Building Codes & Regulatory Resources
Building Codes & Regulatory Resources is a guide to locating building codes, especially for California and the San Francisco Bay Area, in the UC Berkeley libraries and on the Internet. Current codes are listed first, historical or older codes follow. For additional assistance please consult the Environmental
Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
The regulatory environment for
design and construction consists of building codes and standards
covering local, state, federal, land use, and environmental regulations which are developed specifically for the purpose
of regulating the life-safety, health and welfare of the public. Once adopted, building codes
Maintained by David Eifler, Interim Head, Environmental Design Library. Updated by Jaye Fishel. Content reviewed: October 2011.
A brief history
- The Uniform Building Code was first enacted by the Pacific Coast Building Officials (now International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)) on October 18-21, 1927. Revised editions of this code are published approximately every 3 years.
- The California Building Standards Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) was created in 1978 as an amalgamation and reorganization of existing codes.
- California Building Standards Commission Guidebooks and Other Publications including Guide to Title 24
- The new national code is the International
Building Code (IBC) first produced in 2000 by the International Code Council (ICC). It combines the three model building codes published by BOCA (Building Officials Code Administrators),
ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials) and SBCCI (Southern Building Code Congress International). Check with the specific community planning or building
department to find out which codes apply to your project.
The 2010 Triennial Edition of the California Code of Regulations, Title 24 (California Building Standards Code) applies to all occupancies that applied for a building permit on or after January 1, 2011, and remains in effect until the effective date of the 2013 triennial edition. Some codes available online as PDF files.
A summary of key events of the building standards and the California Building Standards Commission.
A timeline overview of the history of building code adoption in San Jose, Calif. (pdf)
Code names can be confusing if not understood correctly.
California Building Standards Law: This name refers to the body of state law within California Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.5, commencing with Section 18901. The provisions of Part 2.5 govern the work of the California Building Standards Commission and how the codes adopted and published by the CBSC apply. The provisions of Part 2.5 are state laws enacted through the legislative process involving the state legislature and Governor. See Health and Safety Code Section 18901.
California Building Standards Code: This name refers to the building standards located in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations as published by the California Building Standards Commission. The building standards in the California Building Standards Code are state regulations adopted by various state agencies in the Executive Branch of state government. State laws require various state agencies to develop building standards for specific types of buildings, building equipment and features. See Health and Safety Code Section 18902.
California Building Code: This name refers to Part 2 of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. It should not be confused with the California Building Standards Code, which is the name given to the entire body of building standards in Title 24. Again the California Building Code is just Part 2 within Title 24, the California Building Standards Code.
(California Building Standards Commission. (2010) Guide to Title 24, California Building Standards Code, 2010
Bulk Resources.org Codes includes PDF versions of codes from states and municipalies throughout the United States, including the entire California Title 24 Code of Regulations which is divided by parts and subsections..
California building standards
administrative code / California Building Standards Commission, c1998. Contains additions, amendments and repeals
affecting California code of regulations, Title 24, Part 1. Continues in
part: California. California building standards code. Parts 1, 7, 8, 10,
12. Library has: 1998-2001.
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Latest edition on Reserve; earlier editions noncirculating
California building standards
code (Title 24).including 2013, 2010, and 2007 Codes: http://www.bsc.ca.gov/codes.aspx
- International building code / International Code Council. Falls Church, Va.: The Council, 2000-2009. IBC are published on a three year cycle.
Shelved: One copy of latest edition Reference; CD Reserve. Circ. note:noncir
Library has: 2000 -- (also available in Engineering)
Public.Source.org site contains links to online versions of 2007 and 2010 California Building, Administrative, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Historical Building, Energy, and Fire codes.
International Building Codes
Also check individual country codes.
International building code / International Code Council. Falls Church, Va.: The Council, 2000-2009. IBC are published on a three year cycle.
Shelved: One copy of latest edition Reference; CD Reserve. Circ. note:noncir
Library has: 2000 -- (also available in Engineering)
TenLinks.com site contains links to - Databases - BYGGDOK, ICONDA (International Construction Database), General Information,
Code Check, International Codes and Standards, links to codes and standards
from over 15 countries, Standards Organizations, International - CIB, ISO,
RILEM, UICB, WSSN, Seismic Codes, International Guide to International
Seismic, CodesSoftware and CodeBuddy.
- California Building Code. Uniform building code. California building code. Whittier, Calif.: International
Conference of Building Officials. Continued by: California. California
EnvDesign KFC813.A42 Noncirculating.
