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Building Division
200 E. Santa Clara St.
Tower, 2nd Floor
San José, CA 95113-1905

Phone: 408-535-3555

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Adopted Building Codes

2019 California Building Codes Go into Effect January 1, 2020

The California Building Standards Commission updates the State building codes (California Code of Regulations, CCR, Title 24) every three years. The 2019 codes were published on July 1, 2019 and become applicable to all building permit applications made on or after January 1, 2020.

The updated codes adopted by the City of San José are:

  • 2019 California Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 2
  • 2019 California Residential Code - CCR Title 24 Part 2.5
  • 2019 California Electrical Code - CCR Title 24 Part 3
  • 2019 California Mechanical Code - CCR Title 24 Part 4
  • 2019 California Plumbing Code - CCR Title 24 Part 5
  • 2019 California Historical Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 8
  • 2019 California Existing Building Code - CCR Title 24 Part 10

The reach codes for the following codes are available on the 2019 Reach Code Initiative web page.

  • 2019 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards
  • 2019 California Green Building Standards Code

The 2016 and 2019 building codes can be viewed at the Building Standards Commission web page. 

Changes to the San José Municipal Code can be viewed in the amended ordinance to adopt the 2019 California Codes.

Workshop FULL: Significant Changes in the 2019 California Codes - February 28

Workshop has reached capacity. Please email to be on the waitlist.

City staff will highlight the significant changes to the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, Residential, and Fire codes, as well as Reach Code CALGreen and Building Energy Efficiency Standards. You are welcome to attend any of the topical sessions. See event details.

Adopted Ordinances

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