The California Building Standards Code is published in its entirety every three years by order of the California legislature, with supplements published in intervening years. The California legislature delegated authority to various state agencies, boards, commissions, and departments to create building regulations to implement the state's statutes. The California Building Standards Code applies to all occupancies throughout the State of California as annotated.
The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 12 parts:
Part 1 California Administrative Code (CAC)
Part 2 California Building Code (CBC)
Part 2.5 California Residential Code (CRC)
Part 3 California Electrical Code (CEC)
Part 4 California Mechanical Code (CMC)
Part 5 California Plumbing Code (CPC)
Part 6 California Energy Code (CEEC)
Part 7 (Currently Vacant)
Part 8 California Historical Building Code (CHBC)
Part 9 California Fire Code (CFC)
Part 10 California Existing Building Code (CEBC)
Part 11 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
Part 12 California Reference Standards Code
A city, county, or city and county may establish more restrictive building standards reasonably necessary because of local climatic, geological, or topographical conditions. Findings of the local condition(s) and the adopted local building standard(s) must be filed with the California Building Standards Commission to become effective and may not be effective sooner than the effective date of the latest edition of the California Building Standards Code. Local building standards adopted to be applicable to previous editions of the California Building Standards Code do not apply to this edition without appropriate adoption and the required filing.
There are a number of local amendments that addresses concerns of a local nature. The amendments consist of structural, green building standards, fire and life safety, plumbing, and administrative provisions. The majority of the proposed amendments are a continuation of previously adopted amendments from prior code adoption cycles. These amendments are consistent with those adopted by other jurisdictions in the Southern California area as part of the Los Angeles Regional Uniform Code Program. These amendments are adopted to protect the community from the hazards of future earthquakes, to prevent fire related hazards, and to require sustainable construction practices that support the Sustainable City Action Plan.
All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors MUST be familiar with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. The Department of Development Services, as required by State law, CANNOT approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal.
Organization of The 2017 Edition of the City of Long Beach Building Standards Code
The 2017 Edition of the City of Long Beach Building Standards Code is organized as follows:
- Chapters 18.01 through 18.10 are the general administrative and enforcement provisions of the City of Long Beach.
- Chapters 18.17 through 18.30 are the general provisions for the code enforcement and development impact fees of the City of Long Beach.
- Chapter 18.40 through 18.50 are the State mandated adoption by reference of the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Code including changes, amendments and modifications to said code because of local climatic, geological, topographical, or environmental conditions of the City of Long Beach.
- Chapters 18.60 through 18.77 have been added to the code to provide special requirements including voluntary earthquake hazard reduction standards for existing buildings of the City of Long Beach.
- Chapter 18.99 makes reference to the City Council resolution that makes finding to adopt more restrictive building standards based on local climatic, geological, topographical, or environmental conditions of the City of Long Beach.
EXCERPTS OF OTHER LONG BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE
These "Excerpts" have been added for additional references to assist residents, businesses, owners, design professionals, and the construction industries. The Excerpts are the accumulation of related municipal codes and administrative codes pertaining to the construction standards regulated by the Building and Safety Bureau.