Persons wishing to be considered for a position on a Code Advisory Committee (CAC), must submit an application and supporting documents by: December 4, 2020.

If you previously served on a CAC, you must submit a new application and supporting documentation for this term.

Application Form

Before applying, read the Requirements, Appointment Process and Responsibility below.

Health and Safety Code Section 18927

Authorizes the California Building Standards Commission (commission) to Appoint From:

  • Design professions
  • The building and construction industry
  • The affected general public
  • Interested government agencies

For appropriate advisory panels to advise the commission and its staff with respect to building standards. 

The Persons Appointed to the Panels:

  • Shall be specifically knowledgeable and qualified in the type of work embraced by the building standards in question
  • Shall serve without compensation
  • Receives state approved necessary travel expenses

 California Administrative Code, Sections 1-209 and 1-409; California Code of Regulations Part 1, Title 24,

  • The Code Advisory Committee members shall be limited to a maximum of nine voting members
  • Prior to each Triennial Code Adoption Cycle the commission reconstitutes the six standing Code Advisory Committees in their entirety, appointing new members and chairpersons.

The Code Adoption Committee, a Sub-Committee of the Commission will:

 

  1. Review the submitted applications at a publicly noticed meeting in early 2021.
  2. Submit their recommendations to the full commission for ratification of the nominations.

Once the nominations have been ratified, CBSC staff will canvas CAC members for their availability to serve during the spring/summer of 2021. It is estimated that the CAC meetings may occur May–August, 2021.

 

Conflict of Interest

 

Applicants need to be cognizant of potential or perceived conflicts of interest when contemplating CAC membership. Conflicts of interest may impact an applicant’s ability to serve on a committee or in a position on a committee. They may also impact an applicant’s ability to vote on various issues before a committee. See the left panel for more information on conflict of interest.

Incumbents will be responsible for reviewing proposed code changes and the justifications submitted by state agencies for proposed adoption by the commission. 

The outcome of the review will be a recommendation to the commission as to the action to be taken on each code change submittal. 

Recommended Action

  • Approve
  • Approve-as-amended
  • Disapprove
  • Further Study Required

The recommended action must include a reason, which shall be based upon whether the proposed code change is justified in terms of criteria specified in Health and Safety Code Section 18930; commonly referred to as the nine-point criteria analysis. 

 

  Nine-Point Criteria Analysis

  1. The proposed building standards do not conflict with, overlap, or duplicate other building standards. 
  2. The proposed building standard is within the parameters established by enabling legislation and is not expressly within the exclusive jurisdiction of another agency.
  3. The public interest requires the adoption of the building standards.  The public interest includes, but is not limited to, health and safety, resource efficiency, fire safety, seismic safety, building and building system performance, and consistency with environmental, public health, and accessibility statutes and regulations.
  4. The proposed building standard is not unreasonable, arbitrary, unfair, or capricious, in whole or in part.
  5. The cost to the public is reasonable, based on the overall benefit to be derived from the building standards.
  6. The proposed building standard is not unnecessarily ambiguous or vague, in whole or in part.
  7. The applicable national specifications, published standards, and model codes have been incorporated therein as provided in this part, where appropriate.

    A. If a national specification, published standards, or model code does not adequately address the goals of the state agency, a statement defining the inadequacy shall accompany the proposed building standard when submitted to the commission.

    B. If there is no national specification, published standard, or model code that is relevant to the proposed building standard, the state agency shall prepare a statement informing the commission and submit that statement with the proposed building standard.

  8. The format of the proposed building standards is consistent with that adopted by the commission.
  9. The proposed building standard, if it promotes fire and panic safety, as determined by the State Fire Marshal, has the written approval of the State Fire Marshal.

Code Advisory Committees & Positions

  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members    
    • Disability Access Advocate Knowledgeable in Visually Impaired         
    • Disability Access Advocate Knowledgeable in Hearing Impaired         
    • Disability Access Advocate Knowledgeable in Mobility Impaired
    • Disability Access Advocate Knowledgeable in Environmental Health Network or Other Cognitively Impaired        
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Construction Industry
    • Architect
    • Fire Official
    • Public Member

    (see footnotes to the left)

  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Registered Fire Protection Engineer
    • Construction Industry
    • Architect
    • Commercial Building Industry
    • Fire Official
    • Disability Access Advocate
    • Public Member

    (see footnotes to the left)

  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members
    • Residential Construction Industry Representative
    • Commercial Building Industry Representative
    • Architect
    • Environmental Organization Representative
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Public Member or Local Government Water Efficiency Official1
    • Fire Official
    • Mechanical Engineer or Energy/Building Performance Specialist
    • Electrical Engineer or Electrical Inspector or Energy/Building Performance Specialist

    (see footnotes to the left)

  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members
    • Acute Care Hospital Representative
    • Skilled Nursing Facility Representative
    • Architect
    • General Contractor
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Electrical Engineer or Electrical Inspector
    • Fire Protection Engineer
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Primary Care or Specialty Clinic Representative

    (see footnotes to the left)

  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Environmental/Energy Organization
    • Construction Industry
    • Architect
    • Fire Official
    • Public Member or Local Government Water Efficiency Official1
    • Plumbing Inspector
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • Electrical Engineer or Electrical Inspector

    (see footnotes to the left)


  • Ex-Officio Member(s)2
    • State Agency Representative(s)
  • Voting Members
    • Three (3) Structural Engineers
    • Architect
    • General Contractor
    • Local Government Building Official1
    • Public Member

    (see footnotes to the left)

Submit your application to:

California Building Standards Commission

Attn: CAC Application

2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 130

Sacramento, CA 95833
Or email:

Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest may impact an applicant’s ability to serve on a committee or in a position on a committee. They may also impact an applicant’s ability to vote on various issues before a committee. If you have any questions regarding conflict of interest, please visit the Fair Political Practices Commission’s (FPPC) conflict of interest webpage or call FPPC’s toll-free number at (866) 275-3772, to help you make your determination.

CAC Code Advisory footnotes

1. May be a consultant dedicated to full-time building official service for a single city, county or city and county authorized to represent the local agency. [Footnote shall apply to each Local Government Building Official position on every committee.]

2. Indicates state agency representative – non-voting CAC member.