Mandated Update of Fixtures? CA Senate Bill 407…

I just heard this on the radio and thought I should check it out.  Senate Bill 407, passed in 2009 and effective on January 1, 2014, requires any homeowner doing a permit-mandated remodel (including updates to a bathroom, kitchen, or expansion of a home) to replace all water fixtures in the home (toilets, sink faucets, shower heads, bath faucets).  All.

This is actual text from the bill:  “This bill would establish requirements for residential and commercial real property built and available for use on or before January 1, 1994, for replacing plumbing fixtures that are not water conserving, as defined as noncompliant plumbing fixtures. On and after January 1, 2014, the bill would require, for all building alterations or improvements to single-family residential real property, as defined, that water-conserving plumbing fixtures replace other noncompliant plumbing fixtures as a condition for issuance of a certificate of final completion and occupancy or final permit approval by the local building department. By creating a new duty to inspect for local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2017, that all noncompliant plumbing fixtures in any single-family residential real property shall be replaced by the property owner with water-conserving plumbing fixtures.”

What do you think?


About Nancy Carlson

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have lived in the East Bay, South Bay, and mid-peninsula. My family has called Los Altos home for over 20 years. As an Agent for Intero Real Estate Services my focus is on residential real estate sales in the mid-peninsula, although I have sold homes in the East Bay, North Bay, and South Bay from Belmont to Layfayette to Gilroy.
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