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  • Summary date: Apr 3 2023 - View Summary

    Expands the powers of the Home Inspector Licensing Board (Board) set forth in GS 143-151.49(a) to include establishing requirements for pre-licensing program course sponsors and instructors. Increases the home inspector examination fee in GS 143-151.57 from $80 to $200.

    Amends GS 143-151.13 (pertaining to requirements for code enforcement officials) to specify that in order to obtain a standard certificate an individual licensed to practice as an architect, general contractor, plumbing or heating contractor, electrical contractor, or professional engineer, must pass an exam issued by the Board; removes the requirement to complete a short course. Makes technical changes.

    Amends GS 143-151.13A (pertaining to professional development programs (PE’s) for code enforcement officials) as follows. Requires PE course sponsors to pay an application fee of $100 per course (capped at $2,500 per calendar year) and a fee of $1 per approved credit hour per individual who successfully completes a PE. Requires code enforcement officials, upon approval of an alternate course by the Board to pay a fee of $1 per approved credit hour for any course they take that is not offered by a PE course sponsor approved by the Board.

    Amends GS 143-138.1 (pertaining to certain instructional modalities on the State Building Code as well as certain postings) to authorize the Department of Insurance (Department) to develop an apprenticeship program to provide for training in the enforcement of the State Building Code and to charge a fee sufficient to cover its cost for the apprenticeship program.  Makes conforming change.

    Amends GS 143-151 (the penalties provision of the Uniform Standards Code for Manufactured Homes) to require that the penalty for any violation of that code, Article 9B of GS Chapter 143, or any rules adopted under that article are to be in the amount set under federal regulation, 24 CFR 3282.10 (manufactured home procedural and enforcement regulations). (Currently, cannot exceed the amount set forth in 24 CFR 3282.10.)

    Requires the Board, the Department, and the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board to adopt rules to implement the provisions of the act.

    Effective October 1, 2023.