2013 California Code Standard Correction Check Lists
How will the new
codes affect your plan check of building permits?
The new 2013 California Building Codes (CBC) became
effective January 1, 2014. All new applications for building permits submitted
after that date must comply with the new codes. This policy is intended to
clarify the effect of the new codes on the ongoing plan checks and permits.
Existing plan checks submitted prior to January 1, 2014 are
valid for a period of one year from the date of submittal. Plan checks expiring
before January 1, 2014 can be renewed without complying with new codes if the
application for renewal is submitted prior to January 1, 2011. Plan checks
expiring after January 1, 2011 cannot be renewed without showing compliance
with the 2013 CBC.
The existing applications submitted prior to January 1, 2014,
will continue to be processed according to the 2010 CBC provisions. However,
the applicant has the option of continuing with the previous code or to switch
to new codes and redesign the building accordingly. If the option to switch is
selected, additional plan check fees would be incurred and the project may be
delayed due to additional review time. An estimate for additional fees and
review time can be obtained from the plan check engineer.
Please note that the entire building shall either be
designed to the 2010 or to the 2013 CBC. Features cannot be mixed from the two
Permits issued for projects designed per 2010 CBC will
continue to be valid until the expiration date indicated on the permit.
Extensions allowed per [SMMC 8.08.070] will be granted
as long as the application for extension is submitted prior to the expiration
date. Please note that all permits expire when there is no inspection activity
on the project for 180 days. It is critical that applications for extension are
received in a timely manner.
If the project exceeds the allowable time designated on the
permit and an extension is not granted, or is not allowable due to the number
of extensions granted previously, the permit shall expire and a new permit has
to be issued. The new permit shall be based on the 2013 CBC and plans will have
to be resubmitted for review to ensure compliance with new codes. Fees for the
new plan check will be charged on an hourly basis and an estimate for
additional fees and review time can be obtained from the plan check engineer.