San Francisco Building Codes
The San Francisco Building Codes are amendments to the California Building Standards Codes (California Code of Regulations, Title 24) and must be used in conjunction with these state codes.
Print copies of both the current San Francisco and California Building Codes are available at the Government Information Center (GIC).
The current San Francisco Building codes are published online by American Legal Publishers. However, some parts of the California Building Codes that must be used with them are not available online.
The most current version of these codes is the 2013 Triennial Edition (effective January 1, 2014).
A noteworthy compilation of California building regulations and statutes for access compliance is available online via the Division of the State Architect.
Historic Building Codes
Most of these books are available through the Government Information Center, but some are located in the History Center (6th floor of the Main).
- Building laws going back to 1903 (in General Orders and Ordinances of the Board of Supervisors 1904, General ordinances of the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco 1907, 1910, 1915, and other publications).
- Official building laws, City and County of San Francisco 1921 (online, located in the History Center)
- Building Code 1928, 1930, 1934 (online)
- Building laws, City and County of San Francisco 1928, 1930, 1934 (online, located in the History Center)
- Building Code 1946, 1956 [Aug. 1960 printing], 1956 amended through Aug. 1962, 1956 amended through Feb. 1965, 1969, 1969 amended through July 1970, 1969 amended through Oct. 1972, 1975, 1975 amended through Nov. 1982 (Partially online)
- Building code 1948, 1952 (online)
- Building code 1988, 1992, 1992 v.1 amended through June 1995, 1995, 1995 v.1 amended through Dec. 1997 (Not online)
- California building code. [San Francisco ed.] 1998, 1998 amended through June 2002, 2001 amended through Feb 2007, 2010 amended through Sept. 2013, 2013 (Not online)
- A rare article presented at a workshop in 1996 titled, The History and Legal Basis of Building Code Development, Adoption and Enforcement As It Applies To San Francisco (not online) by consulting engineer Robert J. Bossi. His paper starts with an historical look at building codes in general, and how San Francisco and the State of California began to regulate building construction. Before the earthquake and fire of April 1906, the author notes that a few city agencies were active in overseeing some aspect of plumbing, electrical, and building inspection.
California Building Codes that are available online at the California Building Standards Web site include:
The following major parts of the California Building Codes are not available online:
- CA Electrical Code (Part 3)
The Business, Science and Technology Center (4th floor at the Main) has paper copies of national and international codes: