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


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


  ( Part 5.5 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371. )

CHAPTER 2. Powers and Duties, Generally [14650 - 14717]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371. )

ARTICLE 3. Buildings and Grounds [14685 - 14690.5]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371. )


(a) The director shall appoint assistants, clerks, and employees as may be necessary to maintain the state buildings and grounds. The employees shall not have or perform the duties or functions of peace officers.

The department may establish rules and regulations for the government and maintenance of the state buildings and grounds consistent with this section. Every person who violates or attempts to violate the rules and regulations is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(b) Information regarding missing children provided by the Department of Justice pursuant to Section 11114.1 of the Penal Code shall be posted in public areas of all state-owned or leased buildings that have at least 20,000 square feet of office space, or that are staffed by at least 50 employees, or where service is provided to the general public and in other public areas of state-owned or leased buildings as determined by the department to be reasonable.

(c) (1) Consistent with this section, the Department of the California Highway Patrol may establish rules and regulations pertaining to the protection of state employees, properties, buildings and grounds, and occupants of state properties, including, but not limited to, the issuance of permits concerning the use of state buildings, properties, and grounds.

(2) A violation of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to paragraph (1) is a misdemeanor.

(3) This subdivision does not apply to state buildings or grounds owned, leased, rented, controlled, used, or occupied by the University of California, the California State University, Hastings College of the Law, the California Exposition and State Fair, the state hospitals of the State Department of State Hospitals or the State Department of Developmental Services, the institutions and camps of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation or the Division of Juvenile Justice, and the parks and beaches of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, the riding of a bicycle on paved paths or walkways that are on the grounds of the State Capitol that the Department of the California Highway Patrol has designated as routes to access bicycle parking racks adjacent to entrances to the State Capitol is permitted only if the bicycle is ridden in a manner that is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for pedestrians, weather conditions, visibility, other traffic, and the surface and width of the path or walkway.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 769, Sec. 2. (AB 2679) Effective January 1, 2013.)


The Department of General Services shall purchase and provide for the display of both the Flag of the United States and the Bear Flag of California in a prominent place outside of each public building of the state.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)


To enable it better to perform its powers and duties relating to public buildings, the department may become a member and participate in the activities of any building management association. The department may pay any fee or charge incident to membership in such an association or for services furnished thereby out of any money available for expenditure by the department.

Such membership and participation does not render the department nor the state liable to the payment of any dues, fees or other considerations after withdrawal of the department from membership and participation and membership and participation is subject to the right of the department to withdraw at any time and terminate any obligations that membership or participation may entail.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)


The department shall consider all matters of city planning affecting the future needs of the state and the relation of the state plans to those of the capital city.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)


The department shall confer and advise with the planning body of the capital city concerning all matters affecting the metropolitan district in and within 15 miles outside the corporate limits of the city. It shall make recommendations to the governing bodies of all political units within the metropolitan district and to the Governor as to all matters of interest to the state concerning existing or new roads, boulevards and thoroughfares, street railway systems, depots, smoke prevention, parks, parkways and playgrounds, water supply, sewage and sewage disposal, collection and disposal of garbage, civic centers, and other natural or artificial physical features, and other public improvements that will affect the character of the district as a whole.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)


The department may make recommendations to such political units concerning the metropolitan district. In so doing it shall have regard for:

(a) The present conditions and future needs and growth of the district.

(b) The distribution and relative location of all streets and railways, waterways, and other means of public travel and business communication.

(c) The distribution and relative locations of all public buildings, public grounds, and open spaces devoted to the public use.

(d) The planning and laying out for urban uses of private grounds brought into the market from time to time.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 371.)


No later than March 1, 2022, the department shall prepare and submit to the Joint Rules Committee a report summarizing current building safety guidelines of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or similar building safety guidelines, relating to the integration of shelter-in-place facilities in public buildings. The report shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

(Added by Stats. 2021, Ch. 174, Sec. 1. (AB 934) Effective January 1, 2022.)

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