2007 California Building Standards Code
(Triennial Code Adoption Cycle)
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM), along with other state agencies, is in the process of developing and proposing a new Building and Fire Code for California using the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Fire Code (IFC) as the base document. The objective is to develop an adoption package that will include model code language from the 2006 IBC and IFC and current applicable California amendments. The process will utilize a holistic approach to public safety when developing the state construction codes and evaluating the proposed amendments to those codes. 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.
The State Fire Marshal, by State Law, is responsible for the coordination of the State's fire and life safety codes. The State Fire Marshal must review the proposed regulations of State Agencies that promote fire and life safety before the regulations can be submitted for approval. According to a timetable being considered by the State Agencies, the entire SFM package will be submitted to the State Building Standards Commission in May 2006.
This approach requires that the comparison and subsequent amendment of the IBC to incorporate UBC or CBC provisions be done in a deliberate and thoughtful manner. Another result of this approach could be fewer State amendments, as the decision of which existing amendments to carry over could be made on a case-by-case basis. It also emphasizes a need to either participate in, or, at the very least, closely monitor development of the model code in order to assure the future safety of California.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal submitted several Parts of Title 24 to the California Building Standards Commission. With these submittals we are beginning the Building Standards Rulemaking Cycle, also knows as Triennial Code Adoption Cycle.