Due to the complexity of hospital construction, OSHPD serves as
the building official for all hospital general acute-care
inpatient facilities in California. To determine the clinic
buildings under OSHPD’s jurisdiction, see the Clinic
CAN. OSHPD is responsible for the plan review and area
compliance activities for hospital construction. Once OSHPD’s
work has been completed, OSHPD notifies the Department of Public
Health Licensing and Certification Program, which provides a
certificate of occupancy for the new building/service.
OSHPD receives its authority under the
Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act (HFSSA), which was
enacted in 1973. The HFSSA originally pertained only to new
construction or retrofits/renovations that affect the
structural integrity of the building. Following the Northridge
Earthquake, SB 1953 (Chapter 740, Statutes of 1994) was enacted,
which established deadlines hospitals need to meet to remain
operational. This is referred to as Seismic Mandate. In carrying out the
Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act, the OSHPD Director
receives advice/consultation from the HBSB as needed.
A quarterly meeting of CHA and OSHPD staff with
select hospital representatives. The following
hospitals/systems participate: Adventist Health, Cedar Sinai,
Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Chinese Hospital, Dignity
Health, Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, Kaiser Permanente,
Kindred, Mad River Hospital, MemorialCare, Prime Healthcare
Services, Providence, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Scripps
Health, Sharp, St. Joseph Health System, Stanford Hospitals &
Clinics, Sutter Health, Tenet Health, UC (Davis, San Diego, San
Francisco), and Verity.
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has issued
Information Bulletin 16-03, regarding the 2016 Legislative
Changes to state laws related to building and building standards.
This information bulletin may be viewed on the CBSC website
Publications page. This information bulletin summarizes the
2016 legislative changes to state laws related to buildings and
building standards. The statutory changes summarized in this
bulletin become effective on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise
specified in statute.