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AB-349 Building standards: garages.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 17922.16 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

17922.16.
 (a) During the next regularly scheduled triennial code cycle that occurs on or after January 1, 2020, the Department of Housing and Community Development, with the assistance of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, shall investigate possible changes to the building standards in the California Residential Code (Part 2.5 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) that would require provision of a second method of egress from a newly constructed residential garage or a newly constructed detached garage located adjacent to a single-family dwelling.
(b) For purpose of this section, in the case of an attached residential garage, a doorway that provides a pathway from the garage to the interior of the dwelling shall be considered a second method of egress.
(c) If, after the investigation, the department determines that changes that mandate provision of a second method of egress from a newly constructed residential garage or a newly constructed detached garage located adjacent to a single-family dwelling can be incorporated into the code without significantly increasing construction costs, the department may submit proposed building standards to the Building Standards Commission for approval and adoption.