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  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )


  ( Part 10b added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1686. )

CHAPTER 1. General [42000 - 42999]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1686. )


This part is known and may be cited as the “State Building Construction Act of 1955.”

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1686.)


No public building shall be acquired or constructed under this part, unless authorized by a separate act or appropriation enacted by the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1686.)


The following terms whenever used in this part have the meanings given in this section except where the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a) “Board” means the State Public Works Board.

(b) “Construction” includes the extension, enlargement, repair, renovation, restoration, improvement, furnishing, and equipping of any public building.

(c) “Public building” includes any structure, building, facility, or work that a state agency has jurisdiction of, or is authorized to design or construct, including, but not limited to, infrastructure, parking lots, landscaping, and other ancillary facilities, including furnishings and equipment, incidental to the use of any building, and also includes the site thereof, and any easements or rights of way appurtenant thereto or necessary for its full use.

(d) “Acquire” includes purchase, condemnation, lease, and gift.

(e) “Cost of a public building” includes, but is not limited to, the cost of all real estate, properties, rights, and easements acquired, the cost of construction of public buildings and the furnishing and equipment of them, all financing charges, interest prior to, during and for a period of six months after construction, engineering, architects’ and legal expenses, including the cost of plans, specifications, and surveys, estimates of cost and revenues, administrative expenses, and such other expenses as are necessary or incident to the financing of public buildings, or to determine the feasibility or practicability of any public buildings, and the condemnation of property necessary for use of, or in connection with, any public building.

(f) “Property” includes all property, real, personal or mixed, tangible or intangible, or any interest therein necessary or desirable for carrying out the purposes of this part.

(g) “State agency” includes any state office, officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission, organization, or agency including, without limitation, the University of California, the California State University, the California Community Colleges, and the Judicial Council.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 726, Sec. 4. (AB 1620) Effective October 19, 2010.)


This part provides an additional and alternative method for doing the things authorized herein and shall be regarded as supplemental and additional to powers conferred by other laws and shall not be regarded as in derogation of any powers now existing.

(Added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1686.)


(a) A public building that is owned by a state agency, or a portion of a building that is owned by the state and includes at least one restroom that is open to the public, shall provide at least one safe, sanitary, convenient, and publicly accessible baby diaper changing station that is accessible to women entering a restroom provided for use by women and at least one safe, sanitary, convenient, and publicly accessible baby diaper changing station that is accessible to men entering a restroom provided for use by men, or at least one safe, sanitary, convenient, and publicly accessible baby diaper changing station that is accessible to both men and women. Each station shall include signage at or near the entrance to the station indicating the location of the baby diaper changing station. If there is a central directory identifying, for the benefit of the public, the location of offices, restrooms, and other facilities in the building, that central directory shall indicate the location of the baby diaper changing stations. Each baby diaper changing station shall be maintained, repaired, and replaced as necessary to ensure safety and ease of use, and shall be cleaned with the same frequency as the restroom in which it is located.

(b) (1) Subdivision (a) applies to all new construction, and, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2), to all renovations of bathrooms for which the estimated cost of the new construction or renovation is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more.

(2) Subdivision (a) does not apply to a renovation if it is determined by the board that the installation of a baby diaper changing station is not feasible or would result in a failure to comply with applicable building standards governing the right of access for persons with disabilities. The board may grant an exemption from the requirements of this section under those circumstances.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 29, Sec. 103. (SB 82) Effective June 27, 2019.)


The state office building and garage in the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, bounded by First Street on the northerly side, Broadway Street on the easterly side, Second Street on the southerly side, and Hill Street on the westerly side, shall be named and shall be known hereafter as the Junípero Serra Building.

(Added by Stats. 1963, Ch. 1848.)

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