CA State SB-969 Automatic garage door openers: backup batteries

 

California SB 969

SB-969 is a law passed in California that requires all garage door openers in residential applications sold or installed in California on or after July 1st, 2019 to be equipped with battery backup. It was introduced in response to the 2017 wildfires that left people trapped in their garages with no power to the garage door openers. Some individuals were unable to lift their garage doors manually and unfortunately some lost their lives.

 

When replacing my existing garage door opener, will I be required to purchase a battery backup garage door opener?

Yes. Beginning July 1st, 2019, the only available garage door openers in California will be battery backup garage door openers.

 

Are there any other restrictions that would require me to purchase a battery backup garage door opener?

If you are replacing your garage door, you must replace your garage door opener with a battery backup garage door opener. We recommend installing a battery backup opener with all new garage doors going forward to ensure they are compliant with SB-969

 

Is there a penalty for selling or installing a non-battery backup garage door opener after July 1st 2019 in the state of California?

Yes, $1,000 per opener. Enforcement Actions can be brought by either consumers or government officials.

To read the complete text for Senate Bill 969, click [here]