Sec. 8-1.06. Amendments: Chapter 1, Division II, Section 105 Permits.
   Subdivisions 1, 2, and 4 of Section 105.2, "Work Exempt from Permit" of said California Building Code are hereby amended, and Subdivisions 14, and 15 are hereby added to Section 105.2, to read as follows:
   105.2 Work Exempt from Permit.
   Building:
   1.   One-story detached accessory structures used as a children's playhouse or tree house, equipment shed or utility building and similar uses provided that all of the following conditions exist:
   (i)   The building is accessory to a dwelling unit.
   (ii)   The building does not exceed one-hundred twenty (120) square feet maximum in area or twelve (12') feet maximum in overall height from floor to roof.
   (iii)   The building does not contain mechanical, electrical, or plumbing installations that require permits.
   (iv)   The building is not located in a front, side or other yard wherein a setback is required by City zoning regulations.
   (v)   The building is separated more than six (6') feet minimum from any similar accessory structure and from the dwelling.
   2.   Fences seven (7') feet maximum in height or masonry block walls (3') feet maximum in height.
   4.   Retaining walls three (3') feet maximum in height, not extending a yard on a downslope and/or with a soils retention depth of:
   (i)   Thirty-six (36") inches maximum without a surcharge or
   (ii)   Eighteen (18") inches maximum with a surcharge or supporting a slope.
   14.   Repairs to roof coverings not exceeding a total of one hundred (100) square feet maximum or constituting the entire portion of a particular roof type within any 12-month period.
   15.   Detached decks which are thirty (30") inches maximum above grade.
   Section 105.2 "Work Exempt from Permit" subsection "Electrical" of said California Building Code is hereby amended by adding to Section 105.2 the following work exempted from permits, to read as follows:
   105.2 Work Exempt from Permit.
   Electrical:
   1.   Portable motors or other portable appliances energized by means of cord or cable having an attachment plug end to be connected to an approved receptacle when that cord or cable is permitted by the California Electrical Code.
   2.   Repair or replacement of fixed motors, transformers or fixed approved appliances of the same type and rating in the same location.
   3.   Temporary decorative lighting.
   4.   Repair or replacement of current-carrying parts of any switch, contactor or control device.
   5.   Reinstallation of attachment plug receptacles, but not the outlets thereof.
   6.   Repair or replacement of any overcurrent device of the required capacity in the same location.
   7.   Repair or replacement of electrodes or transformers of the same size and capacity for signs or gas tube systems.
   8.   Taping joints.
   9.   Removal of electrical wiring.
   10.   Temporary wiring for experimental purposes in suitable experimental laboratories.
   11.   The wiring for temporary theater, motion picture or television stage sets.
   12.   Electrical wiring, devices, appliances, apparatus or equipment operating at less than twenty-five (25) volts and not capable of supplying more than fifty (50) watts of energy.
   13.   Low-voltage electrical power, control and signal circuits of Classes II and III as defined in the California Electrical Code.
   14.   A permit shall not be required for the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment or the generation, transmission, distribution or metering of electrical energy or in the operation of signals or the transmission of intelligence by a public or private utility in the exercise of its function as a serving utility.
   Section 105.2 "Work Exempt from Permit" subsection "Plumbing" of said California Building Code is hereby amended by adding subdivisions 3, 4, 5 and 6, to read as follows:
   105.2 Work Exempt from Permit
   Plumbing:
   3.   Replacement of residential dishwashers or garbage disposals which previously have been properly installed under applicable permits provided there is no replacement or alteration of existing piping or additional piping installed.
   4.   Installation or repair of exterior non-potable water supply lines provided there are cross-connection devices at points of connection to the potable water supply. Permits and inspection are required for the installation or replacement of said devices.
   5.   Water lines to residential refrigerators for ice-making machines.
   6.   Replacement of residential kitchen sinks, lavatories, and water closets which have previously been installed under applicable permits with listed fixtures of the same type in the same location provided no alterations are required to the drainage or water supply systems for the installation of said fixtures.
   Section 105.3 "Application for Permit" is hereby amended to add subdivisions 8 and 9, to read as follows:
   8.   Applications for plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits, describing the work to be done, shall be made in writing to the Building Official by a properly licensed contractor, his/her authorized representative, or by a person properly qualified and licensed by the Contractor's State License Board, under the provisions of the Business and Professions Code of the State of California, except when and as otherwise hereinafter provided in this section. Permits may be issued to specialty-licensed contractors or licensed general building contractors when acting within the provisions of State Contracting License Law.
   9.   Any permit required by this Code may be issued to any person to do any work regulated by this Code in a single family dwelling used exclusively for living purposes, including the usual accessory buildings and quarters in connection with such building, in the event that any such person is the bona fide owner of any such dwelling and accessory buildings and quarters, and that the same are occupied by said owner, provided that such owner shall personally purchase all material and shall personally perform all labor in connection therewith and demonstrate the knowledge and ability to perform said construction work in conformance with the requirements of the California Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical Codes. If, in the opinion of the enforcing authority, such knowledge and ability is insufficient, a person licensed to do such work may be required.
