Amended in Senate April 7, 2015

Senate BillNo. 582

Introduced by Senator Hall

February 26, 2015

An actbegin insert to add Section 835 to the Civil Code,end insert relating to electrified fences.


SB 582, as amended, Hall. Electrified fences.

Existing law prohibits an electrified fence to be offered for sale, sold, installed, or used in the state, or otherwise connected to a source of electrical current, unless the electrical current is limited and regulated by an electrical controller that meets or exceeds specified standards or specifications.begin insert Existing law also provides that the owner of land in fee has the right to the surface and to everything permanently situated beneath or above it.end insert

This bill wouldbegin delete express the Legislature’s intent to enact legislation that would require electrified fences installed in the state to be approved for installation to confirm the installed apparatus meets a specified standard.end deletebegin insert authorize an owner of real property to install and operate an electrified fence on his or her property if the property is not in a residential zone and the fence meets specified electrotechnical and local requirements.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1begin insert

begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 835 is added to the end insertbegin insertCivil Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

begin insert
P2    1

begin insert835.end insert  

(a) Subject to subdivision (b), an owner of real property
2may install and operate an electrified fence on his or her property
3consistent with all of the following:

4(1) The property is not located in a residential zone.

5(2) The fence meets the requirements specified by the
6International Electrotechnical Commission for electric fence
7energizers in “International Standard 60335-2-76.”

8(b) An owner of real property shall not install and operate an
9electric fence where a local ordinance prohibits that installation
10and operation. If a local ordinance allows the installation and
11operation of an electric fence, the installation and operation of
12the fence shall meet the requirements of that ordinance and the
13requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a).

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It is the intent of the Legislature to enact
15legislation that would require electrified fences installed in the
16state to be approved for installations to confirm the installed
17apparatus meets the IEC 60335-2-76 Standard until an American
18Standard is established.

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