Michael Ellars



Preview of 2019 CBC Accessibility Provisions

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The California Building Standards Commission publishes a complete set of revised California Building Standards Codes every three years, also known as a “triennial period” (http://www.bsc.ca.gov/). This seminar will examine the major revisions to the accessibility provisions in Chapter 11B and other related changes proposed for the 2019 edition of the California Building Code, which is scheduled to be released on July 1, 2019, and to become effective January 1, 2020.

It is important to note that the following information is only a preview because the final language is still subject to change until its official release on July 1, 2019, and subject to further “editorial” revision until the effective date of January 1, 2020. However, the following is based on the latest record of “Final Express Terms” published by the Division of the State Architect (DSA), Access Compliance, as adopted by the California Building Standards Commission; see Approved Standards from the December 2018 Commission meeting.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Understand code adoption cycles and applicability to projects;
  2. Identify key revisions to accessibility provisions in CBC Chapter 11B;
  3. Explain features of new accessible elements defined in CBC Chapter 11B; and
  4. Apply these new and revised accessibility requirements to projects in design.

Disclaimer & Warranty

Code text included herein has been transcribed from official code publications of the California Building Standards Commission (http://www.bsc.ca.gov/codes.aspx). While care has been taken to verify the transcriptions are accurate, the author cannot warrant that the information provided herein is free from errors (typographic or otherwise). This information is provided for educational use only. Any other use of this information is at the user’s own risk. Where provided, commentary (indicated thus) was developed in accordance with general accepted professional principles and practice in the field of access compliance. This seminar was developed using a degree of skill and care ordinarily exercised under similar circumstances by professionals practicing on similar projects, in a similar time frame, and in this or similar locations. This warranty is in lieu of all other warranties, either expressed or implied.

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