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          AB 433 (Gordon)
          As Amended  August 13, 2013
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |73-0 |(April 11,      |SENATE: |31-6 |(September 3,  |
          |           |     |2013)           |        |     |2013)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    B.,P. & C.P.  

           SUMMARY  :  Authorizes licensed plumbing contractors to install  
          residential fire protection systems for single- and two-family  
          homes through January 1, 2017.

           The Senate amendments  :

          1)Place a sunset provision of January 1, 2017, on the  
            authorization for a licensed plumbing contractor to install a  
            residential fire protection system, excluding an electrical  
            alarm system, for a one- or two-family dwelling.

          2)State the intent of the Legislature that this bill applies to  
            the installation of fire protection system components within a  
            one- or two-family dwelling and outside the dwelling up to the  
            utility meter for the property. 

          3)Authorize the State Fire Marshal to propose, adopt, and  
            administer the regulations that he or she deems necessary in  
            order to ensure fire safety in buildings and structures within  
            this state including regulations related to construction,  
            modification, installation, testing, inspection, labeling,  
            listing, certification, registration, licensing, reporting,  
            operation, and maintenance. 

          4)Require regulations that are building standards to be  
            submitted to the State Building Standards Commission for  
            approval, as specified.

          5)Authorize the Office of the State Fire Marshal to establish  
            and collect reasonable fees necessary to implement this bill.   

          6)Make technical and clarifying changes.


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           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations  
          Committee, there would be minor and absorbable costs to the  
          Contractors' State License Board (CSLB) for any enforcement  
          actions related to plumbers installing fire sprinkler systems.   
          There would be no new costs to the State Fire Marshal related to  
          the clarification of the authority to propose, adopt, and  
          administer fire safety regulations and building standards.  The  
          bill would also provide authority for the Fire Marshal to  
          recover any costs associated with the broad regulatory authority  
          provided in the bill by charging reasonable fees for specified  

           COMMENTS  :   

           1)Purpose of this bill  .  The California Building Standards Code  
            (Code) requires fire protection systems to be installed in all  
            new single- and two-family homes beginning January 1, 2011.   
            This bill aims to expand the pool of licensed contractors who  
            can install residential fire sprinklers under the new Code  
            requirements by authorizing licensed plumbing contractors to  
            perform residential installations through January 1, 2017, in  
            addition to the licensed fire protection contractors currently  
            authorized to do the work.  This bill is sponsored by the  
            California Building Industry Association.
            2)New Code requirement and demand for residential fire sprinkler  
            installations  .  In 2010, the California Building Standards  
            Commission adopted a new Code requirement that approved the  
            State Fire Marshal's Building, Fire and Residential Code and  
            mandated the installation of residential fire sprinklers in  
            all new single- and two-family dwellings and townhouses  
            statewide, beginning January 1, 2011.  Rural counties report  
            having a difficult time complying with the new Code  
            requirement because of the relatively small number of C-16  
            fire protection contractors scattered throughout the state,  
            with no known C-16 fire protection contractors residing in  
            some rural counties. 
            According to the Construction Industry Research Board, in  
            2004, there were approximately 212,960 new residential single-  
            and multi-family homes built in California.  In 2009, the  
            number of new homes built dropped to a record low of 36,421,  
            but has since been gradually climbing.  In 2013, the projected  
            number of new homes that will be built is 62,000 homes and is  


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            anticipated to rise in the future, which will create increased  
            demand for residential fire sprinkler installation.  

           3)Current licensed contracting authority to install residential  
            fire sprinklers  .  Currently, there are approximately 230,000  
            licensed contractors in the State of California.  According to  
            the CSLB, as of February 2013 there were 2,148 active C-16  
            fire protection contractors.  This bill would authorize the  
            15,090 active C-36 plumbing contractors in California to  
            install residential fire sprinklers as well to help ensure  
            there are than enough licensed contractors who can legally  
            perform the installations to meet new Code requirements.  

            Under existing law, only a licensed Class C-16 fire protection  
            contractor or owner-builder may install a residential  
            sprinkler system.  At the same time, only a licensed C-36  
            plumbing contractor can perform work on residential plumbing  
            systems to distribute potable and non-potable water, at  
            varying temperatures and volumes, to and from a residence.   
            This bill would add 15,090 C-36 plumbing contractors to the  
            pool of 2,148 C-16 fire protection contractors who can be  
            hired to install residential fire sprinklers.  

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Sarah Huchel / B.,P. & C.P. / (916)  

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