State Housing Law Program

The State Housing Law (SHL) Program was established to assure the availability of affordable housing and uniform statewide code enforcement to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public and occupants of housing and accessory buildings.  To fulfill this obligation the SHL Program may propose legislation and regulations.  The program oversees the application of state laws, regulations, and code enforcement by a city, county, city and county building, housing, health, and fire department or fire district.

The SHL Program standards apply to new construction of hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, dwellings and accessory buildings; and maintenance, use, occupancy, repair, alteration, moving, and demolition of existing hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, dwellings, and accessory buildings.

The building standards are published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, known as the California Building Standards Code.

The regulations are published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 1.

Currently Proposed and Approved Building Standards

The State Housing Law Program continuously refines the building standards to make sure they are in compliance with new or changing laws and regulations and develops statewide building standards for new construction of hotels, motels, lodging houses, apartments, dwellings, and buildings accessory thereto. The State Housing Law Program also develops the building standards necessary to provide accessibility in the design and construction of all housing other than publicly-funded housing. The building standards are published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, known as the California Building Standards Code.  Check the Building Code Development and Adoption (Title 24) for more details and currently proposed and approved building standards.

The California Code of Regulations, Title 24 is available for purchase.

Information Bulletins, Notices, Booklets, and Publications

 

State Housing Law (SHL) Current Program Activities

General

  • Providing public assistance with the California Building Standards Code and the accessibility requirements for multi-family residential buildings in Chapter 11A of the 2013 California Building Code.
  • Providing public assistance with the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen).
  • Participation in the California Building Standards Commission’s Coordinating Council along with other State agencies to coordinate regulatory actions.
  • Coordination with interagency Drought Task Force and the California Building Standards Commission in response to the Governor’s Executive Order regarding Water
  • Use Reduction and the State Drought Emergency.
  • Participating in other interagency task forces for Electric Vehicle Readiness, Solar Permitting, and Hydrogen Fuel Station Permitting.
  • Providing educational outreach and updates to the public, local jurisdictions, and various local ICC chapters.
  • Updating the State Housing Law Regulations in Title 25 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • Participating as a member of the California Historical Building Safety Board (SHBSB).

2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle

  • Development of the 2016 California Building Code, Title 24, Part 2 based on the 2015 International Building Code published by the International Code Council.
  • Development of the 2016 California Residential Code, Title 24, Part 2.5, based on the 2015 International Residential Code published by the International Code Council.
  • Development of the 2016 California Electrical Code, Title 24, Part 3, based on the 2014 National Electrical Code published by the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Development of the 2016 California Mechanical Code, Title 24, Part 4, based on the 2015 Uniform Mechanical Code published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
  • Development of the 2016 California Plumbing Code, Title 24, Part 5, based on the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
  • Development of the 2016 California Existing Building Code, Title 24, Part 10, based on the 2015 International Existing Building Code published by the International Code Council.
  • Development of the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code, Title 24, Part 11.
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