State and Local Housing Codes

Note that this an archival page. The information has not been updated recently.

Housing codes are the backbone of an effective healthy homes program. The codes set the minimum standards that must be met by all housing – whether existing or new – to protect the health of the residents. Some communities call them property maintenance codes or sanitation codes but their scope and function is similar.

Finding State Housing Codes
Two organizations maintain summaries of state laws that may impact environmental health issues: the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). The ELI database focuses on indoor air quality.

Finding Local Housing Codes
There are three references that are helpful when searching for local ordinances:

Codes by State

California – Housing/Health Code 1/07 [pdf]


Delaware  5/09 [pdf]

District of Columbia (Washington, DC)  5/07 [pdf]

Florida – No state code. List of communities with local code  5/08 [pdf]

Georgia  6/07 [pdf]

Indiana – Only landlord/tenant law


Iowa  – Only landlord/tenant law 5/08 [pdf]



Massachusetts – Sanitation Code 4/08 [pdf]

Michigan  3/08 [pdf]


Mississippi – Selected communities  6/07 [pdf]


Montana  8/08 [pdf]

New Hampshire 4/08 [pdf]

New York  2/07 [pdf]

North Carolina 7/08 [pdf]

Ohio  6/07 [pdf]

Oklahoma  8/06 [pdf]



Rhode Island

Tennessee – Rental housing only 1/08 [pdf]

Texas  1/08 [pdf]

Virginia  8/06 [pdf]

Washington  7/07 [pdf]

Other Healthy Homes Code Resources