UpCodes provides several tools to help save time reading and understanding the codes.  All tools are accessed from the Tool Palette, which appears at the right hand of the screen while inside any code book.

The Tool Palette may be collapsed or expanded by clicking on the control. 

Code Compare

With Code Compare, you can quickly compare sections of code between different code years and/or jurisdictions to help understand how requirements vary.  This feature is currently only available for building codes, in a limited number of code years and jurisdictions.

Code Compare can be turned on from the Tool Palette on the right side of your page. The code book you are currently looking at will automatically appear under the “Compare:” section. You must select the other jurisdiction and year in the “To:” section. You can switch the positions of the code books by selecting “reverse” on the Tool Palette.

Code compare automatically highlights the differences in the code. Unique features of your original code book (left-side) will appear in blue, while unique parts of the new jurisdiction (right-side) for comparison will be in yellow. 

Please note that due to formatting differences between code books, Code Compare may occasionally show highlights where the wording is the same across the two code books.

Amendment Styling

You can change how amendments from the base code are displayed on the screen. In the Amendment Style panel in the "settings" section, you can toggle between not showing amendment text formatted differently, showing amendment text (default), and only showing sections which have been amended. Regardless of this setting, amended sections will still display the “Amendment” badge at the top-right of the section.


You can search keywords or filter the code book for desired sections.You can search keywords for all code books by using the search bar in the upper middle of the Jurisdiction Codes page. Using the search bar while within a code book will initially search through just that code book. 

Search results can be filtered by code books and additional resources, or changed to target a different jurisdiction or code year.