Chapter 5.4 Amendments to the 2016 Building, Residential and Electrical Codes

5.4.10 Amendments to the 2016 California Building Code

The following amendments to the California Building Code shall apply in the City:

A.    Administration. Division II of Chapter 1, entitled "Scope and Administration," is applicable in the City where a conflict occurs between this Chapter and Chapters 5.2 and 5.3, the more restrictive or more specific shall govern.

B.    Revision. Insert "La Habra Heights" into the text as the name of jurisdiction in Section 101.1.

C.    Section 101.4 is deleted in its entirety (including Sections 101.4.1, 101.4.2, 101.4.3, 101.4.4, 101.4.5, 101.4.6 and 101.4.7), and replaced with the following:

101.4. Referenced Codes. The California Codes listed in La Habra Heights Municipal Code Section 5.2.20 (which include, among other things, requirements to comply with the Grading Code and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)) shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the extent of each such reference.

D.    Section 105.2 is revised by amending exception 9, and adding 14 as follows:

9. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 18 inches (457.2 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927.059L) and are installed entirely above ground.

14. Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.2.

E.    Section 105.3.2, which addresses application expiration, is revised by adding a sentence as follows:

In no case shall more than one extension be granted for a project when another edition of the state codes has gone into effect or which exceeds the extensions allowed by the City Fee Ordinance.

F.    Section 105.5, which addresses permit expiration, is amended by adding a sentence as follows:

In no case shall an extension be granted which would extend the construction time from start of work to completion beyond the limits described in Section 5.2.50 or which exceeds the extensions allowed by the City Fee Ordinance. Neither shall an extension be granted for a project which has not substantially started construction in the opinion of the building official if another edition of state codes has gone into effect.

G.    Section 107.3 Add a paragraph as follows:

An expedited review and permit issuance process shall be provided for EV Charging Stations and simplified forms for submittal will be made available on City’s website by September 30, 2017.

H.    On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the fees established by the City of La Habra Heights when it adopted Resolution 2011-20 to thereby adopt by reference the amendments to the Building Standards Code made by the County of Los Angeles pursuant to Los Angeles County Ordinance Number 2007-0108.

I.    Board of Appeals. Section 113.3 is amended to provide as follows:

Board of Appeals when used in the Building Standards Codes shall mean the City Council. The Board of Appeals is hereby established for each of the Building Standards Codes. Depending on the subject of the appeal, specialized expertise may be solicited for the purpose of providing input to the Appeals Board.

J.    Wildland Urban Interface. Section 701A.1 of the Building Code is amended to provide as follows:

701A.1 Scope. This chapter applies to building materials, systems and/or assemblies used in the exterior design and construction of new buildings located within a Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area as defined in Section 702A. All areas in the City of La Habra Heights are established as falling within the Wildland Urban Interface Fire Area.

K.    Class A Roofing and Skylights Protection Required. Section 1505.1 is amended as follows:

1505.1 General. Roof assemblies shall be divided into the classes defined below. Class A roof assemblies shall be tested in accordance with ASTM E 108 or UL 790. In addition, fire-retardant-treated wood roof coverings shall be tested in accordance with ASTM D 2898. The minimum roof coverings installed on buildings shall comply with Table 1505.1 based on the type of construction of the building.

Exception: Skylights and sloped glazing that comply with Chapter 24 or Section 2610 and 708A.2.1 shall not be subject to the requirements listed in this Section 1505.1.

L.    Table 1505.1 is revised to provide:

Table 1505.1a
Minimum Roof Covering Classifications
Types of Construction

IA

IB

IIA

IIB

IIIA

IIIB

IV

VA

VB

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.

a. Unless otherwise required in accordance with Chapter 7A.

M.    Section 1505.1.3 is revised to provide:

1505.1.3 Roof coverings within all other areas. The entire roof covering of every existing structure where more than 50 percent of the total roof area is replaced within any one-year period, the entire roof covering of every new structure, and any roof covering applied in the alteration, repair or replacement of the roof of every existing structure, shall be a fire-retardant roof covering that is Class A.

N.    Nonclassified Roofing Exception. Section 1505.5 is deleted.

O.    Special Purpose Roofs. Section 1505.7 is deleted.

P.    Pool Barriers Rules Apply To Private Pools.

1. The following definition is added to Section 3109.4.4.1:

"PRIVATE POOL", is any constructed pool, permanent or portable, and over 18 inches deep which is intended for non-commercial use as swimming pool by not more than three owner families and their guests.

2.    The first paragraph of Section 3109.4.4.2 is revised by adding text to provide:

3109.4.4.2 Construction permit; safety features required.

New pools or spas: Commencing January 1, 2007, except as provided in Section 3109.4.4.5, whenever a building permit is issued for construction of a new swimming pool or spa, or any building permit is issued for remodeling of an existing pool or spa, at a private, single-family home, it shall have an enclosure complying with 3109.4.4.3 and, it shall be equipped with at least one of the following seven drowning prevention safety features:

(Ord. 2016-05 § 4; Ord. 2013-05 § 4; Ord. 2010-04 § 4)

5.4.20 Amendments to the 2016 California Residential Code

The following amendments to the California Residential Code shall apply in the City:

A.    Table R301.2(1) is revised to provide:

Table R301.2(1)
Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria

GROUND SNOW LOAD

WIND DESIGN

SEISMIC DESIGN CATEGORYf

SUBJECT TO DAMAGE FROM

WINTER DESIGN TEMPe

ICE BARRIER UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREDh

FLOOD HAZARDSg

AIR FREEZING INDEXi

MEAN ANNUAL TEMPj

Speedd (mph)

