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Current Code & Design Criteria

Currently Enacted Building Codes

  • 2019 California Administrative Code;
  • 2019 California Building Code, Volumes 1 and 2, Chapters 1 through 26, 31, Section 3109, and incorporating Appendix H, Signs, and Appendix I, Patio Covers;
  • 2019 California Residential Code, Chapters 1 through 10, and including , Appendix H, Patio Covers, Appendix V, Swimming Pool Safety Act, and Appendix X (emergency housing)
  • 2019 California Electrical Code, including Informative Annex Chapters A, B, C and D
  • 2019 California Mechanical Code, including Appendix Chapters A, and B
  • 2019 California Plumbing Code, including Appendix Chapters A, B, D and I
  • 2019 California Energy Code, including Appendix Chapters
  • 2019 California Historical Building Code, including Appendix Chapters
  • 2019 California Existing Building Code, including Appendix Chapters
  • 2019 California Fire Code
  • 2019 California Green Building Standards Code, Chapters 1 through 8
  • 2019 California Referenced Standards Code, including Chapters A
  • Uniform Housing Code, 1997 Edition, as published by the International Conference of Building Officials;
  • The Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, 1997 Edition, as published by the International Conference of Building Officials
Snow Loads: Ground Snow Load - Zero

Wind Loads: Ultimate Wind Speed: 1 & 2 Family Dwellings/ 85 mph; Risk Category I/ 100 mph; Risk Category II/ 110 mph; Risk Category III & IV/ 115 mph Exposure Category Central Turlock: B (Minimum 1/2 Mile from City Limits or open areas) When not considered Central Turlock utilize exposure category: C.

Rain Loads: 2" per hour

Seismic Loads: Unless otherwise justified by analysis, all buildings and non-building structures within the City limits shall be assigned to Seismic Design Category (SDC) D
In accordance with CBC 1613.3.2, soil Site Class D shall be assumed for all sites unless otherwise justified by a registered design professional and/or geotechnical report.

Soil Bearing Pressure:
  • Commercial construction
    A Soils Report is required
    • Allowable Foundation - per Soils Report
    • Allowable Lateral - per Soils Report
  • Residential construction
    • Single story construction
      • Allowable Foundation - 1500 psf without a Soils Report
      • Allowable Lateral - 100 psf/ft without a Soils Report
    • Multi story construction
      Unless otherwise approved by the Chief Building Official, a Soils Report is required
      • Allowable Foundation - per Soils Report
      • Allowable Lateral - per Soils Report
Climate Zone: 12

For more information or concerns about building codes, please contact:

Building and Safety Division
156 S. Broadway, Ste. 130
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5560
building@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

Effective August 10, 2020, and continuing until further notice, Development Services (Building, Engineering, and Planning Divisions) public counter will be closed. We will continue to assist you through scheduled appointments, our online services, email, mail, and by phone. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to provide customer service in a safe and effective manner.






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