Senate Bill 969_Garage Door Openers

Several deaths during the 2017 Northern California wildfires prompted then Governor Brown to sign legislation into law requiring any automatic garage door sold after July 2019 to have a back up battery to provide power in the event of a power outage.

SB 969 became law on 9/21/18 and amends 19891 of the Health and Safety Code making violators subject to civil penalties of $1,000.00 per opener manufactured or sold. Our firm issued an memo alerting staff to be mindful of the new law when consulting with clients of residential properties for lease or sell, and to inquire about the garage opening back-up/automatic reverse safety device when representing a buyer in a real estate transaction.

Local building department with jurisdiction over specifics cities and counties throughout the state can file charges against violator where civil penalties shall be made payable to the building agency.

Individual parties may also initiate a court proceeding and the courts will enforce the law making civil penalties payable to the consumer.

Section 19892 has been added to the Code stating that no person, corporation or entity may sell or offer for sale a residential garage door opener that does not include a battery back up function.

Blog by M.A. Williams
Broker/Owner GRG
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