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Structural Safety Code News

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.

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

The emergency building standards proposed by the Division of the State Architect-Structural Safety (DSA-SS which amend provisions in the following parts of the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24) have been permanently adopted:

  • 2016 California Building Code (Title 24, Part 2)
  • 2016 California Existing Building Code (Title 24, Part 10)

The original emergency building standards that enhanced existing provisions for EEE became effective January 30, 2017. Prior to the December 12, 2017 commission meeting, CBSC conducted the certifying rulemaking process to make the emergency building standards permanent, which included a 45- and 15-day public comment period. Additional information and the public comments affecting these rulemakings may be found at:

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 and 18942 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).

The Division of the State Architect’s 2016 intervening code proposals were reviewed and adopted by the California Building Standards Commission at the October 17, 2017 meeting. These approved standards will be included in the 2016 California Building Standards Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24), as an Intervening Code Supplement, which is scheduled for publication on or before January 1, 2018.

All approved standards have an effective date of July 1, 2018, with the exception of any revisions to the California Administrative Code (Cal. Code Regs., Tit. 24, Part 1) and any changes without regulatory effect made to Title 24 — such provisions are effective 30 days after filing with the Secretary of State.

The final accepted express terms file can be found at:

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Rulemaking Archives