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California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.)

For more information on using the California Building Standards Code (also known as Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) please see the following guides below:

  • 2016 Guide to Title 24--based on the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.) (PDF)
  • 2013 Guide to Title 24 (eff. until January 1, 2017)--based on the 2013 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.) (PDF)
  • Maintaining Your Title 24--contains information for properly maintaining and updating your current version of the California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.) with supplements and errata (PDF)
  • Code Book Fundamentals--provides important fundamental information to assist in the proper interpretation and application of related laws, regulations and building codes (PDF)
  • Code Names - A One Page Explanation--contains clarifying information on the various parts and code book names associated with the California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.) (PDF)

CALGreen (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24, Part 11.)

For more information on the nonresidential occupancy application of the California Green Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24, Part 11.), also referred to as CALGreen, please see the following guides and educational materials below.

2013 CALGreen Guides and Materials for Nonresidential Occupancies

  • 2013 CALGreen Summary of Significant Changes to Nonresidential Mandatory Measures (PDF)
  • Guide to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code for Nonresidential Occupancies (PDF)
    • Supplement: 2013 CALGreen Nonresidential Checklist--effective July 1, 2015 (PDF) (DOC)

2010 CALGreen Guide for Nonresidential Occupancies

  • Guide to the 2010 California Green Building Standards Code for Nonresidential Occupancies, 3rd Edition--includes supplements effective July 1, 2012 (PDF)

CALGreen Commissioning Guide and Materials

  • CALGreen Commissioning Guide (Nonresidential)--for the commissioning of specified nonresidential buildings (PDF)
    • Sample: Commissioning Project (PDF)
    • Sample template: Functional Performance Test (PDF)

For information and guides concerning requirements for residential occupancies in CALGreen, go to the Department of Housing and Community Development's CALGreen webpage.

Rulemaking

The following documents contain information for state agencies that propose building standards as well as a public guide explaining the process by which building standards are developed and adopted.

  • Guide for Creating Proposed Building Standards--provides guidance to state agencies in preparing rulemaking documents for proposing building standards in the California Building Standards Code. (PDF)
  • Public Guide to the Building Standards Adoption Process--contains information explaining the process by which building standards are developed, proposed and adopted. (PDF)

Local Jurisdictions and Fire Protection Districts

Information for local jurisdictions and fire protection districts:

  • Guide for Local Amendments of Building Standards--information for local government and fire protection districts on the requirements of state law for filing local amendments to state building standards. (PDF)
  • California Code Adoption for Local Jurisdictions webinar (YouTube Webinar - June 7, 2016)
    • PowerPoint slide presentation document (PDF)
  • Local Code Ordinances webpage--contains information and a database of ordinances accepted for filing by CBSC. (HTML)
  • It's Your Building Department--guide for elected officials and executive managers of local governments. (PDF)
  • Guide to Filing Permit Surcharge Fees--information for local jurisdictions on the requirements for filing building surcharge fees (SB 1473 green fees) with the California Building Standards Commission. (PDF
    • Enabling legislation--SB 1473 (Chapter 719, Statutes of 2008) webpage (HTML)
    • Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund webpage (HTML)

Accessing State Laws, Legislation and Regulations Online

Refer to the documents below for assistance and information concerning online access to state laws, legislation and the California Code of Regulations:

  • Accessing State Laws Online (PDF)
  • Accessing State Legislation Online (PDF)
  • Accessing State Regulations Online (PDF)

Other General Information: FAQs, Glossary of Terms, CBSC website, etc.

The following documents contain general information related to CBSC and the California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24.):

  • Introducing the California Building Standards Commission--a tri-fold pamphlet providing a summary of information related to CBSC, the California Building Standards Code, and the triennial and intervening code adoption cycles. (PDF)
  • Frequently Asked Questions--FAQs regarding the California Building Standards Code and associated state laws and operations. (PDF)
  • Glossary of Terms, April 2015 edition--contains definitions for words, names and phrases associated with the California Building Standards Code. (PDF)

The following documents contain information on CBSC website content and navigation:

  • How to Use Our Website, April 2016 edition--contains information on how to access the various features available on the CBSC website. (PDF)
  • What's on the CBSC Web, July 2015 edition--contains a brief list and synopsis of the topics and subject matter covered on the CBSC website. (PDF)

Publications Produced by Other State Agencies

The following building standards related publications have been produced by other state agencies:

  • California Solar Permitting Guidebook: Improving Permit Review and Approval for Small Solar Systems, Spring 2015 Second Edition (PDF)
  • Zero Emissions Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Handbook (PDF
  • Blueprint Newsletter--published by the California Energy Commission (HTML)