Regulatory Agencies & Other Resources

Associations & Commissions

  • California Building Officials (CALBO)
    California Building Officials was founded in 1962 to promote and further the profession of the local California Building Official. With time and achievement, the organization has become the advocate and representative of not only the local California Building Official, but of local building departments, local government entities, and public safety and code enforcement officials.
  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
    As the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, the California Energy Commission is committed to reducing energy costs and environmental impacts of energy use - such as greenhouse gas emissions - while ensuring a safe, resilient, and reliable supply of energy.
  • California Fire Prevention Officers (CFPO)
    The mission of the Fire Prevention Officers is to promote the protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire and other hazardous events, through effective education, engineering and enforcement.
  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials has been protecting the public's health and safety for ninety years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world.
  • North Coast Builders Exchange (NCBE)
    The North Coast Builders Exchange is committed to providing quality services and training to our members, promoting professionalism and ethics in construction, and helping to create a high quality of life in the communities we serve.
  • National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
    The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

Census Information

Building Codes & Standards 

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)
    This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These scoping and technical requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation, under the ADA.
  • California Association of Code Enforcement (CACE)
    The California Association of Code Enforcement Officers advances the code enforcement profession through a unified, statewide voice.
  • California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)
    CBSC is authorized by California Building Standards Law to administer the many processes related to the development, adoption, approval, publication, and implementation of California's building codes.
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
    This brochure, titled "Threatened & Endangered Specifics of the Santa Rosa Plain," provides information about protected plants and wildlife in the Santa Rosa Plain area, particularly if a develpment could disturb the habitats (grasslands, wetlands, or open space) of these endangered species. The brochure will help developers determine if and when they would need a California Endangered Species Act (CESA) permit for their project. 
  • ICC Evaluation Service
    For decades, ICC-ES has been the industry leader in performing technical evaluations for code compliance, providing regulators and construction professionals with clear evidence that products comply with codes and standards.
  • International Code Council (ICC)
    The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.
  • Redwood Empire Association of Code Officials (REACO)
    The mission of the Redwood Empire Association of Code Officials is to promote life safety and the protection of property through the development, interpretation and application of consistent building codes, standards and policies.

Community Resources

  • Building Industry Association (BIA) of the Bay Area
    BIA of the Bay Area is a non-profit membership organization committed to promoting housing for people of all income levels and the production of quality homes. BIA's 400-plus members are home builders, trade contractors, suppliers and residential development industry professionals in the Bay Area.
  • California Department of Housing & Community Development
    Provide leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians.

Planning Resources

  • American Planning Association (APA) California Chapter
    APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. We measure our success by the successes of our members and the communities they serve.
  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
    ABAG provides planning and research resources related to land use, housing, environmental and water resource protection, disaster resilience, energy efficiency and hazardous waste mitigation, risk management, financial services and staff training to local cities, and towns. ABAG's planning and research programs are committed to addressing sustainability, resilience and equity in the region.
  • California Division of the State Architect (DSA)
    The Division of the State Architect provides design and construction oversight for K-12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The division also develops accessibility, structural safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout the state of California.
  • Governor's Office of Planning & Research (OPR)
    The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.