   Section 105.3.2 "Time limitation of application" is hereby amended to read as follows:
   105.3.2 Time limitation of application.
   Every permit application for which no permit is issued within 180 days after the date of permit application shall expire by limitation and become invalid, unless such permit application is pursued in good faith or permit is issued, and construction documents and other data submitted for review may thereafter be returned to the applicant or destroyed by the Building Official. The applicant shall submit permit application and construction documents and incur associated permit application and plan review fees for such construction work after expiration of the initial permit application. The Building Official may extend the time for action by the applicant for a period not exceeding 180 days on written request by the applicant showing that circumstances beyond the control of the applicant have prevented action from being taken. No application shall be extended more than once. Once an application has expired hereunder, no further action shall be taken. The applicant may submit new or the same plans and pay a new plan review fee at any time after expiration of the original application.
   Subsections 105.3.3, 105.3.4 and 105.3.5 are added to Section 105.3 to read as follows:
   105.3.3 Grounds for Refusal.
   The Building Official may refuse to issue said permit if the applicant is unable to produce evidence that the applicant is in compliance with all State laws and City ordinances governing or regulating the design, construction, addition, alteration, conversion, erection, installation, location, relocation, demolition, repair, maintenance, and occupancy and use of buildings and structures, or governing or regulating the persons or firms engaging in such activities, including all safeguards required by governmental authority for the protection of the City, the public, employees of the applicant, or other persons, and including bonds, insurance, licensing, and other specific requirements.
   The Building Official may refuse to issue said permit should there be reasonable grounds for findings that the site is unsafe for its intended use, or that the site, building or work proposed will be subject to water, slide, or other damage, or will unreasonably contribute or subject other properties to the same hazards, or that gas, water, electric, and/or sanitation facilities are not reasonably available to said premises, or where a building is proposed to be served by a private sewage disposal system, that the quantity or type of waste to be discharged cannot be adequately disposed by such system, or that said premises do not have reasonably adequate access.
   105.3.4 Prerequisites for Issuance.
   A permit shall not be issued for any work which would violate or conflict with any law, ordinance, rule or regulation of the City pertaining to zoning, public works, subdivisions, fires, business taxes, utilities and other laws, ordinances, rules and regulations applicable to the property for which the permit is sought.
   Any permit that may be issued for work that would be in violation, conflict or derogation of the provisions of this section or of this Code, or any other law of the City shall be null and void.
   105.3.5 Demolition Permits.
   No person, firm or corporation shall raze any building or structure, or portion thereof, in the City, or cause the same to be done, without first obtaining a separate Demolition Permit for each building or structure from the Building Official.
   To obtain a demolition permit, the applicant shall first file a written application for demolition permit, and associated preliminary site inspection, and pay all fees as set by resolution of the City Council. A construction and debris recycling plan and associated fee may also be required by the Public Works Department.
   Demolition permits shall not be issued until the preliminary site inspection has been conducted and all necessary approvals are obtained from Building, Planning, Public Works and other agencies as required.
   The applicant shall cause all utility services, including gas, electric, water and wastewater services, to be terminated and removed by the appropriate utility agency. A written notification of termination of service by the utility agencies shall be obtained by the applicant and submitted to the Building Division prior to permit issuance.
   The applicant shall schedule an inspection of abandoned sewers, septic tanks, cesspools, and water wells immediately upon excavation and exposure and prior to fill in or cap off. Fill materials and/or cap devices shall be located on site at the time of inspection. Sewers, septic tanks, and cesspools shall be filled or capped in accordance with the current edition of the California Plumbing Code as adopted by the City of Thousand Oaks. Water wells shall be abandoned in accordance with the City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department specifications.
   The applicant shall restore the site within the former building area to be consistent with adjacent grades and remove of all resulting building debris, trash, junk, or any other material that constitutes a threat to life, health, or property or is inimical to the public welfare.
   A final inspection of the site shall be scheduled by the permit holder or authorized agent immediately after the demolition of the structure or building.
   Section 105.5 "Expiration" is hereby amended to read as follows:
   105.5 Expiration.
   Every permit issued by the Building Official under the provisions of this code shall expire by limitation and become invalid unless such construction work authorized by such permit commences within 365 days from the date of permit issuance, or if such construction work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned, as defined by having no minimum required inspections approved by the Building Official, for 180 days at any time after such construction work is commenced. The applicant shall submit a permit application and construction documents and incur associated permit application and plan review fees for such construction work after expiration of the initial permit.
(§ 2, Ord. 1669-NS, eff. January 10, 2020)