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http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
Generally, H & S 17920-17950 addresses various code concerns in California
State law, including adoption requirements...


Here is the text from H&S 197922 for the requirement  for the adoption fo
the Codes:

17922.  (a) Except as otherwise specifically provided by law, the building
standards adopted and submitted by the department for approval pursuant to
Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part 2.5 and the other rules
and regulations, which are contained in Title 24 of the California
Administrative Code, adopted, amended, or repealed from time to time
pursuant to this chapter shall be adopted by reference, except that the
building standards and rules and regulations shall include any additions or
deletions made by the department.  The building standards and rules and
regulations shall impose substantially the same requirements as are
contained in the most recent editions of the following uniform industry
codes as adopted by the organizations specified:
   (1) The Uniform Housing Code of the International Conference of Building
Officials, except its definition of "substandard building."
   (2) The Uniform Building Code of the International Conference of Building
Officials.
   (3) The Uniform Plumbing Code of the International Association of
Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
   (4) The Uniform Mechanical Code of the International Conference of
Building Officials and the International Association of Plumbing and
Mechanical Officials.
   (5) The National Electrical Code of the National Fire Protection
Association.  In adopting building standards for approval pursuant to
Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part 2.5 for publication in the
State Building Standards Code and in promulgating other regulations, the
department shall consider local conditions and any amendments to the uniform
codes referred to in this section.
Except as provided in Part 2.5 (commencing with Section 18901), in the
absence of adoption by regulation, the most recent editions of the uniform
codes referred to in this section shall be considered to be adopted one year
after the date of publication of the uniform codes.
   (6) Appendix Chapter 1 of the Uniform Code for Building Conservation of
the International Conference of Building Officials.
   (b) Except as provided in Section 17959.5, local use zone requirements,
local fire zones, building setback, side and rear yard requirements, and
property line requirements are hereby specifically and entirely reserved to
the local jurisdictions notwithstanding any requirements found or set forth
in this part.
   (c) Regulations other than building standards which are adopted, amended,
or repealed by the department, and building standards adopted and submitted
by the department for approval pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with
Section 18935) of Part 2.5, governing alteration and repair of existing
buildings and moving of apartment houses and dwellings shall permit the
replacement, retention, and extension of original materials and the
continued use of original methods of construction as long as the hotel,
lodginghouse, motel, apartment house, or dwelling, or portions thereof, or
building and structure accessory thereto, complies with the provisions
published in the State Building Standards Code and the other rules and
regulations of the department or alternative local standards adopted
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 17920.7 or 17958.5 and does not
become or continue to be a substandard building.  Building additions or
alterations which increase the area, volume, or size of an existing
building, and foundations for apartment houses and
dwellings moved, shall comply with the requirements for new buildings or
structures specified in this part, or in building standards published in the
State Building Standards Code, or in the other rules and regulations adopted
pursuant to this part.  However, the additions and alterations shall not
cause the building to exceed area or height limitations applicable to new
construction.
   (d) Regulations other than building standards which are adopted by the
department and building standards adopted and submitted by the department
for approval pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part
2.5 governing alteration and repair of existing buildings shall permit the
use of alternate materials, appliances, installations, devices,
arrangements, or methods of construction if the material, appliance,
installation, device, arrangement, or method is, for the purpose intended,
at least the
equivalent of that prescribed in this part, the building standards published
in the State Building Standards Code, and the rules and regulations
promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this part in
performance, safety, and for the protection of life and health. Regulations
governing abatement of substandard buildings shall permit those conditions
prescribed by Section 17920.3 which do not endanger the life, limb, health,
property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupant thereof.
   (e) No local enforcement agency may prohibit the use of materials,
appliances, installations, devices, arrangements, or methods of construction
specifically permitted by the department to be used in the alteration or
repair of existing buildings, but such materials, appliances, installations,
devices, arrangements, or methods of construction may be specifically
prohibited by local ordinance as provided pursuant to Section 17958.5.
   (f) No local ordinance may permit any action or proceeding to abate
violations of regulations governing maintenance of existing buildings,
unless the building is a substandard building or the violation is a
misdemeanor.


----- Original Message -----
From: <RainCat1(--nospam--at)aol.com>
To: <Seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 5:41 PM
Subject: Adoption of 1997 UBC


> Have most of the building departments in Caifornia started adopting the
1997
> UBC?
> Thanks a lot for any info!
>
> Rainier C. Catubig, P.E.
> San Diego, California
>
>