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California's State Historical Building Safety Board

The information in the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) web pages is for guidance and information of the user. Only the cited state code and regulation are applicable under law.


Purpose of the State Historical Building Code

It is the purpose of the State Historical Building Code to provide regulations and standards for the rehabilitation, preservation, restoration (including related reconstruction) or relocation as applicable to all historical buildings, structures and properties deemed of importance to the history, architecture, or culture of an area by an appropriate local or state governmental jurisdiction. Such standards and regulations are intended to facilitate the restoration or change of occupancy so as to preserve their original or restored elements and features, to encourage energy conservation and a cost effective approach to preservation, and to provide for reasonable safety from fire, seismic forces or other hazards for occupants and users of such "buildings, structures and properties" and to provide reasonable availability and usability by the physically disabled.

The State Historical Building Code is defined in Sections 18950 to 18961 of Division 13, Part 2.7 of Health and Safety Code (H&SC) Health and Safety Code, a part of California Law.


Recent & Upcoming Board Activity

Regular Rulemaking: Historical Building Code Change Proposal – June 30, 2015

Proposed amendments to CCR Title 24, Part 8 (California Historical Building Code) have been submitted to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for consideration by their Building, Fire and Other Code Advisory Committee at the July 28-29, 2015 meeting. Submittal documents are provided below.

New Information: This proposal will also be heard at the CBSC’s Structural Design/Lateral Forces Code Advisory Committee at the August 12-13, 2015 meeting.


State Historical Building Safety Board Meeting April 29, 2015

A public meeting of the State Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB) will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Naval Training Center at Liberty Station, Dick Laub NTC Command Center, Conference Room 3, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, CA. A public meeting notice and agenda are available for download:



Proposed Changes to the 2010 California Historical Building Code

The State Historical Building Safety Board is proposing to amend Chapter 8-7, Structural Regulations and Chapter 8-8, Archaic Materials and Methods of Construction. The Notice of Proposed Changes, 45-Day Express Terms and the Initial Statement of Reasons set forth the proposed rulemaking. As stated in the Notice of Proposed Changes, comments or questions should be directed to the SHBSB Executive Director 916.324.7178 Voice, 916.445.7658 Fax, or email derek.shaw@dgs.ca.gov.


2010 California Historical Building Code

The 2010 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8, becomes effective on January 1, 2011.
2010 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8 (PDF - 1.75 MB) || Maintained by California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)

July 1, 2012 Supplement - 2010 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8 (PDF - 86 KB)


2007 California Historical Building Code

The 2007 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8, became effective on January 1, 2008.
2007 California Historical Building Code, Title 24, Part 8 (PDF - 635 KB) || Maintained by the California Building Standards Commission

For Errata Items for the 2007 California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8), please check CBSC's "What's New" page for any Errata for the 2007 Edition of Title 24.



Contact Information

State Historical Building Safety Board

C/o DSA Headquarters Office
1102 Q Street, Suite 5100
Sacramento, CA 95811

Derek M. Shaw
Executive Director
916.324.7178
916.445.7658 Fax
Derek M. Shaw derek.shaw@dgs.ca.gov