Topographic effectsk

Special wind regionl

Wind-borne debris zonem

Weatheringa

Frost line Depthb

Termitec

Zero

110

No

No

No

D2 or E

Negligible

12-24"

Very Heavy

43

No

No

0

60

For SI: 1 pound per square foot = 0.0479 kPa, 1 mile per hour = 0.447 m/s.

a.    Weathering may require a higher strength concrete or grade of masonry than necessary to satisfy the structural requirements of this code. The weathering column shall be filled in with the weathering index (i.e., "negligible," "moderate" or "severe") for concrete as determined from the Weathering Probability Map [Figure R301.2(3)]. The grade of masonry units shall be determined from ASTM C 34, C 55, C 62, C 73, C 90, C 129, C 145, C 216 or C 652.

b.    The frost line depth may require deeper footings than indicated in Figure R403.1(1). The City shall fill in the frost line depth column with the minimum depth of footing below finish grade.

c.    The jurisdiction shall fill in this part of the table to indicate the need for protection depending on whether there has been a history of local subterranean termite damage.

d.    The City shall fill in this part of the table with the wind speed from the basic wind speed map [Figure R30l.2(4)].Wind exposure category shall be determined on a site-specific basis in accordance with Section R301.2.1.4.

e.    The outdoor design dry-bulb temperature shall be selected from the columns of 971/2-percent values for winter from Appendix D of the International Plumbing Code. Deviations from the Appendix D temperatures shall be permitted to reflect local climates or local weather experience as determined by the building official.

f.    The City shall fill in this part of the table with the seismic design category determined from Section R301.2.2.1.

g.    There are no Flood Hazard Zones in La Habra Heights.

h.    In accordance with Sections R905.2.7.1, R905.4.3.1, R905.5.3.1, R905.6.3.1, R905.7.3.1 and R905.8.3.1, where there has been a history of local damage from the effects of ice damming, the jurisdiction shall fill in this part of the table with "YES." Otherwise, the City shall fill in this part of the table with "NO."

i.    The City shall fill in this part of the table with the 100-year return period air freezing index (BF-days) from Figure R403.3(2) or from the l00-year (99%) value on the National Climatic Data Center data table "Air Freezing Index- USA Method (Base 32°)" at www.ncdc.noaa.gov/fpsf.htrnl.

j.    The City shall fill in this part of the table with the mean annual temperature from the National Climatic Data Center data table "Air Freezing Index-USA Method (Base 32°F)" at www.ncdc.noaa.gov/fpsf.html.

k.    In accordance with Section R301.2.1.5, where there is local historical data documenting structural damage to buildings due to topographic wind speed-up effects, the City shall fill in this part of the table with "YES." Otherwise, the City shall indicate "NO" in this part of the table.

l.    In accordance with Figure R301.2(4)A, where there is local historical data documenting unusual wind conditions, the jurisdiction shall fill in this part of the table with "YES" and identify any specific requirements. Otherwise, the jurisdiction shall indicate "NO" in this part of the table.

m.    In accordance with Section R301.2.1.2.1, the jurisdiction shall indicate the wind-borne debris wind zone(s). Otherwise, the jurisdiction shall indicate "NO" in this part of the table.

B.    Class A Roofs. Section R902.1 is amended as follows:

R902.1 Roofing covering materials. Roofs shall be covered with materials as set forth in Sections R904 and R905. At minimum, Class A roofing shall be installed in areas designated by this section. Class A roofing required by this section to be listed shall be tested in accordance with UL 790 or ASTM E 108.

Exceptions:

1. Class A roof assemblies include those with coverings of brick, masonry and exposed concrete roof deck.

2. Class A roof assemblies also include ferrous or copper shingles or sheets, metal sheets and shingles, clay or concrete roof tile, or slate installed on noncombustible decks.

C.    Class A Roofs. Section R902.1.3 is amended as follows:

R902.1.3 Roof coverings within all other areas. The entire roof covering of every existing structure where more than 50 percent of the total roof area is replaced within any one-year period, the entire roof covering of every new structure, and any roof covering applied in the alteration, repair or replacement of the roof of every existing structure, shall be a fire-retardant roof covering that is Class A.

D.    Wood Roofs Require Class A Treatment. The first paragraph of Section R902.2 is amended to provide:

R902.2 Fire-retardant-treated shingles and shakes. Fire-retardant-treated wood shakes and shingles are wood shakes and shingles complying with UBC Standard 15-3 or 15-4 which are impregnated by the full-cell vacuum-pressure process with fire-retardant chemicals, and which have been qualified by UBC Standard 15-2 for use on Class A roofs.

(Ord. 2016-05 § 4; Ord. 2013-05 § 4; Ord. 2010-04 § 4)

5.4.30 Amendments to the 2016 California Electrical Code

The following amendments to the California Electrical Code shall apply in the City:

A.    The following second and third paragraphs are added to Article 310.106(B) to provide as follows:

In general, for all installations, if wiring is to be size 6 or smaller, the wiring must be copper. Consideration for use of aluminum wire can be made by the Building Official for feeder lines only on an individual basis where adequate safety measures can be ensured.

Aluminum conductors of size 6 or smaller may be used for branch circuits only if approved after continuous inspection by an independent testing agency approved by the Building Official for proper torquing of connections at their termination point.

(Ord. 2016-05 § 4; Ord. 2013-05 § 4; Ord. 2010-04 § 4)