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New California Building Standards Code Changes Take Effect on January 1, 2020

Author: Department of Planning and Building
Date: 11/13/2019 3:34:19 PM

Beginning January 1, 2020, Planning and Building is required by state law to enforce the updated building codes. Learn more by attending a workshop on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.


Every three years, the State of California adopts new building codes (known collectively as the California Building Standards Code) to establish uniform standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, and fire and life safety systems.

Beginning January 1, 2020, the County of San Luis Obispo Department of Planning and Building is required by state law to enforce the 2019 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (also known as Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations).

All architects, engineers, designers, developers, owners and contractors are expected to be familiar with the updated codes. County Planning and Building, as required by state law, cannot approve projects that do not comply with the codes in effect at the time of plan submittal.

For more information about state-mandated changes, please visit: https://www.dgs.ca.gov/BSC/Codes.

Informational Workshop – Join Us on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 to Get Your Questions Answered

County Staff will present on topics that will help get you ready to submit plans after January 1st and will be available to answer your questions.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 

3:00-6:00 PM

SLO Vets Hall

801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo

Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Energy Code Changes
  • Title 19 Ordinance Update
  • Other Program Requirements
  • Accessory Dwelling Units and Tiny Houses
  • Building Code Changes