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It shall be the owner's or his agent's responsibility to obtain whatever approvals are required for the construction and/or use of a building or structure. This guideline is provided in order to assist in coordinating the process of approvals on projects within the State of Rhode Island.

SECTION A

State Building Commission
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-3033

State Building Code governs all buildings and structures GL23-27.3
1 Building Code SBC-1
2 One and Two Family Dwelling Code SBC-2
3 Plumbing Code SBC-3
4 Mechanical Code SBC-4
5 Electrical Code SBC-5
6 Manufactured Buildings and Bldg. Components SBC-6
7 ANSI/A225-1 Manufactured Home Installation Standard SBC-7
8 State Energy Code SBC-8
9 Enforcement and Implementation Procedures for Projects Under the Jurisdiction of the State of Rhode Island SBC-9
10 Code Interpretation SBC-10
11 Certification of Building Officials, Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Inspectors SBC-11
12 New Materials and Methods of Construction SBC-12
13 State Building Code For Existing Schools SBC-13
14 Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities for Residential Use Groups R-2 and R-3 SBC-14
15 Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities in State and Local Government Facilities SBC-15
16 Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities SBC-16
17 Public Bldgs. Accessibility Meeting Standards SBC-17
18 Native Lumber SBC-18
Building Contractors' Registration Board GL 5-65
Amusement Ride Safety Act GL 23-34.1

SECTION B

Rhode Island Division of Fire Safety
24 Conway Avenue, Bldg. 42
North Kingstown, RI 02852 (401) 294-0861

1 State Fire Safety Code governs all structure with the exception of 1, 2, and 3 family dwellings GL23-28.1
2 Smoke detectors in new dwellings and dwellings subject to sale GL 23-28.34
GL 23-28.35

SECTION C

Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908 (401) 222-2771

1 Individual Sewage Disposal System
235 Promenade Street
(401) 222-2306
GL 42-17.1-2
2 Fresh Water Wetlands Act
(401) 222-6820
GL 2-1-18
3 Coastal Resources Management Council Plan
Policies and Regulations
(401) 222-2476
GL 46-23-1
4 Division of Air Resources Regulations Governing:
  • Boilers - Greater than one million BTU's in any one hour
  • Gasoline Storage Tanks - Greater than 40,000 gallons capacity
  • Incinerators - No minimum size
  • Spray and Dip Painting, Roller Coating, Knife Coating - Solvent used in excess of 10 1-lbs per hour
  • Electrostatic Deposition
  • Bright Dipping, Stripping - No minimum size
  • Galvanizing, Chrome Plating
  • Tenter Frames, Dryers, Printers - No minimum size
  • Solvent Dyers
  • Equipment used in Glass or Fiberglass Manufacturing - No minimum size
  • Asphalt Concrete Plants - No minimum size
  • Cupolas, Crucible Furnaces
(401) 222-2808
GL 23-23-1
5 Division of Air Resources Regulations Governing
Division of Hazardous Materials
(401) 222-2808
GL 23-23-1
GL 23-19.1

SECTION D

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
610 Manton Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Director (401) 457-1701
General Information (401) 457-1800
Division of Occupational Safety (401) 457-1838

Division of Occupational Safety (401) 457-1838
1 Construction inspection maintenance and operation of elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators and moving walks GL 23-33
2 Installation, inspection, repair and alteration of boilers and pressure vessels GL 28-25
Licensing:
a State Board of Electricians GL 5-6
b Bureau of Pipefitters & Refrigeration Technicians GL 28-27-1
c Hoisting Engineers - Licensing Division GL 28-26
d Telecommunications GL 5-90

SECTION E

Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2231

Division of Facilities Regulation
1 Licensing of Hospitals - (401) 222-2566
GL 23-17
2 Licensing of Nursing Homes GL 23-17
3 Nursing Facilities NF
4 Residential Care/Assisted Living 23-17.4-& SCF
5 Hospitals HOSP
6 Clinical Laboratories 23.16.2-C & S/LAB
7 Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical Centers 23-17 FASE
8 Freestanding Emergency Care Facilities 223-17 FECF
9 Analytical Laboratories R23-16.2-A/LAB
10 Substance Abuse Treatment Providers 23-17-SAF
11 Outpatient Rehab. Center 23-17-ORC
12 Rehab. Hospital Center 23-17-REHAB
13 Tattoo Parlors 23-1-TAT

Division of Environmental Health
1 Lead Program
(401) 222-3424
2 Asbestos Review & Asbestos Program
(401) 222-3601

Division of Food Protection Rules
1 Food Businesses
(401)222-2750
GL-21-27
2 Dairy Industries
(401)222-2749
GL-R-21-9-FDP
GL-21-2.21-5, 21-8, 21-9

Division of Drinking Water Quality
1 Licensing of Swimming Pools
(401)222-6867
GL-23-22

Division of Professional Regulation
(401)222-2827
1 Barber and Beauty Shops - Board of Hairdressers
2 Barber Shops
3 Licensing State Board of Plumbing Examiners GL-5-20

SECTION F

Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

1 Construction Regulations

SECTION G

Rhode Island Department of Transportation
2 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908

1 Curb cuts on State highways GL 24-8
2 Drainage onto State highways GL 24-8

SECTION H

Airport Corporation
1 Airport Clearance Zone

SECTION I

Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
233 Richmond Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-2246

1 Auto Body Shop Regulations GL 31-39-18

SECTION J

Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
150 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-2669

1 Historical Building Criteria GL 42-45

SECTION K

Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals
600 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
(401)464-3201

1 Community Residence
2 Boarding Homes

SECTION L

Division of Public Utilities
100 Orange Street
Providence, RI 02903

1 Dig Safe Call Center - 1-888-344-7233
2 Dig Safe Law GL 39-1.2