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July 1, 2018 – Some New Building Code Updates Take Effect.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a simple list of these updates, though the Santa Rosa Fire Department has remarked that many of them pertain to properties located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones.  Permits submitted prior to July 1, 2018 are not supposed to be subject to these new codes; you should check with the respective City or County permitting office.

Please check your homeowners insurance policy carefully concerning coverage for building codes that take effect after the date of loss.

For those who like and understand reading building codes:

California Code of Regulations Title 24 is available online at:

Specific places to look for WUI requirements:

Part 2 California Building Code Chapter 7A:;

Part 2.5 California Residential Code, Chapter 3, Section R337:; and

Part 9 California Fire Code, Chapter 49:

Local amendments adopted into City Code:

at:; Building Code at:; and the Residential Code at:

The July 1, 2018 Supplements for each of the above codes are available at: and the changes are identified with a double vertical line in the margins.  You can compare the existing text to the new text to see what has changed.

May 2018 Code Upgrade Language from Friedemann Goldberg »

This document adds additional language that hopefully will help insureds with their Ordinance & Law (code upgrade) negotiations with their insurers.  The document has been submitted to the City of Santa Rosa, but as of early May 2018, had not yet been adopted.  Written by the law firm of Friedemann Goldberg.

Basic List from the County of Sonoma »

Basic List from the City of Santa Rosa »

Code Upgrades (Earlier Draft) »

Historic information on the California Building Code (Part 2 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations) »

Wood-burning devices prohibited.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Regulation 6, Rule 3: Wood-Burning Devices says “Beginning November 1, 2016, no wood-burning devices are allowed in new buildings constructed in the Bay Area. Gas-fueled fireplaces and logs, gas inserts, and electrical fireplaces are okay.”

More Info Here:  Rebuilding

THINGS CHANGE ALL THE TIME.  Please always check with the appropriate agency or entity for current information.  

Neighbors Together SR does not provide any advice or endorse any service provider or agency. 

October 2017 Northern California Firestorm: Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa: Coffey Park; Fountaingrove (Hidden Valley Estates (HVE) is lumped with FG); Larkfield-Wikiup-Mark West-Riebli; Rincon Valley-Deer Trail-Calistoga Rd; Bennett Ridge (Nuns/Annadel Fire) . . . See more . . . »

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