Overview

The Office of the State Fire Marshal's Code Development and Analysis Division reviews all of California's regulations relating to fire and life safety for relevancy, necessity, conflict, duplication and/or overlap. The division also prepares the California State Fire Marshal's fire and life safety regulations and building standards for review and adoption by the California Building Standards Commission.

Research and Development

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) Fire Engineering Division includes a research and development component to develop and deliver special projects related to the prevention of disastrous fires. Staff works closely with private industry; federal, state and local fire service personnel and the academic community to initiate and assist in research projects and to distribute the results of such research. All funding for fire engineering research comes in the form of research grants. SFM research and development staff continually develop and revise concepts geared at reducing the incidence of uncontrolled wildfires. To date, research and development subjects have included everything from training for fire hazard inspectors, defensibility of structures during wildfire, vegetation management environmental impact, assessing the vulnerability homes exposed to wildfire, and developing fire safe design and hazard mitigation strategies.

Title 24, California Building Standard Codes

  • For information regarding the California Building Standards Codes please click here.

Current and Prior Rulemaking Activities

 

  • Tall Wood Building Workgroup
  • Wildfire Protection Building Construction “CBC Ch7A” Task Force (2019).
  • Oklahoma State University's Flammability Standards for Building Insulation Materials-Phase II Final Report
  • The New Intervening Code Cycle regulations can be found at the CBSC website as the Supplements effective on July 1, 2018
  • L-Occupancy Task Group
  • On-demand Mobile Fueling (2016)
  • I-3 Code Task Group 
  • Schools Lockdown Task Force.
  • Working Group on Flammability Standards for Building Insulation Materials.
  • High-Rise Task Force - Final Report.
  • Residential Fire Sprinklers and the California Codes.
  • Solar Photovoltiac Installation Guidelines.
  • OSFM Regulated Occupancies.
  • NIOSH Releases Report on Preventing Deaths and Injuries of Fire Fighters Working Above Fire-Damaged Floors.
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Visit the web site of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards referenced in our state's statutes and/or regulations
  • Office of the State Fire Marshal - Statutes and Regulations Class
    • The Statue and Regulations course is a two-day course developed for fire prevention personnel, building officials, and related design professionals. The course will assist in obtaining an understanding of laws and regulations that effect fire and life safety enforcement in California and the following: The scope and authority of local departments relative to California Statutes and Regulations.
      • The review of Health and Safety Codes that relate to inspection responsibilities.
      • The continuing need for awareness of State Fire Safety Laws and Regulations on local fire jurisdictions.
      • The correct understanding and use of modifications to model Building and Fire Codes.
      • The applicability and content of Title 19, California Code of Regulations.
      • Relevant fire and life safety information not found in other Building and Fire Codes or code classes.

This is a State Fire Training (SFT) Fire Service Training and Education Program (FSTEP) course that is required for the Plan Examiner certification checklist.

California Solar Permitting Guidebook

  • The Governor’s Office and state agencies have partnered to produce the California Solar Permitting Guidebook. This guidebook was developed to help local governments improve permitting for small solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The guidebook explains state requirements for solar PV, outlines local permitting steps, and recommends several ways that local agencies can improve permitting of solar PV systems. 

    Download the California Solar Permitting Guidebook.

Contact Information

Code Development and Analysis Division
Sacramento Office
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244
(916) 445-8200
Fax: (916) 445-8459

Greg Andersen
Division Chief

Greg.Andersen@fire.ca.gov
(916) 568-2915

Crystal Sujeski
Deputy State Fire Marshall III
crystal.sujeski@fire.ca.gov
(916) 568-2916

Diane Arend
Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal RA

Diane.Arend@fire.ca.gov
(916) 568-291. Title 19 Development.