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I agree with Mr. Bryson's comments with the additional following
informaiton:

	Incorporated cities within LACO use either the 2002 LACo Code, or
the 2001 CBC with local amendments.  The 2002 LACo Code is basically the
2001 CBC (which was based on the 97 UBC but includes many amendments).  If
you are designing in a specific incorporated City within LACo, you should
call the Bldg Dept to get the latest amendments.  There are many structural
amendments (to the 97 UBC) in use throughout California.

	The Basic Wind Speed throughout most of the Los Angeles county
region is 70 mph (Figure 16-1).  There are a couple areas that have "Special
Wind Regions" with speeds in excess of 70 mph.  You would have to contact
the specific city to obtain this information.

Steve Widmayer, PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Bryson [mailto:mbryson(--nospam--at)NYASE.com]
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 1:12 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Los Angeles County Building Code


LA County has its own building code which will apply to unincorporated
cities within its jurisdiction. You'll have to contact them to find out
what the latest version has been adopted but I think the latest is 2002.



-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Maxwell [mailto:smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu] 
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 9:20 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Re: Los Angeles County Building Code

Heide:

To my knowledge, ALL of California is required to use the CBC
(California
Building Code), which in essence in the 1997 UBC.  But, note that local
jurisdictions can make modifications to the state code (1997 UBC) as
long
as they make it MORE restrictive (that is my understanding, but those
who
practice in California should correct me if I am wrong...after all, I am
just a Michigan boy [although I was born in CA...but was a little too
young at that time to know anything about anything let alone codes
<grin>]).

HTH,

Scott
Adrian, MI


On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, Heide Hooks wrote:

> What building code is Los Angeles County currently under? Is UBC 97
> acceptable? What is the design wind speed?
>
> Thank you
>
>
> Heide Hooks, EIT
> NUCONSTEEL(tm)
> Email:  hhooks(--nospam--at)nuconsteel.com
>
>
>


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