When a member alerted us that the City's fire inspection brochure included a sentence that indicated that all bedrooms in apartments need to be equipped with smoke detectors. SDCAA worked with the city inspector to clarify the requirement. Existing buildings built or permitted around or after to 1991, when the California Building Code was updated to require smoke detectors/alarms in each sleeping unit, are required to have smoke detectors in the bedrooms. Existing buildings built prior to 1991 or permitted under the previous building code do not need to have smoke detectors in bedrooms, but are required to have them on the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms. For more information about the City of Oceanside's inspection program, click here.
*Please note: In the State of California, effective January 1, 2016, smoke detectors will be required in all bedrooms.
City of Oceanside Re-Inspection Fees
On Wednesday, April 4, the Oceanside City Council voted to impose a fee for the Fire Department to re-inspect hotels, motels, apartments, vacation time shares and condominium complexes of three units or more after they've been found to violate city codes. Councilmembers Wood, Sanchez and Feller voted to approve the fees, and Kern and Felien voted against them.
Effective July 1, 2012, the building inspection fees would apply in cases where inspectors had to return after finding safety violations in an initial inspection.
The fees are $119 for buildings with three to 10 units, $179 for 11 to 30 units and $238 for 31 to 50 units. For buildings with more than 50 units, the fee will be $238 plus $15 for each additional 10 units. Click here for more information.