Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Law Requiring Increased Construction Oversight
Last summer in Berkeley California an apartment balcony collapse killed six people. This event has lead lawmakers to require contractors to report any crimes involving construction defects to the Contractors State License Board.
Bill SB 465 was introduced by Senators Jerry Hill (D- San Mateo), and Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). Since the initial incident, the city of Berkeley has already conducted research and found that one in five balconies inspected within six months of the accident were in need of corrective work.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law today, but when the bill was originally presented in 2015 it failed to pass. Many representatives voted it down due to the fact that the language was very vague and could lead to some contractors being negatively impacted when the construction defect was not their fault. The new law goes into effect January 1st.
Since the initial incident, the city of Berkeley has already conducted research and found that one in five balconies inspected within six months of the accident were in need of corrective work.
Segue Construction Inc., the lead contractor of the apartment where the balcony collapsed, has paid over $26 million in construction settlements. After further investigation the CSLB found that Segue Construction and other contactors involved may have violated California law, which may lead to the suspension or revocation of their licenses.
When it comes to how building codes are established, they come together at a national level. This means that building standards are adopted across the country to keep construction safe. These codes can be modified at the state and local level, and because of this California’s existing code may be more progressive than some areas.