Article 2. Definitions of California Health And Safety Code >> Division 13. >> Part 2.5. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 2.
Unless the context otherwise requires, the definitions
contained in this article shall govern the construction of this part.
"Adopting agency" means a state agency responsible for the
adoption of building standards.
"Adoption" or "adopt" means, with respect to the procedure
for promulgation of a building standard, the final act of a state
agency that has the legislative authority and responsibility to take
proposed building standards to public hearing.
"Approval" means, with respect to the procedure for
promulgation of a building standard, the action of approval by the
California Building Standards Commission. Until there is approval of
the standard by the commission, it shall be a proposed building
standard or regulation.
(a) "Building" means any structure used for support or
shelter of any use or occupancy. "Structure" means that which is
built or constructed, an edifice or building of any kind or any piece
of work artificially built or composed of parts joined together in
some definite manner, except any mobilehome as defined in Section
18008, manufactured home, as defined in Section 18007, special
purpose commercial coach, as defined in Section 18012.5, and
recreational vehicle, as defined in Section 18010.
(b) "Building" includes a structure wherein things may be grown,
made, produced, kept, handled, stored, or disposed of.
(c) All appendages, accessories, apparatus, appliances, and
equipment installed as a part of building or structure shall be
deemed to be a part thereof.
(d) "Building" does not include machinery, equipment, or
appliances installed for manufacture or process purposes only, any
construction installations which are not a part of a building, or any
tunnel, mine shaft, highway, or bridge.
(a) "Building standard" means any rule, regulation, order,
or other requirement, including any amendment or repeal of that
requirement, that specifically regulates, requires, or forbids the
method of use, properties, performance, or types of materials used in
the construction, alteration, improvement, repair, or rehabilitation
of a building, structure, factory-built housing, or other
improvement to real property, including fixtures therein, and as
determined by the commission.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (d), "building standard"
includes architectural and design functions of a building or
structure, including, but not limited to, number and location of
doors, windows, and other openings, stress or loading characteristics
of materials, and methods of fabrication, clearances, and other
(c) "Building standard" includes a regulation or rule relating to
the implementation or enforcement of a building standard not
otherwise governed by statute, but does not include the adoption of
procedural ordinances by a city or other public agency relating to
civil, administrative, or criminal procedures and remedies available
for enforcing code violations.
(d) "Building standard" does not include any safety regulations
that any state agency is authorized to adopt relating to the
operation of machinery and equipment used in manufacturing,
processing, or fabricating, including, but not limited to,
warehousing and food processing operations, but not including safety
regulations relating to permanent appendages, accessories, apparatus,
appliances, and equipment attached to the building as a part
thereof, as determined by the commission.
(e) "Building standard" does not include temporary scaffoldings
and similar temporary safety devices and procedures that are used in
the erection, demolition, moving, or alteration of buildings.
(f) "Building standard" does not include any regulation relating
to the internal management of a state agency.
(g) "Building standard" does not include any regulation, rule,
order, or standard that pertains to mobilehomes, manufactured homes,
commercial coaches, special purpose commercial coaches, or
(h) "Building standard" does not include any regulation, rule, or
order or standard that pertains to a mobilehome park, as defined by
Section 18214, or special occupancy park, as defined by Section
18862.43, except that "building standard" includes the construction
of permanent buildings and plumbing, electrical, and fuel gas
equipment and installations within permanent buildings in a
mobilehome park or special occupancy park. For purposes of this
subdivision, "permanent building" means any permanent structure
constructed in the mobilehome park or special occupancy park that is
a permanent facility under the control and ownership of the park
(i) "Building standard" does not include any regulation, rule,
order, or standard that pertains to mausoleums regulated under Part 5
(commencing with Section 9501) of Division 8.
(j) "Building standard" does not include any regulation adopted by
the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the Department of
Toxic Substances Control, the Occupational Safety and Health
Standards Board, or the State Water Resources Control Board
concerning the discharge of waste to land or the treatment, transfer,
storage, resource recovery, disposal, or recycling of the waste.
"Code" means the California Building Standards Code,
including the triennial editions and supplements.
"Codification" or "codify" means to arrange building
standards in the publication format of the code as determined by the
"Commission" means the California Building Standards
"Emergency standard" means a building standard or an order
of repeal of a building standard filed for publication in the code by
the commission pursuant to Section 11346.1 of the Government Code.
"Executive director" means the Executive Director of the
California Building Standards Commission.
"Local agency" means a city, county, and city and county,
whether general law or chartered, district agency, authority, board,
bureau, department, commission, or other governmental entity of less
than statewide jurisdiction. Local agency includes any entity of
regional jurisdiction. Local agency does not include an agency of the
"Model code" means any building code drafted by private
organizations or otherwise, and shall include, but not be limited to,
the latest edition of the following:
(a) The Uniform Building Code of the International Conference of
(b) The Uniform Plumbing Code of the International Association of
Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.
(c) The Uniform Mechanical Code of the International Conference of
Building Officials and the International Association of Plumbing and
(d) The National Electrical Code of the National Fire Protection
(e) The Uniform Fire Code of the International Conference of
Building Officials and the Western Fire Chiefs Association, Inc.
(f) Appendix Chapter 1 of the Uniform Code for Building
Conservation of the International Conference of Building Officials.
"Occupancy" means the purpose for which a building,
structure, or other improvement to property, or a part thereof, is
used or intended to be used.
"Propose" refers, with respect to the procedure for
promulgation of a building standard, to the state agency that has the
legislative authority and responsibility to write proposed building
"Publication" or "publish" means to print and make
available to the public the California Building Standards Code or
administrative regulations that apply directly to the implementation
or enforcement of building standards.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Government Operations.
"State agency" means a state agency as defined in Section
11000 of the Government Code.
"Regulation" means any rule, regulation, ordinance, or order
promulgated by a state or local agency, including rules,
regulations, or orders relating to occupancy or the use of land.
"Regulation" includes building standards.