Standards are developed as an extension of building code requirements. Standards represent a consensus on how a material, product or assembly is to be designed, manufactured, tested or installed to obtain a specific level of uniform performance.
The California Building Standards Code is one of 12 parts of the official administrative regulations to California Code of Regulations, Title 24. This part is known as the California Administrative Code, also known as the California Building Standards Administrative Code.
The California Building Standards Code is published in its entirety every three years by order of the California legislature, with supplements published in intervening years. The California legislature delegated authority to various state agencies, boards, commissions and departments to create building regulations to implement the State's statutes. These building regulations, or standards, have the same force of law, and take effect 180 days after their publication unless otherwise stipulated.
The California Building Standards Code applies to occupancies in the State of California as annotated. A city, county, or city and county may establish more restrictive building standards reasonably necessary because of local climatic, geological or topographical conditions.
To learn about standards development policy and procedures, and standard development and consensus committees, visit the International Code Council's (ICC) web site: http://www.iccsafe.org/Pages/default.aspx.
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