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8 October California

State of California

The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) Code Advisory Committees (CAC) review and make recommendations to proposed changes, submitted by state agencies, to California's building codes.  These CACs, including the Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical and Energy (PEME) CAC, met in late August and September to review the state agency proposed changes.  The state agencies are revising the language of their proposals to take into account the input of the CACs and will post the results on the CBSC website.    

The state agencies that propose changes to the California Codes are the California Building Standards Commission (non-residential occupancies), Division of the State Architect (structural safety, accessibility, public schools and community colleges), Housing and Community Development (residential), Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (health care and skilled nursing facilities) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (fire and life safety – all occupancies).

The proposed changes that were reviewed by the PEME CAC, which includes the 2014 National Electrical Code, are open for a 45-day public comment period from October 9 to November 23, 2015.   The Building Standards Commission is scheduled to vote on adoption of all the codes, including the 2014 NEC, on December 16, 2015.  The adopted codes will be published by June 30, 2016 and will be effective on January 1, 2017. 

As proposed by the state agencies, the 2014 NEC will be adopted with no significant amendments.  There are virtually no amendments to Chapters 1 through 4.  The bulk of the amendments, mostly in Articles 517 and 700, were proposed by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) which is the state agency with jurisdiction over health care facilities.

The proposed state agency amendments should be posted shortly and will be available for download.

Contact: Mike Stone – mike.stone@nema.org


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