Housing Code Tools

The terms “codes” and “standards” are often used interchangeably, however there is a distinct difference. Codes generally refer to the building regulations and laws adopted by a jurisdiction; i.e., what must be done, such as homes must have indoor plumbing with a working toilet. Standards provide guidance and set the bar for how codes should be implemented. Standards frequently inform or serve as the future generation of building code regulations. Rating systems are most often just that: a way to rate or determine how well a building performs based on myriad of criteria. Evidenced-based standards for healthy housing, such as the National Healthy Housing Standard, can help guide codes, repairs, home assessments, and more.

NCHH Tools

Code Comparison Tool

National Healthy Housing Standard

City Housing Checkup (retired project)

Curated Code Enforcement and Regulation Resources

Below, you’ll find links to pages of curated resources that we’ve collected to help you learn more about various aspects of code enforcement and regulation.

Using Code to Improve Health

Proactive Rental Inspections

Addressing Specific Health Hazards through Code Enforcement

How Does Your Code Compare?

Find and Compare State and Local Codes

Improving Your Code

Tenant Protections

Incentivizing Healthy Housing

Federal Healthy Housing Strategies

Substandard Housing

Standards and Assessment Resources