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Orange County Local CEQA Procedures Manual

Building Codes

  • Building Code – California Building Code 2016 Edition, California Residential Code 2016 Edition, Energy Code- California Energy Code 2016 Edition and California Green Building Standards Code 2016 Edition, California Historical Building Code 2016 Edition, California existing Building Code 2016 Edition, adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 16-018 on November 22, 2016
  • Plumbing Code - CPC 2016 Edition, adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 16-019 on December 17, 2013.
  • Mechanical Code – California Mechanical Code 2016 Edition, adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 16-020 on December 17, 2013.
  • Electrical Code – California Electrical Code 2016 Edition,  adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 16-021 on December 17, 2013.
  • Fire Code – California Fire Code 2016 Edition, adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 16-022 on December 17, 2013.

Beginning on January 1, 2017*, OC Development Services, Building and Grading Plan Check section is required by State law to enforce the 2016 Edition of California Building Standards Codes (a.k.a., Title 24 of the California Codes of Regulations). All permit applications submitted on or after January 1, 2017, will be required to meet these new 2016 California Building Standards Codes adopted by the above mentioned ordinances.


NEW Permitting Procedures for Small Residential Solar Energy Systems: Ordinance No. 15-012

Fire Hazard Severity Zone Map

Grading Code

NPDES Water Quality Regulations

Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinances

Other Codes, Ordinances and Regulations

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Previous Building Codes

  • Building Code – California Building Code 2013, California Residential Code 2013, Energy Code- California Energy Code 2013 and California Green Building Standards Code 2013, Adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 13- 010 on December 17, 2013
  • Plumbing Code - CPC 2013 Adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 13-011 on December 17, 2013.
  • Mechanical Code – California Mechanical Code 2013 Adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 13- 012 on December 17, 2013.
  • Electrical Code – California Electrical Code 2013 Adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 13- 013 on December 17, 2013.
  • Fire Code – California Fire Code 2013 Adopted and amended by Ordinance No. 13- 014 on December 17, 2013.