Codes & Local Amendments
New Building Codes to go into effect January 1, 2017
Every 3 years, the State of California adopts the most recent national building codes. The State also mandates that all California cities and counties adopt and begin enforcing those State codes on a specified date. According to the California Building Standards Commission, the 2016 California Building Codes (also known as Title 24) must be adopted and enforced beginning on January 1, 2017. Any projects submitted for first plan review on or after January 1, 2017 will be required to comply with the new codes. Projects submitted before that date will be allowed to remain under the previous editions of the codes for both plan review and inspections.
Information on the new 2016 Building Standard Codes may be obtained by clicking on the following links:
- Notice Regarding the New 2016 California Building Standards Code
- FAQ's Regarding the New 2016 California Building Standards Code
The California Building Standards Code (CBSC) is maintained by the California Building Standards Commission (www.bsc.ca.gov) and contains the codes and laws that regulate the construction of all buildings and structures in the State of California. The CBSC is Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) and consists of twelve parts: Six (6) parts are authored by the State of California and six (6) parts are based on model codes that are authored by various model code writing bodies.
The new 2013 California Building Standards Code includes:
- Part 2, 2013 California Building Code (CBC), which is based on the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) published by the International Code Council (ICC).
- Part 2.5, 2013 California Residential Code (CRC), which is based on the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) published by the International Code council (ICC). This is a completely new part of T-24.
- Part 3, 2013 California Electrical Code (CEC), which is based on the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Part 4, 2013 California Mechanical Code (CMC), which is based on the 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
- Part 5, 2013 California Plumbing Code (CPC), which is based on the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
- Part 6, 2013 California Energy Code.
- Part 9, 2013 California Fire Code (CFC), which is based on the 2012 published by the International Code Council (ICC).
- Part 11, 2013 California Green Building Standards Code