It's not uncommon to see claims of "Code Approved" printed on some fastener cartons and literature, as well as variations such as "Code Accepted," ICBO Approved," ICBO Certified," and "ICBO Approval Qualifications." The problem is the words are misleading and may not meet local building codes. If builders assume that the use of the words guarantees building code compliance, builders can get in serious trouble. Building officials are justifiably upset when someone claims to have made that determination. "Code Approved" on a fastener carton implies that the fasteners are approved by all building codes. But only the local building official, by ordinance, has the legal right to "approve." Builders should consult their local building codes prior to any installation.
This blog entry was developed from the LMC Newsletter article library.