Many states have not adopted their very own state specific building codes that have been implemented to ensure the safety of occupants of all buildings built within that state. Each state follows their own set of rules and regulations, and the California Building Code is no exception. Of course, as building practices and standards change, as well as materials, there is a need to adapt to these changes accordingly. Since the California Building Code is governed by the BSC, or Building Standard and Codes, certain rules must apply before a change can be made. These rules apply to every single new code and every single change to existing building codes as well. First and foremost, a newly proposed building standard cannot conflict with any existing codes already in place, and cannot overlap or override them either. Of course, another more obvious rule is that the proposed code cannot be unfair, unreasonable, or so specific that it only applies to one specific building or structure.
All proposed standards for the California Building Code must be written consistent with the overall current BSC format and cannot be written in a confusing or capricious manner. Any new codes written or proposed that relate to fire safety must have final approval from the State Fire Marshall. Changes to the California Building code are rare, but can happen when there is a need to update or remove certain clauses within it. All of these codes are put in place to guarantee that safety guidelines are followed and adhered to throughout the construction process, and that these codes remain in place once the building has been completed so that safety is maintained throughout the life of the building. This helps to maintain that the residents and visitors of the great state of California are protected when they enter one of its many wonderful buildings.