Library has: 1988, 1991, 1995//
California building standards
code. Parts 1, 7, 8, 10, 12. Sacramento, Calif.: California Building
Standards Commission Contains all of the additions, amendments and repeals
affecting Title 24, part 1, 7, 8, 10, 12, California code of regulations.
EnvDesign KFC813.A431 Shelved:
1995 edition Reference; earlier eds noncirculating. Library has: 1992-1995.//
Historical UBC CD-ROM: 1967-1994. comp
file: Version 1.1 Whittier, CA: International Conference of Building Officials,
EnvDesign KF5701.H578 2000
comp. Shelved: CD-ROM Reserve. On 7 day reserve
Historical UBC CD-ROM : the
early years (1927-1964). computer file: Version 1.0. Whittier, CA: International
Conference of Building Officials, c1999.
EnvDesign KF5701.H577 1999
compu/d. Shelved: CD-ROM Reserve. On 7 day reserve
Uniform building code (UBC). Los Angeles etc. International Conference of Building Officials.
1973- Merged: BOCA national building code, Standard building code to form:
International building codes.
EnvDesign TH223.P3 1927 - 1997.Shelved: 1997 Reference; earlier
The BOCA national building code. Country Club Hills, Ill.: Building Officials & Code Administrators
International, c1986. Basic Building Code (1950-1965) continued by BOCA basic building code (1975-1988) continued by BOCA basic/national building code (1984-1989) continued by BOCA national building code (1987-1999//).
EnvDesign TH223.B8 Noncirculating.
Library has: 1987(10) - 1999(14)
- An Architect's guide to building
codes & standards /produced by the American Institute of Architects
Building. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: AIA, c1990.
Architectural building codes: a graphic reference /James G. Scott. NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1997.
.S38 1997 Reference
- Building code requirements for
masonry structures (ACI 530-95/ASCE 5-95/TMS 402-95); Specification
for masonry structures. Detroit, Mich.: American Concrete Institute; NY:
American Society of Civil Engineers; Boulder, Colo.: Masonry Society, c1996.
Engineering TH1199.B85 1996
Building code requirements for
structural concrete (ACI 318-02)and commentary (ACI 318R-02): an ACI
standard. Farmington Hills, Mich.: American Concrete
Engineering TA682.24.A25 2002
Building codes illustrated : a guide to understanding the 2012 international building code / Francis D.K. Ching, Steven R. Winkel, FAIA. 4th edition. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & sons, Inc., . Guide
on how to use the IBC code as a companion to the IBC. Good for students
and professionals. Organized by subject area.
Code check: a field guide to building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes / by Redwood Kardon,
Michael Casey, & Douglas Hansen; illustrations& layout by Paddy Morrissey. 4th ed.
[S.l.] : Taunton, c2004
EnvDesign TH439.K37 2004 Reference
Code check building: a field
guide to the building codes /Michael Casey, Redwood Kardon and Douglas
Hansen. Newtown, CT. Taunton Press, c2003.
EnvDesign TH439.C37 2003
Code check building for California : an illustrated guide to the building code / by Douglas Hansen & Redwood Kardon.. Newtown, CT. Taunton Press, c2008.
EnvDesign TH24.C2.H36 2008.
Code check : an illustrated guide to building a safe house / Douglas Hansen and Redwood Kardon ; illustrated by Paddy Morrissey.
Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2009.
Code check West : a field guide to building a safe house / Redwood Kardon, Michael Casey, and Douglas Hansen; [illustrations by Paddy Morrissey. Newtown, Conn.: Taunton Press. c2002.
EnvDesign TH439 .K372 2002 Reference
The codes guidebook for interiors / Sharon Koomen Harmon, Katherine E. Kennon. 4th ed. Hoboken, NY:: John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
EnvDesign KF5701.H37 2008
Reference; earlier editions circulating
Cracking the codes : an architect's
guide to building regulations/ Barry D. Yatt. New York : J. Wiley,
c1998. Includes a chart with cross-references to code sections by subject.
EnvDesign KF5701 .Y38 1998 *c2 copies
Directory of building codes
and regulations. State directory. Herndon, Va.: National Conference
of States on Building Codes & Standards.
EnvDesign KF5701.D5932 1998--
2001 // EERC 610 D574c 1994- Reference
Designing & building with
the IBC / Rolf Jensen & Associates. 2nd ed. Kingston, MA : Reed
Construction Data, c2003. Compares IBC 2003 with IBC 2000 and the Model
Building Codes, such as the UBC. Has a "Quick Find Index" for each code:
eg. UBC to IBC.
