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Establishment Of A Wildfire Resiliency Code Board

Concerning the establishment of a wildfire resiliency code board, and, in connection therewith, requiring the wildfire resiliency code board to adopt model codes, requiring governing bodies with jurisdiction in an area within the wildland-urban interface to adopt codes that meet or exceed the standards set forth in the model codes, and making an appropriation.
2023 Regular Session
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill establishes a wildfire resiliency code board (board) in the division of fire prevention and control (division) within the department of public safety (department) for the purposes of ensuring community safety from and more resiliency to wildfires by reducing the risk of wildfires to people and property through the adoption of statewide codes and standards. The board consists of 21 appointed voting members with specific government or industry qualifications and 3 non-voting members. The board is required to promulgate rules concerning the adoption and administration of codes and standards for the hardening of structures and parcels reducing fire risk in the defensible space surrounding structures in the wildland-urban interface in Colorado, including rules that:

  • Define the wildland-urban interface and identify areas of the state that are within it;
  • Adopt minimum codes and standards based on best practices to reduce the risk to life and property from the effects of wildfires;
  • Identify hazards and types of buildings, entities, and defensible space around structures to which the codes apply; and
  • Establish a process for a governing body to petition the board for a modification to the codes and establish the criteria and process for the board to grant or deny an appeal from a decision of the board on a petition for modification.

The bill also creates the wildfire resiliency code board cash fund and continuously appropriates the money in the fund to the department to implement the provisions of the bill.

The bill requires a governing body with jurisdiction in an area within the wildland-urban interface that has the authority to adopt building codes or fire codes to adopt and enforce a code that meets or exceeds the minimum standards of the codes adopted by the board within three months of the date the board adopts its codes . Enforcement of the governing body's adopted codes is done in accordance with the rules and regulations for code enforcement adopted by the governing body and the period to comply with a governing body's adopted codes must be in accordance with the governing body's rules and regulations or within three months of adoption, whichever is sooner . If the governing body does not have rules and regulations for code enforcement, the governing body may request support from the division to enforce the code.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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