Tuesday, October 09, 2018

New California garage door law going into effect... now they have to get a battery backup

Senate Bill 969, went into effect in September 2018.

The new law requires that an automatic garage door opener that is manufactured for sale, sold, offered for sale, or installed in a residence to have a battery backup function that is designed to operate when activated because of an electrical outage to protect people in the event of a power outage, allowing them to remove their vehicle from a garage in the event of an emergency.

 The bill makes a violation subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each installation.

The new law will, on and after July 1, 2019, prohibit a replacement residential garage door from being installed in a manner that connects the door to an existing garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of these provisions.

So, if the door is replaced, the automatic opener must be replaced with a new, battery-backup automatic opener at the same time.



  1. Mine and I'm sure most openers have a short rope with a handle that you pull to release the door from the opener in the event of a power failure. But then you have to pull the door up by hand and I guess that is what the politicians can't handle.

  2. Because it's too hard to pull that lanyard and open the door manually. Nanny state.

  3. One of the most preposterous things I've heard in a long time!

  4. meh, more liberal democrats making laws to protect us from ourselves,

    a battery backup like one used for a computer is not expensive