2020 California Code
Streets and Highways Code - SHC
DIVISION 12 - THE MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1913
CHAPTER 2 - Improvements Authorized
(a) Whenever the public interest or convenience requires, the legislative body may use the powers of this division to pay for work or to make loans deemed necessary to bring buildings, including privately owned buildings, into compliance with fire safety standards or regulations. The legislative body shall declare that public loans or funds to owners of private buildings for fire safety improvements pursuant to this section constitute a public purpose resulting in a public benefit.
(b) Only work certified as necessary to comply with fire safety standards or regulations by local building officials may be financed. No project involving the dismantling of an existing building and its replacement by a new building or the construction of a new or substantially new building may be financed pursuant to this section. Work on qualified historical buildings or structures shall be done in accordance with the State Historical Building Code (Part 2.7 (commencing with Section 18950) of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code).
(c) Any financing for fire safety improvements of a residential structure containing units that were rented by households specified in Section 50079.5 of the Health and Safety Code before making of fire safety improvements shall be subject to a regulatory agreement that will ensure that the number of those units in the structure will not be reduced and will remain available at affordable rents pursuant to Section 50053 of the Health and Safety Code as long as any portion of a loan issued pursuant to this section remains unpaid.
(d) No lot, parcel, or building shall be included in the district without the owner’s consent.
(e) The Legislature hereby declares that the expenditure of public funds or making of loans to owners of private buildings pursuant to this section for fire safety improvements constitutes a public purpose resulting in a public benefit. Public funds or loans made pursuant to this section shall not be construed to be gifts of public funds in violation of Section 6 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
(Added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 832, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)