Vacaville council to discuss Municipal Code changes

By February 12, 2014

VACAVILLE — City ordinance changes relating to fire and construction codes are before the Vacaville City Council on Tuesday.

Staff has brought forth amendments that will affect the city’s Municipal Code as it relates to the California Fire Code plus the state’s building, residential, electrical, mechanical and plumbing codes – all within the California Building Standards.

The proposed amendments to the fire code are administrative and involve both additions and deletions such as additions that would “allow the fire department immediate and unobstructed access to fire protection equipment,” and another that would make the city’s fire department weed abatement standards law, according to a staff report from fire Chief Frank Drayton.

The changes would cost the city about $1,500 for new code books.

Another change would affect a local requirement that calls for front entry doors to have a unique locking mechanism. This provision has proved costly over the years, according to a staff report issued by Amy Feagans, the interim community development director. Staff recommends the code’s revision remove the requirement for this special lock. Front door locks would still be required to conform to state codes, however.

“The current Municipal Code requires costly modifications to front entry doors when those doors are replaced or are part of new constructions,” the staff report states. It continues, “The current municipal code language . . .  is not consistent with current state regulatory language and goes beyond the current standards.”

The move would represent some cost savings for residential builders and homeowners.

Proposed changes come at the recommendation of the city’s Planning Commission. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall, 650 Merchant St.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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