Sec. 8-4.02. Scope and Intent.
   (a)   Scope: This Chapter shall serve as the administrative, organizational and enforcement rules and regulations for the technical codes and other building and property health and safety regulations within this title which regulate property maintenance and site preparation, construction, alteration, relocation, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, grading, removal and demolition of every building or structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings and structures.
   When conflicting provisions or requirements occur within this article or other codes or laws, provisions of Title 8, Chapter 4 shall govern.
   Except as hereinafter changed or modified, the building standards, which are published in the California building standards code, are applicable to all occupancies and uses throughout the city. Amendments to the building standards contained in the codes published by the model code organizations (ICC, IAPMO, and NFPA) by state agencies, are applicable only to those occupancies or uses which the state agency making the amendment is authorized to regulate.
   (b)   Intent: The purpose of this code adopted hereby is to provide minimum standards to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, accessibility, sustainability, resiliency, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
   Certain changes and modifications have been made in the adoption of this code because of the requirements of specific local conditions. Consistent with this purpose, the provisions of this code are intended and always have been intended to confer a benefit on the community as a whole and are not intended to establish a duty of care toward any particular person.
   This code shall not be construed to hold the city or any officer, employee or agent thereof responsible for any damage to persons or property by reason of any inspection authorized herein or by reason of the issuance or nonissuance of any permit authorized herein, and/or for any action or omission in connection with the application and/or enforcement of this code. By adopting the provisions of this code, the city does not intend to impose on itself, its employees or agents any mandatory duties of care toward persons and property within its jurisdiction so as to provide a basis of civil liability for damages.
   This section is declaratory of existing law and is not to be construed as suggesting that such was not the purpose and intent of previous code adoptions.
(§ 3, Ord. 1707-NS, eff. January 1, 2023)