Regulations for Mobile Homes Located Within Fire Hazard Areas

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NOTICE OF EMERGENCY ACTION FOR MANUFACTURED HOME, MOBILEHOME, MULTIFAMILY MANUFACTURED HOME, AND COMMERCIAL MODULAR IGNITION RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM REGULATIONS

Effective September 1, 2008 the Department of Housing and Community Development has enacted emergency regulations affecting the exterior design, construction, installation and alteration of any new or used manufactured home, mobilehome, multifamily manufactured home, and commercial modular designated for installation in a Wildland Urban Interface Fire Area.

On or after September 1, 2008 the installation of an ignition resistant construction system or any part thereof shall be required only when a manufactured home, mobilehome, multifamily manufactured home and commercial modular is installed in any Fire Hazard Severity Zone within the State Responsibility Areas or in any Local Responsibility Area, as defined herein, pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 2, Chapter 7A.

(1) Exception: Manufactured homes manufactured on or after January 1, 2006 and prior to September 1, 2008 for which an application for a permit to install has been submitted prior to September 1, 2009.
(2) Exception: Any commercial modular installed in either a State Responsibility Areas or in any Local
Responsibility Area for temporary use or occupancy for one year or less, as calculated based upon the permit issuance.

These regulations do not require the installation of an ignition resistant construction system or any part thereof on a used manufactured home, mobilehome, multifamily manufactured home, and commercial modular structure currently located in a State Responsibility Area or a Local Responsibility Area, unless the structure meets ONE of the following criteria:

(1) It already has an ignition resistant construction system;
(2) It undergoes exterior repair, replacement, or alteration of a component which would be subject to this article, and
only the portion undergoing repair, replacement, or alteration must comply with this article;
(3) It undergoes conversion from one type of occupancy to another;
(4) It is intended to be installed or re-installed in a different location that is within a State Responsibility Area or a Local Responsibility Area.

If a used mobilhome or a new or existing manufactured home, multifamily manufactured home, and commercial modular structure is altered to add any or all components of exterior fire protection, and the alteration is intended to create an ignition resistant construction system, the alterations or additions must comply with the provisions of this article.

This regulation requires that a factory built manufactured home, multifamily manufactured home, and commercial modular structure obtain HCD approval of an ignition resistant construction system. A copy of the completed certification label shall be provided to the enforcement agency when the manufacturer, licensed dealer, contractor, or owner-builder submits the application for the installation permit, to assist the local building official or enforcement agency, to satisfy the requirements of Sections 701A.3.2.2 and 701A.3.2.3 of Title 24, CCR Part 2, Chapter 7A.

This regulation requires that when the installation of an ignition resistant construction system on a manufactured home, multifamily manufactured home, and commercial modular structure is not done in a factory, the department (HCD) shall provide written inspection approval once the exterior fire resistive construction system is installed… When inspection (by HCD) determines the installation is in compliance, a copy of the inspection report shall be provided to the applicant and the homeowner at the time of inspection by the department (HCD) in order that the requirements of Sections 701A.3.2.2 and 701A.3.2.3 of Title 24, CCR Part 2, Chapter 7A may be satisfied by the local building official or enforcement agency.

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