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California Building Code

The 2016 California Building code is in effect as of January 1, 2017. The purpose of the California Building Code (CBC) is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, access to persons with disabilities, sanitation, adequate lighting and ventilation and energy conservation; safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment; and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. The provisions of the CBC is to ensure that barrier-free design is incorporated in all buildings, facilities, site work and other developments to which this code applies and to ensure that they are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. Code copies are available for viewing at our counter and at the Downey City Library. The external link below is where the CBC is available for purchase.

Building Codes & City Information

  • 2016 California Building Code
  • 2016 California Residential Code
  • 2016 California Plumbing Code
  • 2016 California Mechanical Code
  • 2016 California Electric Code
  • 2016 California Energy Code
  • 2016 California Green Building Standards Code
  • 2016 California Fire Code

Access To Building Code Information

Downey Municipal Code

Please refer to the link below for the additional local amendments that are to be utilized with the 2016 CBC.