NAMES AND OBJECTIVES

Section 1. This organization shall be known as the “Los Angeles Basin Chapter of the International Conference of Building Officials.”

Section 2. The objectives of the organization are:

(a) To place the public welfare above all other interests and to apply the special knowledge and skill of the Building Official to the benefit of all mankind.

(b) To build up the prestige of the Building Official, to provide sufficient qualified personnel adequately compensated, to establish minimum standards of what a building department is and to secure adequate recognition and proper place in the administrative organization.

(c) To investigate and discuss the principles underlying safety in the construction, occupancy and location of buildings and related structures.

(d) To develop, recommend and promote uniform regulations and legislation pertaining to building construction, and to encourage uniformity in zoning practice and code interpretation.

(e) To develop, maintain, and promote the adoption of the Uniform Building Code and related documents, and to become Active Class A members of the International Conference of Building officials.

(f) To advise and assist in administration of building laws and ordinances.

To do all such other things as are incidental to or desirable for the attainment of the above objectives.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety along with Los Angeles County Building and Safety Division, in cooperation with major jurisdictions in the region, led an effort to create uniformity of Building Codes and regulation in the entire region. This is an exciting regulatory streamlining effort that:

1. Creates uniformity of building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes in most of the jurisdictions in the region.

2. Reduces the total number of local amendments to the codes from over 1000 to less than 50 (96% reduction in local amendments).

3. Has received support from 85 jurisdictions representing over 98% of the population in Los Angeles County.

4. Over 58 jurisdictions have actively participated in formulation and implementation of this program.

5. Major jurisdictions in the region have been active participants in the program including: City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, and Santa Monica.

6. With construction valuation of over $5 billion in the region, conservatively assuming that this program produces a 1% construction cost savings, there will be an estimated cost saving of $50 million per year.

In 1957 our founding members established one of the earliest chapters of the International Conference of Building Officials.   Today our Chapter has grown to over forty Southern California jurisdictions, plus consulting firms and members of the construction industry.   When ICBO merged with two other building official organizations to create the International Code Council,  the Los Angeles Basin Chapter became an ICC Chapter in December 2002.

Los Angeles Region On-Line Municipal Codes
Municipal codes from several member cities are now on-line (note: subject to change, check with the individual jurisdiction for latest code changes not yet posted).