California Only – Updated 8/12/04

 

  • ARCHITECTS
    May design any building of any type except:
    structural portion of a hospital

    • Applicable Standards:
      • Section 129805 of Health & Safety Code Sections 5500.1 and 6737 of Business & Professions Code
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS
    May design any building of any type except:
    no limitations

    • Applicable Statutes:
      • Sections 5537.1, 6731, and 6736 of Business & Professional Code
  • CIVIL ENGINEERS
    May design any building of any type except:
    hospitals and schools

    • Applicable Statutes:
      • Section 129805 of Health & Safety Code Sections 17392 of Education Code
      • Sections 5537.5, 6731, and 6735 of Business & Professional Code
  • UNLICENSED PERSONS
    May design any of the following structures:

    • Single-family dwellings of wood framed construction not more than two stories and basement in height.
    • Multiple dwellings containing not more than four dwelling units of wood framed construction not more than two stories and basement in height. No more than four dwelling units per lot.
    • Garages or other structures appurtenant to single-family dwelling, of wood framed construction not more than two stories and basement in height.
    • Agricultural and ranch buildings of wood framed construction, unless the building official having jurisdiction deems that an undue risk to the public health, safety, or welfare is involved
    • Nonstructural or non-seismic storefronts, interior alterations or additions, fixtures, cabinetwork, furniture, or other appliances or equipment, including nonstructural or non-seismic work necessary to provide for their installation.
  • May not design:
    • Any component that changes or affects the safety of any building, including but not limited to structural or seismic components except as exempted in the State Building Codes.
    • Building officials may require plans, computations, and specifications to be prepared and designed by an engineer or architect licensed by the state to practice as such even if not required by state law.
    • Applicable Statutes:
      • Sections 5537, 5538, and 6737.1 of Business & Professional Code