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CALIFORNIA – Building Code Triennial Code Adoption Cycle

Regulation ID: CA36042

Issue: Building Standards Commission: 2018 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle for the 2019 California Building Code

Affects:  Those who build or renovate pools and spas.

Rule Summary: In May 2018 the California Building Standards Commission received proposed code changes from state agencies given authority  in law to adopt or propose for adoption regulations in the California Building Standards Code, California Code of Regulations, Title 24.  The Commission adopted the proposed codes January 2019. 

California has adopted the following ICC codes and incorporated them, with amendments, into the California Code of Regulations:

  • 2018 International Building Code
  • 2018 International Residential Code
  • 2018 International Fire Code
  • 2018 International Existing Building Code
  • 2017 National Electric Code

Under the adopted rules, the Department of Public Health included specific amendments to the public pool code and signage. The amendments updated language for Section 3120B.4 updating the no lifeguard sign requirements and Section 3120B.7 impacting the warning sign for a spa pool. In addition, the Commission adopted Building Code amendments to reformat the rule language addressing the California Swimming Pool Safety Act.

Status: The Commission approved the codes.  The entire code will be published July 1, 2019 and effective January 1, 2020.

January 2019 Approved Standards: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Rulemaking/18-Month-Code-Adoption-Cycles---Triennial-and-Intervening/2018-Triennial-Code-Adoption-Cycle/Approved-standards-from-January-2019-com-meeting

December 2018 Proposed Adoptions: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Rulemaking/18-Month-Code-Adoption-Cycles---Triennial-and-Intervening/2018-Triennial-Code-Adoption-Cycle/Approved-Standards-from-the-Dec-2018-Com-meeting