Visalia, California Building Codes

Building Codes References

• Visalia follows the California Building Code based on ICBO’s Uniform codes. Visalia has some amendments to the state code (see below). To order copies of the California code visit ICC.
• Most commerical projects must go through a free Site Plan Review process before receiving building permits. Twelve copies of plans and a completed application are required. Submit plans by 4 p.m. on Thursday for review the following Wednesday. For additional information call (559) 738-3443.
The 2007 California Building Standards Code changes will take effect January 1, 2008. For more information visit the California Building Standards Commission.
Code TypeCode ModelAmendment Contact
Building/Dwelling CodeIBC 2006 (California Building Code 2007)Visalia Municipal Code, Title 15 or Dennis Lehman, (559) 731-4495
Structural CodeIBC 2006 (California Building Code 2007)Visalia Municipal Code, Title 15 or Dennis Lehman, (559) 713-4495
Plumbing CodeCalifornia Building Standards CodeVisalia Municipal Code, Title 15 or Dennis Lehman, (559) 731-4495
Mechanical CodeCalifornia Building Standards CodeVisalia Municipal Code, Title 15 or Dennish Lehman, (559) 731-4495
Electrical CodeNEC 2005 (California Electrical Code 2007)Visalia Municipal Code, Title 15 or Dennis Lehman, (559) 731-4495
Accessibility CodeCalifornia Building Code 2007 (Title 24, Part 2)California Access Compliance,
(916) 327-9698
Energy CodeCalifornia Energy Code 2007 (Title 24, Part 6)ICC and online for download
Elevator CodeCalifornia Elevator Safety Construction Code 2007 (California Code of Regulations, Title 8)ICC or (800) 423-6587.
Other CodesFlood: FEMA. For information contact Robert Buss, Flood Plain Administrator, (559) 738-3330, or Visalia Municipal Code.

Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)

Authorities Having Jurisdiction are those government officials who are the final authority on questions in a particular area (or jurisdiction).
Jurisdictional AreaContact
StructuralDennis Lehman
Building Safety
Phone: (559) 713-4495
PlumbingDennis Lehman
Building Safety
Phone: (559) 713-4495
MechanicalDennis Lehman
Building Safety
Phone: (559) 713-4495
ElectricalDennis Lehman
Building Safety
Phone: (559) 713-4495
AccessibilityDennis Lehman
Building Safety
Phone: (559) 713-4495
Fax: (559) 713-4812
Historic PreservationSenior Planner
Phone: (559) 713-4003
Fax: (559) 713-4814
EnvironmentalMichael Buss
Phone: (661) 326-6900
Fire MarshalJeff Newton
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshall
Phone: (559) 713-4266
Fax: (559) 713-4808
CivilDoug Damko
Senior Civil Engineer
Phone: (559) 713-4268
ZoningSenior Planner
Phone: (559) 713-4812
Fax: (559) 713-4814
PlanningSenior Planner
Phone: (559) 713-4812
Fax: (559) 713-4814
City AttorneyDan Dooley
City Attorney
Phone: (559) 636-9759
Fax: (559) 636-9759
Public WorksAndrew Benelli
Public Works Director
Phone: (559) 713-4340
Fax: (559) 713-4833
AviationMario Cifuentez, II
Airport Manager
Phone: (559) 713-4480
Fax: (559) 713-4827