What is SB407 and how will the City apply the legislative requirements of this bill?
Senate Bill 407 Padilla (2009) On or after January 1, 2014 requires that all noncompliant plumbing fixtures be retrofitted with water-conserving plumbing fixtures in single family residential real property, multifamily real property, and commercial real property which includes a hotel and motel that is not a single-family residential real property or multifamily residential real property requiring a building permit for alterations or improvements. There are several exceptions to the requirement, please see the Building Division for the correct application of the provisions specific to the scope of your project.

California Building Officials (CALBO) made an interpretation on how to apply these legislative requirements (when it comes to home repairs that also require permits by City codes). This legislative analysis is a result of the work of CALBO; furthermore it is how the City of Pismo Beach will apply the legislative requirements. The analysis by CALBO, as followed by the City, will aid the public in retaining the ability to maintain their properties without the requirement of retrofitting their plumbing fixtures; which will curtail permit avoidance and assist property owners in obtaining the proper permits for their repairs.

Noncompliant plumbing fixtures are defined as:
1. Any toilet manufactured for use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush
2. Any urinal manufactured for use more than 1 gallon of water per flush
3. Any showerhead manufactured to have a flow capacity of more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute
4. Any interior faucet that emits more than 2.2 gallons of water per minute

Water-conserving plumbing fixture is defined as;
Any fixture that is in compliance with current building standards applicable to a newly constructed real property of the same type.

If you need additional information please call the Building Division at (805) 773-7040.

SB 407 (2009) Analysis

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