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CGC 2016

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Division 1 Administration

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Section 99.01.101 Administration

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99.01.101.1 Title

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These regulations shall be known as the Los Angeles Green Building Code and may be cited as such and will be referred to herein as "this Code". The Los Angeles Green Building Code is Article 9 of Chapter IX of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, and adopts by reference the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) (Part 11, Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR)) except as amended herein. Whenever the word "City" is used, it shall mean the City of Los Angeles. Whenever the word "Department" is used, it shall mean the Department of Building and Safety of the City of Los Angeles.

99.01.101.3 Scope

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The provisions of this code shall apply to the construction of every new building, every building alteration with a building permit valuation of $200,000 or more, and every building addition, unless otherwise indicated in this code, throughout the City of Los Angeles.

EXCEPTION: Roof replacements of any value are subject to LAMC Subsection 99.04.106.5.

99.01.101.3.1

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The provisions of this Code shall also apply to residential alterations that increase the building's conditioned volume. Conditioned space is defined as an enclosed space provided with mechanical heating that has a capacity exceeding 10 Btu/hr-ft2, or is provided with mechanical cooling that has a capacity exceeding 5 Btu/hr-ft2.

99.01.101.4 Appendices

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Provisions contained in the appendices of this code are not mandatory.

99.01.101.5 Referenced Codes and Standards

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The codes and standards referenced elsewhere in this code shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference.

99.01.101.5.1 Building

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The provisions of the Los Angeles Building Code and Los Angeles Residential Code, as applicable, shall apply to the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every structure or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.

99.01.101.5.2 Electrical

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The provisions of the Los Angeles Electrical Code shall apply to the installation of electrical systems, including but not limited to, alterations, repair, replacement, equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances thereto.

99.01.101.5.3 Mechanical

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The provisions of the Los Angeles Mechanical Code shall apply to the installation, alterations, repair and replacement of mechanical systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and/or appurtenances, including ventilating, heating, cooling, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, incinerators and other energy-related systems.

99.01.101.5.4 Plumbing

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The provisions of the Los Angeles Plumbing Code shall apply to the installation, alteration, repair and replacement of plumbing systems, including equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings and appurtenances where connected to a water or sewage system.

99.01.101.5.5 Fire Prevention

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The provisions of CCR, Title 19, Division 1 and CCR, Title 24, Part 2 and Part 9 relating to fire and panic safety as adopted by the Office of the State Fire Marshal shall apply to all structures, processes and premises for protection from the hazard of fire, panic and explosion.

99.01.101.5.6 Energy

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The provisions of the California Energy Code shall apply to the minimum design and construction of buildings for energy efficiency.

99.01.101.6

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99.01.101.6.3 Conflicts

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When the requirements of this code conflict with the requirements of any other part of the Los Angeles Municipal Code, the most restrictive requirement shall prevail.

99.01.101.8 Alternate Materials, Designs and Methods of Construction

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The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent the use of any alternate material, appliance, installation, device, arrangement, method, design or method of construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. An alternate shall be approved on a case-by-case basis where the Department finds that the proposed alternate is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of this code and is at least the equivalent of that prescribed in this code in planning and design, energy, water, material resource conservation and efficiency, environmental air quality, performance, safety and the protection of life and health.

99.01.101.10 Mandatory Requirements

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This code contains both mandatory and voluntary green building measures. Mandatory and voluntary measures are identified in the appropriate divisions in this code.

Section 99.01.102 Construction Documents and Installation Verification

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99.01.102.1 Submittal Documents

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Construction documents and other data shall be submitted in one or more sets with each application for a permit. Where special conditions exist, the Department is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a licensed design professional and may be submitted separately.

EXCEPTION: The Department is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and other data not required to be prepared by a licensed design professional.

99.01.102.2 Information on Construction Documents

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Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and scope of the proposed green building feature and show that it will conform to the provisions of this Code, the LAMC and other relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations as determined by the Department. The construction document and other data submitted to the Department for checking shall be drawn with ink or indelible pencil, or shall be made by a reproducible process approved by the Department.

99.01.102.3 Verification

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Documentation of conformance for applicable green building measures shall be provided to the Department. Alternate methods of documentation shall be acceptable when the Department finds that the proposed alternate documentation is satisfactory to demonstrate substantial conformance with the intent of the proposed green building measure.

