Fire Code

The City of Bay City has adopted the International Fire Code (IFC) 2021 edition. In adopting this code, the City made necessary additions, deletions, and amendments to allow the code to conform to local conditions.

Internationally, code officials recognize the need for a modern, up-to-date fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosion, handling or use of hazardous materials, and the use and occupancy of buildings and premises.  The IFC 2021 edition is designed to meet these needs through model code regulations that safeguard the public health and safety in all communities, large and small.

This comprehensive fire code establishes minimum regulations for fire prevention and fire protection systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions.  It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new system designs.  The 2021 edition is fully compatible with all the International Codes (I-Codes) published by the International Code Council (ICC) including the International Building Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Existing Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, ICC Performance Code, International Plumbing Code, International Private Sewage Disposal Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Residential Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, and International Zoning Code.

The IFC provisions provide many benefits, among which is the model code development process that offers an international forum for fire safety professionals to discuss performance and prescriptive code requirements.  This forum provides an excellent arena to debate proposed revisions.  This model code also encourages international consistency in the application of provisions.

The City of Bay City Fire Code is contained in a computerized information system. Questions about the fire code can be directed to the BCDPS fire marshal at 989-892-8601. Please note that schools and hospitals are under the control of the State of Michigan. 


The interpretation of the International Fire Code (IFC) 2021 edition, by the fire marshal or fire inspectors can be appealed to the Fire Code Board of Appeals. Please see the Fire Code Board of Appeals section for more information on this process.