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California is using the California Building Code (2001) which is still based on the 1997 UBC with certain amendments.  During the previous governor's time in office it was decided to adapt the NFPA but this could change with the new administration.  Below is part of an e-mail from the California Building Standards Commission.  Also note that cities and counties in California can add local amendments but are not allowed to adopt a different code.  This information is a couple of months old, so if anyone has any more current information please let us know.

Thomas Hunt, S.E.
ABS Consulting

Thank you for contacting the California Building Standards Commission.

Although the normal practice of the state is to publish triennial editions
of the California Building Code, it is unlikely that there will be a 2004
edition of the California Building Code.  The next California Building Code
is not expected to be published no sooner than 2006 due to current activity
of developing and promulgating a new building code based upon the NFPA 5000
rather than the 1997 Uniform Building Code, which was discontinued. See our
informational release on which model building code was chosen to replace the
UBC on our website:

The state is currently developing a time frame plan for the next California
Building Code.  When we finalize the plan, the plan will be posted on the
CBSC website.  I hope to have the plan posted within the next few months.

Yours truly,
Stanley T. Nishimura
California Building Standards Commission

"Ken E. Paquette" <KEP(--nospam--at)>

04/15/2004 06:20 AM

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"'seaint(--nospam--at)'" <seaint(--nospam--at)>
California Codes

Has or is California going to adopt the International Building Code and if they are, when is the adoption of the IBC scheduled to take place.
Is the California Building Code (UBC-97 with California Code of Regulations modifications etc) the current standard for all or most counties, and localities in California?