This study focuses on the formation of urban regulations in the Ottoman State between 1700–1900, analyzing the eighteenth century as a preparatory period for the systematic approach of the nineteenth century. The building codes and regulations issued in the eighteenth century were based on cases regarding fires and ethno-religious disputes. Starting from 1826, consecutive regulations were enacted to establish general schemes, ranging from preferred construction types to the widening of roads. The evolution of the regulations showed a progress from determining individual cases to considering the urban space as a whole, although the main concern was still fire mitigation.