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  • Summary date: Feb 6 2023 - View Summary

    Section 1 amends GS 143-138(g) (governing distribution of the North Carolina State Building Code (Code)) to require that the Code and any amendments be printed in English and translated into Spanish (currently, the Code is only available in English). Requires the Building Code Council (Council) to make the translated copies of the Code available upon written request. Effective January 1, 2025. 

    Section 2 requires the Council to submit a progress report about the translation and publication of the Code in Spanish to the specified NCGA committee by April 1, 2024.

    Section 3 requires the Department of Commerce (Department) to establish and maintain a public website to track all local planning, zoning, and land-use regulations under GS Chapter 160D (governing local planning and development) for the following purposes: (1) to create public transparency for various land use and building permitting processes across localities, (2) to allow prospective developers to understand and compare and contrast the various markets and building requirements in different areas, and (3) to provide a central location of information to assist various planning departments in obtaining details on policies. Effective July 1, 2023.

    Section 4 requires the Department to develop and establish a program to partner with counties on residential site selection in the state, establishing measurable goals to fulfill housing needs in growing areas of the state by the year 2033. Requires Department’s website to contain a repository of sites and locations.  Effective August 1, 2023.