EnvDesign KF5071.D47 2003
Handbook to the uniform building
code. Whittier, Calif.: International Conference of Building Officials, c1988.
Includes figures, drawings, a subject index and references for each chapter.
EnvDesign KF5701.B851 1998 Reference
2003 IBC architectural applications
for designers: based on the 2003 International Building Code (IBC). Country
Club Hills, Ill.: International Code Council, Professional Development
Services, c2004. Graphic displays of code sects.
EnvDesign NA2750.A15 2004 Reference
Illustrated 2009 building code handbook / Terry L. Patterson. New York : McGraw-Hill ; 2010. Includes actual building projects to illustrate how buildings comply with the codes.
McGraw-Hill on-site guide to
building codes 2000: commercial and residential interiors / William
David Smith III, Laura Holland Smith.. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2001. Covers the 2000 IBC,
the 2000 Life Safety Code and ICC/ANSI A117.1 - Accessible and Usable Buildings
EnvDesign TH425.S625 2001
Code finder for building and construction: building codes, fire codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, electrical codes, public works standards, water and wastewater standards / Dennis Phinney, P.E. 8th ed. Irvine, CA : BNI Building News.
EnvDesign TH425 .P495 2006
Reference; compu/d Reserve
UBC-IBC structural (1997-2000)
comparison & cross reference. Whittier, CA: ICBO, 2000. Compares
the 1997 UBC to the 2000 IBC, include comparative analysis and a cross
- DeWalt building code reference /written by American Contractors Exam Services ; editorial contribution by Chris Prince. Clifton Park, NY : Delmar, Cengage Learning,
Environ Dsgn TH4813.D49 2009 Reference
- California Building Standards Commission. the BSC reviews and
approves building standards proposed and adopted by state agencies, Administers
California's building code adoption processes, resolves conflict, duplication,
and overlap in building standards. see the web site for more detailed information.
CALBO - California
Building Officials. California Building Officials (CALBO) a nonprofit organization
promotes public health & safety in building construction through legislation,
education and building code development. CALBO's focus is on state issues.
ICC - International
Code Council now includes BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI
California electrical code. Los Angeles, CA : BNI Books..
1991-- Latest edition reference
IICC electrical code. Administrative provisions/ International Code Council. Falls Church, VA.
EnvDesign KF5704.I58; latest edition Reference; earlier editions circulate.
National electrical code handbook/ Boston, Mass.: National Fire Protection Association, c1978-.
EnvDesign KF5704.A3 -2002; Engin KF5704 .A3 2011 latest edition Reference; earlier editions circulate.
California energy code / Whittier, Calif.: International
Conference of Building Officials. Contains California code of regulations,
Title 24, part 6.
EnvDesign KFC424.A3592 2007
Latest edition Reserve; 2005 Reference, earlier noncirculating
International energy conservation
code. Falls Church, Va.: International Code Council, 1998. Continues:
Model energy code.
Env Design KF5701.A15.I58
Library has:1998- Latest edition Reference; earlier editions noncirculating
Model energy code. Falls
Church, Va.: CABO, c1983. Continued by: International energy conservation
Env Design TH223.C68 Library
has:1983-1995. Shelved: Latest edition Reference; earlier editions noncirculating
Residential steel design and
construction : energy efficiency, cost savings, code compliance / John
H. Hacker, Julie A. Gorges. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1998.
California Energy Commission -
California's primary energy policy and planning agency.
S. Department of Energy - Building Energy Codes Program - resource on national model energy codes.
California fire code / California
Building Standards Commission. Whittier, Calif.: International Conference
of Building Officials; Sacramento, Calif.: California Building Standards
Commission, c1998 - Continues: California Uniform fire code. California
EnvDesign KFC644 .A33, 2007
Reserve; 2001 Reference; earlier editions noncirculating.
California fire laws : with building code statutes / Charlottesville, VA : LexisNexis c2007.
EnvDesign KFC644.A29.C35, compu/d on Reserve
International fire code. Falls Church, Va.: International Code Council, c1999. Formed by the union
of BOCA national fire prevention code and International Fire Code Institute.
Uniform fire code and Standard fire prevention code.
EnvDesign KF3975.I58 2000--
Latest edition in Reference.
International wildland-urban interface code. Country Club Hills, Ill.: International Code Council, c2006-.
Life safety code handbook: with
the complete text of the 2000 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code / edited by Ron Cote. 8th ed. Quincy, Mass.: National Fire Protection Association,
EnvDesign TH9445.P8 L72
NFPA 909, code for the protection
of cultural resources. 2001 ed. Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection
EnvDesign TH995.M8 N3 2001
NFPA fire prevention code.
