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SB-330 Building permit fees: waiver.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/03/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 03, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  April 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 330


Introduced by Senator Berryhill

February 13, 2017


An act to amend Section 18931.6 of add Section 17951.5 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 330, as amended, Berryhill. Building permit fees: waiver.

Existing law requires each city, county, or city and county to collect a fee from any applicant for a building permit, assessed at the rate of $4 per $100,000 in valuation, as determined by the local building official, as specified.

The State Housing Law authorizes cities and counties to prescribe fees for permits required or authorized pursuant to the State Housing Law.
This bill would authorize these entities to waive or reduce all building permit fees in the case of a veteran who has a service-connected disability, as recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and is making improvements to his or her home for improvements to the home of a veteran with a qualifying disability that are made to accommodate that disability.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 17951.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

17951.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 17951, each city, county, or city and county may waive or reduce all building permit fees for improvements to the home of a veteran with a qualifying disability that are made to accommodate that disability.
(b) “Qualifying disability” means a disability that is recognized as service connected by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

SECTION 1.Section 18931.6 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:
18931.6.

(a)Each city, county, or city and county shall collect a fee from any applicant for a building permit, assessed at the rate of four dollars ($4) per one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in valuation, as determined by the local building official, with appropriate fractions thereof, but not less than one dollar ($1).

(b)The city, county, or city and county may retain not more than 10 percent of the fees collected under this section for related administrative costs and for code enforcement education, including, but not limited to, certifications in the voluntary construction inspector certification program, and shall transmit the remainder to the commission for deposit in the Building Standards Administration Special Revolving Fund established under Section 19831.7.

(c)The commission may reduce the rate of the fee upon determining that a lesser amount is sufficient to maintain the programs established under this part.

(d)(1)Notwithstanding any other law, each city, county, or city and county may waive all building permit fees for improvements to the home of a veteran with a qualifying disability that are to made to accommodate that disability.

(2)“Qualifying disability” means a disability that is recognized as service connected by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.