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Urban and Regional Planning

This guide will you help identify and locate a wide variety of resources for your Urban & Regional Planning research projects.

What are Building Codes?

Some useful definitions:

A set of standards established and enforced by local government for the structural safety of buildings. (WordNet Search)

Laws, usually but not always enacted by local government units, that set safety and fire protection standards. These codes affect the materials and methods used in the construction of buildings. For example, a code provision might require sprinkler systems in motel rooms.
(American Banker: Banker's Glossary)

Building Code Links

Building Codes

Many local (city and county) codes are based on these codes and the California Building Standards Code (see box below). If you are working on a project in a specific area, be sure to find out what codes apply to that jurisdiction.