Ready for July 2021 California Building Code Updates?

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If your multi-site rollout plans include California, there is an amendment to the California Building Code that goes into effect on July 1, 2021. Whether you have restaurants, stores, fueling stations—any commercial site—there are new expectations for accessibility to commercial buildings. If you have new California locations or renovation programs in California, proactive planning can keep your efforts on track.


Review and update plans for California locations as needed. 

California Building Code, chapter 11B, has several revisions, so be sure your team is up to speed and adjusts plans accordingly. 

The biggest change to site design will be the requirement to provide raised walkways (circulation paths) to separate pedestrian and vehicular areas. As a result, ‘zero curb’ conditions previously referenced, as ‘hazardous vehicular areas’ will be prohibited from the building code. There are six exceptions articulated in the code to provide pedestrian travel across sites.


Ensure you have accessibility compliance expertise on your team.

Make sure your architect is knowledgeable in accessibility compliance and/or you have a consultant who can help you comply with:

  • International Building Code (IBC and ANSI A117.1)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Want to know more about the ADA? Check out our ADA post.
  • California accessibility code requirements - Look for a Certified Accessibility Specialist (CASp).


Need help with your upcoming program? 

We have in-house specialists that know ADA requirements, are ICC Accessibility Plans Examiners/Inspectors, and Certified Access Specialists (CASp) in California. We ensure projects meet access code requirements. Learn more about our Accessibility Compliance services. 


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