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News for California Building Departments Issue #45, Jan - Mar 2015

In This Issue:

2014 Legislative bills

Finding Legislative Information

New Code Adoption Cycle

Bulletins from state agencies

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Important Dates

Jan 1, 2015: Most 2014 legislative bills passed during the 2014 session became effective. See our Legislative discussion.

January 22, 2015: California Building Standards Commission public meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Meeting dates available at the CBSC website.

March 1-5, 2015: CALBO Annual Business Meet­ing, with educational classes, Monterey, CA.

April 7-8, 2015: Green California Summit, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento.

Useful Websites


Did You KnowDid You Know?
Finding Legislative Information

Did you know there are now two means for accessing California legislative bill information online? Oddly, it is true, and each has desirable features, but no one site has all the features. We are not able to explain why the legislature maintains two separate websites, but we can explain some of the very useful features of each.

CA state legislature Bill Info
  • One Legislative website provides a means to access current and past bills by the bill number or author, allows users to read or print bills, and check the status and history of a bill to determine where it is in the legislative process.
    • The Table of Sections Affected is only available on this site. It is very helpful when searching for bills. The table lists every section of state law affected by a legislative bill. For example, if you are interested in any bill proposing changes to the California Building Standards Law, which is Health and Safety Code, Division 13, Part 2.5, with Sections 18901 through 18949.31, scroll through the Table of Affected Sections, and any bill affecting the California Building Standards Law sections will be listed. Use of the Table of Sections Affected was discussed in The Willdan Letter #31 in 2011.

  • The second Legislative website provides access to legislation and the state laws. You may do all the things like searching, reading, checking the status and history of a bill just like with the previously discussed website, except for the Table of Sections Affected.
    • In addition, this fairly new site has one feature only available here that is very useful: it allows you to view a bill with the proposed changes to existing law illustrated. This may be the best way to quickly determine what is being proposed. Plus, it is updated with each amendment to a bill.

Mark both websites as favorites and use them during the 2015/2016 session of the California legislature. Maybe someday the features will be blended into one site.


What's Up with the State?

  • The California Building Standards Commission(CBSC) has completed the 2013 Intervening Code Adop­tion Cycle with adoptions pub­lished in Supplements, some already effective and others to be effective on July 1, 2015. CBSC Information Bulletin #14-08, dated December 2, 2014, pro­vides information on the effec­tive dates and supplements. All published supplements and errata for the 2013 edition of Title 24 are available at the CBSC website here.The 2013 Cycle rulemaking documents are also available here.
  • The California Buildings Standards Commission (CBSC) has an­nounced the start of the 2015 Triennial Code Adoption Cycle. State law requires CBSC to con­duct a triennial cycle each three years for the purpose of pub­lishing a new edition of the California Building Standards Code in Title 24, California Code of Regulations, incorporating the latest editions of the selected model codes. This cycle will result in the publication of the 2016 edition of Title 24 in new binders to be effective on January 1, 2017. A timeline showing the forthcoming events of the cycle is available at the CBSC website here.
  • Activities during the cycle will include meetings of the CBSC Coordinating Council, Code Advisory Committees, and meet­ings by the CBSC to receive pub­lic com­ment and consider adop­tion. CBSC typically provides the following rulemaking documents on the CBSC website:
    • Notice of Proposed Action; advising of proposed rulemaking and public comment period dates.
    • Express Terms; providing proposed code language.
    • Initial Statement of Reasons; providing the rationale for each code proposal.
  • The California Building Standards Commission has issued important information, including:
  • If you are not receiving notification of these CBSC documents, you may sign up.
  • The Office of the State Fire Marshal has issued Information Bulletin 14-011, dated November 25, 2014, with important in­for­ma­tion regarding fire classification requirements effective January 1, 2015, for roof mounted solar photovoltaic systems in specified areas of the state.
  • The Division of the State Architect has announced a proposed rulemaking to amend the Certified Access Specialist program (CASp) regulations in Title 21, California Code of Reg­ula­tions. Comments on the pro­posed regulatory action may be submitted to DSA in writing no later than 5:00 P.M. on January 5, 2015. No public hearing is planned. However, state law provides that a public hearing may be conducted if requested in writing before the close of the public comment period.

complaint mapOther News and Things to Remember

  • Can you name the top 10 accessibility violations? Which counties had the most complaints? See the listing and links to Training Modules to fix violations at the California Commission on Disability Access website.
  • See the California Commission on Disability Access's Frequently Asked Questions about the requirements for CASp inspection of a commercial property offered for rent or lease.
  • The construction value threshold for use when applying California Building Code Section 11B-202.4, Exception 8, is adjusted by the Division of the State Architect each January. As of January 5, 2015, it has not yet been posted. Watch the DSA website for the posting of the 2015 threshold value.
  • CASp application periods and examinations for 2015 have not been announced. Watch the DSA CASp page for announcements.
  • To receive notices from the California Building Standards Commission of proposed building standards, including emergency building standards, their newsletter, and Information bulletins, sign up.
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Legislation of Interest to Building Departments

With the new year comes the first year of the 2015/2016 two-year California Legislative session. Important dates for the new session:

  • January 6, 2015: Both the Senate and Assembly reconvene for the 2015 legislative year.
  • February 21, 2015: Last day to introduce legislative bills for 2015 passage.

The following bills were passed during the 2014 portion of the 2013/2014 legislative session and are effective law on January 1, 2015.

AB 2188 (Chapter 521, Statutes of 2014) requires local government to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems, on or before September 30, 2015. The bill additionally requires the inspection of a small residential rooftop solar energy system eligible for expedited review, to be performed in a timely manner.

AB 2282 (Chapter 606, Statutes of 2014) requires the Department of Housing and Community Development in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, the State Department of Public Health, and other interested parties, to conduct research and develop mandatory building standards for recycled water systems in single-family and multifamily residential buildings. The bill also requires the California Building Standards Commission is conduct research and develop mandatory building standards for the installation of recycled water systems for newly constructed commercial and public buildings. The code development work is discussed in the CBSC Winter newsletter.

AB 2386 (Chapter 503, Statutes of 2014) requires community care facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly or persons with chronic life-threatening illnesses to have one or more functioning carbon monoxide detectors meeting specified requirements. Enforcement will be by inspections performed by the State Department of Social Services.

AB 2753 (Chapter 298, Statutes of 2014) extends to January 1, 2017, the deadline for the owners of existing hotel and motel dwelling units to install carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling units. This bill also extends to July 1, 2015, the deadline for the Department of Housing and Community Development to submit proposed building standards to the Building Standards Commission for the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotel and motel dwelling units.

SB 1167 (Chapter 81, Statutes of 2014) amends provisions of Health and Safety Code Section 17980 regarding abatement orders for substandard housing conditions. When an order is issued to abate vector infestations, the enforcement agency must also order abatement of other substandard conditions listed in Health and Safety Code Section 17920.3 that the enforcement agency determines to have caused the infestation.

Our descriptions are abbreviated, so access the bills at the Legislature's website.

The following bills were on the Governor's desk when our previous edition of this newsletter was issued. All were vetoed by the Governor.

AB 2270 (VETOED) would have added an energy and resource efficiency professional to the list of professions to be appointed to the California Building Standards Commission's Advisory Committees.

SB 1350 (VETOED) would have required the Building Standards Commission to adopt mandatory building standards for the installation of baby diaper changing accommodations in new or renovated restrooms of places of public accommodation.

SB 1358 (VETOED) would have required most all new buildings open for public use to provide baby diaper changing stations in both women's and men's restrooms.

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