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AB-606 Park trailers.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/12/2021 09:00 PM


Assembly Bill
No. 606

Introduced by Assembly Member Seyarto

February 12, 2021

An act to amend Section 18009.3 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.


AB 606, as introduced, Seyarto. Park trailers.
Existing law, the Manufactured Housing Act of 1980, requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to enforce various laws pertaining to the structural, fire safety, plumbing, heat-producing, or electrical systems and installations or equipment of a manufactured home, mobilehome, special purpose commercial coach, or commercial coach. The Manufactured Housing Act defines park trailer, also known as a recreational vehicle, as a trailer designed for human habitation for recreational or seasonal use only, that meets specified requirements, and imposes certain design and safety requirements on park trailers. The act requires a recreational vehicle that is offered for sale, sold, rented, or leased within the state to bear a label or an insignia indicating the manufacturer’s compliance with specified standards. Under existing law, it is a misdemeanor for any person to knowingly remove or cause to be removed, among other prohibited acts, that label, insignia, or insignia of approval affixed on the recreational vehicle.
This bill would redefine a park trailer as a trailer designed for human habitation for recreational, seasonal, or other use that meets specified requirements. By expanding the scope of a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


 Section 18009.3 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

 (a)  “Park trailer” means a trailer designed for human habitation for recreational or seasonal recreational, seasonal, or other use only, that meets all of the following requirements:
(1)  It contains 400 square feet or less of gross floor area, excluding loft area space if that loft area space meets the requirements of subdivision (b) and Section 18033. It may not exceed 14 feet in width at the maximum horizontal projection.
(2)  It is built upon a single chassis.
(3)  It may only be transported upon the public highways with a permit issued pursuant to Section 35780 of the Vehicle Code.
(b)  For purposes of this section and Section 18033, “loft area” means any area within a unit that is elevated 30 inches or more above the main floor area and designed to be occupied. In order for the floor of a loft area to be occupied and excluded from the calculation of gross floor area for purposes of subdivision (a), the loft area shall meet all of the requirements of Section 18033. Loft areas not meeting the requirements of this subdivision and Section 18033 shall not be occupied and shall be posted with a permanent label conspicuously located within 24 inches of the opening of each noncomplying loft. The label language and design shall provide the following:

This area is not designed to be occupied and shall be used only for storage.

Lettering on this label shall contrast with the label’s background and shall be not less than one-quarter inch in height, except for the word “WARNING” which shall be not less than one-half inch in height.
(c)  A park trailer hitch, when designed by the manufacturer to be removable, may be removed and stored beneath a park trailer.
(d)  If any provision of this section or Section 18033 conflicts with ANSI Standard A119.5 Recreational Park Trailers as it is published at any time, the statutory provision shall prevail.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.