Development Services

Long Beach Building Standards Code


Every three years, the State adopts new building, residential, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, historical, fire, existing building, and green building codes (known collectively as the California Building Standards Code) to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems. Sections 17922, 17958 and 18941.5 of the California Health and Safety Code require that the latest edition of the California Building Standards Code apply to local construction 180 days after publication.

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors must be familiar with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. Long Beach Development Services (LBDS), as required by State law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal. All projects submitted on or before December 31, 2022, are permitted to comply with the 2019 Edition of the California Building Standards Code. All projects submitted on or after January 1, 2023 are required to comply with the 2022 Edition of the California Building Standards Code and the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC).

The California Building Standards Code consists of the following 12 parts. More detailed information on each section can be found on the International Code Council website.

Part 1    California Administrative Code (CAC)
Part 2    California Building Code (CBC)
Part 2.5 California Residential Code (CRC)
Part 3    California Electrical Code (CEC)
Part 4    California Mechanical Code (CMC)
Part 5    California Plumbing Code (CPC)
Part 6    California Energy Code (CEEC)
Part 7    (Currently Vacant)
Part 8    California Historical Building Code (CHBC)
Part 9    California Fire Code (CFC)
Part 10  California Existing Building Code (CEBC)
Part 11  California Green Building Standards Code (CGBSC)
Part 12  California Reference Standards Code (CRSC)

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners, and contractors must be familiar with the California Building Standards Code and LBMC in effect at the time of plan submittal. LBDS, as required by State law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the latest requirements. 


For more information about the State-mandated changes, view Information Bulletin 20-04 published by the California Building Standards Commission regarding all changes made during the 2022 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.

Additional training information and resources related to the 2022 Edition of California Building Standards Code and the development of the California Building Standards Code are also available at dgs.ca.gov/BSC.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

A public hearing on the California Building Standards Code adoption will be conducted at the Long Beach City Council meeting listed below. View the notice.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 5 p.m.
Long Beach City Council Chamber
411 W. Ocean Blvd.


 

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CONTACTS

Truong Huynh, P.E., C.B.O.                       
General Supt of Development Services        
Truong.Huynh@longbeach.gov                    
562.570.6921                                                

Gregory Bowser, P.E., S.E.
Structural Engineer
Gregory.Bowser@longbeach.gov
562.570.6834