Become a Member

We are dedicated to providing current and relevant information and forums for communication in the interest of promoting uniformity in the application of codes and building inspection.

Learn More

Community Search

Welcome to our Online Community!

On behalf of SVABO we’d like to thank you all for your continued support of our organization in these uncertain times. One thing that is certain is the dedication and commitment the volunteer leadership and staff have to continue to serve our members. SVABO is open for business but our staff is working remotely in compliance with Governor Newsom’s orders. Although we hope not, members may experience a slower response over the next few weeks.  For optimum service and to increase clarity for our staff, an email in place of a call is better. You can best reach us at

Thank you for your support! Stay safe and healthy.

View Our Review on Changes to the 2019 Edition of the California Building, Fire, and Residential Code - link

SVABO is now on Twitter! link

Are you interested in serving on the CEC / CALBO Energy Advisory Committee? - link

Disability Access Requirements and Resources - link

California Building Standards Commission Updates and Highlights - link

Title 24, Part 6 2019 Code Development Survey for Building Departments - link

The 2019 Group B Public Comment Hearings were held in Las Vegas, NV, October 23 – 30, 2019 - link

California Building Standards Commission Presentation - link

Significant Changes to the California (2019):

  • Fire Code - link
  • Building Code - link
  • Residential Code -link

ACE Mentor Program - Sign Up Today! - link

CCDA Inspection Checklist PR -link

Solar Roofing Codes and Standards

  • CALSEIA Explanation of UL 1703 Fire Classification - link
  • CALSEIA List of Fire Classified PV Systems - link


Free SVABO Webinar:
Highlights of IBC Chapter 1 and Legal Aspects of Code Administration

Highlights of IBC Chapter 1 and Legal Aspects of Code Administration

Cost: FREE
Limited to first 100 participants

CEU: 2 hours (0.2 CEUs). Certificates will be emailed to all participants within 3 days after the webinar. 


Description: Attendees will be introduced to the majority of IBC Chapter 1, “Administration” and some fundamentals of “Legal Aspects of Code Administration”. (The topics of Fees, Inspections and the Certificate of Occupancy will be presented in a separate webinar.)


  1.  Explain the basics behind code administration
  2. What requires a permit and what does not
  3. The importance of the permit and the permit application
  4. The Department of Building Safety and basic Building Official functions
  5. Required submittal documents and document retention
  6. The importance and functions of the Board of Appeals
  7. Stop work and violation requirements
  8. Fundamentals of Legal Aspects of Code Administration 


In order to attend, you will need the following:

  • Computer or tablet with a good Internet connection. Ensure that your device meets the system requirements for running Zoom:
    PC, Mac, and Linux.
    iOS and Android.
  • Camera and a microphone/head set. You don’t need to appear on video to participate. You can participate via the chat function or by using the audio/talk button if you have a microphone when prompted. 
  • Isolated and quiet space 
  • Please bring a copy of the 2015 or 2018 International Building Code and the Legal Aspects of Code Administration.


Handouts: A link to download handouts will be provided after you register for the webinar.

Instructor: Steve Burger, CBO, LEED AP

Steve has been in the Code industry since 1972. He started as a Secretary/Permit Tech and Residential Plans Examiner and then later worked as a Building Inspector, Zoning Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Senior Plans Examiner, Senior Building Inspector, Assistant Building Official, Chief Building Official and Code Consultant. 

Steve is certified in the following areas: Certified Building Official, LEED A.P., Certified Code Official, Permit Technician, Code Specialist, Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Accessibility/Usability Specialist, One-and two-family Electrical Inspector and Fire Inspector II. 

He also has served on the following ICBO/ICC Committees: Permit Technician Exam Committee, Education Committee, Certification Committee and the Legacy Codes Exam Committee as well as the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) Education Committee and Legislative Committee. In 1999 he was elected President of the Arizona Chapter and Chairman of the Arizona Building Officials. Steve was named AZBO Building Official of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. He was a member of the California Building Officials (CALBO), 2017 Education Chair and Board Member for the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials (SVABO) and represented Building Officials as Chairperson on the State of California Building and Fire Advisory Committee. He has received the SVABO Inspector of the Year Award (2012), Outstanding Contributions Award (2015) and President’s Award (2016 and 2017), SVABO Honorary Membership (2017) as well as the 2016 ICC Educator of the Year.

Steve has taught Permit Technician educational classes since 1998 in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Idaho.

Steve has authored the ICC “Permit Technician Study Companion”, updated “The Public Counter” (Chapter 12) in the revised ICC “Building Department Administration” book, and updated the ICC “You Can Build It!” and “Basic Code Enforcement” reference books as well as multiple articles and webinars for the International Code Council.

Join us for the rest of the series – one webinar per week! 
Cost: FREE for all webinars. Limited to first 100 participants
CEU: 2 hours (0.2 CEUs) for each webinar.

Upcoming Webinars 

IBC Occupancy Use Groups and Types of Construction
June 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Register Here

Basic Plan Review, Calculating Fees and IBC Required Inspections
July 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Register Here

Highlights of the International Zoning Code
July 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Register Here



2020 Jack Atkins Scholarship now available!

Extended Deadline: June 30, 2020

Apply now! More information HERE

Download the scholarship application - link


SVABO Education Institute Scheduled for May 4 -7, 2020 has been canceled until further notice.
Like you, SVABO has been intently following the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Governor Newsom has called a state of emergency and requested that all groups, 50 or more, not congregate at this time. This applies to SVABO, and we will comply with the executive order, which means, our May 4 -7 Annual Training Institute cannot be held as scheduled.  All registration payments will be refunded in full. Please allow SVABO staff up to a week to process all refunds.

Our SVABO Education Committee does have the full plan yet, for if or when we can hold our annual event at this time.  We are working on some changes however, the wellbeing and safety of our attendees and instructors is paramount to SVABO.

Please monitor our Web site at for future notices and education opportunity’s.

Thank you for your understanding

Terry Knox
SVABO Education Chairman