July 1, 2018 – Some New Building Code Updates Take Effect.
Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a simple list of these updates, though the Santa Rosa Fire Department has remarked that many of them pertain to properties located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zones. Permits submitted prior to July 1, 2018 are not supposed to be subject to these new codes; you should check with the respective City or County permitting office.
Please check your homeowners insurance policy carefully concerning coverage for building codes that take effect after the date of loss.
For those who like and understand reading building codes:
This document adds additional language that hopefully will help insureds with their Ordinance & Law (code upgrade) negotiations with their insurers. The document has been submitted to the City of Santa Rosa, but as of early May 2018, had not yet been adopted. Written by the law firm of Friedemann Goldberg.
Wood-burning devices prohibited.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District Regulation 6, Rule 3: Wood-Burning Devices says “Beginning November 1, 2016, no wood-burning devices are allowed in new buildings constructed in the Bay Area. Gas-fueled fireplaces and logs, gas inserts, and electrical fireplaces are okay.”
More Info Here: Rebuilding
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