2000 ed. Quincy, Mass.: National Fire Protection Association, c2000.
EnvDesign TH9182 N48 2000
NFPA fire prevention code handbook /edited by Steven F. Sawyer, Martha H.Curtis. 2nd ed. Quincy, Mass.:
National Fire Protection Association, c2000.
.N47 2000 Reference
- NFPA - The National Fire Protection Association
- High-rise security and fire life safety / Geoff Craighead. 2nd ed. Amsterdam; Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, c2003.
EnvDesign TH9745.S59.C73 2003
Historic Preservation Codes
California state law and historic
preservation: statutes, regulations and administrative policies regarding
historic... Sacramento, CA: California Office of Historic Preservation,
[1999?] Technical assistance series. California. Office of Historic Preservation.
EnvDesign KFC814.H57.C25 1999
Building code issues in historic
preservation: selected case studies / prepared by the California Preservation
Foundation in cooperation with the State Historical Building Safety Board.
Oakland, Calif.: The Foundation, 2001.
EnvDesign KFC814.H57 B85 2001 Reserve
Guidelines for the rehabilitation
of existing buildings. Whittier, CA: International Conference of Building
EnvDesign KF5701 .G85 2000 Reference
How to use the state historical
building code: a one-day technical workshop / sponsored by the California
Preservation. Oakland : The Foundation,  .
International existing building code / International Code Council. [Falls Church, VA] : International Code Council, 2003-.
Rehabilitating older and historic
buildings: law, taxation, strategies / Stephen L. Kass, Judith M. LaBelle,
David A. Hansell. 2nd ed. New York: J. Wiley, c1993.
EnvDesign KF4310 .K371 1993
Codes in your Community: a guide to building Rehabilitation Codes - HUD User Publication,
8/2001. Overview of regulatory environment governing the use and reuse
of existing buildings. (PDF file)
State historical building code:
State of California, Title 24, Building standards, part 8. Sacramento
: State Historical Building Safety Board, 1990.
California mechanical code / California Building Standards Commission. Whittier, Calif.: ICBO; Sacramento,
Calif.: California Building Standards Commission, c1998-
EnvDesign KFC424 .A195 2007
Latest edition on Reserve; 1998 in Reference
Code check HVAC : a field guide to heating and cooling/ Michael Casey, Redwood Kardon, and Douglas Hansen; illustrated by Paddy Morrissey. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, 2005.
EnvDesign KF5708.C27 2005 Reference
Handbook to the Uniform mechanical code : an illustrative commentary. Whittier, Calif.: International Conference of Building Officials, c1995.
EnvDesign KF5708.I561 H36 1995 Reference
International mechanical code.: International Code Council, 2000-
EnvDesign KF5708.I55 latest edition in Reference, earlier editions in stacks.
Uniform mechanical code.
Whittier, Calif.: ICBO; Los Angeles : IAPMO
EnvDesign KF5708.I561 2000
- California plumbing code. Sacramento,
Calif.: California Building Standards Commission, 1995-
.A4 1995-2007. Latest edition Reference; earlier editions noncirculating
Code check plumbing : an illustrated guide to the plumbing codes/ Michael Casey, Douglas Hansen, and Redwood Kardon ; illustrations and layout by Paddy Morrissey. 3rd edition. Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, 2006.
EnvDesign TH6239.K37 2006 Reference
International fuel gas code / Arlington, Va. : American Gas Association : International Code Council., 1997-
EnvDesign K3542.I573. Latest edition in Reference; earlier editions in stacks.
International plumbing code / Country Club Hills, IL: BOCA Intl Inc., 1995-
EnvDesign K3542.I58. Latest edition in Reference; earlier editions in stacks.
International and uniform plumbing
codes handbook / R. Dodge Woodson. New York: McGraw-Hill, c2000.
Significant changes to the International plumbing code, International mechanical code, and International fuel gas code / Bob Konyndyk, Jay Woodward and Scott Stookey. Clifton Park, NJ : Delmar Cengage Learning : Washington, D.C. : International Code Council, c2009.
Uniform plumbing code / International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. Los Angeles, Calif. : The Association.
EnvDesign TH6164.W4. Latest edition in Reference, earlier editions in stacks or at NRLF.
Dwelling codes provide minimum requirements to safeguard life, health and public welfare and property by regulating and controlling the design, construction and occupancy of one- and two-family dwellings not more than three stories.
