Legislative Updates



1705.5.2 Metal-plate-connected wood trusses.  Special inspections of wood trusses with overall heights of 60 inches (1524mm) or greater shall be performed to verify that the installation of the permanent individual's truss member restraint/bracing has been installed in the accordance with the approved truss submittal package.  For wood trusses with a clear span of 60 feet (18 288mm) or greater, the special inspector shall verify during construction that the temporary installation restraint/ bracing is installed in accordance with the approved truss submittal package.

AB 429: Seismically Vulnerable Buildings: Inventory: 

  • The bill would require the third-party contractor, in conjunction with the commission, by July 1, 2022, to develop a statewide inventory or survey, or both, of potentially seismically vulnerable buildings in 29 specified counties in California (including San Diego) using information developed by local jurisdictions pursuant to the above-described provisions.
  • The bill would require the commission to report to the Legislature on the findings of the inventory or survey, as applicable.  The bill would make the operation of these provisions contingent upon the commission obtaining sufficient funding, as provided )Based on text date 8/30/2019)
  • Dead in the Senate
  • Moved to inactive file int he Senate
  • CALBO hopes to reintroduce this one.


AB 953:  Land use:  accessory dwelling units:  Dead in policy committee

AB 1659 (Bloom): This bill would have established a significant funding source ($3 billion) for defensible space maintenance and fire hardening of existing homes by extending the Public Goods Charge for another 20 years.  Dead.  This was a 2/3's bill and was not taken up on Senate Floor.

AB 1923:  Residential structures:  natural gas shut off:  Dead in Senate

AB 1997: Functional Recovery.

  • This bill would require the Building Standards Commission, by June 30, 2021, to assemble a "functional recovery working group" standard is warranted for all or some building occupancy classifications, using specified criteria, and to investigate the practical means of implementing that standard, as specified.
  • The bill would require the working group to advise the appropriate state agencies to propose the building standards, as specified.]
  • The bill would define "functional recover" for purposes of the provisions, as specified.  The bill would provide legislative findings in support of these provisions.
  • Held up in the Assembly appropriations committee.


AB 2167: (Daly) Insurance rates in high fire risk areas.

  • Bill would require the insurance commissioner to investigate, study, and prepare a report addressing:
  • (1) The extent to which the commissioner may use its authority to create one or more market assistance plans to ensure that residential property insurance is fair, available, and affordable in hight fire-risk communities in the states, including assessing the need for market assistance plans and how the commissioner may implement those market assistance plans.
  • (2) The cost and benefits of authorizing insurers to include the cost of reinsurance as part of the rate for e residential property insurance, including an analysis of the impact that reinsurance costs, or a portion thereof, would have on residential property insurance, consumers, and the marketplace if permitted within an approved insurance rate.  The report shall also analyze the extent to which it is possible to separate out the risk of wildfires in California from the overall reinsurance premium price that reinsurers charge to admitted insurers for reinsurance and the extent to which it is possible to separate out the reinsurance cost paid by insurers for t insuring homes in high fire risk areas.
  • (3) The extent to which the establishment of a public wildfire catastrophe model would be appropriate for use in residential property insurance rate making.  The report shall include analysis regarding the best methodology that will support the use of probabilistic catastrophe loss modeling, subject to, and consistent with, the requirements of Proposition 103, approved by the voters at the November 8, 1988, general election, preserving the public access and peer review of the public wildfire catastrophe model, and providing means for public education on high priority actions that may be taken to reduce wildfire risks. (b) For each aspect of the investigation, study, and report required by subdivision (a), the commissioner shall ensure public participation and conduct proceedings in accordance with Section 1861.10. (c) On or before July 1, 2022, the commissioner shall submit the report required by subdivision (a) to the Chairpersons of the Assemble and Senate Committees on insurance, the Speaker of the Assembly, the President pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Governor.
  • Ordered to inactive file on 9/1/20


AB 2168:  Planning and zoning: Electric vehicle charging stations:  permit application:  approval

  • Bill would require applications to be deemed complete in 5 days and applications to be approved in 15 days.
  • Already AB1236 Expedited EV permit ordinance.
  • CALBO opposed.
  • Likely to be reintroduced.
  • Stalled in the assemble policy committee.  Didn't pass the first house by June 19.


