What are the current adopted codes being enforced by the Town?

The Current Codes, as amended and adopted by the Town of Los Gatos as of January 1, 2023, are the 2022 California Building Standards Code, California Code of Regulations Title 24, Parts 1-12 as listed below:

  • Part 1 California Administrative Code
  • Part 2 California Building Code, Volumes 1 & 2, including Appendices I, and J.  (Local amendments)
  • Part 2.5 California Residential Code including Appendices AH, AK, AO, AQ, AX, and AZ. (Local amendments)
  • Part 3 California Electrical Code.
  • Part 4 California Mechanical Code.
  • Part 5 California Plumbing Code including Appendices A, B, D, G, I, K, and L only. (Local amendments)
  • Part 6 California Energy Code.    
  • Part 8 California Historical Building Code including Appendix A.
  • Part 9 California Fire Code. (Local amendments)
  • Part 10 California Existing Building Code including 2018 International Existing Building Code Chapter 14, and Appendices A2, A3, A4, and A5.
  • Part 11 California Green Buildings Standards Code Chapters 1-8 only. (Local amendments)
  • Part 12 California Referenced Standard Code.
  • 2022 International Property Maintenance Code.

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1. What are the current adopted codes being enforced by the Town?
2. When are building permits required?
3. I would like to make a change to my approved Building plans, what is required?
4. Do I need an Architect?
5. What do I need to know before I hire a contractor?
6. How can I check to see if my contractor has a license?
7. When does a person need a contractors license?
8. Where can I run my residential condensate drain? Can I discharge it to a landscape area?
9. Do I need a permit to replace my windows?
10. Do I need a re-roofing permit?
11. Do I need a permit to build a deck?
12. Do I need a permit to replace my fence?
13. Fences, Hedges and Walls
14. Do I need a permit for my storage shed?
15. When and where do I need to install an ARC Fault Breaker?
16. Do I need to bond my gas line when I replace my electrical service and where?
17. Do I need to install a backwater valve? What is a backwater valve?
18. When do I need energy calculations?
19. Does someone need to be present for my inspection?
20. How do I schedule a Building Inspection?