Glossary of Terms

There are many words, names and phrases associated with the California Building Standards Code and the work to adopt, publish and enforce it. The document below will explain many of those words, names and phrases in alphabetical order. In many cases while defining one word it was necessary to use another word that also needs an explanation. In these cases we have underlined words that are defined elsewhere in the document.

  • Glossary of Terms, revised November 2017 - (PDF)

Also, we have provided references to state laws where a definition or related information is available. Access state laws at the following website: