CHAPTER 6. BUILDING CODES.*
Article I. In General.
Sec. 6-1-2. Amendments to California Building Code.
The provisions of this section shall constitute local amendments to the
cross-referenced provisions of the 2007 Edition of the California Building Code,
as well as amendments to Appendix Chapter 1 as adopted by the City in this
chapter (not included in the 2007 California Building Code), and shall be deemed
to replace the cross-referenced section in said Code with the respective
provisions set forth in this section.
(a) Section 406.1.3 of the California
Building Code is amended by adding, at the end of the text of that section, a
new paragraph to read as follows:
“All concrete driveways designed to access Group U occupancies
associated with private garages or carports shall be constructed with the
(i) The minimum thickness of concrete driveway slabs supported
directly on the ground shall not be less than 4 inches.
(ii) The minimum concrete mix shall be 5 sacks per cubic yard
(iii) The concrete driveway shall be reinforced with not less
than six inches by six inches ten-gauge wire mesh installed at mid height of the
slab or an approved alternate.
(iv) The concrete driveway shall be underlain by a minimum of
three inches of gravel base material.”
(b) Section 1910.1 of the
California Building Code is amended by deleting and replacing the first
paragraph with a new paragraph to read as follows:
“1910.1 General. The thickness of concrete floor slabs
supported directly on the ground shall not be less than 4 inches (101.6 mm). A
10-mil (0.010 inch; 0.25 mm) polyethylene vapor retarder with joints lapped not
less than 6 inches (152 mm) shall be placed between the base course or subgrade
and the concrete floor slab, or other approved equivalent methods or materials
shall be used to retard vapor transmission through the floor slab. The minimum
concrete mix shall be 5 sacks per cubic yard of concrete. The floor slab shall
be reinforced with a minimum No. 3 bar 18 inches on center in both
(c) The following local regulation related to asphalt
paving (not involving regulations contained in the California Building Standards
Code) is hereby adopted to include the following requirements for asphalt
(i) The minimum structural section of on-site asphalt paving
shall be 3 inches of asphalt concrete over 8 inches of Class II aggregate
(ii) The Class II aggregate base shall be compacted to a
minimum 95% over subgrade compacted to 92%.
(iii) The shipping areas, or other areas paved in anticipation
of regular truck traffic, the minimum structural section shall be based upon the
recommendations of the certified soils engineering report according to an
appropriate traffic index for the anticipated use.
(d) Appendix Chapter
1, Section 105.3 is amended by adding Item 8 at the end of the text of that
section to read as follows:
“8. The permittee or his authorized agent shall provide a
list of the subcontractors whose services are required and will be part of the
prime contract. The permittee, who shall be the owner of the improvements for
which the permit is to be issued or the general contractor who has assumed the
prime contract shall be responsible for the fees for all permits required for
the completion of improvements for which the building permit applied for is to
be issued. None of the forgoing shall be construed to prevent subcontractors
from applying for and receiving permits upon payment of fees in accordance with
other applicable ordinances.”
(e) Appendix Chapter 1, Section
105.5 is deleted and replaced with the following:
“Expiration. Every permit issued shall become invalid unless
the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days
after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is
suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days. A permit will be considered
abandoned if the department has no record of inspections for a period of 180
days. Every permit issued by the Building Official under the provisions of this
code shall expire and become null and void two years from the date of issuance,
with the exception of plumbing, electrical, and mechanical repair or
alterations, and building maintenance repairs which shall expire and become null
and void one year from the date of issuance. The building official is authorized
to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than
180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause
(f) Appendix Chapter 1, Section 108.2 is amended by
adding at the end of the text of that section, a new paragraph to read as
“Permit fees for each permit shall be as set forth in the “The
City of Woodland Comprehensive Fee Schedule,” except for permits issued
covering work performed on buildings or structures owned, leased, or operated by
any City, County, State, Federal government agency, or any public agency or
In addition, Capital Improvement Facilities Fees shall be as set forth
(1) Facilities Fees.
(i) Capital improvement facilities fees are hereby established
as a condition of the issuance of building permits in the city. In addition to
the citywide capital improvement facilities fee (the major projects financing
plan fee or “MPFP”), the Spring Lake infrastructure fee
(“SLIF”) is hereby established as a condition of the issuance of
building permits in the Spring Lake specific plan area. The City Council shall,
by separate resolutions, set forth the specific amounts of the MPFP and the
SLIF, identify the specific public improvements to be financed thereby, describe
the estimated costs of these facilities, describe the reasonable relationship
between such facilities and the various types of new developments, and describe
the relationship between the need for the public facility and the various types
of new developments.
(ii) Facilities fees shall be paid by each applicant concurrent
with the issuance of a building permit.
