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AB-191 Building standards: exemptions: rebuilding after disasters.(2019-2020)


 Section 17951.7 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a person who is rebuilding a residential dwelling that was destroyed on or after January 1, 2017, by a wildfire or by an event that led the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency, shall be afforded both of the following exemptions regarding state and local building standards:
(1) The new structure shall only be required to meet the energy efficiency standards that were in place on January 1, 2006.
(2) Per the guidelines from the State Fire Marshal contained in Information Bulletin No. 16-001, dated January 8, 2016, the final decision to require the installation of fire sprinklers in a single-family dwelling, rebuilt after an event that resulted in a state of emergency proclamation, shall be determined by local building and fire officials.
(b) The exemptions provided pursuant to this section shall apply only to homes that meet both of the following requirements:
(1) The home was completely destroyed or suffered damage to more than 20 percent of the structure.
(2) The home was not required to meet building standards adopted after 2006 prior to the damage occurring.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.