Frequently asked questions about NFPA's CodeFinder® tool

I am looking for information on a specific NFPA code or standard, how do I find it?
If you know the NFPA code or standard number, you can enter it in the SEARCH box. Commonly used codes can also be found by clicking on the words "COMMON CODES" in the upper right. You can also enter the full or partial title of the code or standard into the SEARCH box. 
I only want to see information about NFPA codes and standards used in a particular state or country, how do I do that?
You can focus on a particular state or country by using the map on the right side and double-clicking on the state or country you are interested in. The map is shaded to indicate enforcement of NFPA codes. Once you select the region of interest, the information provided on the left side of the CodeFinder® window will update to show any known NFPA codes and standards used in that area. You can also select a region from the list on the left side of the window to find a specific area of interest.
What is the definition of region, as used in CodeFinder®?
Region refers to the various jurisdictional levels found within a country. For example, in the USA it would be a State or a Municipality or a County. In Canada, it would be a Province or Territory. In other parts of the world, it might refer to a different type of jurisdiction.
What does “Referenced by” -mean?
NFPA® and ICC® codes reference various organizations’ standards within their requirements and once the code is implemented by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), these referenced standards are a legally enforceable part of the code. NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®; NFPA 1, Fire Code; the International Building Code® (IBC®); and the International Fire Code® (IFC®) all have a chapter dedicated to listing referenced standards by organization, document title, and edition year. Referenced documents are a legally enforceable part of the code; compliance is not optional.
What is an “amended code”?
From time to time, an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) may make changes to provisions of an NFPA code or standard that is being used in that jurisdiction. If an NFPA code or standard has been amended by an AHJ, it will be noted with a “flag” icon in the search results because the amendments are not reflected in CodeFinder®. As noted in CodeFinder®, refer to the agency using this code for more information. Please contact the AHJ for more information about the amended code or standard in effect in the jurisdiction.
How do I focus on a particular area on the map?
Double-click on the area within the map, or use the “+” and “-“ buttons in the upper left corner of the map.
How do I expand the full list of results of my search?
On the left side of the CodeFinder® window, results are initially presented at a top level. To see further information, click on the “<” icon at the far right of each result. This will expand the results to show additional information.
What information is available in CodeFinder®?
The site has information on NFPA codes and standards currently used state-wide in all 50 United States and the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. In addition, there is information on NFPA codes and standards used by certain US municipalities and counties with a population greater than 250,000. There is also a limited amount of current information on NFPA codes and standards used in the following countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Does CodeFinder® have information on pending code or standard use in a particular region?
No, at present the information is only on codes and standards that are currently used by the reporting jurisdiction.
Will CodeFinder® tell me exactly which codes will be enforced for my construction project?
No. The CodeFinder® tool is designed as a first step to help architects/designers and others who have a need to understand which NFPA codes and standards might potentially affect their projects. CodeFinder® does not reflect all legal and regulatory requirements applicable in any jurisdiction. Please contact the appropriate Authorities Having Jurisdiction for information about the requirements that apply to your project.
I would like to let you know about a code or standard being used, or I have a correction to information I found in CodeFinder®.  How can I inform you?
NFPA welcomes your input.  Chose the icon with the three black lines in the upper right top to submit codes and standards enforced in your region. This link will take you to the NFPA Enforcement Update Form. Please be sure to include your name and email address as contact information so we can follow up with you on your input.
How do I contact NFPA for help with CodeFinder®?
Visit NFPA Customer Support.