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On Tuesday May 20th the Building Dept. will be closed. The inspectors and counter personnel will be in a training class, fulfilling their continuing education requirements. The Over-The-Counter plan check service will not be available that day, as the counter will be closed all day. Because of this closure, we will be extending the regular Over-The-Counter plan check service on Thursday, May 22nd. We will be providing the service from 9:15 am until 12 noon, instead of our regular 10-11:30 am.
Please note that even though the Building counter will be closed all day, we will be providing regular field inspection services.
IMPORTANT! PLEASE NOTE!
As per California Civil Code 1101.4:
1101.4. (a) On and after January 1, 2014, for all building alterations or improvements to single-family residential real property, as a condition for issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit approval by the local building department, the permit applicant shall replace all noncompliant plumbing fixtures with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.
Civil Code Section 1101.3 defines “noncompliant plumbing fixture” to mean any of the following:
Civil Code Section 1101.3 goes on to define “water-conserving plumbing fixture” to mean any fixture that is in compliance with current building standards applicable to a newly constructed real property of the same type.
The mandatory requirements of the “current building standards” are contained in the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code. (CALGreen) The specific standards for plumbing fixtures installed in newly constructed buildings or additions or alterations to existing residential buildings where the addition or alteration increases the building’s conditioned area, volume, or size are as follows:
As per the above Civil and California CALGreen code requirements, the Building Department of the City of Mill Valley is required to verify that all non-compliant fixtures have been replaced or that the existing fixtures do not constitute “noncompliant plumbing fixtures.” To obtain a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final approval for a permit it must be demonstrated that the plumbing fixtures comply with the applicable water use efficiency standards by any of the following methods:
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Important Notice Regarding 2013 Building Code:
If you are an architect, engineer, designer or contractor that performs work within the State of California, please be advised that new California Title 24 codes will take effect on January 1, 2014. These codes include: the 2013 California Building Code and the 2013 California Residential Code, based on the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2012 International Residential Code, respectively; the 2013 California Mechanical and Plumbing codes, based on the 2012 Uniform Mechanical and the 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code, respectively; and, the 2013 California Electrical code based on the 2011 National Electrical Code. In addition, the California Energy Code and the California Green Building Standards Code have been updated, and are now the 2013 California Energy Code and the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code.
All plan review applications submitted after December 31, 2013 shall be required to comply with the new codes.
The 2013 California codes are available for purchase directly from the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org. as well as other vendors. The 2013 (as well as some previous) California codes may also available for viewing in a digital format at the California Building Standards website at www.bsc.ca.gov/ .