Smoke Detectors In Compliance Disclosure

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Disclosure Description:

Ensure the building is in actual compliance with smoke detector requirements

The State Building Code mandates that all existing dwelling units have a smoke detector installed in a central location outside each sleeping area. In a two-story home with bedrooms on both floors, at least two smoke detectors would be required. New construction, or any additions, alterations or repairs exceeding $1,000 and for which a permit is required, must include a smoke detector installed in each bedroom and also at a point centrally located in a corridor or area outside of the bedroom(s). This standard applies for the addition of one or more bedrooms, no matter what the cost. Some local ordinances impose more stringent smoke detector requirements than state law. Therefore, local city or county building or public safety departments should be consulted regarding smoke detector requirements.

In new home construction, the smoke detector must be hard-wired, with a battery backup. In existing dwellings, the detector may be battery operated.

Cal. Health & Safety § 13113.8
Cal. Building Code § 1210
State Fire Marshal Regulations 740 et. seq
State of California Department of Real Estate "Disclosures in Real Property Transactions" 6th Edition

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