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DIVISION 13. HOUSING [17000 - 19997]

  ( Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 1. EMPLOYEE HOUSING ACT [17000 - 17062.5]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 62. )

CHAPTER 4. Rules and Regulations [17040 - 17043]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 62. )

17040.
  

(a)  Except as provided in Section 18930, the department shall adopt, amend, or repeal rules and regulations for the protection of the public health, safety, and general welfare of employees and the public, governing the erection, construction, enlargement, conversion, alteration, repair, occupancy, use, sanitation, ventilation, and maintenance of all employee housing.

(b)  The appropriate enforcement agency shall enforce building standards published in the State Building Standards Code relating to employee housing and other regulations of the department promulgated pursuant to subdivision (a), including, but not limited to, processing violations in accordance with Sections 17274 and 24436.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(c)  The department shall adopt and submit building standards for approval pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 18935) of Part 2.5 for the purposes described in this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 33. Effective January 1, 1993.)

17041.
  

(a)  Except as provided in Section 17011, the rules and regulations adopted, amended, or repealed from time to time pursuant to this part shall be consistent with accepted standards and practices reasonably applicable to permanent and temporary employee housing and the utilization of housing or camping facilities. In promulgating rules and regulations, the department shall consider, among other things, geographic, topographic, and climatic conditions. The department may establish a schedule of fees for the construction and operation of employee housing wherever the department is the enforcing agency.

(b)  The department may provide for the waiver or reduction of fees during construction or substantial rehabilitation that is not the result of a notice by an enforcement agency where funding is received from a public entity. The department shall provide for a waiver of the fees for an operating permit during the first three years of operation after new construction or substantial rehabilitation of employee housing that is not the result of a notice by an enforcement agency.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 34. Effective January 1, 1993.)

17042.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of this code or of law, and except as provided in the State Building Standards Law, Part 2.5 (commencing with Section 18900), on and after January 1, 1980, the department shall not adopt or publish a building standard as defined in Section 18909, unless the provisions of Sections 18930, 18933, 18938, 18940, 18943, 18944, and 18945 are expressly excepted in the statute under which the authority to adopt rules, regulations, or orders is delegated. Any building standard adopted in violation of this section shall have no force or effect. Any building standard adopted before January 1, 1980, or continued in effect, pursuant to this part and not expressly excepted by statute from the provisions of the State Building Standards Law, shall remain in effect only until January 1, 1985, or until adopted, amended, or superseded by provisions published in the State Building Standards Code, whichever occurs sooner.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 101, Sec. 122.)

17043.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the condition rendering any of the accommodations in a labor camp substandard is the overcrowding of the accommodations, the enforcement agency shall provide notice to the affected residents of the condition and shall give the residents of the accommodations a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation prior to the commencement of any action or proceeding pursuant to this part. If the enforcement agency determines to institute proceedings to correct the overcrowded condition, the residents may appear and be heard at a hearing convened as part of the proceedings. If the enforcement agency permits the owner or operator of the labor camp to appeal the initial notice of violation or order to abate, the residents shall also be permitted to appeal the initial notice of violation or order to abate. On appeal, if the enforcement agency determines that the only means of abatement is the vacation of the accommodations, the enforcement agency shall consider the availability of alternative housing for the residents, and shall, if alternative housing is not available, grant the residents a reasonable period of time, as determined by the enforcement agency, to find alternative housing.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1002, Sec. 3. Effective September 22, 1986. See prevailing Section 17043 (added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1495), as amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298.)

17043.
  

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the condition rendering any of the accommodations in employee housing substandard is the overcrowding of the accommodations, the enforcement agency shall provide notice to the affected residents of the condition and shall give the residents of the accommodations a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation prior to the commencement of any action or proceeding pursuant to this part. If the enforcement agency determines to institute proceedings to correct the overcrowded condition, the residents may appear and be heard at a hearing convened as part of the proceedings. If the enforcement agency permits the owner or operator of the employee housing to appeal the initial notice of violation or order to abate, the residents shall also be permitted to appeal the initial notice of violation or order to abate.

(b)  On appeal, if the enforcement agency determines that the only means of abatement is the vacation of the accommodations, the enforcement agency shall consider the availability of alternative housing for the residents, and shall, if alternative housing is not available, grant the residents a reasonable period of time, as determined by the enforcement agency, to find alternative housing.

(Amended (as added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1495) by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 35. Effective January 1, 1993.)

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