A code provides minimum safeguard for people with regard to building safety and fire prevention. Codes protect health, safety and welfare as they relate to the residential and commercial built environment. (International Code Council http://www.iccsafe.org/CS/Pages/default.aspx)
A specification is literature which clearly and accurately describes essential requirements for equipment, systems or services including the procedures which determine that the requirements have been met. (Specifications. (1998). In Dictionary of Communications Technology: Terms, Definitions and Abbreviations, Wiley.)
All codes currently used in Allen County are available at the Allen County Building Department. These codes may reference codes and standards adopted at the state, national, or international level. The codes in use are subject to change, so it is recommended to check the Allen County Building Department website for confirmation of current codes.