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Disabled Access Regulations
All buildings in California are required to meet the accessibility requirements of the California Building Code. The local Building Department only plan checks and inspects for State compliance. Compliance with the California Building Code (CBC) does NOT necessarily mean that the design also automatically complies with Federal ADA requirements.

CBC Chapter 10 contains general accessibility requirements that apply to most occupancies. Chapter 11A contains regulations pertaining to multifamily buildings and Chapter 11B contains regulations for Commercial and Industrial buildings.

  • H/C Accessibility Disabled Access Hardship Form


For Questions regarding Accessibility in privately-owned buildings in San José, contact a Building Inspector at (408) 535-3555.

[1] until the California version is Certified for ADA Compliance. It is the Owner’s and Architect’s responsibility to ensure the building complies with all applicable Codes and Laws.
[2] ALL publicly-owned buildings must comply with Federal ADA requirements.