Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Detectors

Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Detectors
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
PLANNING DEPARTMENT
TH
701 OCEAN STREET, 4 FLOOR, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060
(831) 454-2580 FAX: (831) 454-2131 TDD: (831) 454-2123
Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Detectors
California Codes, as adopted by the County of Santa Cruz require smoke detectors and carbon
monoxide alarms installed in all new one and two family dwellings and multi-unit residential dwellings.
In addition, existing residential buildings shall have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in
accordance with the following code sections:
One and Two Family Dwellings:
Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
2013 CRC Section R315.2 Where a permit is required for alterations, repairs or additions exceeding
one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), existing dwellings or sleeping units that have attached garages or
fuel burning appliances shall be provided with a carbon monoxide alarm in accordance with Section
R315.1. Carbon monoxide alarms shall only be required in the specific dwelling unit or sleeping unit
for which the permit was obtained.
In existing dwelling units, a carbon monoxide alarm is permitted to be solely battery operated where
repairs or alterations do not result in the removal of wall and ceiling finishes or there is no access by
means of attic, basement or crawl space.
Locations: Carbon monoxide alarms required by Sections R315.1 and R315.2 shall be installed in
the following locations:
1. Outside of each separate dwelling unit sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the
bedroom(s).
2. On every level of a dwelling unit including basements.
Note: Plug in type CO alarms will not be accepted. All CO alarms must be securely fastened/mounted
to the wall or ceiling and listed as complying with UL 2034. (see manufacturers’ installation
instructions)
Smoke Detectors:
2013 CRC Section R314.3.1 Smoke detectors that are approved and listed by the State Fire
Marshall and listed as complying with UL 217 shall be installed in all dwelling units intended for
human occupancy when a permit is issued for alterations, repairs, or additions, exceeding one
thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
After January 1, 2014: In accordance with State Senate Bill 1394, all battery operated smoke
detectors will have a battery with a ten year life. The smoke detector shall display the date of
manufacture on the device, and shall provide a place on the device where the date of installation can
be written.
R314.3 Location. Smoke alarms shall be installed in the following locations:
1. In each sleeping room.
2. Outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
3. On each additional story of the dwelling, including basements and habitable attics but
Not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split
levels and without and intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed
on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less
than one full story below the upper level.
Multi-unit Residential:
Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
2013 CBC Section 420.6.2.2 Existing dwellings or sleeping units requiring a permit. When a
permit is required for alterations, repairs or additions with a total cost or calculated valuation
exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), existing dwellings or sleeping units with a fossil fuelburning heater or appliance, fireplace or and attached garage shall have a carbon monoxide alarm
installed in accordance with 420.6.2. Carbon Monoxide alarms shall only be required in the specific
dwelling unit or sleeping unit for which the permit was obtained.
Locations: The location of the Carbon monoxide alarms shall be the same as the one and two family
dwelling locations on page one of this handout.
Smoke Detectors:
Ca Health and Safety Code Section 13113.7(a)(2). For all dwelling units intended for human
occupancy for which a building permit is issued on or after January 1, 2014, for alterations, repairs, or
addition exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), the permit issuer shall not sign off on the
completion of the work until the permittee demonstrates that all smoke alarms required for the
dwelling unit are devices approved and listed by the State Fire Marshal pursuant to Section 13114.
Battery operated smoke alarms which otherwise met the standards adopted pursuant to
Section 13114 for smoke alarms at the time of installation, satisfies the requirements of this section.
After January 1, 2014: In accordance with State Senate Bill 1394, all battery operated smoke
detectors will have a battery with a ten year life. The smoke detector shall display the date of
manufacture on the device, and shall provide a place on the device where the date of installation can
be written.
Locations: The location of the smoke alarms shall be the same as the one and two family dwelling
locations on page two of this handout.
Note: It is the responsibility of the person scheduling the final inspection to provide access to the
inspector for verification of all alarms. The final inspection will not occur without access to the alarms.
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