Chapter 15.04
CONSTRUCTION CODES*

Sections:

15.04.010    1997 Uniform Administrative Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.020    2016 Building Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.030    2016 Mechanical Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.035    2016 Residential Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.040    2016 Plumbing Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.045    2016 Green Building Standards Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.050    Uniform Housing Code adopted.

15.04.055    2016 Administrative Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.060    Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings adopted.

15.04.065    2016 Energy Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.070    Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code adopted.

15.04.075    2016 Referenced Standards Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.080    2016 Electrical Code adopted—Modifications.

15.04.090    House and building numbering.

15.04.100    Developer’s fees.

15.04.110    Administrative and enforcement provisions.

15.04.120    Violation—Penalty.

*    Prior history: Ords. 1014 and 1029.

15.04.010 1997 Uniform Administrative Code adopted—Modifications.

The Uniform Administrative Code, 1997 Edition, including all appendices, tables and indices thereto, is adopted as part of the building code of the city of San Jacinto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk) with the following modifications:

A.    Section 301.2.1, paragraph (2) is amended to read as follows:

Fences not over eighteen inches (18") shall not need a building permit.

B.    Section 304.3 is amended to read as follows:

Plan Review Fees: When a plan or other data are required to be submitted by Section 302.2, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting plans and specifications for review. Said plan review fee for buildings or structures shall be 65% of the established building permit fee.

The plan review fees for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work shall be equal to 25% of the total permit fee for each. The plan review fee for grading work shall be 35% of the grading permit fee. The plan review fee for energy shall be 15% of the building permit fee.

The plan review fee for public and private improvements shall be as established by City Council resolution. Where plans are incomplete or changed so as to require an additional plan review and additional plan review fee shall be charged at the established rate.

(Ord. 16-15 § 3: Ord. 13-07 § 3: Ord. 10-11 § 2: Ord. 08-01 § 2: Ord. 1074 § 2, 1999)

15.04.020 2016 Building Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Building Code, 2016 Edition, including Chapter 1 and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is hereby adopted as part of the building code of the city of San Jacinto with the following modifications:

A.    Chapter 1, Section 105.2, Item 2 is amended to read as follows:

Fences not over eighteen inches (18") shall not need a building permit.

B.    Chapter 1, Section 105.2, Item 1 is amended to read as follows:

One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 120 square feet (11 m2). However, a permit is required for any concrete flat work associated with the structures.

C.    Chapter 1, Section 105.2, Item 5 is amended to read as follows:

Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1 and any associated concrete flat work.

D.    Section 109.1 is amended to add the following language:

When a plan or other data are required to be submitted by Section 107, a plan review fee shall be paid at the time of submitting plans and specifications for review. Said plan review fee for buildings or structures shall be 65% of the established building permit fee.

The plan review fees for electrical, mechanical and plumbing work shall be equal to 25% of the total permit fee for each. The plan review fee for grading work shall be 35% of the grading permit fee. The plan review fee for energy shall be 15% of the building permit fee.

The plan review fee for public and private improvements shall be as established by City Council resolution. Where plans are incomplete or changed so as to require an additional plan review and additional plan review fee shall be charged at the established rate.

E.    Appendix J (Grading), Section J110.3, is hereby added to read as follows:

J110.3 Slopes. The faces of cut and fill slopes shall be prepared and maintained to control erosion and provide stability. Where cut slopes are not subject to erosion due to erosion-resistant character of materials, such production may be omitted. Unless otherwise recommended in the approved soil engineering or engineering geology report, cut and fill slopes shall be planted in accordance with this Section. The protection for the slopes shall be installed as soon as practicable and prior to calling for final permit approval.

A.    General Requirements. Cut slopes equal to or greater than 5 feet in vertical height and fill slopes equal to or greater than 3 feet in vertical height shall be planted with grass or ground cover to protect the slope from erosion and instability. Other slopes as deemed necessary by the Building Official shall also be planted.

