Municipal Archives

City of Dallas Construction and Fire Codes, 1905-1997

Collection 1991-065


Repository Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorCity of Dallas Public Works Department, Dallas Fire Department 
TitleCity of Dallas Construction and Fire Codes
Quantity3 linear feet 
AbstractPrinted building and fire codes of the City of Dallas.
Identification 1991-065
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

Printed manuals, reports, and typescript notes.

The City of Dallas Building Inspection Department enforces compliance with established construction standards, including the building code, zoning ordinances, electrical codes, plumbing codes, certain provisions of fire prevention and health ordinances, and issues permits on building activities that conform to City of Dallas ordinances.  Dallas' first building code was passed in 1875.  The Office of the Building Inspector was created in 1903, and a Building Code Committee was created in 1940.  The first fire code-related ordinance was passed in 1872, and the first electrical code was passed in 1902.  City of Dallas construction and fire codes were first written internally but later involved the adoption of universally accepted codes used throughout the United States. 

Collection consists of printed and typescript copies of City of Dallas construction codes, as well as the later-adopted Uniform Building Code and fire codes.  Also included are minutes and annual reports of City of Dallas boards related to codes.   Bound copies of codes can be considered intact; though, loose-leaf printings should be reviewed for completeness as some copies may include supplemental or replacement pages. 


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


City of Dallas Construction and Fire Codes, 1905-1997 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material


Index Terms

Building laws -- United States 
Dallas -- Texas -- History  
Fire prevention -- Law and legislation -- United States  

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Building Ordinance, City of Dallas, 1905 [fragile condition; restricted use]
 2Building Code ordinance, 1911

Building Code ordinance, 1911 [fragile condition; restricted use]
Building Laws, City of Dallas, 1914 [fragile condition; restricted use]
Building Laws, City of Dallas and Gas Ordinance, 1926 (2 copies)
Contract to publish building code in book form between City of Dallas and W. E. Campbell, 1926
Ordinance 2050, Dallas Building Code, 1929
Ordinance 2050, Building Code, 1929 [typescript]
21Ordinance 2050, Building Code, City of Dallas, Dorney Company, 1929
 2Ordinance 2050, Building Code, City of Dallas, Dorney Company, 1929 [softbound 2 copies]
 3Ordinance 2050, Building Code, City of Dallas, Dorney Company, 1929

4Ordinance 2512, change in building code for awnings, canopies, and curtains, October 1932
 5Building Code Committee minutes, 1940, 1941
31Building Code, City of Dallas, 1947 [2 copies]
 2Building Code, City of Dallas, 1951 [2 copies]
[Ordinance 4058 amended by 4154; 4209; 4223; 4242; 4296; 4349; and 4671]
41Uniform Building Code, Volume 1, 1967 edition
 2Amendment to Volume 1 of the 1967 Uniform Building Code
 3Ordinance 12138, adopting Uniform Building Code, April 23, 1968
51Uniform Building Code, 1968
 2Uniform Building Code, 1970
61History of Changes to Ordinance 12138 through its repeal by Ordinance 13177, February 1, 1971
 2Building Code, City of Dallas, 1971 edition, title page-172
 3Building Code, City of Dallas, 1971 edition, pages 173-340
 4Building Code, City of Dallas, 1971 edition, pages 341-475
 5Building Code, City of Dallas, 1971 edition, pages 475.2-end
 6Uniform Building Code, 1973 edition
 7Uniform Building Code Standards, 1973 edition.
71Uniform Building Code, 1976 edition, pages 36 - 405
[incomplete] combined with revisions to Chapter 52, Administrative Procedures for the Construction Codes, September 1979 supplements
 2Uniform Building Code, 1980 with copy of Chapter 53
 3Uniform Building Code, 1982 edition with 1983 replacement pages [incomplete]
 4Chapter 52 replacement pages, April and August 1982
 5City of Dallas Amendments to Uniform Building Code, 1982
 6Chapter 53 Building Code, January 1983
 7Chapter 52 replacement pages, March 1983
81Street Building Inspection District Directory, 1986
 2Building Inspection Citizens Advisory and Appeals Board annual reports, 1986-87, 1987-88
 3Building Inspection Citizens Advisory Examining Appeals Board annual report, 1997
 4Uniform Building Code, 1997 volume 1
 5Uniform Building Code, 1997 volume 2
 6Uniform Building Code, 1997 volume 3
91Uniform Plumbing and Mechanical Codes, 1976
 2Uniform Plumbing Code, 1988
 3City of Dallas Mechanical Code, 1986
[based on 1985 Uniform Mechanical Code]
 4Uniform Mechanical Code, 1988
 5Electrical Code supplements and notes, March 1988
101City of Dallas Fire Code, 1948
 2City of Dallas Fire Code, 1948 (copy 2)
 3City of Dallas Fire Code, 1959
 4City of Dallas Fire Code, 1961.
 5City of Dallas Fire Code, notes and related ordinances, ca. 1970
 6Uniform Fire Code, 1973
 7Chapter 16, Dallas City Code, "Fire Protection," replacement pages, July 1979 and March 1983
 Uniform Fire Code Volumes 1 and 2, 1997 [Bound volumes; not in folder]