City of Fullerton
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Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317


Subject :

Law Passed in 2009 Will Take Effect January 2014
Contact :Kirke Warren    (714) 773-5799
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA – SB407, authored by Senator Alex Padilla and signed into law in 2009, will go into effect on January 1, 2014. This law requires that if a single family property is altered or improved, the related building permit cannot be finalized or a Certificate of Occupancy issued until the property owner upgrades the water closets faucets and shower heads to water conserving standards as required by current code.

The purpose of the bill was to capture increased water savings accomplished by the conversion to efficient water fixtures. The January 1, 2014 date as set forth by SB 407 applies to single-family residential real property. This same bill also applies to multifamily residential real property and commercial real property with effective date of January 1, 2019 before issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit approval by the local building department.

Kirke Warren, City of Fullerton's Building and Code Enforcement Manager, commented, "The staff in the City of Fullerton will work with our citizens to help them understand this new law." 

The City of Fullerton has determined, after consultation with the Energy and Resource Management Committee, that the City will follow the recommendation of the organization, CALBO (the California Building Officials). The CALBO recommends that permits such as, but not limited to the examples below are maintenance and not an “alteration or improvement” allowing permits to be pulled for property maintenance and repair without triggering the SB 407 requirements. 

Permitted Repairs that will not trigger SB 407 will include:
a. Electrical Service Change Out
b. HVAC Chang Out
c. Re-Roof
d. Sewer-Line Replacement
e. Siding or Stucco
f. Site Work: Retaining Walls, Fences, Walk Ways, etc.
g. Wather Heater Replacement
h. Window Replacement
i. Other Repairs as Determined by the Builiding Official

Added Warren, “The best way to understand this new law is to consider the key policy concepts which would include:

1.        Permits that are for repair or maintenance do not trigger the retrofit requirements.

2.        Up to 10% of the cost of a non exempt project shall be put into complying with SB407 which mitigates the hardship of compliance.

3.        Installation of other energy or resource conserving improvements, such as solar, will not trigger a requirement to comply with SB407.”

For more information and questions related to the City’s enforcement of this new law can be directed to Mr. Kirke Warren, City of Fullerton’s Building and Code Enforcement Manager at (714) 773-5799.