Development Services

Long Beach Building Standards Code


Every three years, the State adopts new building, residential, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, historical, fire, existing building, and green building 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, 2022, are permitted to comply with the 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Code. All projects submitted on or after January 1, 2023 are required to comply with the 2022 Edition of the California Building Standards Code and the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC).

The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 12 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 (CGBSC)
Part 12  California Reference Standards Code (CRSC)

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners, and contractors must be familiar with the California Building Standards Code and LBMC in effect at the time of plan submittal. LBDS, as required by State law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the latest requirements. 


For more information about the State-mandated changes, view Information Bulletin 20-04 published by the California Building Standards Commission regarding all changes made during the 2022 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.

Additional training information and resources related to the 2022 Edition of California Building Standards Code and the development of the California Building Standards Code are also available at: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT A NEW BUILDING STANDARDS CODE

The City of Long Beach Building and Safety Bureau will be conducting several public hearings to discuss the adoption of and amendment to the 2022 edition of the California Building Standards Code, in accordance with State law the 1997 Edition of the Uniform Housing Code including local amendments and restatements of Title 18, in its entirety, and other related chapters and sections of the Long Beach Municipal Code that will go into effect on January 1, 2023. The proposed amendments consist of structural, fire and life safety, green building and sustainability, and administrative provisions or procedures. The majority of the proposed amendments are a continuation of previously adopted amendments from prior code adoption cycles.

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

DATES:     Monday, February 14, 2022
      Monday, March 21, 2022
      Monday, April 18, 2022
      Monday, May 16, 2022
      Monday, June 20, 2022
      Monday, July 18, 2022
       
 TIME:     1:30 PM
       
 LOCATION:     Queen Mary Conference Room
     

Long Beach City Hall

     

411 W. Ocean Blvd., 4th Floor

      Long Beach, CA  90802
       
VIRTUAL MEETING:     longbeach.gov/lbds/enforcement/beac
       
DOCUMENT (S):    


THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE LONG BEACH CITY COUNCIL:

DATE:     Tuesday, October 18, 2022
       
TIME:     5:00 PM
       
LOCATION:     City Council Chamber
     

Long Beach City Hall

     

411 W. Ocean Blvd.

      Long Beach, CA  90802
       
VIRTUAL MEETING:     longbeach.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx


PRIMARY CONTACT FOR THIS PROJECT:

Truong Huynh, P.E., C.B.O.      Gregory Bowser, P.E., S.E.
 General Supt of Development Services      Structural Engineer
 Truong.Huynh@longbeach.gov      Gregory.Bowser@longbeach.gov
 562.570.6921        562.570.6834