Chapter 15.04


15.04.010    Building code – Established.

15.04.020    Local amendments.

15.04.030    Designation of very high fire hazard severity zones.

Prior legislation: Ords. 882, 944 and 1007.

15.04.010 Building code – Established.

Except as provided in this chapter, the California Building Code, 2022 Edition, based on the 2021 International Building Code as published by the International Code Council shall be and become the building code of the City, regulating the erection, construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, moving, removal, demolition, conversion, occupancy, use, height, area and maintenance of all structures and certain equipment therein. The California Building Code is on file for public examination in the office of the Building Official. [Ord. 1476 § 2, 2022; Ord. 1419 § 2, 2019; Ord. 1365 § 2, 2016; Ord. 1318 § 2, 2013; Ord. 1287 § 2, 2010; Ord. 1237 §§ 1, 2, 2007; Ord. 1051 § 2, 1999].

15.04.020 Local amendments.

The 2022 Edition of the California Building Code is hereby amended as follows:

Section 109.2, Fees, is hereby amended to include the following wording as the second and third sentences in the paragraph:

The fees for Plan Check and Permit shall be as set pursuant to Chapter 3.40 of the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code and as adopted in Ordinance 1087.

Said plan check fee shall be 75 percent of the building permit fee as set pursuant to Chapter 3.40 LEMC.

Section 113.3, Appeals, is hereby amended as follows:

The Board of Appeals when referenced in any of the Building Standards Codes shall mean the Planning Commission of the City of Lake Elsinore. The Board of Appeals is hereby established for each of the Building Standards Codes. Depending about the appeal, specialized expertise may be solicited for the purpose of providing input to the Appeals Board.

Section 114.4, Violation Penalties, is hereby amended as follows:

Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions or failing to comply with any of the mandatory requirements of the Ordinances of Lake Elsinore shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any person convicted of a misdemeanor under the Ordinances of Lake Elsinore shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Each such person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each and every day during any portion of which any violation of any provision of the Ordinances of Lake Elsinore is committed, continued, or permitted by any such person, and shall be punished accordingly.

Section 1505.1 is amended by the deletion of Table 1505.1 and the addition of a new Table 1505.1 thereto, to read as follows:

TABLE 1505.1




















For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.

a. Unless otherwise required in accordance with Chapter 7A.

Section 1505.1.3 is amended as follows:

The entire roof covering of every existing structure where more than 50 percent of the total roof area is replaced within any one-year period, the entire roof covering of every new structure, and any roof covering applied in the alteration, repair or replacement of the roof of every existing structure, shall be a fire-retardant roof covering that is at least Class B.

Section 1505.5 is amended by the deletion of the entire section.

Section 1505.7 is amended by the deletion of the entire section.

Appendix J is amended by the addition of a new section thereto, as follows:

Section J110.3 Temporary Erosion Control.

A. Separate plans for temporary drainage and erosion control measures to be used during the rainy season shall be submitted prior to October 1. The control devices shown on said plans shall be installed no later than October 15 and maintained in operable condition until April 15. These plans shall provide the following:

1. Temporary soil stabilization measures shall be installed on graded slopes exceeding a three to one ratio and/or ten feet in height.

2. Desilting facility shall be provided at all drainage outlets from the graded site, designed for the twenty-five-year, six-hour storm intensity. They must be detailed on the plans. Design and specific recommendations shall be submitted for the following:

• Desilting basin volume based on gradient and nature of soils

• The extent of all graded areas and identification of any temporary soil stabilization measures

• Size of desilting basin outlet pipe and overflow

• Dike requirements. Minimum wall width, slope of walls, percent of compaction, etc.

3. The following notes shall be placed on the plans:

• In case of emergency, call

_______________ at


(Responsible person)

(24-hour number)

• The undersigned civil engineer will supervise erosion control and certify that work is in accordance with the approved plans.


(Signature, reg. *, expiration date)

_______________ _____________

(Name - printed)  (Dated)

4. Indicate on the plan, which streets will be paved, and which drainage devices will be completed by October 15.

5. Placement of devices to reduce erosion damage within the tract is left to the discretion of the Engineer. These devices, if any, must be shown on the plan because their presence will affect the required capacity of the desilting basin.

6. Outlet conditions from the desilting basin shall not exceed downstream limitations, except for overflow, which is to be designed to provide capacity of 1.5 times the maximum design flow.

B. Temporary Erosion Control Measures

1. The permittee shall keep a standby crew for emergency work, available always during the rainy season. Necessary materials shall be available onsite and stockpiled at convenient locations to facilitate rapid construction of temporary devices or to repair any damaged erosion control measures when rain is imminent.

2. Devices shall not be moved or modified without the approval of the Building Official or, in an emergency by the person responsible for grading operations.

3. All removable protective devices shown shall be in place at the end of each working day when the five-day rain probability forecast exceeds forty percent. Forecasts shall be received from broadcasts provided by the United States Weather Service.

4. After a rainstorm, all silt and debris shall be removed from check berms and desilting basins and the basins pumped dry. Any graded slope surface protection measures damaged during a rainstorm shall also be immediately repaired. Failure to provide effective maintenance may result in penalties as provide per Section 205.

5. Fill slopes at the tract perimeter must drain away from the top of the slope at the end of each working day.

6. At least one guard shall be posted on the site whenever the depth of water in any device exceeds eighteen inches. Additional guards may be required as deemed necessary by the Building Official.

7. After a rainstorm, all silt and debris shall be removed from public drains and pipes, and from drains and pipes of adjacent properties.

C. Subsequent Rainy Seasons

1. For projects extending into subsequent rainy seasons, for temporary drainage and erosion control plans shall be submitted. These plans shall comply with all requirements in Section J110.3 (A) and (B).

D. Pool Barrier Rules Apply to Private Pools

The following definition is added to section 3109.4.4.3:

The first paragraph of section 3109.4.4.3 is revised to provide:

3109.4.4.3 Enclosure: required characteristics. An enclosure shall have all of the following characteristics:

1. Any access gate through the enclosure open away from the swimming pool and are self-closing with a self-closing latching device placed no lower than 60 inches above the ground.

2. A minimum fence height of 60 inches

3. A maximum vertical clearance from the ground to the bottom of the enclosure of 2 inches.

4. Gaps or voids, if any, do not allow passage of a sphere equal to or greater than 4 inches in diameter.

5. An outside surface free of protrusions, cavities, or other physical characteristics that would serve as handholds or footholds that could enable a child below the age of five years to climb a fence.

[Ord. 1476 § 3, 2022; Ord. 1419 § 2, 2019; Ord. 1365 § 3, 2016; Ord. 1318 § 3, 2013; Ord. 1287 § 3, 2010; Ord. 1237 §§ 1, 2, 2007; Ord. 1087 § 2, 2002; Ord. 1051 § 2, 1999].

15.04.030 Designation of very high fire hazard severity zones.

The City Council of the City of Lake Elsinore hereby establishes very high fire hazard severity zones within the City of Lake Elsinore, as recommended by the Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and as designated on the map entitled City of Lake Elsinore VHFHSZ, dated December 22, 2009, retained on file at the City of Lake Elsinore and which shall also be retained on file at the office of the State Fire Marshal. [Ord. 1286 § 1, 2010].