Is an Automatic Seismic Gas Shut off Valve required in CCC?
GAS SHUT-OFF VALVE REQUIREMENTS
Contra Costa County Ordinance Code chapter 718-8 requires gas shut-off valves be installed downstream of the meter on designated buildings within the County. Gas shut-off valves are designed to automatically shut off the flow of natural gas to a building to prevent a fire or explosion due to accumulation of gas in the building in the event of a major earthquake. The provisions of this Ordinance apply to:
1. All new buildings constructed after November 6, 2006.
2. When a building permit is issued after November 6, 2006 for construction work on an existing structure that involves gas piping and the value of construction is greater than $5,000.
3. When a building permit is issued after November 6, 2006 for construction work on an existing structure that does not involve gas piping and the value of construction is greater than $15,000.
4. All buildings sold in the County after January 2, 2007. Gas shut-off valves must be installed downstream of the meter and at the point of appliance prior to entering into an agreement for sale, or prior to close of escrow when an escrow agreement has been executed in connection with the sale.
5. Alterations or additions to the fuel gas piping system when involve the replacement of the gas meter. Provisions of the ordinance allow for the installation the valves to an individual unit or tenant space in a condominium or commercial building when that unit is served by separate gas meters for buildings that are altered, added to or sold.
A plumbing permit from the Building Inspection Division is required for the installation.
The cost of a plumbing permit is as follows:
Unincorporated County and Clayton is $131.25
Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda is $140.63
Section 1312.13.2 Scope:
An approved Excess Flow Gas Shutoff Device (non motion-sensitive) shall be installed downstream of the gas utility meter on each fuel gas line where the gas line serves the following building or structures:
a) Any building or structure (commercial, industrial, or residential) containing fuel gas piping for which a building permit is first issued on or after sixty (60) days from the passage of the ordinance; or
b) Any existing residential, commercial or industrial building or structure which is altered or added to; and
c) Such a building or structure 'lets fuel gas piping supplying the existing building or structure or the addition to the building or structure and
(1) In the event fuel gas piping is involved in the alteration or addition, the value of such alteration/addition is more than $5,000;
(2) In the event fuel gas piping is not involved in the alteration or addition, the value of such alteration/addition is more than $50,000.00 and a building permit for the work is first issued on or after sixty days from the effective date of this section.
d) With respect to residential building, alterations or additions to an individual condominium or apartment unit shall not require a Gas shut-off Device to be installed for all gas piping serving that building.
e) With respect to commercial or industrial building alterations or additions to individual units or tenant spaces shall require a Gas Shutoff device to be installed for all gas piping serving that commercial or industrial building.
It looks to me like they are required but we are told every day by contractors they are not required.
If you have one of these go off on you and you need to reset it, call a plumber and pay about $80, don't call the city or county becasue they have nothing to do with it other than demanding you have one installed. OR... just take your screwdriver out and reset it, very easy to do, click here for more information on how to do this.