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DIVISION 13. HOUSING [17000 - 19997]

  ( Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )


  ( Part 1.5 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844. )

CHAPTER 1. General Provisions [17910 - 17913]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844. )


This part is known as the “State Housing Law.”

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 1844.)


The provisions of this part do not apply to any building regulated by Part 2 (commencing with Section 18000), Part 2.1 (commencing with Section 18200), or Part 6 (commencing with Section 19960) of this division, unless such parts specifically require such application.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 438.)


Rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this part and building standards published in the State Building Standards Code, relating to the erection or construction of buildings or structures, shall not apply to existing buildings or structures or to buildings or structures as to which construction is commenced or approved prior to the effective date of the rules, regulations, or building standards, except by act of the Legislature, but rules, regulations, and building standards relating to use, maintenance, and change of occupancy shall apply to all hotels, motels, lodginghouses, apartment houses, and dwellings, or portions thereof, and buildings and structures accessory thereto, approved for construction or constructed before or after the effective date of such rules, regulations, or building standards.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1152.)


(a) The department shall notify the entities listed in subdivision (c) of the dates that each of the international or uniform codes published by the specific organizations described in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (a) of Section 17922 are approved by the California Building Standards Commission pursuant to Section 18930 and the effective date of the model codes as established by the California Building Standards Commission.

(b) The department may publish information bulletins regarding code enforcement as emergencies occur or at any other time the department determines appropriate.

(c) The department shall distribute the information described in subdivision (a), and may distribute the information described in subdivision (b), to the following entities:

(1) The building department in each county and city.

(2) Housing code officials, fire service officials, professional associations concerned with building standards, and any other persons or entities the department determines appropriate.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 714, Sec. 12. (SB 944) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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