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Welcome to the California Building Standards Commission

The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) is authorized by California Building Standards Law to administer the many processes related to the development, adoption, approval, publication, and implementation of California's building codes.

The California Building Standards Code, Title 24 serves as the basis for the design and construction of buildings in California. Improved safety, sustainability, maintaining consistency, new technology and construction methods, and reliability are paramount to the development of building codes during each Triennial and Intervening Code Adoption Cycle

California’s building codes are published in their entirety every three (3) 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.


Commission News

James W. Barthman

Commissioner James W. Barthman

1934-2018

On March 23, 2018 the Commission lost James W. Barthman, who served for over 17 years as a Governor's appointee to the California Building Standards Commission.  He passed away at the age of 83 surrounded by family in the comfort of his home in Castro Valley, Ca.  Please visit our Commissioners page for more about Commissioner Barthman.

 

Exterior Elevated Elements Rulemaking

For Exterior Elevated Elements (EEE) rulemaking activities after the December 12, 2017 commission approval of certification, refer to the 18-month Code Adoption Cycle page. As of February 2018, you can access 2018 Triennial Cycle pre-cycle activities for the Building Standards Commission on our Rulemaking page.  Interested parties should sign up for BSC notices on our Contact Us page and reach out to other state agencies involved with EEE rulemaking by contacting those individual agencies.

AB 1732: Single-user restrooms (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016)

CBSC has received calls concerning new signage requirements for the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities in response to Assembly Bill 1732 (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016). The Division of the State Architect (DSA) recently published Information Bulletin 17-01: Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender, which provides information as an aid for compliance with new state law requirements. Additionally, DSA issued BU 17-01-01 Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender: Frequently Asked Questions, which is a supplement to the original document and further answers common questions raised by facility managers and design professionals. Please note, for questions concerning specific occupancies affected, applicability or compliance, contact the local enforcement agency. 

2016 California Building Standards Code 

The 2016 California Building Standards Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) went into effect on January 1, 2017. Click here to view the codes online.

The 2016 edition of Title 24 may be purchased via the following publishers: