One target audience for this report is those California attorneys who may, on their client’s behalf, wish to evaluate the pros and cons of challenging the legality of a local government’s modified building codes and standards.
Another target audience is that group of attorneys (and Building Officials) who represent the interests of local governments and who may wish to reassess whether or not the implementation and enforcement of their locally amended “building standards” might be ripe for a legal challenge.
Background Information – My Professional Qualifications
I am a long-standing member of the International Code Council (ICC) and am one of about 950 individuals worldwide who have been awarded “Master Code Professional” certification.
I am a California-licensed general contractor (#B-88924) and have led litigation-related (plaintiff and defense) construction/code evaluations in multiple States, and have provided sworn testimony (plaintiff and defense) as a building codes expert in multiple trials, arbitrations, and depositions.
I am a volunteer “Certified SAP Evaluator” for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program. In that role, in 2014, I provided post-Napa Earthquake inspection services as a sworn Deputy Building Official for the City of Vallejo, and in 2017, post-Tubbs Fire inspection services for the Sonoma County Building Department.