California

California Building Standards Commission:
Executive Director Mia Marvelli

2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 263-0916

Current Codes and Edition Adopted:
2015 International Building Code (IBC) *
2015 International Residential Code (IRC) *
2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) *
2015 International Fire Code (IFC) *
* The 2016 California Building Code effective January 1, 2017 based on the above model codes and state amendments.
Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

The 2016 California Building Code effective January 1, 2017 based on the above model codes and state amendments.

2016 CALGreen and the 2016 California Energy Code also went into effect on January 1, 2017.
Additional emergency balcony and elevated walkway amendments were adopted and go into effect on projects submitted for permit on or after January 30, 2017.

Amendments Disadvantaging Wood Construction:

The State Fire Marshal (SFM) office has several height and area amendments which disadvantage wood construction for SFM-regulated occupancies by not allowing NFPA 13 sprinklers to be considered for both an increase in height and an increase in area. The one exception is Type VA apartment buildings; the SFM allows an increase in height and allowable area with NFPA 13 sprinklers. The full increase allowed in the 2015 IBC is not allowed for NFPA 13R sprinklers. Additionally, the SFM has amended the allowable area increase for SFM-regulated occupancies, decreasing it from three times to two times the allowable area.

Next Update Cycle:

The 2016 CBC, based on the 2015 IBC, was published on July 1, 2016 and went into effect on January 1, 2017. The Building Standards Commission and state agencies are in the process of completing the next 18-month update cycle.

Notes:

The addition of Cross Laminated Timber to the 2016 CBC has spurred interest in SEAOC and CALBO looking at ways this new material can be utilized in the current code as well as through alternate methods of construction. Currently, a group has formed to develop guidelines along this subject. State agencies including the Department of State Architect and Building Standards Commission staff are interested.