AN ACT TO ESTABLISH AND REQUIRE CERTAIN TIME LINES FOR PLAN REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF COMMERCIAL AND MULTIFAMILY BUILDING PLANS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR PLAN REVIEW, TO REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE TO PROVIDE FURTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT INSPECTION DEPARTMENT OVERSIGHT, AND TO REQUIRE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO REMIT A PORTION OF PERMIT FEES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE.
Amends GS 160D-1106 to require a local government to complete an initial plan review within 15 days for commercial plans submitted that require a design professional seal pursuant to NC Building Code Council rules. Requires the local government to communicate with the design professional to resolve any issues with the submitted plan within that time period. Requires the local government to review any requested information or a resubmitted plan within 15 days from receipt. Provides for the following in the event that the local government does not issue a permit for the submitted plan within 30 days of initial plan submission, or, if additional information or plan resubmission is requested, within 15 days of the receipt of the information or resubmitted plan: (1) reduction of the fee charged for plan submission and review by 10% each day and (2) allows the permit applicant to retain a third-party firm to review the submitted plans and the local government to issue all necessary permits for the project within 72 hours of third party review and approval, with the local government responsible for reimbursement of the cost of the third party review. Requires that a local government must obtain information from the appropriate manufacturer when either the local government or its agents require information regarding specifications or manufacturer engineering information on an element, component, or fixture related to the submitted plan. Prohibits delaying or denying the issuance of a permit or certificate of occupancy based upon the receipt of such information from the manufacturer. Applies to plans submitted on or after the date the act becomes law.
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