B.    Slopes exceeding 15 feet in vertical height shall be planted with shrubs, spaced at not more than 10 feet on center; or trees, spaced not to exceed 20 feet on center; or a combination of shrubs and trees at equivalent spacings, in addition to the grass or ground cover. The plants selected and planting patterns may be varied upon the recommendation of a landscape architect or a slope control specialist with approval of the Building Official. If a species other than those from the recommended list of plants is selected, a written statement shall be submitted by a landscape architect or slope control specialist certifying the plants suitable for erosion control and slope stability. This statement must accompany the grading plan at the time of submittal.

C.    Landscape and Irrigation Plan Requirements.

1.    Landscape Plans shall be submitted for all slopes required to be planted. The landscape plan may be incorporated as part of the grading plan unless, in the opinion of the Building Official the plan becomes too obscured to be effective. A landscape plan shall include:

(a)    A slope planting schedule that provides common and scientific names and specifications of all plants, number and size of each tree and scrub and the spacing of plants.

(b)    The location of the planting.

(c)    Details of the irrigation system. Landscape plans involving more than four structures shall be prepared and signed by a landscape architect. This plan shall include the details necessary to complete the project including scope of work, materials to be used (seed mixtures, plant species listed by size quantity, fertilizer used and rate of application), construction methods, maintenance and time table for project completion.

2.    Except where approved by the Building Official slopes required to be planted shall be provided with an approved system of irrigation designed to cover all portions of the slopes and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the extent of work proposed. Specifications for devices, size and type of pipe, flow rates and precipitation rates are to be shown on the landscape plan. An approved backflow prevention device shall be installed in each irrigation system which conforms to Chapter 10 of the Uniform Plumbing Code. If the planting requirements specified in the subsection above are waived by the Building Official, the requirements specified in this subsection may be waived.

D.    Planting Method. Planting shall commence as soon as slopes are completed on any portion of the site and shall provide for rapid short term coverage of the slope as well as long term permanent coverage. Minimum requirements shall include:

1.    Planting holes shall be excavated twice as wide as the diameter and 2 inches less than the depth of the root ball of the plant. The planting holes shall be backfilled with a mixture of native soil, slowly decomposing organic matter and an appropriate fertilizer.

2.    Each tree shall be staked in order to anchor the root system and to support the trunk in an upright position. Stake material shall be of adequate dimension and length to support the tree. Ties used for tying the tree to the stake shall have a broad surface to minimize rubbing or girdling and have some elasticity. In lieu of stakes a three wire tie-down system may be used.

3.    Ground cover is to be spaced in such a manner that 100% coverage of the planted slope will be achieved in as short a time as possible. Spacing of ground cover shall not exceed 12 inches O.C. unless acceptable supporting horticultural evidence recommending greater spacing is furnished to the Building Official.

E.    Waiver of Planting Requirements. Waiver of the Planting and irrigation requirements may be approved by the Building Official if found to be unreasonable or unnecessary for one of the following reasons:

1.    The erosion resistant character of material composing the slopes makes planting unnecessary.

2.    The unavailability of water making irrigation either impossible or impractical.

3.    Slope heights are less than those requiring planting by Section 3, paragraph (H) 1.1.

F.    Planting Maintenance. All vegetation planted for erosion control shall be maintained in a healthy, vigorous condition. Maintenance of planted slopes shall include watering, weeding and restoration of any plant material that may die. Slopes that are affected by the future installation of walls, fences, swimming pools or any other building must be properly replanted upon the completion of subsequent projects.

G.    Bonding. A bond for all projects involving more than four structures shall be filed with the City by the developer at the time that the landscaping plan is approved.

