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City of Santa Barbara
Land Development Team Bulletin
Volume XCVIII, 2/14



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New Legislation and Regulation 

New legislation; Senate Bill 407 (California Civil Code Section 1101.1-1101.8), went into effect as of January 1, 2014 which requires non-compliant plumbing fixtures to be replaced by water-conserving plumbing fixtures when a property is undergoing alterations or improvements. 

The City of Santa Barbara Building & Safety Division will be enforcing this regulation as recommended by the California Building Officials (CALBO) organization.  A copy of CALBO’s Legislative Analysis can be obtained at:

As recommended by CALBO alterations and improvements are interpreted to mean any construction to an existing structure which would enhance or improve the structure as defined in the California Building Code and California Green Building Code.  Construction related to repairs or maintenance of the structure is not considered to be an alteration or improvement.  Permits can be pulled for property maintenance and repair without triggering the SB 407 requirements.  Below is a list of permits that are considered to be repair or maintenance:

Permitted Repairs That Will Not Trigger SB 407

  • Electrical Service Change Out
  • HVAC Change Out
  • Re-Roof
  • Sewer Line Replacement
  • Siding or Stucco
  • Site Work; Retaining Walls, Fences, Walk Ways, Etc.
  • Water Heater Replacement
  • Window Replacement
  • Other Repairs as Determined by the Building Official

Plans submitted for residential alterations or improvements will need to substantiate compliance with this regulation by providing one of the following statements on the plans:

  1. “Design professional has determined all existing plumbing fixtures meet the low flow requirements & have the required conservation emblems: Water closets max. 1.6 gallons/flush; Urinals 1 gallon max./flush.”
  2. “Existing plumbing fixtures will be retrofitted to current CPC requirements: Water closets 1.28 gallons max./flush; urinals 0.5 gallons max./flush”
  3. “Existing structure built after 1994; all fixtures code compliant at permit issuance: Water closet 1.6 gallons max./flush; Urinals 1 gallon max./flush”

If you have any questions regarding this new regulation please contact us at (805) 564-5485.  Questions can also be directed to the author of this bill Senator Alex Padilla at (916) 651-4020 or District office at (818) 901-5588 or District Director Roberto Negrete at

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Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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