News & Updates


Gain the Resilience Advantage
Free Webinar Series Offered by Optimum Seismic

We’re seeing the severe economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine how much worse it could be if a major earthquake hit California’s urban areas.

The human toll in terms of deaths and injuries could be staggering. Collapsed buildings and infrastructure could take years – even decades – to fully replace. Much of our housing could be destroyed. Many businesses would likely never reopen.


Upcoming Live Webinars – Deadlines Fast Approaching

Reach your 2021 training goals early with these CALBO trainings!

Taught by a seasoned instructor, these specialized 2-hour long live webinars provide insight into a single code topic that complements our in-person training courses. Register for an upcoming course today!

Webinars Include: 

- Mass Timber Heights and Areas and Construction Fire Safety - NEW!
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
2019 CBC Chapters 11A and 11B: Accessibility for Residential Kitchens and Bathrooms
Thursday, January 21, 2021
- 2019 Energy Code Insulations and QII Requirements 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
- Overview of the 2019 California Energy Code: Accessory Dwelling Units
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
- Mass Timber Principles of Fire Resistance Design, Protection of Connections and Special Inspections - NEW!
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11A: Scoping Fundamentals - NEW!
Thursday, February 11, 2021 
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11B: Accessibility for Plumbing Elements and Facilities 
Thursday, February 18, 2021
- Highlighting the Chapter 11B Mid-Cycle Amendments of the 2019 CBC - NEW!
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
- 2019 CBC Chapter 11A, Division II: Parking and Exterior Routes - NEW!
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Register Today – Click here. More courses and dates will be available later this winter.

For any questions regarding the information provided above, please contact the CALBO Office or by phone at 916-457-1103.


CALBO Partners – Stepping Up to Support our Profession

With the new year, we look back on the times when 2020 seemed endless. However; CALBO prevailed and it was due greatly to the unwavering support of CALBO’s Partners.  Each of these sponsors makes an annual commitment – to show up, to pitch in and to partner with CALBO in promoting the very best of our profession. Even in the darkest days of 2020, each of these sponsors and their commitment to our profession through CALBO was unprecedented.

Please join CALBO in giving thanks to each of these sponsors for their demonstrated commitment to our profession. Please support those, who support CALBO, even in times of change and uncertainty.

Gold Sponsors: 4LEAF, Inc., CSG ConsultantsInterwestOptimum Seismic, and Willdan.

Silver Sponsor: TRB + Associates and Bureau Veritas.

Bronze Sponsors: International Code CouncilShums Coda Associates, and Simpson Strong-Tie.

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For a year of challenge and change, thank you CALBO for taking the lead

Dear Friend of CALBO,

Now I realize, you’ve heard a lot from me lately. Maybe a little too much, but much like you, this was my effort to lead as your CALBO President through a time of change and adversity. And with that – we did it.  You did it.  CALBO did it. As we enter into a new year with still some uncertainty at hand, I want to say – thank you.

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CBSC is looking for local jurisdictions to pilot test an Electronic Payment Gateway for submitting Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund fees.

The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has developed an Electronic Payment Gateway (EPG) to accept Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund fees (BSASRF, Green Fees). As many of us work remotely and government entities search for ways to save time, money and the need for in-office work, electronic payments may be one way for jurisdictions to meet all of these goals.

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CALBO News: Winter 2020

Welcome Friend of CALBO,

At CALBO, our goal is to be the premier resource for all California code officials and industry colleagues. We hope you will find this newsletter to be of value as you protect the built environment in the Golden State.
A Publication of California Building Officials
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What’s New in the 2019 California Building Code: A Special Webinar Series Covering Tall Wood Construction
Sponsored by: California Building Officials, American Wood Council and California State Rural Economic Development Steering Wood Utilization (REDS WUG) Working Group

Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-52-18 directed the State Fire Marshal to review the approved Tall Wood Building recommendations of the International Code Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings for adoption into the California Building Code’s intervening cycle. On August 13, 2020, the California Building Standards Commission approved the adoption of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC) tall mass timber provisions, which will become enacted on July 1, 2021 in the 2019 California Building Code.

This special series of educational webinars is a collaboration between California Building Officials (CALBO), American Wood Council, and California State Rural Economic Development Steering Wood Utilization (REDS WUG) Working Group to provide code officials information on the recent code changes to enable the plan review and design of tall mass timber projects in California. The in-depth sessions cover new construction types; fire resistance; materials manufacturing requirements including adhesives; noncombustible protection of mass timber elements; protection of connections, concealed spaces, and shafts; fire safety during construction; required inspections including special inspections; redundant water supply; height and area limits; acoustical and energy-related provisions; and other requirements for mass timber buildings.


CALBO COVID-19 Online Resource Page
Vital Resources and Information

Throughout California, we are witnessing a new chapter during COVID-19 - a time of transition out of stay-at-home orders. As building departments plan and prepare to open to the public, we urge that you utilize the CALBO COVID-19 Response webpage that hosts vital resources to assist building departments continue to operate and overcome new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

  • CALBO Member Highlights: Building Officials across the state have shared how their departments are developing new localized policies and procedures to serve their communities and what has served them well.
  • Online Resources: The State of California, State Agencies and industry partners have created COVID-19 resource pages to provide vital up-to-date information. Don’t forget to use the Building Department Listserve to pose questions to and share with your colleagues.
  • Events and Webinars: CALBO and industry partners are offering online events, webinars and panels to keep you connected virtually.

As always, CALBO recommends that jurisdictions follow guidance issued by local government and health authorities in their communities, but also urges members to utilize one another as a vital resource.

We are committed to keeping Building Officials across California well informed and connected to each other. As always, thank you for all you do and stay strong!

If you have questions or have a resource suggestion for the COVID-19 webpage, please contact the CALBO Office.