IAPMO - UPC
UNIFORM PLUMBING CODE
|Publication Date:||1 January 2018|
Origin and Development
the advantages of a statewide adopted Uniform Plumbing Code are recognized throughout the industry. disorder in the industry because of widely divergent plumbing practices and the use of many different, often conflicting, plumbing codes by local jurisdictions influenced the Western Plumbing officials association (now the international association of Plumbing and mechanical officials [iaPmo]) to form a committee. this committee of plumbing inspectors, master and journeyman plumbers, and plumbing engineers, backed by public utility companies and the plumbing industry to create a basic plumbing document for general use. the product of this effort, the first edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPc®) was adopted by iaPmo in 1945. the widespread use of this code over the past seven decades by jurisdictions throughout the United states and internationally is testament to its merit.
Publishing the 2003 Uniform Plumbing Code, is a significant milestone because it is the first time in the history of the United states, a plumbing code was developed through a true consensus process. the 2018 edition represents the most current approaches in the plumbing field and is the sixth edition developed under the ansi consensus process. contributions to the content of this code consists of diverse interests as consumers, enforcing authorities, installers/maintaine
the Uniform Plumbing Code provides consumers with safe and sanitary plumbing systems while, at the same time, allowing latitude for innovation and new technologies. the public at large is invited and encouraged to take part in iaPmo's open consensus code development process. this code is updated every three years. the Uniform Plumbing Code is dedicated to all those who, in working to achieve "the ultimate plumbing code," have unselfishly devoted their time, effort, and personal funds to create and maintain this, the finest plumbing code in existence today.
The Uniform Plumbing Code updates every three years in revision cycles that begin twice each year that takes two years to complete.
Each revision cycle advances according to a published schedule that includes final dates for all major events and contains four basic steps as follows:
1. Public and committee Proposal stage;
2. comment stage;
3. association technical meeting;
4. council appeals and issuance of code.
iaPmo develops "full consensus" codes built on a foundation of maximum participation and agreement by a broad range of interests. this philosophy has led to producing technically sound codes that promote health and safety, yet do not stifle design or development.
it is important to stress that; the process remains committed to the principles of consensus code development where consensus technical committees and correlating committees revise codes. the public and membership is offered multiple opportunities to debate, provide input and raise concerns through amending motions at the annual assembly consideration session. anyone may submit an appeal related to the issuance of a document through the iaPmo standards council.
The 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code is supported by the mechanical contractors association of america (mcaa), the Plumbing-Heating-coo