Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act (ESBSSA)

What is it?

In 1986, the California Legislature determined that buildings providing essential services should be capable of providing those services to the public after a disaster. Their intent in this regard was defined in legislation known as the Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act of 1986 and includes requirements that such buildings shall be:

designed and constructed to minimize fire hazards and to resist…the forces generated by earthquakes, gravity, and winds.

Excerpt from Health and Safety Code section 16001

This enabling legislation can be found in the California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 2, sections 16000 through 16022. In addition, the California Building Code defines how the intent of the act is to be implemented in Title 24, Part 1 of the California Building Standards Administrative Code, Chapter 4, Articles 1 through 3. Individual sections are available on leginfo.