H.    Final Planting Inspection. A final planting inspection shall be required for all building sites requiring planting. For building sites not requiring a performance bond, the final planting inspection shall be approved prior to the building permit final inspection. Any required irrigation system and all planting shall be installed at the time of the final planting inspection. A functional test of the irrigation system may be required. For building sites requiring a performance bond, slope certification required by the next subsection shall be approved prior to the building permit final inspection. The final planting inspection shall be performed at the end of the one year bond period.

I.    Slope Verification. A site inspection shall be performed by the responsible landscape architect to assure compliance with the approved plans and to perform a functional test of the sprinkler system. Said landscape architect shall verify in writing to the Building Official that the soils, additives, and amendments, weed control, planting of the slopes and the installation of the irrigation system comply to the approved plans and to all the provisions of this section. Verification to contain a statement as to the grow stock vitality.

J.    Landscape and Irrigation Plan/Plan-Checking Fee. Before accepting a set of plans and specification for checking, the Community Development Department shall collect a plan checking fee. The amount of the plan checking fee for the landscape and irrigation plan shall be as set forth by City Council resolution.

K.    Landscaping Permit Fees. A fee for each landscaping permit shall be paid to the Community Development Department as set forth by City council resolution.

(Ord. 16-15 § 4: Ord. 13-07 § 4: Ord. 10-11 § 3: Ord. 08-01 § 3: Ord. 1074 § 3, 1999)

15.04.030 2016 Mechanical Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Mechanical Code, 2016 Edition, and including Chapter 1 and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the mechanical code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 5: Ord. 13-07 § 5: Ord. 10-11 § 4: Ord. 08-01 § 4: Ord. 1074 § 4, 1999)

15.04.035 2016 Residential Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Residential Code, 2016 Edition, and including Chapter 1 and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the residential code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 6: Ord. 13-07 § 6: Ord. 10-11 § 5)

15.04.040 2016 Plumbing Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Plumbing Code, 2016 Edition, and including Chapter 1 and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the plumbing code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 7: Ord. 13-07 § 7: Ord. 10-11 § 6: Ord. 08-01 § 5: Ord. 1074 § 5, 1999)

15.04.045 2016 Green Building Standards Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Green Building Standards Code, 2016 Edition, and including all appendices, tables and indices but excepting any voluntary provisions thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the green building standards code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 8: Ord. 13-07 § 8: Ord. 10-11 § 7)

15.04.050 Uniform Housing Code adopted.

The Uniform Housing Code, 1997 Edition, including all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the Uniform Housing Code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 1074 § 6, 1999)

15.04.055 2016 Administrative Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Administrative Code, 2016 Edition, and including all appendices, tables and indices but excepting any voluntary provisions thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the administrative code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 9: Ord. 13-07 § 9)

15.04.060 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings adopted.

The Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings, 1997 Edition, and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings in the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 1074 § 7, 1999)

15.04.065 2016 Energy Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Energy Code, 2016 Edition, and including all appendices, tables and indices but excepting any voluntary provisions thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the energy code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 10: Ord. 13-07 § 10)

15.04.070 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code adopted.

The Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code, 2015 Edition, and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the uniform swimming pool, spa and hot tub code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 11: Ord. 13-07 § 11: Ord. 1074 § 8, 1999)

15.04.075 2016 Referenced Standards Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Referenced Standards Code, 2016 Edition, and including all appendices, tables and indices but excepting any voluntary provisions thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the referenced standards code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 12: Ord. 13-07 § 12)

15.04.080 2016 Electrical Code adopted—Modifications.

The California Electrical Code, 2016 Edition, and including Article 89 and all appendices, tables and indices thereto (copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk), is adopted as the electrical code of the city of San Jacinto. (Ord. 16-15 § 13: Ord. 13-07 § 13: Ord. 10-11 § 8: Ord. 08-01 § 6: Ord. 1074 § 10, 1999)

15.04.090 House and building numbering.

A.    All buildings for which permits are issued shall, prior to final inspection, paint with black numbers on a white reflective background on the front curb face the address of said building. Numbers shall be a minimum of four inches high.

