Construction and Building Related Laws in California Pt 2

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Laws on Home Improvement Contracts

  • SB 981: This rule allows water treatment devices to be sold via a home solicitation contract, which would be installed within a three-day window until the cancel period is finished. Note that the seller is held responsible if the customer cancels the deal before the three-day window. The removal should be done at the expense of the seller, and they also have full responsibility to return the property to its initial situation.
  • SB 1087: This rule prevents a pursuant for a home improvement agreement included in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program from signing the same, in case they do not have an approval for PACE financing.


Usually, personal injury lawyer and other California injury lawyer teams deal with cases regarding hospitals. Some of the building-related laws were also mentioned in this release but can vary in complexity due to the specifics of hospital compliance, accessibility, and building codes.

  • AB 2190: The Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Seismic Safety Act of 1983 is followed by hospitals, and they would continue to stay in compliance until January 1, 2020. This bill would empower the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to allow extensions until July 1, 2022. This is under the condition that the hospital’s compliance plan is related to retrofit or replacement, or up to 5 years if the plan is to rebuild the hospital which may be a likely scenario in the coming years.

Alternative Project Delivery

  • AB 2654: This rule allows the County of Orange to make use of the design-build method of project delivery regarding infrastructure projects. These should also be limited to within one project per year in addition to $5 million. It also allows the Orange County Flood Control District to use the design-build project delivery technique for flood protection and prevention infrastructure to better prepare for a catastrophic flooding event. It is also mentioned that this has to stay within a limit of fewer than 12 projects above $5 million until January 1, 2025.
  • SB 914: This construction law allows counties to make use of the construction manager-at-risk method of project delivery with regard to public works. This law applies to activities that include construction, erection, repair, improvement, and alteration of a building leased or owned by the county. This newly enacted law also applies to those projects with construction costs exceeding $1 million until January 1, 2023.
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