1.4 Compliance Plans
A compliance plan shall be prepared and submitted for each building subject to these regulations. All general acute care hospital owners shall formulate a compliance plan which shall indicate the facilities intent to do any of the following:
- Building retrofit for compliance with these regulations for continued acute care operation beyond 2030;
- Partial retrofit for initial compliance, with closure or replacement expected by 2002, 2008, 2013 or 2030;
- Removal from acute care service with conversion to nonacute care health facility use; or
- No action, building to be closed, demolished or replaced.
This plan must clearly indicate the actions to be taken by the facility and must be in accordance with the timeframes set forth in Article 2 (Structural Performance Category-"SPC") and Article 11 (Nonstructural Performance Category-"NPC") of the Seismic Evaluation Procedure regulations.
The Compliance Plan shall be prepared and submitted in conformance with these regulations in the following format:
- Compliance Plans shall be submitted in an 81/2- by 11-inch format;
- All site, architectural, and engineering plans shall be formatted on 11- by 17-inch sheets (folded to 81/2 by 11 inches);
- Larger sheets, if required to clearly describe the requested information, shall be appended to the compliance plan; and
- Other supporting documents in addition to those meeting the minimum requirements of Section 1.4.4 may be appended to the compliance plan.
Each compliance plan shall contain the following elements:
- An Existing Site/Campus Description;
- A Compliance Plan Description;
- A Compliance Site Plan;
- A Compliance Plan Schedule; and
- An Existing and Planned Buildings Matrix.
Provide a bar graph schedule which describes the schedule for compliance with the SPC and NPC seismic performance categories, indicating the schedule of the following major phases of the plan:
- Obtain a geotechnical report (if necessary);
- Architecture and engineering design/construction document preparation;
- Local approvals;
- Approval of Department of Health Services Licensing and Certification, and any other required licensing;
- Permanent relocation of acute care services to other buildings or facilities (identify services affected);
- Temporary/interim relocation of acute care services to other buildings including the duration of the approved program flexibility plan pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1276.05;
- Construction period; and
- Beneficial occupancy.
Should a hospital owner change an approved Compliance Plan, the hospital shall document any changes and submit for review and approval to the Office an amended Compliance Plan. Changes are defined as alterations to the planned level of seismic performance or compliance schedule. Submittal of an amended compliance plan shall require a hospital owner to comply with one or more of the following provisions, if applicable:
- A hospital owner shall submit to the Department of Health Services' Seismic Safety Unit (DHS) an Office-approved compliance plan that includes interim relocation of general acute care services in accordance with a program flexibility plan pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1276.05. This submittal by the hospital owner to DHS shall occur within 30 days of the Office's approval.
- A hospital owner shall comply with the requirements of Section 1.5.2, "Delay in Compliance" for any amended compliance plan.
- A hospital owner amending a compliance plan to attain a higher NPC level will perform a nonstructural evaluation of the systems and components required for the planned level of nonstructural performance identified in Table 11.1, "Nonstructural Performance Categories."
The SPC or NPC for a hospital building may be changed by the Office from the initial determination in Section 1.3.3 or 1.3.4, provided the building has been modified to comply with the requirements of the California Existing Building Code (Part 10 of Title 24) for the specified SPC or NPC. The SPC of a hospital building shall also be permitted to be changed on the basis of the following:
The SPC or NPC for a hospital building may be in accordance with by the Office from the initial determination made per Sections 22.214.171.124.3 or 126.96.36.199.1 upon the following:
Hospital buildings with an SPC 1 rating, may be reclassified to SPC 2 by the Office, pursuant to Table 2.5.3, on the basis of a collapse probability assessment in accordance with Section 188.8.131.52.2 Item 1 provided the hospital buildings received an extension to the January 1, 2008, compliance deadline in accordance with Section 1.5.2.
Exception: Hospital buildings with the potential for surface fault rupture and surface displacement at the building site (Section 9.3.3) are not eligible for reclassification.
- The Office shall issue a written notice to the hospital owners informing them that they may be eligible for reclassification of their SPC 1 buildings as permitted by this section.
- For an SPC-1 building to be considered for reclassification to the SPC-2 rating, the hospital owner shall request a collapse probability assessment. The request shall include at a minimum the information and documents specified in Section 1.8.
Upon assessment of the collapse probability of the SPC-1 building, the Office shall notify the hospital owner in writing the final SPC rating of the subject building.
Every building with collapse probability more than 0.75 percent, but less than or equal to 1.20 percent, shall be altered, repaired or seismically retrofitted to mitigate any deficiencies identified in accordance with Article 10 Sections 10.1.1.1, 10.1.2.2, 10.1.6 and 10.1.7 of this chapter (as part of the complete seismic evaluation in accordance with Section 1.3.3) by January 1, 2015. Hospitals not meeting the deadline set by this section shall not be issued a building permit for any noncompliant building except those required for seismic compliance in accordance with the California Administrative Code (Chapter 6), maintenance, and emergency repairs until the building permit required by this section is issued.
Nonconforming hospital buildings shall be permitted to be reclassified to SPC-4D, pursuant to Table 2.5.3, in accordance with the CEBC Sections 303A.3.4.5, 501A.3.1 and 501A.3.2 or equivalent provisions in later editions of the CEBC.
Exceptions: Hospital buildings with the following deficiencies are not eligible for reclassification to SPC-4D:
Except as provided in Section 184.108.40.206.5, a nonconforming hospital building that does not meet the structural and nonstructural requirements of Table 2.5.3 and Table 11-1 shall not provide acute care services or beds after the compliance deadlines set forth in Section 1.5.1. After these deadlines, the following shall apply.
- A nonconforming hospital building used as a hospital outpatient clinical services building shall not be classified as a hospital building. It shall comply with the provisions of Health and Safety Code Section 129725. It shall not be subject to the requirements of Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 6.
- A nonconforming hospital building used as an acute psychiatric hospital or multistory skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility shall be classified as a hospital building. However, it shall not be subject to the requirements of Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 6.
- A nonconforming hospital building used as a single-story wood frame or light steel frame skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility shall not be classified as a hospital building, and shall not be subject to the requirements of Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 6.
- A nonconforming hospital building used for purposes other than those listed above shall not be classified as a hospital building; shall not be licensed pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1250(a); shall not be subject to the requirements of Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 6; and shall not be under the jurisdiction of the Office.