California Building Codes

I’m still looking for more information about the actual changes to the code that’re to take place on Jan 1st.

California is basing the code on the  International Residential Code (IRC) of 2006.  That code book is not available online as far as I can see, but can be purchased for as low as $47 on CD or $72 for a soft cover book.  Note that some of the “Builders Books” sites I saw had the older 2003 version instead of the 2006 version.

For now, here’s a link to a free PDF which appears to highlight some of the amendments which California adopted that differ from the actual IRC, and which is meant to be used in conjunction with their “Cliff Notes” of the building codes entitled “Code Check 5’th Edition.”  This 5’th edition retails around $14.
Amazon’s customer reviews of “Code Check” are mixed.  Some people say its a great and handy reference for homeowners and pro’s alike to have on hand, and some say the notes are too cryptic to interpret.  Also note that this is NOT the actual code book.

The International Code Council (ICC) also puts out its own cliff note version of the IRC – without notes specific to California.  This one retails around $27.


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