Development Services

Long Beach Building Standards Code

 CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE
CHANGES TO TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2020


Every three years, the State adopts new codes (known collectively as the California Building Standards Code) to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems. Sections 17922, 17958 and 18941.5 of the California Health and Safety Code require that the latest edition of the California Building Standards Code apply to local construction 180 days after publication.

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors must be familiar with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. Long Beach Development Services (LBDS), as required by State law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. All projects submitted on or before December 31, 2019, are permitted to comply with the 2016 Edition of the California Building Standards Code.

Beginning on January 1, 2020, LBDS is required by State law to enforce the 2019 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (also known as Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations).

The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 13 parts. More detailed information on each section can be found on the International Code Council website.

Part 1    California Administrative Code (CAC)
Part 2    California Building Code (CBC)
Part 2.5 California Residential Code (CRC)
Part 3    California Electrical Code (CEC)
Part 4    California Mechanical Code (CMC)
Part 5    California Plumbing Code (CPC)
Part 6    California Energy Code (CEEC)
Part 7    (Currently Vacant)
Part 8    California Historical Building Code (CHBC)
Part 9    California Fire Code (CFC)
Part 10  California Existing Building Code (CEBC)
Part 11  California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
Part 12  California Reference Standards Code

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors MUST be familiar with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. LBDS, as required by State law, CANNOT approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. All projects submitted on or before December 31, 2019, are permitted to comply with the 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Code.

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARINGS


The 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Code was adopted by the California Building Standards Commission and will be published on or about July 1, 2019.

The City of Long Beach is conducting public hearings regarding the adoption of the latest edition of the California Building Standards Code, including local amendments that will go into effect on January 1, 2020.

THE PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED LONG BEACH BOARD OF EXAMINERS, APPEALS AND CONDEMNATION HEARINGS:

DATE:  Monday, August 19, 2019  Agenda/Presentation
             Monday, September 16, 2019 – Agenda/Presentation – coming soon
             Monday, September 30, 2019  Agenda/Presentation – coming soon

TIME:  1:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  411 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor Conference Room (DeForest)
                        Long Beach, CA 90802

DOCUMENTS:


THE PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED LONG BEACH SUSTAINABLE CITY COMMISSION HEARINGS:


DATE: Monday, July 25, 2019     Agenda/Presentation

TIME: 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: City Hall Civic Chamber
                      411 W. Ocean Blvd.
                      Long Beach, CA 90802

DOCUMENTS:


For additional information, please contact Truong Huynh, P.E., C.B.O., General Superintendent of Development Services, at truong.huynh@longbeach.gov or (562) 570-6921.

The City of Long Beach Building Standards Code was first enacted in 1923 by the passage of Ordinance No. C-206. The 1928 Uniform Building Code published by the International Conference of Building Officials was the first model code adopted by the City in 1930 with the passage of Ordinance No. C-927. In 1990, the City began adopting the latest edition of the California Building Code commencing with the passage of Ordinance No. C-6681. The 2006 International Building Code published by the International Code Council became the latest model code to be used by the State and was first locally adopted under Ordinance No. ORD-07-0062.

The California Building Standards Code is published in its entirety every three years, 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 standards have the same force of law and take effect 180 days after publication unless otherwise stipulated.

There are a number of local amendments that address concerns of a local nature. The amendments consist of structural, green building standards, fire and life safety, plumbing, and administrative provisions. Most of the proposed amendments are a continuation of previously adopted amendments from prior code adoption cycles. These amendments are consistent with those adopted by other jurisdictions in the Southern California area as part of the Los Angeles Regional Uniform Code Program. These amendments are adopted to protect the community from the hazards of future earthquakes, to prevent fire-related hazards, and to require sustainable construction practices that support the Sustainable City Action Plan.

Reference to the Long Beach the City Council resolution that makes findings to adopt more restrictive building standards based on local climatic, geological, topographical, or environmental conditions of the City of Long Beach.

Additional references to assist residents, businesses, owners, design professionals, and the construction industries. These excerpts are the accumulation of related municipal codes and administrative codes pertaining to the construction standards regulated by the Building and Safety Bureau.

TITLE 2 ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL

TITLE 3 REVENUE AND FINANCE

TITLE 8 HEALTH AND SAFETY

TITLE 9 PUBLIC PEACE, MORALS AND WELFARE

TITLE 10 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC

TITLE 12 OIL PRODUCTION REGULATIONS

TITLE 14 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS

TITLE 20 SUBDIVISIONS