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Model Code Adoption

Model Code Adoption

Every three (3) years (during its triennial cycle), CBSC reviews the newest model codes published by various independent code-developing bodies.  When published, these models codes are sent to CBSC and the following state agencies that propose or adopt building standards:

  • Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
  • Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM)
  • Division of the State Architect (DSA)
  • Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)
  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB)
  • Department of Food and Agriculture (AGR)
  • Department of Water Resources (DWR)
  • Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
  • California State Library (CSL)
  • Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)

These agencies and the public draft proposed changes to the model codes.  Then, one or more of CBSC's Code Advisory Committees (CACs) conducts public meetings in which they review the changes.  After public discussion and further changes, the proposed recommendations from the CACs are documented in Commission Action Matrix Tables.  Finally, CBSC reviews the amendments and base model codes for possible approval.