Building Codes

Building Codes

The City of San Leandro Building Codes are contained in the San Leandro Municipal Code (Title 7, Chapter 7-5). The current codes went into effect on January 1, 2020. They incorporate requirements contained in the following:

·         2019 California Building Code

·         2019 California Residential Code

·         2019 California Green Building Standards Code

·         2019 California Fire Code

·         2019 California Mechanical Code

·         2019 California Plumbing Code

·         2019 California Energy Code 

·         2019 California Electrical Code

       2019 California Referenced Stadards Codes


The California Green Building Standards Code may be downloaded from the

California Building Standards Commission website at or purchased in printed form


The best place to view these codes is the San Leandro One-Stop Permit Center or the San Leandro Library. Due to the vast amount of information contained in these codes and their technical nature, they can be difficult to navigate. Standard questions can be answered by our permit center staff. However, complex design issues should be referred to a design professional, such as an architect or an engineer.

It should be noted that the above codes have been modified by the State of California and the City of San Leandro to include various additional requirements based on local conditions.  And the structural provisions of the Building Code have been modified to address earthquake design standards.

Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public.  You may optain information about your legal obligations and how to comply with disability access laws at the following agencies:

As of January 1, 2014, SB407 requires non-compliant plumbing fixtures to be replaced with water conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing additions, alterations or improvements.  Applicants seeking to obtain permits for any of these types of work will be required to replace non-compliant fixtures prior to final permit approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy.  This law applies only to properties built on or before January 1, 1994.

One-Stop Permit Center staff can be reached at (510) 577-3404. For more information, contact the City's Building and Safety Services Division at (510) 577-3405.