(a) This chapter does not prohibit any person from preparing plans, drawings, or specifications
for any of the following:
(1) Single-family dwellings of woodframe construction not more than two stories and
basement in height.
(2) Multiple dwellings containing no more than four dwelling units of woodframe construction
not more than two stories and basement in height. However, this paragraph shall not be construed as allowing an unlicensed person
to design multiple clusters of up to four dwelling units each to form apartment or
condominium complexes where the total exceeds four units on any lawfully divided lot.
(3) Garages or other structures appurtenant to buildings described under subdivision
(a), of woodframe construction not more than two stories and basement in height.
(4) Agricultural and ranch buildings of woodframe construction, unless the building
official having jurisdiction deems that an undue risk to the public health, safety,
or welfare is involved.
(b) If any portion of any structure exempted by this section deviates from substantial
compliance with conventional framing requirements for woodframe construction found
in the most recent edition of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations or tables
of limitation for woodframe construction, as defined by the applicable building code
duly adopted by the local jurisdiction or the state, the building official having
jurisdiction shall require the preparation of plans, drawings, specifications, or
calculations for that portion by, or under the responsible control of, a licensed architect or registered engineer. The documents for that portion shall bear the stamp and signature of the licensee
who is responsible for their preparation. Substantial compliance for purposes of this section is not intended to restrict
the ability of the building officials to approve plans pursuant to existing law and
is only intended to clarify the intent of Chapter 405 of the Statutes of 1985.
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