B.    All new single-family dwellings and duplexes with garages shall have an illuminated address attached to the left side of the front garage wall facing the street, sixty inches above the driveway surface. The illumination shall be one hundred ten (110) volt with photocell switching. The address numbers shall be one inch by four inches.

C.    The owners of all buildings in the city shall be responsible for installing the address on the mailbox and on the structure itself. Such numbers shall be a minimum of three inches tall and on a contrasting background. (Ord. 1074 § 10, 1999)

15.04.100 Developer’s fees.

Pursuant to Section 15.04.020, certain developer fees are required to be paid. The purpose of these fees is described in detail below. The minimum fees will be established by city council resolution and may be amended from time to time by a resolution of the city council of the city.

A.    Water capital improvement fund. For the upgrade and replacement of existing wells, reservoirs, booster systems and distribution systems of the water department.

B.    Public safety capital improvement fund.

1.    Structures. For the acquisition and construction of public safety-related buildings, ground and fixtures.

2.    Equipment. For the acquisition of capital equipment for public safety purposes including vehicles, radios, furniture and other equipment with a cost exceeding one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00).

C.    Storm drain improvement fund. For the development of the master drainage plan and other storm drain systems.

D.    Traffic signalization fund. For the construction of traffic safety improvements such as traffic signals, warning lights, and signal coordinating equipment.

E.    Sewer connection fund. For upgrade and replacement of the sewer collection system.

F.    Lighting and landscape district fund. For the establishment, maintenance, and administration of lighting and landscape maintenance districts. (Ord. 1074 § 11, 1999)

15.04.110 Administrative and enforcement provisions.

The police chief and officer of the police department, the city attorney, the fire chief, fire prevention officer, the building official, the planning director, city planners, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, and all city officials charged with the issuance of licenses and permits shall enforce the provisions of this chapter and are authorized to issue a citation for violation thereof.

A.    No Permits to Be Issued. No permit of any nature shall be issued under the provisions of this chapter which is not in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Any permit issued contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall be void and of no effect.

B.    Legal Procedure. Any building or structure erected or maintained, any grading, or any use of property contrary to the provisions of this chapter shall be and the same is hereby declared to be unlawful and a public nuisance and the city attorney shall immediately commence action or actions, proceeding or proceedings for the abatement, removal and enjoinment thereof, in the manner provided by law; and shall take such other steps, and shall apply to such court or courts as may have jurisdiction to grant such relief as will abate or remove such building, structure or use and restrain and enjoin any person from setting up, erecting or maintaining such building or structure, grading, or using any property contrary to the provisions of this chapter. It shall be the right and the duty of every citizen to participate and assist the city officials in the enforcement of this chapter.

C.    Remedies. All remedies provided for herein shall be cumulative and not exclusive. The conviction and punishment of any person hereunder shall not relieve such person from the responsibility of correcting prohibited buildings, structures or improvements, nor prevent the enforced correction or removal thereof.

D.    Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances. All former ordinances or parts thereof conflicting or inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or of the adopted codes or standards are hereby repealed. (Ord. 1074 § 12, 1999)

15.04.120 Violation—Penalty.

A.    Penalties. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building or structure or cause or permit the same to be done in violation of this code.

B.    Violation of the provisions of this chapter or the 2016 Building Code is deemed to be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine or by imprisonment, or by both fine and imprisonment. A person is guilty of a separate offense each day during which he commits, continues or permits a violation of this chapter or the 2016 Building Code.

C.    Violation of this chapter is declared to be a public nuisance, and the city attorney may institute necessary legal procedures for the abatement, removal or enjoinment thereof in the manner provided by law, or may take such other steps as he or she deems necessary to accommodate these ends. The application of any penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions. (Ord. 16-15 § 14: Ord. 13-07 § 14: Ord. 10-11 § 9: Ord. 08-01 § 7: Ord. 1074 § 13, 1999)