Promoting public health and safety in building construction through responsible legislation, education, and building code development


CALBO's online bill search allows building officials a real-time way to follow CALBO's position on critical State legislation during the 2016 session.   

CALBO's Director of Public Affairs, Nicole Virga Bautista, continues to work closely with the CALBO Legisltive Committee to track and take position on bills with a laser focus on collaboration with like-minded organizations as the mechanism for proactive change.



At CALBO, we strive to provide the best education and supportive network for professionals in building departments and industry representatives throughout California.  

We hope you will use these newsletter as a resource to keep yourself up-to-date with everything building!

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California Code Adoption Resources

California code adoption resources are now available! Whether you are new or a seasoned veteran to the code adoption process, these resources are vital for all charged with adopting the next code cycle.

Thank you to CALBO Committee Member and ICC Board Director Stuart Tom for the workshop PowerPoints on the code adoption process.


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Latest News

CALBO's AB 1236 Tool Kit - New Resources!

July 26, 2016

AB 1236 Tool Kit:  Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Ordinance and Staff Report Templates

As you are aware, Assembly Bill 1236 (2015) requires all local jurisdictions to adopt an ordinance with an expedited, streamlined process for permits for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. The effective date of the ordinance is September 30, 2016 for jurisdictions with a resident population of 200,000 or more.

PLEASE NOTE: Templates are provided for your suggested use and are written for either City or County Jurisdictions. You may consider adopting an ordinance as either an Administrative Ordinance, where it would reside in your administrative chapter of your Municipal or County Code, or a Technical Ordinance, where it would be among your technical chapters. An advantage of an Administrative only Ordinance is that you will not have to create new Chapters due to legislative changes.

This Bill also requires jurisdictions to publish a Checklist that is based on the Governor's Office of Planning and Research "Plug-In Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Permitting Checklist" of the "Zero-Emission Vehicles in California: Community Readiness Guidebook". CALBO's suggested Checklist will be available soon.

In considering either template, please consult your City Attorney or County Council accordingly.
As always, CALBO seeks to create communication and consistency among jurisdictions.  We hope that you find this AB 1236 Tool Kit useful.  The templates and timeline for Small Jurisdictions (resident population less than 200,000) will be posted soon.

2016-2017 CALBO Training Catalogue - Now Available!

May 20, 2016

Want to learn about the training opportunities that CALBO has to offer on the upcoming code cycle?

Download the newest CALBO Annual Training Catalogue to learn more! 

 - Introductory Message from the CALBO Training Institute Chair, Bob Latz 

 - Course Request Form for Chapters and Jurisdictions

 - Course Descriptions, including Education Week Courses

 - Education Week Registration and Event Information

 - Education Week Hotel Accommodation Information

 - CALBO Instructor and Course Developer Application


Water Conservation

December 16, 2015

New Model Water Efficient Landscapes Ordinance (MWELO) Tool Kit

Starting December 1, 2015, local agencies must adopt their own ordinance or MWELO becomes effective by default.  New development projects with a landscape area of 500 square feet or more are subject to MWELO.    

- Click below to access the many resources in the new CALBO MWELO Tool Kit developed by the CALBO Green Building Committee.

Emergency Regulations for Outdoor Landscape Irrigation - 2015

The California Building Standards Commission adopted emergency regulations for outdoor landscape irrigation effective June 1, 2015.  By reducing the Evapotranspiration Factor used for calculating the Maximum Applied Water Allowance from 0.7 to 0.55, the State expects water savings of up to 20% 

New Energy Commission Plumbing Fixture Flow Rates - State Website

The requirements for maximum flow rates for any newly installed fixtures as of January 1, 2016 are as followed:

  • Urinals from 0.5 gpf to 0.125 gpf.  Note: The use of hybrid urinals is being considered for the 2016 CalGreen Code
  • Residential faucets from 2.2 gpm to 1.2 gpm.  Note: The CEC is considering requiring 1.5 gpm and extending the requirement for 1.2 gpm to September 2016.
  • Kitchen faucets from 2.2 gpm to 1.8 gpm with possible capability to increase to 2.2 gpm. Public lavatory faucets shall not exceed a flow rate of 0.5 gpm.