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File #: 19-0735   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 9/10/2019
Title: Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Sunnyvale Acknowledging Receipt of a Report From the Department of Public Safety Regarding Annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections Pursuant to Sections 13146.2 Through 13146.4 of the California Health and Safety Code
Attachments: 1. Resolution, 2. Full text of Senate Bill No. 1205
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Adopt a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Sunnyvale Acknowledging Receipt of a Report From the Department of Public Safety Regarding Annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections Pursuant to Sections 13146.2 Through 13146.4 of the California Health and Safety Code

Report
BACKGROUND
California Senate Bill 1205 (SB 1205) was signed into law in late 2018, effective January 1, 2019, adding additional reporting requirements to existing state law related to mandatory annual fire inspections. The law was enacted following the tragic Oakland Ghost Ship fire in December 2016 and a Mercury News article in June 2018 that underscored the importance of mandatory fire inspections by local agencies.

State law already specifies that all fire departments that provide fire prevention services must conduct annual inspections of every building used as a public or private school and every hotel, motel, lodging house, and apartment house. The new law, effective January 1, 2019, provides that fire departments must report to its city council yearly demonstrating its compliance with the mandatory annual inspections of all public and private schools, hotels, motels, lodging houses and apartment houses. The new law also provides that the city council must acknowledge receipt of the information by resolution or other similar formal document.

EXISTING POLICY
* Council Policy Goal 4.2C: Reduce the demand for fire suppression and hazardous materials response, reduce the severity of the incents and provide protection for the lives, welfare, and environment of people within the community.

* California Health and Safety Code 13146.2 requires all fire departments providing fire protection services to inspect annually all hotels, motels, lodging houses and apartment houses.

* California Health and Safety Code 13146.3 requires all fire departments providing fire protection services to inspect every building used as a public or private school within its...

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