International residential code
for one- and two-family dwellings. Falls Church, Va.: International
Code Council, c2000- Mechanical, plumbing and electrical
requirements are included with these construction and occupancy provisions. This replaces the "CABO one & two family dwelling code".
EnvDesign KF5701.Z9.C681 Latest edition in Reference, earlier editions in stacks.
CABO one & two family dwelling
code / Council of American Building Officials. Homewood, Ill.: Building
Officials and Code Administrators International, c1983 Continued by: International one- and
two- family dwelling code.
Latest edition Reference, earlier noncirculating Library has: 1975, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1995 at NRLF.
Residential & light commercial
construction standards 3rd ed., updated. Kingston, MA : R.S. Means Co., c2008.
Finding Books & Articles
To find books and articles use subject headings/keywords in library catalogs and in article indexes.
Architectural practice -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Building laws -- California
Building laws -- United States
Buildings -- Specifications
Buildings -- Specifications -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Construction industry -- Standards
Dwellings -- Specifications
Dwellings -- United States
House construction -- Specifications
International building code
Selected Reference Sources
- 2006 International Building Code companion / R. Dodge Woodson.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2007.
EnvDesign TH420 .W66 2007 Reference
- The architect's handbook of
professional practice / Joseph A. Demkin, executive editor. 14th ed.
Hoboken, NJ : J. Wiley, c2008.
EnvDesign NA1996.A726 2008
on Reserve; 2 CD-ROMS on Reserve
The architect's handbook of
professional practice/ Joseph A.Demkin, executive
editor. Student ed., 13th ed. New York : J. Wiley, 2002.
EnvDesign NA1996.A726 2001b
Shelved: Reserve. Library has: 2 copies [book + CD-ROM]
Building codes illustrated for elementary and secondary schools : a guide to understanding the 2006 International Building Code for elementary and secondary schools / Steven R. Winkel, David S. Collins, Steven P. Juroszek. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007
EnvDesign LB3221.W56 2007
Building codes illustrated for healthcare facilities : a guide to understanding the 2006 International Building Code for healthcare facilities / Steven R. Winkel, David S. Collins, Steven P. Juroszek. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2007
EnvDesign RA967.W56 2007
professional & business license handbook. Sacramento, Calif.:
California Technology Trade and Commerce Agency. Continues: California
EnvDesign HD3630.U7.C33 copy 1 Reference; copy 2 Stacks
Center for Applied Transect Studies, Codes & Manuals
The evolution of a single model
building code for the United States /prepared by the Issues Task Group
on the Common Code Format; Marvin J. Cantor.et al. Washington, DC:
American Institute of Architects, 1997.
EnvDesign KF5701.A16 E94
Form-based codes : a guide for planners, urban designers, municipalities, and developers / Daniel G. Parolek, Karen Parolek, Paul C. Crawford. Hoboken, N.J. : J. Wiley & Sons, 2008.
EnvDesign NA9050.5.P37 2008
Form-Based Codes institute
Graphic Standards Field Guide to Residential Construction / Dennis Hall, Nina Giglio. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2011.
Introduction to building codes:
a guide to understanding the codes and how they work. 2000 ed.
Herndon, VA: National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards,
EnvDesign KF5701 .I58 2000
Residential building codes,
affordability and health protection: a risk-trade off approach / James
K. Hammitt. Joint Center for Housing Studies, Graduate School of Design and
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, .
Significant changes to the International Building Code / [Douglas W. Thornburg and John R. Henry & Jay Woodward. Clifton Park, NY : Delmar Cengage Learning, c2012.
EnvDesign Reference TH420 .T485 2012
SmartCode : version 9 and manual. / Andŕes Duany ... [et al.] Ithaca, NY : New Urban News Publications, c2008.
EnvDesign KF5697 .A44 2008
Codes Central - collects important components of transect-based planning in one place and provides files of the latest versions of the model SmartCode including new sustainability standards.
ACCA - Air
Conditioning Contractors of America
AIA - American Institute
AISC - American Institute
of Steel Construction
AISI - American Iron
and Steel Institute
ANSI - American National
ASTM - American Society
for Testing & Materials
Wood Council - American Wood Council
ASCE - American Society
of Civil Engineers
ASHRAE - American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
ASID - American Society
of Interior Designers
BOMA - Building Owners
& Managers Assoc. International
International Code Council
MHI - Manufactured
NAHB - National Association
of Home Builders
NIBS - National Institute
of Building Sciences
NMHC - National Multi
NSSN - A National
Resource for Global Standards
NSPE - Natl Society
of Professional Engineers
State Of California
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