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What is the Saudi building code?

It is the set of terms, requirements , subsequent laws, executive regulations, and annexes related to building and construction to ensure safety and public health.

What is the objective behind the Saudi Building Code?

The code aims at setting the bare minimum of terms and requirements to achieve safety and public health through strength, stability and durability of buildings and facilities, and their means of access. In addition, providing a healthy environment, sufficient lighting and ventilation, rationing of water, protection of lives and properties from risks related to buildings.

What is the scope of application of the Saudi building code?

The code must be applied, and therefore it is prohibited to apply any other contradictory codes on building and construction in the public and private sectors based on the categorizing the buildings, including the design of the building, the execution phase, the operation, maintenance and control, and on existing buildings during renovation, change of classification, modification, or demolition from the date of enforcement. The terms and requirements of the code related to thermal isolation, fire protection systems are applied on all buildings without considering the grading phases. Furthermore, the terms and requirements of the code of the existing buildings must be according to the phases of the implementation, and provided with a technical report from a certified engineering office to ensure meeting the engineering solutions according to law. The historical buildings that are classified from the authority having jurisdiction are exempt from applying the terms of the code if they do not hold a threat to the lives and properties except the terms of fire protection.  

What are the phases of implementing the code?

Phase 1: From the date of the law enforcement, until the end of the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (The one of pilgrimage) for the year of 1440 Hijri. The code will be applied on the following: governmental and administrative buildings, high-rise buildings (towers- more than 23 meters), hospitals, hotels.

Phase 2: Starting from 01/01/1441 Hijri until the end of the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (The one of pilgrimage) for the year of 1441 Hijri. The code will be applied in addition to buildings that have been stated during phase 1 on the following: assembly buildings (mosques, sport arenas), educational buildings, commercial malls, communication towers, industrial buildings, buildings that are less than 23 meters, buildings of high hazard. 

Phase 3: From 01/01/1442 Hijri until the end of the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (The one of pilgrimage) for the year of 1442 Hijri. The code will be applied in addition to the buildings that have been stated during phases 1 and 2 on the following: assembly buildings (wedding halls, cinema auditoriums, theatres) health care centers, motels, residential buildings and entertainment buildings.

Phase 4: From 01/01/1443 Hijri until the end of the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (The one of pilgrimage) for the year of 1443 Hijri. The code will be applied in addition to the buildings that have been stated the phases 1, 2, and 3 on the following: business buildings (airports, banks, TV stations, post offices)

Phase 5: From 01/01/1444 Hijri until the end of the month of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (The one of pilgrimage) for the year of 1444 Hijri. The code will be applied in addition to the buildings that have been stated in the previous four phases on the following: business buildings (airports, banks, TV stations, post offices) 

What is the executive regulation for implementing the code and the regulation of violation categorization?

Executive regulation: A regulation that consists of organizational components that interpret the law of the code implementation according to the Royal decree M/43 and determines the authorities having jurisdiction to issue building permits. 

Regulation of violations categorization: A regulation, which determines the process of setting the violations according to unified forms created by the authorities that implement the code, and this regulation includes tables of building classification, violations categorization that sets the minimum and maximum limits for violations based on building classification. 

How to apply the Saudi building code?

The code is applied on all works of buildings and construction including the design, operation, maintenance, demolition, modification, and rehabilitation for existing buildings and facilities. 

Is it required to obtain a practice license to apply the code?

It is mandatory for engineers, inspectors, and supervisors working on the code to obtain a practice license from the certified entities. 

How to acquire a copy of the Saudi building code?

​The code can be reviewed and purchased (edition 2018) by visiting the SBC website on www.sbc.gov.sa

Is it possible to obtain a hard copy of the Saudi building Code?

​Currently, there are no hard copies of the code. 

What is the latest edition of the Saudi building code?

​The latest edition of the code is of the year of 2018. 

What is the difference between the versions of the Saudi building code 2018?

Terms: Summarized explanation to apply the minimum limit of a standard, and to guide engineers and specialists to how to obtain the information in the requirements.  

Requirements: The details of design, execution, construction, determination of standards, and they are the main source and reference of the code.  

What is the process of purchasing the Saudi building codes?

Inside KSA: After issuing the receipt, it is possible to pay through SADAD service via ATM, online banking, or phone banking.

Outside KSA: Send a copy of the receipt after issuance to info@sbc.gov.sa

How to contact the General Secretariat?

Phone number: +966 11 2529900

Fax: +966 11 4074207

General Inquiry: info@sbc.gov.sa

Technical inquiries: support@sbc.gov.sa

Code or editorial enquiries: feedback@sbc.gov.sa

How to contact the General Secretariat in case of wanting to present technical or editorial notes?

​You can send any editorial or code-related inquiry that concerns the editions of the Saudi building code or relative laws and regulations from the national committee (in a certain timely period) on this e-mail: feedback@sbc.gov.sa

What are the issued regulations from the Saudi Building Code National Committee?

The executive regulation of the code, issued on 14/10/1439 Hijri

The regulation of violations categorization, issued on 14/10/1439 Hijri

The regulation of the general requirements for designation of inspection bodies and inspectors of the Saudi building code, issued on 05/06/1440 Hijri  

What are the certified entities to organize training courses?

​Currently, the Saudi Council of Engineers in collaboration with the Saudi Building Code National Committee provides the training. 

What are the super visional entities responsible for inspection of the Saudi building code?

The Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs

The General Directorate of Civil Defense

The Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources. 

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