The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) produces over 300 standards and one code, the NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code (an alternative to the IBC that is rarely adopted).
While the NFPA documents can be adopted locally, they are typically enacted indirectly by reference- in the I-Codes. This means that the document is not independently vetted at the time of adoption, but rather is included in an I-Code during the code’s development process. Unless otherwise noted, the codes and standards referenced in an I-Code become part of the jurisdictional compliance requirements at the time such code is adopted. I-Codes may include dozens of references to other codes and standards.
NMHC/NAA closely monitor and participate in the development of the following NFPA codes and standards:
Like ICC, NFPA develops standards using the ANSI consensus process; although, the procedure differs slightly. NFPA documents are updated on a three-year cycle. Anyone can submit proposed changes; however, participation is limited to committee members unless specific permission is asked for and granted prior to the committee meeting.
NFPA Codes and Standards Development Timelines
NMHC/NAA NFPA Committee Appointments