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

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Date Published: 01/10/2019 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill No. 191

Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson

January 10, 2019

An act to add and repeal Section 17951.7 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.


AB 191, as introduced, Patterson. Building standards: exemptions: rebuilding after disasters.
Existing law, the State Housing Law, establishes statewide construction and occupancy standards for buildings used for human habitation, including energy conservation and fire prevention requirements relating to energy efficiency and the installation of interior sprinklers.
This bill would, until January 1, 2030, exempt homes being rebuilt after wildfires or specified emergency events that occurred on or after January 1, 2017, from meeting certain current building standards.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 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) The new structure shall not be required to be built with an interior sprinkler system.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.