NoAlso is there universal building code?
Dig in and start reading.:thumbsup:No
There are some code books that a jurisdiction will adopt, but they add local amendments. Multiply this by each individual trade and that's what it is now. In a recent simple basement job I have actually spent more time researching the AHJ's rules than I spent on the job actually physically working on this particular project.
We are doing a similar project on the other side of a major street (3 minutes away) and the the requirements are completely different.