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New State Building Standards Code Changes to Take Effect

2021 Building Codes - Stay Informed

Beginning on July 1, 2021, Long Beach is required by law to enforce the 2019 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle approved by the California Building Standards Commission. All projects submitted on or before December 31, 2019, must comply with the new requirements.

The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 12 parts:

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.

For more information about the State-mandated changes, Information Bulletin 20-04 published by the California Building Standards Commission regarding all changes made during the 2019 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle can be found at the following link: www.dgs.ca.gov/bsc.

Additional training information and resources related to the 2019 Edition of California Building Standards Code and the development of the California Building Standards Code are also available at: www.longbeach.gov/lbds/building/plan-review-services-dev/code.