AB 2232:  Contractors:  renewal of a license:  Dead in policy committee.

AB 2960:  Shelter crisis: (population of 3.5 million or more)

  • Bill would authorize a city, county to permit the operation of an emergency housing facility year-round when the facility does not comply with state building standards IF they submit reasonable alternate standards:
    • That meets the residential code.
    • Provide reasonable alternate standards that meet a threshold requirement.
    • 24-hour fire watch, emergency evacuation signage, egress lighting...
  • SFM reviews the submitted standards in 30 days
  • Active permits for 90 days with 90-day extensions allowed. (730-day max).
  • The intent is that people move to long-term, code-compliant, permanent housing.
  • Max occupant load of 49 but FD can approve 49-150 max.
  • Chaptered.


AB 2074: (Friedman) Fire prevention: wildfire risk: defensible space:  ember-resistant zones.

  • Bill that requires those who own, lease, control, operate or maintain an occupied dwelling or structure in a VHFHSZ
    • to use more intense fuel reductions between 5 and 30 feet around the structure - and
    • Create an ember resistant zone within 5' of structure.
    • 100' defensible space.
  • Require agencies having jurisdiction to notify affected people of these requirements, prior to imposing penalties.


AB 3153:  Parking and zoning:  bicycle and car-share credits:  Dead in policy committee.

AB 3164: (Friedman) Fire prevention: wildland-urban interface wildfire risk model:  model use guidelines. :  This bill was vetoed by the Governor.

SB 182 (Jackson): This bill was vetoed by the Governor.

SB 292 (Rubio):

  • These Three bills sought to address insurance-related issues relative to homes located in fire severity zones.
  • Ordered to the inactive file.


SB 474:  Very high fire hazard severity zone:  state responsibility area:  development prohibition:  Dead in policy committee.

SB 902:  Planning and zoning: housing development:  Dead in the Assembly.

SB 906:  Housing: joint living and work quarters and occupied substandard buildings or units.

  • This bill would redefine joint living and work quarters to mean residential occupancy by a group of persons, whether those persons are related or unrelated.
  • This bill would authorize an enforcement agency that issues a notice to correct or abate, as defined, to an owner of an occupied substandard building or unit, as defined, enforcement of up to 7 years.
  • This bill would authorize this delay only for an occupied substandard building or unit located in a zone where residential use is permitted, including areas zoned for residential mixed-use. 
  • This bill would permit the owner of an occupied substandard building or unit that receives a notice to correct or abate to submit an application requesting delayed enforcement for up to 7 years on the basis that correcting the violation or abating the nuisance is not necessary to protect the health and safety of the public or occupants.
  • The bill would also permit the enforcement agency to grant the application for a shorter period of time than requested for violations or nuisances that impact the health and safety of the public or occupants and to require those violations or nuisances to be corrected or abated earlier than 7 years.
  • Died in the Senate Policy Committee.

SB 1189:  Contracting business:  home improvement:  residential property:

  • Bill would create a new classification of contracting business, to be called residential remodeling contracting.
  • Projects that improve existing residential wood-frame structures that require at least three separate trades.
  • This classification would not be approved to make structural changes to load-bearing members or to install, replace alter, or extend electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems.
  • Enrolled - will go to the Governor's desk on September 30th.
  • Moved to the second house policy committee.
  • Chaptered. CSLB will create the [email protected] exam and start promoting the new classification once it becomes available

SB 1199:  Commission on home hardening:  Dead in policy committee.

SB 1348 (Stern)

  • The author's mitigation bill moved to Assembly Floor after taking the requested amendments.  The bill would have required SFM/Cal FIRE to finish mapping the Local Responsibility Area (LRA) fire severity zones.  Once that was done, the State Fire marshal would have expanded the application of the eWUI building standards too high fire security zones in the LRA's.
  • DEAD: bill never was taken up in the final hours of the Assembly Floor session even though there was strong support.