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

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Date Published: 03/28/2019 09:00 PM

Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019


Assembly Bill
No. 191

Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Dahle and Gallagher)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mathis)
(Coauthor: Senator Caballero)

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 amended, 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 that meet specified requirements and are 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.

(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.