AN ACT TO REFORM BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY CONFORMING WORK IN PROGRESS INSPECTION AUTHORITY TO RECENTLY ENACTED INSPECTION LIMITATIONS, BY REQUIRING THE BUILDING CODE COUNCIL TO STUDY THE ALTERNATE METHODS APPROVAL PROCESS, BY CLARIFYING THE DEFINITION OF OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT FOR CODE OFFICIALS, BY RAISING THE THRESHOLD FOR REQUIREMENT OF A BUILDING PERMIT, BY CREATING THE BUILDING CODE COUNCIL RESIDENTIAL CODE COMMITTEE AND THE BUILDING CODE COMMITTEE, BY REQUIRING INTERNET POSTING OF CERTAIN COUNCIL DECISIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS, BY CLARIFYING THAT INSPECTION FEES COLLECTED BY CITIES AND COUNTIES MAY ONLY BE USED TO SUPPORT THE INSPECTION DEPARTMENT, AND BY REQUIRING THAT INSPECTIONS BE PERFORMED IN FULL AND IN A TIMELY MANNER AND INSPECTION REPORTS TO INCLUDE ALL ITEMS FAILING TO MEET CODE REQUIREMENTS, BY AUTHORIZING INSPECTIONS OF COMPONENTS OR ELEMENTS OF BUILDINGS CERTIFIED BY LICENSED ARCHITECTS OR LICENSED ENGINEERS, AND BY EXEMPTING CERTAIN COMMERCIAL BUILDING PROJECTS FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF A PROFESSIONAL SEAL.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Changes the long title.
Amends GS 153A-357 (counties) and GS 160A-417 (municipalities) concerning permits, deleting proposed changes to the section which made organizational and technical changes and provided that counties must review and approve building plans submitted for any nonresidential structure pursuant to the NC Building Code. Also deletes language that provided that a city or county cannot require its review and approval of plans for structures subject to the Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Replaces references to a registered architect or engineer with licensed architect or engineer.
Amends GS 143-136 concerning the creation of the Building Code Council, making technical changes. Adds new subsection (d) creating the Building Code Committee (Committee) within the Building Code Council comprised of eight members as specified. Establishes committee rules and procedures and tasks the Committee with oversight of revisions and amendments to the Building Code, as provided.
Amends GS 143-138(d), making conforming and clarifying changes.
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