two codes and the 2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) prior to the August 31, 2021, deadline.

Projects may continue to be designed to the 2006 IBC and 2006 IRC, in accordance with Chapter 16.26B – Building Code and Chapter 16.08A – Residential Code of the Maui County Code, respectively.

Or your project may be designed to the 2012 IBC and 2012 IRC, as amended and adopted by the State of Hawaii.  Projects are required to comply with the administrative, permitting, and inspection provisions in Chapter 16.26B (2006 IBC) Maui County Code, since the State of Hawaii adopted codes do not contain these requirements.  Here are the pdf links to these two State adopted codes:

Hawaii State Residential Code 2012 IRC adopted 11-13-2018
Hawaii State Building Code 2012 IBC adopted 11-13-2018

If you have any questions, please email the Building Plans Review Section at or call (808) 270-7236.

External Links:

I-Codes Building Codes

ICC Store


Additional Information

International Code Council
Learn more about the International Code Council by visiting their website. Code books and other publications can be purchased at the ICC Store.

State Building Code Council
Act 82, SLH 2007 (the Act) created the State Building Code Council (the Council) which is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Service. The purpose of the Council is to establish a state building code which would eliminate the fragmented building requirements which currently exist between counties. The state building code would include the latest fire code as adopted by the State Fire Council, the latest edition of the International Building Code, the latest edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code, and Hawaii design standards to implement Act 5, Special Session Laws, 2005 as applicable to emergency shelters and essential government facilities.

Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB)
The Building Plans Review Section requires a "Document Review" compliance letter from DCAB for all State of Hawaii and County of Maui projects prior to the issuance of a building permit.