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1998 California Building Code

The 2001 California Building Code has been in effect since November 1, 2002, and is based on the 1997 Uniform Building Code. As a result, the structural requirements, fire and life safety requirements and the health safety requirements have not changed. California state amendments published in the 2001 California Building Code include new requirements applicable to occupancies regulated by California state agencies as well as revisions to the state accessibility requirements and State Fire Marshal sprinkler amendments enforced at the local level. Additional State Fire Marshal amendments are enforced by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department as well as Fire Plancheck New Construction.

City staff are in the process of updating or eliminating Building Newsletters shown as withheld pending revisions under either the 1998 or the 1994 code and it is expected that they will be posted in the near future. For further information please contact the Senior Research Engineer at (619) 446-5092.

Building Newsletters 1-1 to 3-11

1-1 - Revisions to Approved Plans (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

1-3 - Change of Responsible Party (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

1-4A - Submitting Requests for Alternate Methods, Designs and Materials (PDF)
Revised: May 2005

1-4B - Submitting Appeals to the Board of Appeals and Advisors (PDF)
Revised: May 2005

1-5 - "Foundation Only" Permits (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

2-2 - Determination of Building Height (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-1 - Occupancy Classifications of Assembly Buildings (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-2 - Occupancy Classification for Outpatient Health Care Centers. (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-5 - Garage/Residential Overhang Separations (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-9 - Water Heater Installations (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-10 - Return Air Ducts Through R-3/U-1 Occupancy Separations (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

3-11 - Exhaust Duct Requirements for Clothes Dryers in Residential Occupancies of Nonrated Construction (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

Building Newsletters 5-6 to 7-7

5-6 - Outdoor Hazardous Materials Storage (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

5-7 - Townhouse Contiguous Dwellings Classified as Group R Division 3 (PDF)

6-2 - Fire-Resistive Construction Behind Bathtubs and Shower Stalls (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

7-2 - Fire-Resistive Construction for Staggered Wood Stud Wallls (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

7-4 - Column Jacketing (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

7-6 - Ventilation for Ranges of Hot Plates in Dwelling Units (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

7-7 - Sanitary Requirements for Shaft Enclosures in Residential Construction (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

Building Newsletters 8-1 to 14-1

8-1 - Floor and Wall Finshes In Shower and Water Closet Compartments (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

8-2 - Dropped or Furred Ceilings in Types III and V Construction (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

10-1 - Occupant Lead Factors for Occupancies Not Listed in Table No. 10-A (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

10-2 - One-Hour Fire-Resistive Corridors (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

14-1 - Window Flashing (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

Building Newsletters 15-1 to 17-10

15-1 - Roof Drainage (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

15-3 - Hot Mopping on Nailable Decks (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-1 - Special Inpection and Structural Observation Requirements on Plans (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-2 - Special Inpection and Testing for Concrete and Shotcrete (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-3 - Special Inspection and Requirements for Structural Welding (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-4 - Requirements for High-Strength Bolts (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-5 - Bolt/Dowel Installation Using Epoxy Adhesive Resin, Drypack or Nonshrink Grout (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-6 - Off-site Fabrication of Building Components (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-7 - Approval of Products and Testing Agencies (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-8 - Prefabricated Construction (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-9 - Requirements for Smoke Control Systems (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

17-10 - Testing and Inspection Requirements for Proof of Compliance (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

Building Newsletters 18-1 to 25-1

18-1 - Soil Classification and Allowable Bearing Value (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

18-2 - Construction on Expansive Soil (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

18-3 - Geotechnical Reports (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

18-4 - Concrete Foundation Walls (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

18-5 - Unreinforced Masonry Foundation Walls (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

18-6 - Steppped Footing Requirements (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

24-1 - Safety Glazing Requirements (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

25-1 - Wire Backing for Exterior Plaster (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

Building Newsletters 31-1 to 34-3

31-1 - Patio Covers (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

31-2 - Solariums (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

34-2 - Commercial Uses in Existing Residential Buildings (PDF)
Revised: July 1999

34-3 Repair of Existing Fire-Damaged Buildings (PDF)
Revised: April 2003