Code Development & Analysis

2013 Califonia Building Standards Code
(Triennial Code Adoption Cycle)

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), along with other state agencies, is in the process of developing and proposing Building Standards for the 2013 California Building Standards Codes. The general purpose is principally intended to update and codify a new edition of the California Building Standards Code (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) that adopt by reference more current editions of the model codes. The more recent editions of the following model codes proposed to be adopted by reference are:

  • 2012 International Building Code (IBC)
  • 2012 International Fire Code (IFC)
  • 2012 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • 2012 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC)
  • 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)

The objective is to develop an adoption package that includes model code language and current applicable California amendments. The intent is that the final adoption package will include amendments necessary to reasonably maintain a substantially equivalent level of fire and life safety in California. This proposed action will:

  • Repeal the adoption by reference of the model codes and incorporate and adopt by reference in its place more recent model codes for application and effectiveness in the 2013 California Building Standards Code pursuant to Health and Safety Code 18928. Health and Safety Code 18928 requires any state agency adopting model codes to adopt the most recent edition.
  • Repeal certain amendments to the model codes and/or California building standards not addressed by the model code that are no longer necessary pursuant with Health and Safety Code 18930(a)(7).
  • Adopt new California building standards or necessary California amendments to the model codes that address inadequacies of the model codes as they pertain to California laws.
  • Bring forward previously existing California building standards or amendments, which represent no change in their effect from the 2010 California Building Standards Code.
  • Codify non-substantive editorial and formatting amendments for the format based upon the more recent edition of the model codes.

2012 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle Timeline

California Building Standards Commission Review (Approval and Adoption) Click here

45-Day and 15-Day Comment/Challenge Periods Click here

Code Advisory Committee (CAC) Review Click here

Pre-Rulemaking Activities

Stakeholder input and participation is necessary to assist the OSFM in developing building standards, the SFM is promulgating this rulemaking package in an effort to continue to foster, promote and develop additional ways and means of protecting life and property against fire and panic while minimizing the economic impact. The OSFM is scheduling several stakeholder meetings to discuss the adoption of new model codes and amendments thereto. Stakeholder meeting dates have been tentatively scheduled for:

  • October 18, 2011
  • November 16, 2011
  • January 18, 2012 - CANCELLED
  • June 28, 2012
  • July 10, 2012
  • Additional stakeholder meetings to be announced.

For additional information, please visit the State Fire Marshal's Code Development and Analysis website:
To be included on the SFM Code Development and Analysis Division stakeholder email distribution list for regulation development or for additional information please email Kevin Reinertson at:

For additional information regarding the 2012 Triennial Adoption Cycle for the 2013 California Building Standards Code, Please visit the CBSC Website.

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