(a) In lieu of the extension described in subdivision (f) of Section 130060, the office may grant an extension to a general acute care hospital pursuant to either subdivision (c) or (f) if the hospital building will not meet the seismic safety standards of that section by January 1, 2013, due to a local planning delay.
(b) When applying for an extension under this section, the owner of the general acute care hospital shall submit to the office documentation that includes at least all of the following:
(1) The original schedule of the project or projects as had been originally anticipated.
(2) The schedule of the project or projects as currently projected.
(3) A timeline for the submission of documents to the local planning authority or jurisdiction.
(4) Documentation that the local planning authority for the project and for the enabling phases of the project does not grant approvals prior to November 1, 2010, where the hospital had originally filed the local application prior to January 1, 2008.
(5) A proposed construction timeframe demonstrating the completion of the project once the permit is issued. The construction timeframe shall be approved by the office and shall only include the amount of time that is reasonably necessary to complete the construction required to meet
the seismic safety requirements.
(c) The office may grant an extension, in full one-year increments, but no longer than three consecutive years, that compensates for delays determined pursuant to subdivision (d).
(d) The office shall conduct a comprehensive review of the schedule for the project or projects according to criteria specified in this section. This review shall encompass the project or projects under the jurisdiction of the office, as well as other project phases not under the jurisdiction of the office. The office shall consider the cumulative effect of local approval timelines for all elements of the project or projects, inclusive of changes in scope or sequence of the project or projects required by the local planning process. The office may grant extensions based on an evaluation of each of the following circumstances:
(1) Where the local planning authority approvals have delayed or will delay the construction start date of the project or projects.
(2) Where the local conditions of approval on a project or projects extend the duration beyond the originally anticipated construction completion date.
(3) Where the cumulative effect of delays on the project or projects creates additional construction delays due to local seasonal weather impact requirements of the local planning authority.
(4) Construction related to the seismic retrofit or replacement project has begun by January 1, 2013.
(5) The project
or projects were submitted for review by the department no later than January 1, 2009.
(6) The project or projects have received a building permit from the department no later than January 1, 2012.
(e) Every six months after the approval of the extension, the hospital owner shall report to the office on the status of the project or projects, demonstrating that it is making reasonable progress toward meeting the construction timeline.
(f) The office may grant an additional extension of up to two years in addition to the extension granted pursuant to subdivisions (c) and (d) only if the project or projects meet all of the following criteria:
(1) A matrix of buildings at
the hospital that identifies compliance of each building to the standards required by Section 130065 at the completion of the project or projects.
(2) The construction timelines submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) were determined to go beyond three years from the date the building permit was issued.
(3) Acute care services will not be provided in any SPC-1 building at any time during the extension.
(4) The hospital demonstrates that it has, and maintains throughout the extension, life safety systems in all acute care patient care areas that do not depend on, and are not routed through, an SPC-1 building.
(5) The hospital either demonstrates that the SPC-1 building does not pose a structural risk to an
adjoining hospital building that is used for acute care services or mitigates the risk in accordance with a deadline described in subdivision (f) of Section 130060 that the office determines will best protect patient safety.
(g) The office may revoke an extension granted pursuant to this section for any hospital building where the work of construction is abandoned or suspended for a period of at least six months, unless the hospital demonstrates that the abandonment or suspension was caused by factors beyond its control.
(h) The office may revoke an extension granted pursuant to this section if it is determined that any information submitted pursuant to this section was falsified in any manner by the hospital or if the hospital fails to meet any of the criteria or conditions specified in this section.
(i) Regulatory submissions made by the office to the California Building Standards Commission pursuant to this section shall be deemed, and shall be adopted as, emergency regulations.
(j) The hospital owner that applies for an extension pursuant to this section shall pay to the office an additional fee, to be determined by the office, sufficient to cover the additional cost incurred by the office for maintaining all reporting requirements established under this section, including, but not limited to, the costs of reviewing and verifying the extension documentation submitted pursuant to this section. This additional fee shall not include any cost for review of the plans or other duties related to receiving a building or occupancy permit.
(k) A hospital denied an extension pursuant to this section
may appeal the denial to the Hospital Building Safety Board.