California Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information
California Building Code Agency
California Construction Code and Edition Adopted:
California is on a three-year code cycle as well. Local jurisdictions are required to enforce the Code as adopted but are allowed to request approval from the CBSC based on local geographic, climactic, or geologic conditions. January 1, 2020 was the statewide effective date established by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for the 2019 California Building Standards which adopts the 2018 editions of the IBC, IFC, IRC and IEBC with amendments.
- 2018 International Building Code (IBC) *
- 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) *
- 2018 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) *
- 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)*
- 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) *
* The 2019 California Building Code effective January 1, 2020 based on the above model codes and state amendments.
2019 CALGreen and the 2019 California Energy Code also went into effect on January 1, 2020.
Additional emergency balcony and elevated walkway amendments were adopted and go into effect on projects submitted for permit on or after January 30, 2020.
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE
Title 24 serves as the basis for the design and construction of buildings in California. Codes are adopted at the state level and are enforced on a statewide basis. Each local building and fire jurisdiction may amend these state codes providing their amendments are more stringent based on findings justified by climatic, geographic and topographical conditions of the jurisdiction. California’s codes are published in their entirety every three years. Intervening Code Adoption Cycles produce Supplement pages half-way (18 months) into each triennial period. Amendments to California’s building standards are subject to a lengthy and transparent public participation process throughout each code adoption cycle. The 2019 California Building Code is based on the 2018 edition of the I-Codes.
See adiitional Statewide List of Building Codes here.
|State Building Code||The state of California has adopted the 2019 CBC (in reference to 2018 IBC), the 2019 California Residential Code, CRC (in reference to 2015 Residential Building Code, IRC), the 2019 California Fire Code (CFC), 2019 California Plumbing Code, CPC (in reference to 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code, UPC), 2019 California Electrical Code, CEC (in reference to 2017 National Electrical Code, NEC), 2019 California Mechanical Code, CMC (in reference to 2018 Uniform Mechanical Code, UMC).
California has a uniform state wide construction code, local jurisdiction enforce the same codes.
|State Licensing Division||https://www.cslb.ca.gov/|
|State Fire Marshall||https://osfm.fire.ca.gov/|
|State Environmental Permit||https://www.calepa.ca.gov/|
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