99.01.102.4 Official Stamp

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When construction documents and other data fully comply with the provisions of this code, the Department shall place an official stamp of approval on all applicable sheets of each set.

99.01.102.5 Validity of Approval

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The stamping or approval of any construction document or other data shall not be held to permit, or to be an approval of, the violation of any provision of this code.

99.01.102.6 Alterations to Stamped Construction Documents

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No stamped or approved set of construction documents or data shall be altered in any manner, except when and as approved by the Department.

99.01.102.7 Stamped Plans on Job

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The stamped set of construction documents and other data shall be kept at the site of the construction work and shall be available to the authorized representative of the Department. There shall be no deviation from the stamped or approved application, construction document, or other data without the Department's approval.

99.01.102.8 Validity of Permit

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The issuance of a permit is not an approval or an authorization of the work specified therein. A permit is merely an application for inspection, the issuance of which entitles the permittee to inspection of the work which is described therein.

Permits issued under the requirements of this code shall not relieve the owner of responsibility for securing required permits for work to be done which is regulated by any other code, department or division of the City of Los Angeles.

All permits are issued subject to the following conditions:

If the work described by a valid permit is prohibited by a change in the Los Angeles Municipal Code, then such work may be completed only if the Department determined that both substantial liabilities have been incurred, and substantial work has been performed on site, in accordance with the terms of that permit. Work performed and liabilities incurred pursuant to a demolition or relocation permit shall not be considered in determining whether an owner may complete a building or structure for which a building permit has been issued.

99.01.102.9 Validity of Other Laws

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Neither the issuance of a permit nor the approval by the Department of any document shall constitute an approval of any violation of any provision of this code or of any other law or ordinance, and a permit or other document purporting to give authority to violate any law shall not be valid with respect thereto.

99.01.102.10 Making False Statements to the Department

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Any person who willfully or knowingly, with the intent to deceive, makes a false statement or representation, or knowingly fails to disclose a material fact in any documentation required by the Department, including any oral or written evidence presented, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section 99.01.107 Fees

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99.01.107.1 Plan Check and Permit Fee

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A fee equal to ten percent of the plan check and permit fee shall be assessed to verify compliance with the mandatory measures of the City of Los Angeles Green Building Code for projects subject to this code. This fee shall be assessed on all building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and grading applications.

Exceptions: A fee shall not be assessed on grading plan check applications.

99.01.107.1.1 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Fee

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When Tier 1 or Tier 2 measures (Tier 1 or Tier 2) per CALGreen Subsections A4.601.4, A4.601.5 or Section A5.601 are requested to be verified, an additional fee equal to 5% of the plan check and permit fee shall be assessed.

Section 99.01.108 Powers of the Department

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99.01.108.1 General

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The powers of the Department are enumerated in LAMC Section 98.0403.1.

The Superintendent of Building shall have the duty to render interpretations of this Code and to adopt and enforce rules and supplemental regulations to clarify the application of its provisions. These interpretations, rules and regulations shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this Code.

99.01.108.2 Authority to Require Exposure of Work

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Whenever any work required by this Code is covered and concealed by additional work without first having been inspected, the work shall be exposed for examination upon written notice by the Department. The work of exposing and recovering shall not entail expense to the City.

99.01.108.3 Right of Entry

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The authority for right of entry is enumerated in Section 98.0105 of the Los Angeles Municipal Code.

99.01.108.4 Authority to Stop Work

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Whenever any construction work is being done contrary to the provision of any law or ordinance enforced by the Department, the Department shall have the authority to issue a written notice to the responsible party to stop work on that portion of the work on which the violation has occurred. The notice shall state that the nature of the violation and no work shall be done on that portion until violation has been rectified and approval obtained by the Department.

99.01.108.5 Modifications

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The Department shall have the power to hear and act upon requests for slight modification in individual cases to the green building ordinances of the City, and regulations under Article 9, Chapter IX of the LAMC.

In granting a request for a slight modification, the Department shall determine that the slight modification is reasonably equivalent to the code requirement involved, that a special individual reason makes the strict letter of the code impractical and the slight modification is in conformity with the spirit and purpose of the code or codes involved.
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