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Building Codes and Standards

IHS Authority Having Jurisdiction

The IHS Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is the Agency official responsible for code interpretation, enforcement, and implementation. The Director, OEHE, has designated the Director, DES, as the AHJ for IHS responsible for issuing written interpretations of the codes and standards. As part of these responsibilities, the Director, DES is responsible for evaluating and making determinations on equivalencies, variances, and waivers that are final and binding for IHS. To fulfill this role, the IHS Codes Committee was established to review requests for and issue interpretations of codes, standards, design criteria, and technical guidelines. The IHS AHJ and Codes Committee guidance may be found in the OEHE

Technical Handbooks

OEHE Technical Handbook Chapter 24-2.5 Authority Having Jurisdiction [PDF - 45 KB]

OEHE Technical Handbook Chapter 4-3 Codes Committee Organization [PDF - 218 KB]