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Changes to the California Building Code Effective January 2014

2013 Building Codes

Starting January 1, 2014 all projects that are submitted for building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits will be required to comply with the 2013 California Code of Regulations Title 24.  This Code is the Building, Residential, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy, Green Standards and Reference Standards codes. These codes can be found on the State of California's website.




Change affecting all remodel Permits, whether or not plumbing work is involved:

This rule applies  to all structures finaled prior to January 1st, 1994.

2013 California Green Building Code 301.1.1
Effective January 1, 2014 all residential buildings undergoing permit alteration, additions or improvements shall replace noncompliant plumbing fixtures with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. Plumbing fixture replacement is required prior to issuance of final completion,  certificate of occupancy or final permit approval by the local building department. See Civil Code Section 1101.1, et seq. for the definition of a noncompliant plumbing fixture, types of residential buildings affected and important enactment dates.

Civil Code Section 1101.3(c)
"Noncompliant plumbing fixture means"

(1) Any toilet manufactured to use more than 1.6 gallons of water
per flush.
(2) Any urinal manufactured to use more than one gallon of water
per flush.
(3) Any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more
than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
(4) Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water
per minute.


See handout below. This handout shall be completed and given to the building inspector before or at the time of the final building inspection.