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Building Codes, Policies and Handouts

The Building Services Division uses several model codes to evaluate building plans and permit applications, before granting building permits. The Division uses the codes, along with a series of on-site inspections, to help assure that buildings in Placer County are built safely and meet current generally accepted construction standards.

Building Codes

Chapter 15, Article 15 of the Placer County Code provides more information on the codes used by the Division to set building standards, including details on snow load requirements. You can either use the code table of contents or search on "building" to find further information.

Other building codes the Division uses which are available online include:

The County also uses a series of model building codes which are maintained as proprietary information by the International Code Council (ICC). These codes are available for purchase on the ICC Web site. The updated State codes are:

2010 Codes effective January 1, 2011

  • Part 2 - California Building Code (CBC) - 2009 International Building Code
  • Part 2.5 - California Residential Code (CRC) - 2009 International Residential Code
  • Part 3 - California Electrical Code (CEC) - 2008 National Electrical Code
  • Part 4 - California Mechanical Code (CMC) - 2009 Uniform Mechanical Code
  • Part 5 - California Plumbing Code (CPC) - 2009 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • Part 6 - California Energy Code
  • Part 10 - California Existing Building Code (CEBC) - 2009 International Building Code
  • Part 11 - California Green Code (CalGreen)

2007 Codes

  • Part 2 - California Building Code (CBC) - 2006 International Building Code
  • Part 3- California Electrical Code (CEC) - 2005 National Electrical Code
  • Part 4 - California Mechanical Code (CMC) - 2006 Uniform Mechanical Code
  • Part 5 - California Plumbing Code (CPC) - 2006 Uniform Plumbing Code
  • Part 6 - California Energy Code
  • Part 10 - California Existing Building Code (CEBC) - 2006 International Building Code

Further information about the FREE 2007 and 2010 codes is available at the California State Building Standards Commission Web page or

2009 Annual Code Adoption Cycle

Building Standards

Lead-Free Requirements

  • New Lead Free Plumbing Requirements effective January 1, 2010

2013 Code Handouts



2010 Code Handouts


Energy Standards

The State of California has all of the manuals and forms for compliance with California's Energy Efficiency Standards on their site. Here are links to the most important sections. New Energy Standards go into effect on January 1, 2010. There are substantial changes from the 2005 Standards. To look at the new rules go to 2008 Energy Standards. For assistance or questions regarding the Energy Standards, contact the Energy Hotline at 1-800-772-3300.

Helpful Links

Building Information

  • Conventional Framing Provisions-2001 CBC
  • Conventional Framing Provisions-2007 CBC
  • Asbestos Information
  • Re-roofing - Permits and Fees, CDDD Refund - Debris Recycling
  • Fire Retardant Re-roof Code Change
  • Skylights
  • Window Replacements
  • Security Bars
  • Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Enclosures
  • Pool and Septic Tank Removal
  • Fences > 6' & Retaining Walls - Permit requirements. Fence Height Diagram
  • Deck and Patio Covers
  • Detached Residential Garages, Sheds, Gazebos and Other Accessory Structures
  • Temporary Occupancy Procedures
  • Wood Burning Appliance Policy
  • Wood Burning Appliance Ordinance
  • Basement Policy (Placer County Residential Basement Policy)
  • ICC Bay Area Tri-Chapter of Northern California - Basement Guidelines
  • Mobile Homes & Modular Offices - see State Housing HCD Dept, Sacramento

Construction Site Overview

Protecting clean water improves our quality of life and preserves the local environment for our children and future generations. Unintentional spills at work sites can flow into storm drains and pollute waterways. These spills are prohibited by law. The drawing illustrates BMPs that must be used at all construction sites to protect storm drains and minimize pollution. All site BMPs must be checked and maintained daily.

For additional information see links below.

Building Policies

The below policies and/or information have been developed and/or obtained by the Placer County Building Division to address processing of both residential and commercial building permits:

Contact Us

For further Building Code related questions, contact a Building Inspector

For Setbacks, home:lot size ratio, residential fence heights & locations, Design Guidelines, Signs, and other Zoning Code related questions, contact a Planner at the Planning Division.

Answers will generally be returned within one business day.