(2) Limited Use of Facilities Fees. The revenues raised by
payment of these facilities fees shall be placed in separate and special
accounts, and such revenues, along with any interest earnings on each account,
shall be used solely to:
(i) Pay for the City’s future construction of each
category of facilities described in the resolution enacted pursuant to Section
108.2(1)(i) above, or to reimburse the city for those facilities identified in
the resolution which have been constructed by the city with funds advanced from
(ii) Reimburse developers who have installed such identified
facilities which are oversized with supplemental size, length, or capacity;
(iii) Allow temporary borrowing between categories of
facilities fee accounts, consistent with Government Code Section
(3) Supplemental Fees. An applicant may propose a project, the
impact upon public facilities of which, in the judgment of the director of
public works, is significantly greater than that used to calculate the standard
fees. The director of public works may make such a determination on a
case-by-case basis and may impose a supplemental fee on such project.
The determination shall be made based upon the application for a
development permit, or upon the application for a building permit if no
development permit is required, and any additional information requested by the
director of public works. The director of public works may require the developer
to submit engineering data, calculations, or other project information which is
necessary to make a determination pursuant to this paragraph.
(4) Administrative Guidelines. The City Council shall, by
resolution, adopt Administrative Guidelines to provide procedures for the
calculation, adjustment, reimbursement, credit, deferral, or waiver of the
Capital Improvement Facilities Fees. However, in no event shall facilities fees
be waived unless an alternative source of funding to replace the fees has been
(g) Appendix Chapter 1, Section 113 is amended to read
“Section 113 - Violations
113.1 Unlawful acts. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or
corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, move, remove, demolish
or occupy any building, structure or equipment regulated by this code, or cause
same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of
113.2 Notice of violation. The building official is authorized to
serve a notice of violation or order on the person responsible for the erection,
construction, alteration, extension, repair, moving, removal, demolition, or
occupancy of a building or structure in violation of the provisions of this
code, or in violation of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of
this code. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the illegal action or
condition and the abatement of the violation.
113.3 Prosecution of violation. If the notice of violation is not
complied with promptly, the building official is authorized to request the legal
counsel of the jurisdiction to institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in
equity to restrain, correct or abate such violation, or to require the removal
or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the building or structure in
violation of the provisions of this code or of the order or direction made
113.4 Violation penalties. Any person who violates a provision of
this code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erects,
constructs, alters or repairs a building or structure in violation of the
approved construction documents or directive of the building official, or of a
permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be subject
to penalties as prescribed in Section 6-1-1 of the Woodland Municipal
(h) Chapter 9 of the California Building Code is amended to
read as follows:
(1) Section 903.1 is amended to read as follows:
903.1 General. Automatic sprinkler systems shall comply with
this section and the following:
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in the occupancies and
locations set forth in this Chapter 9 and in the locations and according to the
conditions described below:
(1) In all Group R, Division 1 and 3 Occupancies. Group
R, Division 1 multifamily dwelling occupancies shall have automatic sprinkler
systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13 R. Group R, Division 3 occupancies
shall have automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13 D
and local amendments.
Group R, Division 3 Occupancies which incur damage to the structure by
fire or other natural or manmade causes which result in damage to the structure
in excess of fifty percent of the assessed value shall cause the building or
structure to have automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA
13 D and local amendments.
(2) In all other buildings in which the total floor area
of all floors is five thousand square feet or more, or any building which are
three or more stories regardless of height.
Fire walls shall not be considered to create a separate occupancy for the
purpose of automatic fire sprinkler systems required under the provisions of
this ordinance. The floor area shall be the total floor area of the building
respective of area fire walls as set forth in California Building Code Section
Exception 1. Group U occupancies, not including private garages
attached to R-3 Occupancies;
Exception 2. In storage and bulk handling facilities for grain,
including grain elevators and flat storage buildings, automatic fire sprinklers
shall not be required in areas where the grain is stored, provided:
(A) An automatic fire extinguishing sprinkler system is not
otherwise required for code compliance,
(B) The floor area of the building or structure does not exceed
the maximum basic allowable floor area permitted for specific types of
construction as specified in Table 503 and including the allowable increases for
clear yard spaces as specified in the California Building Code, and
(C) The construction of the building or structure complies with
all other code provisions for the properly assigned group occupancy
classification and type of construction.
(3) Notwithstanding other provisions of this section,
the requirement described in this Section 903.1 shall be applied to alterations,
repairs, additions and changes of occupancy of existing buildings as
(A) Where there is no change of occupancy, alterations or
repairs not increasing floor area, total height, or number of stories of an
existing building may be made without making the entire building comply with
(B) Buildings classified as other than Group R, Division 3.
Whenever, after the date of adoption of the ordinance codified in this section,
an addition or the sum of additions made to an existing building or structure
increases the floor area or height by more than twenty-five percent of the
existing building or increases the number of stories beyond two, the entire
building or structure shall comply with this section.
Exception 1. Buildings not exceeding five thousand square feet
after the addition;
(C) Group R, Division 3, including attached Group U
occupancies. Whenever, after the date of adoption of the ordinance codified in
this section, an addition or the sum of additions made to an existing building
or structure increases the floor area or height by more than fifty percent or
1000 square feet of the existing building or increases the number of stories
beyond two, the entire building or structure shall comply with this
(D) No change shall be made in the character of the occupancy
or use of any existing building or structure unless the entire building or
structure is made to comply with this section.
