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Adoption of Building Code

Adoption of Building Code
In accordance to the State’s Health and Safety Code (Section 17958) and as mandates by the Building Standard Commission, the City of Bakersfield will be adopting the following 2010 Building Construction Codes:

  1. 2010 California Building Code
  2. 2010 California Mechanical Code
  3. 2010 California Plumbing Code
  4. 2010 California Electrical Code
  5. 2010 California Residential Code
  6. 2010 California Green Building Code
  7. 2010 California Historical Building Code
  8. 2010 California Existing Building Code

Public Comments
The Building Department is seeking public comments for possible modification or changes prior to staff’s final recommendation to the City Council for the adoption of new codes which will become effect in January 1, 2011.  Draft copy is available on this website: Draft of Building Code

Adoption/Amendment Ordinance

Please email comments to  

You may also mail comments to Mark Fick, Assistant Building Director, Building Department, 1715 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

Commonly Asked Questions with the Adoption of 2010 Building Code

  1. Question: When will the codes be in effect and how will it be apply to my project?

  2. Answer: The codes will be effective on January 1, 2011.  They will apply to any new projects submitted after January 1, 2011.  Complete construction documents (i.e., architectural, structural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and complete energy/structural calculations) submitted on or before December 31, 2010 will be plan checked and inspected abased on 2007 California Codes.   Plan Check and permits may not be granted extension of time without plan modifications after January 1, 2011.
  1. Question: How will the code apply to existing commercial buildings?
  2. Answer: There are number of variables that will have to be evaluated (i.e., existing and proposed: fire sprinklers, use and occupancy).  There are significant differences between this code and previous codes.  We suggest that a meeting with one of the commercial plans examiners early in the project would be beneficial to us and the applicant especially for changes in use or additions.
  1. Questions:  Is the City making amendments to the state codes and where can I get a copy?
  2. Answer:  Yes, we are making some amendments to the code.  A draft copy is available on this website: Draft of Building Code Adoption/Amendment Ordinance or contact Chris Lee, Assistant Building Director (326-3790, for additional questions/information.

New Code Training
All designers and contractors will need to participate in training before the new codes take effect.  Training classes are available through the following organizations:

City of Bakersfield Building Department Training (FREE)
2010 California Codes Training Classes

  1. General training related to all code changes
  2. Overview of new codes: Residential Code and Green Building Code
  3. Advanced classes for design professionals regarding CBC, CRC, CPC, CME, CEC.

California Building Officials (CALBO):
International Code Council (ICC):