§ 15.08.020  2019 CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE - AMENDMENTS.
   The California Building Code is hereby amended as follows:
   105.2 Work exempt from permit- Amended.
   105.2 Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit  requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:
   Building:
   1.   One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11 m2) and maximum height of 12 feet.
   2.   Masonry fences not over 5 feet (1524 mm) high.
   3.   Oil derricks.
   4.   Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.
   5.   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.
   6.   Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
   7.   Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
   8.   Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
   9.   Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 18 inches (457 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and are installed entirely above ground.
   10.   Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
   11.   Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
   12.   Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Groups R-3 and U occupancies.
   13.   Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) in height.
   Electrical:
      Repairs and maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
      Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of this code shall not apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions, but do apply to equipment and wiring for a power supply and the installations of towers and antennas.
      Temporary testing systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
   Gas:
   1.   Portable heating appliance.
   2.   Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
   Mechanical:
   1.   Portable heating appliance.
   2.   Portable ventilation equipment.
   3.   Portable cooling unit.
   4.   Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this code.
   5.   Replacement of any part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.
   6.   Portable evaporative cooler.
   7.   Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (5 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of 1 horsepower (746 W) or less.
   Plumbing:
   1.   The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe, provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with the new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this code.
   2.   The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
   Section 903.2 Where required - Amended.
   903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in buildings and structures shall be provided in the following locations:
   1.   New buildings: Notwithstanding any applicable provisions of Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.12, an automatic fire-extinguishing system shall also be installed in all occupancies when the total building area, as defined in Section 202, exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2), or the building is more than two stories in height, regardless of fire areas or allowable area.
   2.   New buildings in the VHFHSZ: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in all new occupancies in the VHFHSZ.
   3.   Existing buildings: Notwithstanding any applicable provisions of this code, an automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in an existing building when an addition occurs and when one of the following conditions exists:
      a.   When the addition is 50% or more of the existing building area and the resulting building area, as defined in Section 202, exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2); or
      b.   When the addition exceeds 2,000 (185.81 m2) square feet and the resulting building area, as defined in Section 202, exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2); or
      c.   An additional story is added above the second floor regardless of fire areas or allowable area.
      Exception: Group R-3 occupancies. Group R-3 occupancies shall comply with Section 903.2.8.
   Section 903.2.8 Group R - Amended.
   903.2.8 Group R. An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area as follows:
   1.   New buildings: An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all new buildings.
   2.   Existing buildings: An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout when one of the following conditions exists:
      a.   When an addition is 50% or more of the existing building area, as defined in Section 202, or greater than 1,000 square feet (92.903 m 2 ) within a two year period; or
      b.   An addition when the existing building is already provided with automatic sprinklers; or
      c.   When an existing Group R Occupancy is being substantially renovated, and where the scope of the renovation is such that the Building Code Official determines that the complexity of installing a sprinkler system would be similar as in a new building.
   3.   Existing buildings in the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone: An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout when one of the following conditions exists:
      a.   When an addition is 33% of more of the existing building area, as defined in Section 202, or greater than 1,000 square feet (93.902 m2) within a two year period; or
      b.   An addition when the existing building is already provided with automatic sprinklers; or
      c.   When an existing Group R Occupancy is being substantially renovated, and where the scope of the renovation is such that the Building Code Official determines that the complexity of installing a sprinkler system would be similar as in a new building.
   Section 918.2 Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings - Added.
   SECTION 918.2 Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings.
   Existing buildings that do not have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building, based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communications systems of the jurisdiction at the exterior of the building, shall be equipped with such coverage according to one of the following:
   1.   Where an existing wired communication system cannot be repaired or is being replaced, or where not approved in accordance with Section 510.1, Exception 1, of the Brea Fire Code.
   2.   Within a time frame established by the adopting authority.
   3.   The emergency responder radio coverage shall comply with the following Brea Fire Department guidance document:
   ‘Information for Digital Antenna Systems (DAS)/Bi-Directional Amplification (BDA) Systems’
   Table 1505.1 - Amended.
   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.
   Section 1505.1.3 Roof coverings within all other areas - Amended.
   1505.1.3 Roof coverings within all other areas. The entire roof covering of every existing structure where more than 20 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 at least Class A.
   Section 1505.5 Non-classified roofing - Deleted.
   Section 1505.7 Special purpose roofs - Deleted.
   Section 1807.1.6 Prescriptive design of concrete and masonry foundation walls - Amended.
   1807.1.6 Prescriptive design of concrete and masonry foundation walls. Concrete and masonry foundation walls that are laterally supported at the top and bottom shall be permitted to be designed and constructed in accordance with this section. Prescriptive design of foundation walls shall not be used for structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F.
   Section 1809.7 Prescriptive footings for light-frame construction - Amended
   1809.7 Prescriptive footings for light-frame construction. Where a specific design is not provided, concrete or masonry-unit footings supporting walls of light-frame construction shall be permitted to be designed in accordance with Table 1809.7. Prescriptive footings in Table 1809.7 shall not exceed one story above grade plane for structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F.
   TABLE 1809.7
   PRESCRIPTIVE FOOTINGS SUPPORTING WALLS OF
   LIGHT-FRAME CONSTRUCTION a, b, c, d, e
 
NUMBER OF FLOORS SUPPORTED BY THE FOOTING f
WIDTH OF FOOTING (inches)
THICKNESS OF FOOTING (inches)
1
12
6
2
15
6
3
18
8
For SI:   1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 foot = 304.8 mm
a.   Depth of footings shall be in accordance with Section 1809.4.
b.   The ground under the floor shall be permitted to be excavated to the elevation of the top of the footing.
c.   See Section 1908 for additional requirements for concrete footings of structures assigned to Seismic Design Category C, D, E or F.
d.   For thickness of foundation walls, see Section 1807.1.6.
e.   Footings shall be permitted to support a roof addition to the stipulated number of floors. Footings supporting roof only shall be as required for supporting one floor.
f.   Footings shall be permitted to support a roof in addition to the stipulated number of floors. Footings supporting roof only shall be as required for supporting one floor.
g.   Plain concrete footings for Group R-3 occupancies shall be permitted to be 6 inches thick.
 
   Section 2304.10.1 Fastener requirements - Amended.
   2304.10.1 Fastener requirements. Connections for wood members shall be designed in accordance with the appropriate methodology in Section 2301.2. The number and size of fasteners connecting wood members shall not be less than that set forth in Table 2304.10.1. Staple fasteners in Table 2304.10.1 shall not be used to resist or transfer seismic forces in structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F.
      Exception: Staples may be used to resist or transfer seismic forces when the allowable shear values are substantiated by cyclic testing and approved by the building official.
   Appendix B Board of Appeals - Adopted.
   Appendix B of the California Building Code is hereby adopted by reference in its entirety with no amendments.
   Appendix G Flood-Resistant Construction - Adopted.
   Appendix G of the California Building Code is hereby adopted by reference in its entirety with no amendments.
(Ord. 1188, passed 12-6-16; Am. Ord. 1212, passed 11-19-19)