Exception 1. The character of the occupancy of existing buildings
may be changed subject to the approval of the building official and the approval
of the fire chief, and the building may be occupied for purposes in other
occupancy groups without conforming to all the requirements of this section or
the California Building Code for those groups, provided the new or proposed use
is not more hazardous, based on life and fire risk, than the existing
Exception 2. No change in the character of occupancy of a building
shall be made without a certificate of occupancy, as required by California
Building Code. The building official may issue a certificate of occupancy
pursuant to the intent of the above exception without certifying that the
building complies with all provisions of this section and provisions of the
California Building Code.
(4) NFPA 13D Reference in this code to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 13D shall refer to the 2002 Edition of
(A) Section 4.3.1 of NFPA 13D is amended to read as follows:
4.3.1 All systems shall be hydrostatically tested for leakage at not less than
200 psi. pressure for thirty minutes.
(B) Section 7.6 is amended to read as follows:
7.6 A local water flow alarm shall be provided on all sprinkler
systems. The local alarm shall consist of a listed and approved device installed
in a location fronting the property. An approved interior alarm device shall be
installed and interconnected with all smoke detectors to be clearly audible in
all bedrooms over the background noise levels with all intervening doors
Section (C) is deleted in its entirety and replaced with a new section (C)
adding section 8.6.3 (4) of NFPA 13D 2002 reading:
(C) Section 8.6.3 (4). The area is not a utility closet which
contains heat or flame producing appliances, a closet with attic access or a
(5) In every story or basement of all buildings when the
floor area exceeds one thousand five hundred square feet and there is not
provided at least twenty square feet of opening entirely above the adjoining
ground level in each fifty lineal feet or fraction thereof of exterior wall in
the story or basement on at least one side of the building. Openings shall have
a minimum dimension of not less than thirty inches. Such openings shall be
accessible to the fire department from the exterior and shall not be obstructed
in a manner that firefighting or rescue cannot be accomplished from the
When openings in a story are provided on only one side and the opposite
wall of such story is more than seventy-five feet from such openings, the story
shall be provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system, or openings as
specified above shall be provided on at least two sides of an exterior wall of
If any portion of a basement is located more than seventy-five feet from
openings required in this section, the basement shall be provided with an
automatic sprinkler system.
(6) At the top of rubbish and linen chutes and in their
terminal room. Chutes extending through three or more floors shall have
additional sprinkler heads installed within such chutes at alternate floors.
Sprinkler heads shall be accessible for servicing.
(7) In rooms where nitrate film is stored or
(8) In protected combustible fiber storage vaults as
defined in the California Fire Code.
(9) Throughout all buildings with a floor level with an
occupant load of thirty or more that is located fifty-five feet or more above
the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.
Exception 1. Airport control towers;
Exception 2. Open parking structures;
Exception 3. Group F, Division 2 occupancies.
(10) Other California Building Code Provisions. The
following sections of the 2007 California Building Code are hereby declared to
be part of this section as if set forth in full herein:
(A) Alternative methods for fire protection shall be considered
upon application by the owner, subject to approval by the chief and pursuant to
California Building Code Section 108.7.1, alternate materials and methods of
(B) California Building Code, Section 602.1 and Table 601,
Types of Construction, fire resistive substitutes.
(C) California Building Code, Section 506.3, allowable area
increases for automatic sprinkler systems.
(D) California Building Code, Section 504.2, maximum height of
buildings and increases for automatic sprinkler systems.
903.4.2.1 is added to read as follows:
903.4.2.1 Outside audible warning devices. Outside audible
warning devices attached to water flow valves shall be of the approved and
listed horn/strobe type.
(3) Section 907.4.1 is added to read as
907.4.1 Fire alarm circuits. A dedicated branch circuit shall
be provided for fire alarm equipment. This circuit shall be energized from the
common use area panel board and shall have no other outlets. The alarm over
current protection (circuit breaker) shall be painted red and labeled as such on
the panel directory.
When providing a fire alarm circuit in a multiple occupancy type building
(multiple metering), the circuit shall be energized from the main meter panel
(4) Section 907.20 is added to read as follows:
907.20 Sprinkler system installations-manual pull and alarm panel
smoke detection. A manual fire alarm box shall be installed at an approved
location to initiate a fire alarm signal. Smoke detection shall be required in
unoccupied rooms containing fire alarm control panels. Both devices shall
activate the fire alarm control panel and initiate an interior notification
appliance which shall notify occupants in each tenant space.
912.3.2 is added to read as follows:
912.3.2 Locking fire department connection caps required.
Locking fire department connection caps required shall be required and installed
on all new and existing fire department connections.
(Ord. No. 1486,
§ 8 (part); Ord. No. 1489, § 6.)