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RE: Sole Plate to Raised Wood Diaphragm Shear Transfer (Sta.Monica)

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Last I heard (probably 10 years ago) the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) allows local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent code requirements based on only a few criteria specific to the particular area (such as geologic considerations, which most of LA's provisions are based on, or climatic, which would allow for higher snow loads at Lake Tahoe, etc...).  The local building official thinking it's a good idea doesn't qualify.
 
The local requirements must be submitted to the CBSC for approval (or at least submitted).  Most of them are not, and thus would technically be unenforceable.  Just in case someone out there wants to get into a pissing match with the local building official.
 
Thor Matteson, SE