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In response to Tom Harris and Bill Sherman:

A few years ago I got a handout called "Design Limitations for Professionals"
that listed applicable statutes found  in the California Code of Regulations.
BTY:  Business and Professions (B&P) and Health and Safety (H&S)

Quoting from the handout:

Structural Engineers may design any building type. (Statutes:  B&P 6731,
6736, 5537.1)

Civil Engineers may design any building except hospitals or schools.  (H&S
15013, B&P 5537.6, 6731, 6735) In the City of L.A. may not design buldings
more than 160 feet in height. This is per local ordinance so it might be
challanged at the state level.  Any CE's out there have a high rise they
would like to use as a test case?     : )

Architects may design any type of building with these exceptions 1) the
structural portion of a hospital, 2) in LA can design building exceeding 160
feet in height, but structural engineers must design all structural portions
when a building  exceeds 160 feet in height (15048 of H&S, 5500.1, 6737 of
B&P code,  LA City Code.)


As for the plan checking of private schools, check out 39159 of the Education
code.   

I recall there was some bill last year that required the state to but all the
administrative codes on the internet by next summer.  So in the interem you
might try West's Annotated Calfornia Codes, published by West Publishers, St.
Paul Minn. You can order a CD rom. 

Tom VanDorpe, P.E.
VCA Engineers
Orange, CA