The office of Building Safety regulates the construction of all new, remodeled and existing buildings as mandated by the State of California and the State University Administration Manual. These codes encompass building, electric, plumbing, mechanical, sewer work, state energy and state and federal handicapped access laws. The purpose of these codes is to provide the standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures within this jurisdiction.
NEW STATE BUILDING CODES TO GO INTO EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2014
Every 3 years, the State of California adopts the most recent national building codes. The State also mandates that all California cities and counties adopt and begin enforcing those State codes on a specified date. According to the California Building Standards Commission, the 2013 California Building Codes (also known as Title 24) must be adopted and enforced beginning on January 1, 2014. Any projects submitted for first plan review on or after January 1, 2014 will be required to comply with the new codes. Projects submitted before that date will be allowed to remain under the previous editions of the codes for both plan review and inspections.