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

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Date Published: 06/10/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 10, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 349


Introduced by Assembly Member Choi
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Voepel)

February 04, 2019


An act to add Section 18941.11 17922.16 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 349, as amended, Choi. Building standards: garage doors. garages.
The California Building Standards Law provides for the adoption of building standards by state agencies by requiring all state agencies that adopt or propose adoption of any building standard to submit the building standard to the California Building Standards Commission (commission) for approval and adoption.

This bill would require the commission to require a secondary door that provides ingress and egress to the garage bay for all new single family home construction to be included in the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code, as specified

This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development, with the assistance of the Office of the State Fire Marshal, to investigate possible changes to the building standards that would require provision of a 2nd method of egress from a newly constructed residential garage or a newly constructed detached garage located adjacent to a single-family dwelling. The bill would authorize the department to submit proposed building standards to the commission for approval and adoption if, after its investigation, the department determines that changes that mandate provision of a 2nd 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.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


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.

SECTION 1.Section 18941.11 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
18941.11.

The commission shall, commencing with the next triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after January 1, 2020, adopt, approve, codify, and publish mandatory building standards that require a secondary door that provides ingress and egress to the garage bay, to be installed in all new single family homes constructed on or after the effective date of the building standard.