Building codes and standards

Property Standards are established to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community by working to reverse and alter trends of deterioration. Housing laws and building codes are sets of regulations governing the design, construction, alteration and maintenance of structures. The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) promotes compliance with property standards through enforcing statutory laws, building maintenance codes and ordinances that directly impact health, safety and welfare; thereby contributing to their overall quality of life in the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Housing Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Housing Code is to remedy the existence or prevent the development of dangerous, substandard, or unsanitary and deficient residential buildings and dwelling units; and is in the interest of the health, safety and welfare of the people of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles Housing Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter XVI, Article I. Click here to access Los Angeles Housing Code.

Los Angeles Existing Building Standards

The purpose of the Los Angeles Existing Building Standards is to establish minimum standards to regulate and encourage the proper maintenance and use of existing buildings, structures and premises in order to safeguard life, limb, health, property and public welfare. The City of Los Angeles Existing Building Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article I, Division 81.Click here to access Los Angeles Existing Building Standards.

Los Angeles Building Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Building Code is to safeguard life, limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, quality of materials, use and occupancy, location and maintenance of all buildings and structures erected or to be erected within the city, and by regulating certain grading operations. The City of Los Angeles Building Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article I. Click here to access the Los Angeles Building Code.

Los Angeles Electrical Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Electrical Code is to reduce the personnel hazard and the fire hazard from electrical causes. To accomplish this, the requirements set in the electrical code are intended to provide a minimum standard for electrical installations. The City of Los Angeles Electrical Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article 3. Click here to access the Los Angeles Electrical Code

Los Angeles Plumbing Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Plumbing Code is to safeguard health, life, property and public welfare by regulating the design, alteration, construction, installation, repair, and quality of materials for plumbing, fire sprinkler, rainwater piping, standpipe, subsurface drainage piping, swimming pool piping, reclaimed water piping, underground fire-protection piping, and graywater piping systems. The City of Los Angeles Plumbing Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article 4. Click here to access the Los Angeles Plumbing Code.

Los Angeles Mechanical Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Mechanical Code is to safeguard life, health, property and public welfare by regulating the design, construction, installation, alteration, repair, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment and other miscellaneous heat-producing appliances. The City of Los Angeles Mechanical Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article 5. Click here to access the Los Angeles Mechanical Code.

Los Angeles Green Building Code

The purpose of the Los Angeles Green Building Code is to improve public health, safety, and general welfare by enhancing the design and construction of buildings through the use of building concepts having a reduce negative impact and encouraging sustainable construction practices. The City of Los Angeles Green Building Code is codified in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter IX, Article 9. Click here to access the Los Angeles Green Building Code.

California State Housing Law & Regulations 

A building or portion thereof or the premises on which the same is located, in which there exists any conditions to an extent that endangers the life, limb, health, property, safety, or welfare of the public or the occupants thereof is a substandard building. To view all conditions, which renders a building substandard and to view the State Housing Law click here. To access California State Housing Law Regulations click here

California Building Standards Code (CCR Title 24)

To access current California Building Standards Code click here

What happens if you do not maintain your property according to applicable codes and standards?

Upon inspection, if it is found that your property is maintained in violation of applicable codes or  standards, the inspector will issue an order which will list all violations. Generally HCIDLA provides 30 days to comply with the order. In some cases an inspector may grant an extension of time. However, if the violations have not been corrected by the compliance period specified on the order or any extension thereafter, the case is forwarded for enforcement.

Generally, during enforcement, a General Manager’s hearing is held. After considering all relevant evidence and arguments, the General Manager’s hearing officer may grant a continuance, refer the property for inclusion into the Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP), and/or refer the case to the City Attorney's Office for prosecution.