Codes & Standards

      • ASCE Standards provide technical guidelines for promoting safety, reliability, productivity, and efficiency in civil engineering. Many of our standards are referenced by model building codes and adopted by state and local jurisdiction. They also provide guidance for design projects around the world.

        Standards Development Process

        Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASCE has a rigorous and formal process overseen by the Codes and Standards Committee (CSC). Standards are created or updated by a balanced, volunteer standards committee, followed by a public review period.

        All standards are updated or reaffirmed at least every 5 years. ASCE's standards program is regularly audited to ensure compliance with the ASCE Rules for Standards Committees and that it is consistent with ANSI requirements.

        Anyone can submit a proposal to change or create a standard. 

        Step 1:  Proposal

        Propose new or change to existing standard.

        Proposal for New Standards Activity

        Propose an amendment to an ASCE Standard   

        Step 2:  Balloting

        The committee shapes a proposal in to a standard through meetings and ballots. The volunteers writing standards are experts with knowledge and expertise in the particular field.

        Step 3: Public Comment

        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.

        Please find Standards accepting Public Comments

        •  The ASCE standard Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7) is currently being updated. The period for the public to review the revised standard and make comments on the revised standard will be opening in late summer 2015. If you wish to be notified when the draft 2016 edition of ASCE 7 standard is available for public comment please contact Mr. James Neckel at 703-295-6176 or

        Step 4: Publication

        There are over 60 published ASCE Standards.