Cal Fire, Office of the State Fire Marshal: The Mission of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire prevention engineering, education, and enforcement.Mission

The mission of the State Fire Marshal is to protect life and property through the development and application of fire prevention engineering, education and enforcement.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal supports the mission of the CAL FIRE by focusing on fire prevention. The Office of the State Fire Marshal provides support through a wide variety of fire safety responsibilities including: regulating buildings in which people live, congregate, or are confined; by controlling substances and products which may, in and of themselves, or by their misuse, cause injuries, death and destruction by fire; by providing statewide direction for fire prevention within wildland areas; by regulating hazardous liquid pipelines; by developing and reviewing regulations and building standards; and by providing training and education in fire protection methods and responsibilities.

These achievements are accomplished through several major program elements including engineering, education, enforcement and support from the State Board of Fire Services.


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FIRE CODE REGULATIONS FOR TANKS IN UNDERGROUND AREAS

The fire code regulations for tanks in underground areas and connected piping systems were adopted by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in August 2017.  They become effective July...

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The fire code regulations for tanks in underground areas and connected piping systems were adopted by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in August 2017.  They become effective July 1, 2018.  The full definition of a tank in an underground area per APSA will also become effective July 1, 2018.

For more information, visit the California Building Standards Commission website.  Details of the requirements are in the approved standards from the August 2017 CBSC meeting for the 2016 Intervening Cycle (Supplement).  Select the CAL FIRE – Office of the State Fire Marshal tab and refer to Section 7 of the final express terms in the approved amendments to the fire code (Cal. Code of Regs., Title 24, Part 9).

2016 CALIFORNIA BUILDING STANDARDS CODE


January 1, 2017 is the statewide effective date, established by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC), for the 2016 California Building Standards Code. All applications for a building permit that occur on or after January 1, 2017 are subject to compliance with the 2016 Code. The 2013 California Building Standards Code remains in effect and is applicable to all plans and specifications, for, and to the construction performed where the application for a building permit is received on or before December 31, 2016.

More information on the 2016 Building Standards Codes, effective date, amendment by local ordinance, or purchasing the building standards.

More information regarding the 2016 Building Standards Codes as it applies to state owned, state leased or state occupied buildings.