This "Guide to Public Housing Regulated by Chapter 11B of the California Building Code" is provided by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to offer guidance for understanding of application of Chapter 11B of the California Building Code (CBC) for public housing projects. 

This is the document referenced in the definition of public housing that is effective as of July 1, 2021

PUBLIC HOUSING. Housing facilities constructed or altered by, for, or on behalf of a public entity, or constructed or altered as part of a public entity’s program to provide housing pursuant to United States Code of Federal Regulations, 28 CFR Part 35, 102(a), including but not limited to the following:

1. One-or two-family dwelling units, or congregate residences;
2. Buildings or complexes with three or more residential dwellings units;
3. Homeless shelters, group homes, halfway houses and similar social service establishments;
4. Transient lodging, such as hotels, motels, hostels and other facilities providing accommodations of a short term nature of not more than 30 days duration;
5. Housing at a place of education, such as housing on or serving a public school, public college or public university.

Note: A public entity’s program to provide housing may include but is not limited to: the allocation of local, state, or federal financial assistance, Community Development Block Grants, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, the California Multifamily Housing Program, loan agreements and housing bonds. Examples that are not considered a public entity’s program to provide housing may include but are not limited to: density bonuses, the receipt of public funds for the installation of energy efficiency features, seismic strengthening, water conservation and fire safety features. For additional information see “Guide to Public Housing Regulated in Chapter 11B of the California Building Code” and the “California Access Compliance Advisory Reference Manual” available on the Division of the State Architect’s website.

To access this file and other reference materials, visit Access Compliance Reference Materials webpage. Please direct any additional questions regarding this transition to Susan Moe, DSA Senior Architect, CASp at


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