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Codes and Standards

Code & Standards

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ASCE sets the standard for civil engineering practice.


About Codes and Standards

ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity and efficiency across all areas of civil engineering. These voluntary standards are written by experts with knowledge and expertise in a particular field. There are more than 60 published ASCE Standards


Standards Development Process

Standards are developed by a consensus process managed by the Codes and Standards Committee (CSC). The consensus process includes balloting by the balanced standards committee, made up of Society members and nonmembers, and a public review period.

Web-based Balloting System

Proposal to Amend a Standard

Codes and Standards Committee

The ASCE Codes and Standards Committee (CSC) is responsible for setting ASCE's codes and standards-related policies and procedures and reports to the ASCE Board of Direction.


The Codes and Standards Committee and the Standards Councils provide for awards of service and other outstanding contributions to the ASCE Codes & Standards Program. Nominations for Society awards shall be submitted in accordance with the procedures established by the Society Awards Committee.

Standards Committees Meeting Announcements

ASCE standards committee meetings are conducted in a format that permits members to interact directly. Anyone interested in attending a standards committee meeting should get in touch with the listed meeting contact.

ASCE Standards Accepting Public Comment

In accordance with ASCE Rules for Standards Committees, ASCE conducts a minimum 45-day Public Comment period on any new, revised, or reaffirmed standard. Any individual who is not a member of a Committee shall be permitted to participate in a public comment period on a standard.

Comments submitted after the close of the public comment period will, at the discretion of the chair, be resolved during the current public comment period or will be considered during the next revision cycle of the standard.