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The Division of the State Architect’s (DSA) updates or changes to California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 24 may occur on either an 18-month code adoption cycle, or on an emergency basis (emergency rulemaking). Approved updates or changes to CCR Title 24 may be published as the triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (published every three years), intervening supplements (also published every three years on a mid-triennial cycle), an emergency supplement, or errata.

State agencies may propose emergency changes to building standards or regulations related to the implementation or enforcement of building standards. Building standards law allows for the emergency rulemaking process and requires submission of the proposed emergency building standards to the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) for review and adoption.

Changes in the recently updated triennial edition of the 2016 California Building Standards Codes, that are effective January 1, 2017, provide enhanced clarity and consistency in application. The most significant changes are listed in the Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes (PDF - 106 KB).

To view a full history of code-related proposals that DSA has submitted, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.

Recently adopted regulations or regulations that are currently in the adoption process are shown below. Developmental documents from past code cycles may be found in Rulemaking Archives below. Individuals may sign up for email notifications in DSA-SS Mailing List below.


2016 Emergency Rulemaking

For general information regarding emergency rulemaking, visit the CBSC Emergency Rulemaking page. The public has the opportunity to review and file formal comments regarding an emergency code change during the certifying rulemaking process that follows adoption of the change. DSA must complete this certifying rulemaking process within 180 days of the effective date of the emergency change. The final adopted language will replace the originally adopted emergency building standards language and become permanent in the code. All related rulemaking documents and announcements from DSA and CBSC are available on the CBSC website.

During the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) meeting on January 27, 2017, the CBSC commissioners approved emergency building standards proposed by CBSC, DSA and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) which impact the construction of exterior elevated elements (EEEs). These emergency building standards are effective January 30, 2017 and amend the 2016 California Building Code (CBC) and the 2016 California Existing Building Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Parts 2 and 10). To view DSA’s emergency building standards, please see the CBSC Emergency Rulemaking webpage.


2016 Intervening Code Cycle - Supplement

DSA is authorized by California statute to develop and propose building code regulations related to structural safety. DSA proposes building code regulations in accordance with rulemaking processes administered by the California Building Standards Commission.

The Intervening Code Adoption Cycle is required by the Health and Safety Code (HSC) Sections 18929.1 and18942 to occur between the triennial cycles and is to result in new or amended building standards, or the repeal of existing building standards, in the current edition of Title 24. The amendments are published in the form of Supplement pages (on blue paper) to add new pages, or replace existing pages of Title 24 (Reference: HSC Sections 18928, 18929 and 18929.1).

To view documents that DSA has submitted the California Building Standards Commission as well as public meeting information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


Notice of 45-Day Public Comment Period, March 17 - May 1, 2017

DSA has submitted the following code packages for the 45-Day Public Comment period:

  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Mechanical Code (Part 4, Title 24)
  • DSA-SS/CC – 2016 California Plumbing Code (Part 5, Title 24)

All comments for DSA code package proposals must be submitted to the Building Standards Commission no later than 5:00 p.m., May 1, 2017. For more information, please see the California Building Standards Commission website.


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