Danville council to talk building standards

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, informational reports, Danville Disaster Council business also on tap

The Danville Town Council is set Tuesday to consider updating the municipal code to align its building standards sections with newly amended regulations adopted at the state level.

The California Building Standards Commission recently adopted its latest set of building code updates, a process the commission undertakes every three years, according to Danville city attorney Robert Ewing. The new codes, which take effect Jan. 1, become the minimum standards for construction across California, he added.

Town staff recommends the council revise the Danville Municipal Code to reflect the 2016 versions of the state's Building Code, Residential Code, Electrical Code, Mechanical Code, Plumbing Code, Fire Code and Green Building Standards Code.

Officials also suggest the council formally adopt the California Administrative Code, California Energy Code and California Referenced Standards Code for the first time in order to have all uniform codes adopted by reference in the municipal code, Ewing said.

The town proposes no local amendments to the state-approved codes, but there will be local amendments to the fire code as recommended by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District -- with the exception of more stringent SRVFPD rules regarding fire sprinkler systems, which the town disapproves of as "an undue burden on property owners within the town."

The council members will host another building standards discussion Tuesday night when they consider a proposal to approve a new ordinance authorizing town officials to record notices of non-compliance on properties with outstanding violations of the town's building codes.

The town's Building Division has used non-compliance notice process for years to address situations where there's an identified code violation and the property owner refuses to correct the situation, but the county recorder's office recently told the town it would no longer accept the notices unless the town adopted a local ordinance specifically allowing for such recording, Ewing said.

The town had relied on enforcement provisions in the Uniform Building Code and Health and Safety Code as authority to justify recording notices of non-compliance in the past, according to Ewing.

"The proposed ordinance specifies the process to be followed prior to recording a notice of non-compliance," Ewing wrote in his staff report. "Following these steps will give property owners adequate notice and opportunity to correct any problems while restoring this very effective code enforcement tool for the town in those situations where it is required."

The building standards discussions are among several items on the council's agenda for Tuesday night's meeting, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St.

In other business, the council will consider presenting two proclamations: one declaring November as National Hospice/Palliative Care Month and one designating November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

Council members will also hear regular updates on the town's Administrative Services Department and the County Connection public bus program.

They will then adjourn the Town Council meeting and reconvene as the Danville Disaster Council to approve past meeting minutes and receive an update on upcoming activities and events.

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