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2010 California Historical Building Code

The California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8) is the latest regulation adopted by the State Historical Building Safety Board. Please note that the State Historical Building Code refers to Health and Safety Code, Part 2.7, Division 13, Sections 18950–18961.

To view or print a copy of the 2010 California Historical Building Code, download from the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) website:

To view or print a copy of the July 1, 2012 Supplement to the 2010 California Historical Building Code

For Errata Items for the 2010 California Historical Building Code (Title 24, Part 8), please check CBSC's "What's New" page for any Errata for the 2010 Edition of Title 24.

The California Historical Building Code can also be ordered from the International Code Council.

Overview

The State Historical Building Code (SHBC) was created by legislation in 1975 giving authority to the State Historical Building Safety Board to write regulations, and have consultation, review and appellate functions for code and regulation issues relating to qualified historic buildings, structures and properties.

A major feature of the State Historical Building Code is that it is a state law, a statute within the Health and Safety Code and the creation of regulations is separated by Health and Safety Code, S. 18944.7 from the California Building Standards code adoption process.

The written regulations, the California Historical Building Code, are entitled "code" as well, but are in reality regulation adopted pursuant to Building Standards law. The California Historical Building Code is Part 8 of Title 24 of California's Code of Regulations.

Another important feature of the SHBC is that it is not a "stand alone" code. It relies on a "regular adopted code" such as the latest adopted California Building Code to be the standard from which alternatives are derived. The 2010 California Historical Building Code is the most recent published regulation of the State Historical Building Code.

An often overlooked part of this legislated code is that the nature and extent of its reach and authority can extend into arenas where other statutes affect historic buildings or structures (Health and Safety Code S. 18956). While non-building regulations are not addressed in the 2010 California Historical Building Code, the State Historical Building Code (Health and Safety Code 18958 and 18959.5) gives authority for expansion or limitation of the reach and authority through adoption of regulations by the State Historical Building Safety Board. Other state agencies may adopt rules and regulations governing the rehabilitation, preservation, restoration, related reconstruction, safety, or relocation of qualified historical buildings, structures and properties within their jurisdictions (Health and Safety Code, S. 18954).

To facilitate standardization of application of the code, the State Historical Building Safety Board is given authority for appeals and review functions. The code is for the most part a set of performance criteria based on reference to regular code. The authority for determination of the performance of a particular alternative "as reasonably equivalent" to that of the regular code is the decision of the State Historical Building Safety Board through the consultation, review and appeal process.

The State Historical Building Code Process: How to Use the Code

Additional Thoughts on Use of the SHBC

SHBC Archives

2007 California Historical Building Code – To view or print a copy of the 2007 CHBC, download from the California Building Standards Commission website: