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 thereto; 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.

Mission Statement

To carry out the State Housing Law by adopting building standards and administrative regulations that assure safe and durable housing while safeguarding affordability.

Program Purpose

The Legislature enacted the State Housing Law to encourage uniformity in building standards; protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public and occupants of residential buildings statewide.