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State Certifies County's Fire Code

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April 2, 2010

San Diego County's Consolidated Fire Code has been certified by the State of California, making it simpler for builders and homeowners in San Diego County to comply with fire protection standards on homes and developments.

In most California cities and counties, people who build residential or commercial developments, individual homes or home-additions must show that their projects meet the standards of two separate fire codes: the local jurisdiction's and the state's code. Residents in San Diego County's unincorporated communities only have to show they meet the County's fire code, which can save them time and trouble, because the state certification officially recognizes the County's code as equal to or better than the state's standards.

The fire code is designed to protect the public's health and safety. Among other things, the code outlines the legal requirements for how homes, businesses and structures should be designed, built and maintained to be as fire-safe as possible to protect people's lives and property. In recent years the County has also improved its fire-related building codes by requiring builders to use more ignition-resistant materials, dual-paned windows and heavy timber or other ignition-resistant material for wood patios, decks and fences.