as amended, V. Manuel Pérez.
begin deleteSchool facilities: natural disasters: expedited review and approval process. end delete
Existing law requires the Department of General Services, under the police power of the state, to supervise the design and construction of any school building, or the reconstruction or alteration of or addition to any school building, unless subject to a specific exemption, to ensure, among other things, that the work of construction has been performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, for the protection of life and property. Existing law requires all reviews or approvals required under certain provisions to be expedited, and in no event to exceed 60 days, if a school facility has been damaged or destroyed by fire, earthquake, flood, or other manmade or natural disaster. Existing law authorizes a state agency required to perform any expedited review or approval to hire additional personnel or incur additional costs necessary to perform the review or approval within the 60-day time limit and requires the state agency to charge the school district a fee that does not exceed the actual costs of the review or approval.end delete
This bill would instead require the state agency to charge the school district a fee, as described above, that does not exceed the actual costs of the review or approval up to a maximum of 3% of the total cost of the project.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 17282 of the
Education Code is amended
(a) It is the intent of the Legislature to expedite the
27repair, alteration, and reconstruction of school facilities that have
28been damaged or destroyed by fire, earthquake, flood, or other
29manmade or natural disasters, to return those school facilities to
30a condition that makes them useful to school districts in the least
31amount of time and at the lowest appropriate cost while maintaining
32the integrity and safety of the structure as required by the laws of
34(b) Notwithstanding any other law, if a school facility has been
35damaged or destroyed by fire, earthquake, flood, or other manmade
36or natural disaster, all reviews or approvals required by this article
37shall be expedited. In no event shall a review or approval exceed
3860 days, excluding weekends and holidays, from the date of receipt
39of all complete plans, specifications, and documentation for the
40facilities from the school district.
P4 1(c) If, upon review, the plans or specifications require minor
2amendment or modification, these minor amendments or
3modifications shall not delay the completion of the review or
4approval beyond the 60-day requirement specified in subdivision
5(b) unless the amendment or modification constitutes a major
6substantive change affecting the entire project. While any minor
7amendments or modifications are being undertaken, the remainder
8of the project shall continue under review so that a timely and
9adequate review may be completed within the 60-day requirement
10of subdivision (b).
11(d) A state agency that is required to perform a review or
12approval under this article may hire additional personnel or incur
13any additional costs necessary to perform the review or approval
14within the time limits set forth in this section and shall charge the
15school district a fee not to exceed the actual cost of the review or
16approval up to a maximum of 3 percent of the total cost of the
18(e) As used in this section, “damaged” means damages to the
19extent that occupancy is precluded based upon a report of an
20architect or a structural engineer and the concurrence of the
21Department of General Services in the report’s conclusion that the
22occupancy of the premises is precluded.
23(f) The expedited review and approval required by this section
24shall not apply if the documents are not submitted within six
25months of the damage to, or destruction of, the facilities.