Guidelines to Ordinances and State Requirements
Triggered by Building Permits Based on Type Value of Construction
 

Point of Sale

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$1,000 in building permit valuation

$50,000 in valuation for remodeling projects

$100,000 in valuation for remodeling projects

Demolition Permits

Disabled Access Requirements

1. When the value of the work exceeds $136,060, (the amount changes increases January 1st each year), the following items must comply - path of travel to the area of the work, primary entrance, restrooms, drinking fountains, telephones and parking.

2. When the value of the work is less than $136,060, 20% of the valuation must be spent on disabled access upgrades in the following order- path of travel to the area of the work, primary entrance, restrooms, drinking fountains and parking.

3. Each time a permit is applied for, compliance is required to be reviewed. The exception is when all elements as outlined in #2 are in compliance and there have been no changes in the code since the last permit, then no further work is triggered. When all access work has been previously completed or if additional work is required, compliance has to be demonstrated on the plans.

Notes:

  1. Disabled access requirements are complicated. Depending upon the circumstances of the individual project and the specific code requirements applying to the project, exceptions can sometimes be granted for ‘unreasonable hardships’ when equivalent facilitation is provided. Equivalent facilitation is an approved alternate method of achieving accessibility complying with the requirements.
  2. Exceptions and alternate methods can also apply to qualified historic buildings.  See the California State Historic Building Code found in the back of the current edition of the California Building Code.