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- Subject: California Codes
- From: Richard_Young(--nospam--at)ci.sf.ca.us
- Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 17:32:31 -0800
Perhaps this will help --- Word from Sacramento, Calif. (California Building Standards Commission) about the codes to be used in California: The "Effective Date" of the 1998 Editions of the California building codes will be July 1, 1999. The effective Date is the date the State codes must begin enforcment locally. Local jurisdictions will start to enforce the State editions and local adopted amendments. The codes must be "Published" not less than 180 days prior to the Effective Date. Published means available for purchase by the public. (If the codes miss the minimum publish date of January 2, 1999, he July 1 date will be pushed accordingly.) The State can Publish more than 180 days before the Effective Date, when approved by the Commission, but in no case less than 180 days. The effective date was approved by the Commission on Nov. 18, 1998. The codes are: 1) 1997 UBC as amended by the State as the 1998 California Building Code; (Three volumes as were the 1995 editions) (ICBO Published) 2) 1997 UMC as amended by the State as the 1998 California Mechanical Code: (ICBO Published) 3) 1997 UPC as amended by the State as the 1998 California Plumbing Code; (IAPMO Published, and available through IAPMO) 4) 1996 NEC as amended by the State as the California Electrical Code: (NFPA Published, but available through ICBO. No sale through NFPA.) Items 1), 2) and 3) will be in 8-1/2 by 11 inch format. The electrical Code will probably be NFPA same size as the 1993 NEC. Of some additional interest -- the 2000 IBC, IMC and IPC will not be adopted by ICBO until Sept. 2000 at the Annual Business Meeting in San Francisco. This late in the year 2000 adoption date will require the State to push very hard to review a code that is new, not something passed on from previous years. It will be different in format, wording, content, and context. A strong possibility the Effective Date will be 2002. And, because the Calif. law was changed to delete specific code editions the State is required to adopt, the State could re-adopt the 1998 codes as the 2001 codes giving them 6 years to review the "International Series editions."
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