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What is the Saudi Building Code?

It is the group of provisions, requirements, subsequent laws, exeuctive regulations, and annexes related to building and construction to ensure safety and public health

What is the objective behind the Saudi Building Code?

The code aims at setting the minimum limit of provisions and requirements that achieve safety and public health through strength, stability and durability of buildings and facilities and means of access to them and provision of healthy environment, lighting, sufficient ventilation as well as rationing of water, protection of life and property from fire risks and other risks related to buildings

What is the work methodology of the National Committee of Saudi building code?

The National Committee studied a number of Reference and, Arabian and international codes like international council code (ICC) of buildings issued in United States of America and European code (EC). It studied also the experiences of some Arab and international countries in preparing their codes as well as studying the specifications and building systems of governmental bodies as well as results of national researches projects. Based on this, the National Committee decided on 20/04/1423H to adopt the codes of the international council code (ICC) as a basis for Saudi Building Code and the International Electro-technological Commission Code (IEC) as a basis to the electric code due to their comprehensiveness and observance to the Kingdom conditions. With regard to that performed by the National Committee for the Saudi Building Code in preparing the code and systems used in construction and building as well as determining the basic terms of safety, the Committee has convened a number of meetings, seminars and workshops aiming at defining the code terms and requirements and its role in safety of facilities, lives and property, as well as presenting a number of papers about the code in many conferences and seminars in addition to participation in a number of specialized exhibitions in the field of building to introduce the terms and requirements contained in the code and displaying its advantages in serving the country and citizen in addition to issue of the (Saudi Building Code) magazine to contribute in dissemination of more enlightenment by the code objectives

How the Saudi Building Code is applied?

The terms and requirements are deemed as an integrated unit and gives priority of application to the terms and then requirements. The term having more restriction and more limitation in case of any differences occurring between the code items and the code is applied in all building and construction works including design, execution, operation, maintenance, modification as well as prequalification of buildings and facilities. Engineers, inspectors and supervisors working in the field of code application shall have a practice license from an accredited body. .

What is the final version of the Saudi building code?

The Committee released the Saudi Code in 2018.

Where can I get a copy of the Saudi Building Code?

You can get an electronic copy of the Saudi Building Code on the SBC National Committee website. 

Is there a version available in Arabic language of the Saudi Building Code?

Currently the provisions are available in Arabic language and the requirements in English language.