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News for California Building Departments Issue #39, July - September 2013

In This Issue:

2013 Legislation Update

2013 Edition of Title 24

Automatic Garage Door Requirements

CASp Inspectors and Plan Examiners Required by January


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Important Dates

July 18: California Build­ing Stan­dards Commiss­ion pub­lic meet­ing. An agenda with lo­ca­tion de­tails is norm­ally posted here prior to the meeting.

Sept. 18-21: Structural Engineers Association of California, annual convention. Details.

Sept. 20: Last date to register for the Cert­ified Access Special­ist exam­ina­tion scheduled for October 16, 2013. All the reg­is­tra­tion in­forma­tion is avail­able at this DSA webpage.

Sept. 23-26: CALBO North­ern Ed­uca­tion Week, San Ramon, CA. Details. The South­ern Edu­ca­tion Week follows in October.

garage door safety

Did You Know?

Did you know a building department may be awarded civil penalties for violations of the state laws regarding automatic garage door openers? It is true! Health and Safety Code Section 19891 allows a local building department bringing a civil action for violations of Health and Safety Code Sections 19890, to be awarded civil penalties to offset the cost of bringing the action. These two sections of law are referenced in Section R309.4, of the 2010 California Residential Code in Part 2.5 of Title 24, California Code of Regulations.

The civil penalties provision was part of a legislative effort to reduce deaths and injuries caused by automatic garage door openers. The civil penalties may be either $500 or $1,000 per violation, depending on the violation of HSC Section 19890. Interesting provisions of Section 19890 are:

  • It is unlawful to manufacture, sell or install a residential automatic garage door opener that does not have an automatic reverse safety device that complies with the specified ANSI/UL standard. The required devise must cause a closing garage door to open when the door path is interrupted, or when the device is disabled.
  • Each sold or installed residential automatic garage door opener shall include a set of installation, operation, maintenance, and testing instructions.
  • No replacement residential garage door shall be installed in a manner that connects the replacement door to an existing residential automatic garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of this HSC section.
  • Any person hired to service or repair any residential automatic garage door opener shall, upon completion of the service or repair, if any, determine whether the door reverses upon contact with a rigid two-inch -high obstacle placed on the surface beneath the garage door. If the residential automatic garage door opener does not pass the test, the hired person shall complete and conspicuously affix to the residential automatic garage door opener, a red certificate with a warning as specified in this HSC section.
  • Garage door openers manufactured for commercial purposes are subject to all the same requirements of this HSC section when installed for residential use.

Did You KnowThere is more, so read HSC Sections 19890 and 19891 for all the detail: from the legislative codes page, select Health and Safety Code, then select Division 13, then select Sections 19890-1.

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What's Up with the State?

2013 code
  • The new 2013 California Building Standards Code, in Title 24, California Code of Regulations, is now available for purchase. This new code becomes ef­fect­ive state­wide on January 1, 2014. Links to pur­chase are on the Cal­ifor­nia Build­ing Stan­dards Commis­sion (CSBSC) site.
  • The CBSC has posted two new doc­uments high­light­ing changes com­ing with the 2013 CALGreen Code: one for non-residential and the second for res­iden­tial build­ings developed by the De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­munity Develop­ment. To browse to the guide­books page from bsc.ca.gov, look for CALGreen under the Ed­uca­tional tab. CALGreen is the short name for the Cal­ifor­nia Green Build­ing Stand­ards Code in Part 11 of Title 24, Cal­ifor­nia Code of Regulations.
  • On June 6, 2013, the Governor appointed Richard Weinert as Chief of the Division of Codes and Standards at the Cal­ifor­nia De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Com­mun­ity De­velop­ment, where he has served as a Codes and Stan­dards Admin­istrator since 1989.
  • Over the next few months, the state agencies in­volved in the de­velop­ment of the new 2013 edition of the Cal­ifor­nia Build­ing Stan­dards Code in Title 24, California Code of Reg­ula­tions will begin work on pro­posals to be con­sidered during the 2013 Inter­ven­ing Code Adop­tion Cycle to be ad­min­istered by the CBSC. Any pro­posals ap­proved or adopted by the CBSC will be pub­lished as Supple­ments to the 2013 edi­tion of Title 24, printed on blue paper. A time­line show­ing the various steps and event dates is avail­able at this CBSC link. Any code changes result­ing from the 2013 Inter­ven­ing Code Adop­tion Cycle to begin in De­cem­ber 2013 are to be ef­fec­tive on July 1, 2015.

Other News & Things to Remember

  • PG&E offers no-cost training on a variety of subjects, including Title 24 requirements relating to HVAC, ducting, energy conservation and more. See the list of classes, sites, and registration details at the PG&E website.
  • California Civil Code Section 55.53 (d)(2) reads: “Commenc­ing January 1, 2014, a local agency shall em­ploy or retain a suffi­cient number of build­ing in­spect­ors who are cert­ified access special­ists to con­duct permit­ting and plan check ser­vices to review for com­pliance with state con­struc­tion-related access­ibility stan­dards by a place of pub­lic accom­mo­da­tion with re­spect to new con­struc­tion, in­cluding, but not limited to, proj­ects relat­ing to tenant im­prove­ments that may impact access. If a local agency em­ploys or re­tains two or more cert­ified access special­ists to com­ply with this sub­divi­sion, at least one-half of the cert­ified access special­ists shall be build­ing in­spect­ors who are cert­ified access special­ists." Register for next exam
  • The website of the Cal­ifornia Com­mis­sion on Dis­abled Access prov­ides links to free on­line train­ing on fed­eral access­ibility stan­dards. Look under the Training tab.

The 2013-2014 Legislative session is scheduled to begin the 30-day summer recess on July 12, 2013. September 13 will be the last date that bills may be passed in both legislative houses and sent to the Governor. Described briefly below are several bills proposing amendments and new requirements relating the buildings that should be of interest to local building departments. Many of these bills have been amended since their introduction and since our last newsletter.

  • AB 56 proposes to require any private or public school building used for educational purposes for kindergarten through grade 12, that is built on or after January 1, 2014, and that has a furnace located inside the school building, to have a carbon monoxide device as specified.
  • AB 151 proposes to authorize a city or county to grant financial assistance, relief, and support to disabled veterans by reducing or waiving building inspection or permit fees for the modification of a dwelling owned by a disabled veteran for the purpose of making the dwelling more accessible.
  • AB 462 proposes to require a residential care facility for the elderly or adult residential facility, as defined, that has a valid license as of January 1, 2014, to have installed and maintained on and after January 1, 2018, an operable automatic fire sprinkler system approved by the State Fire Marshal. Other related requirements are proposed.
  • AB 645 proposes to add one more year before smoke alarms must comply with requirements of Health and Safety Code Section 13114. Thus, on and after January 1, 2015, a smoke alarm must display the date of manufacture, provide a place where the date of installation can be written, incorporate a hush feature, and if battery operated, contain a nonreplaceable, nonremovable battery that is capable of powering the smoke alarm for a minimum of 10 years, to gain State Fire Marshal approval for sale in California.

Other bills worthy of watching include AB127 regarding insulation flammability standards; AB 221 regarding the use of recycled concrete; AB 341 regarding the CALGreen building code; AB 967 proposing to expand substandard housing enforcement capabilities; AB 980 proposing to require the repeal of health care facility standards in the 2013 edition of Title 24; SB 550 regarding accessibility in public housing, and SB 750 requiring water meters for each individual unit of a multiunit residential structure. Remember, amendments can change the impact.

Access these bills at the legislature's website.

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