AN ACT TO EXEMPT CERTAIN SMALL PROJECTS FROM ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING CODE AND BUILDING PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.
Amends GS 83A-13 to exempt from architectural licensure requirements the preparation, sale, or furnishing of plans, specifications, and related data, or for the supervision of construction under such, of an institutional or commercial building that does not have a total value exceeding $300,000 (was, $200,000) and the total building area does not exceed 3,000 square feet in gross floor area. Makes changes to exempt from the requirement for a professional architectural seal a commercial building project with a total value less than $300,000 (was $200,000) and a total project area less than 3,000 square feet. Adds two new exemptions from the requirement for a professional architectural seal: (1) any alteration, remodeling, renovation, or repair of a commercial building with a total value of less than $300,000; and (2) any alteration, remodeling, renovation or repair of a commercial building if the total building area does not exceed 3,000 square feet in gross floor area.
Amends GS 143-138 by adding a new subsection (b21) to prohibit the State Building Code or any local variance from requiring a permit for any construction, installation, repair, replacement, or alteration performed pursuant to the current edition of the Code and costing $20,000 or less in any commercial building or structure, unless the work involves the five activities excluded from the similar existing exemption granted for such costs under $15,000 for single family residences and farm buildings under subsection (b5) (excludes from the exemption activities related to load bearing structures, plumbing design, heating and air, prohibited materials, and roofing). Makes conforming changes to GS 160D-1110(c), regarding local variances.
Makes further conforming changes by enacting GS 143-138(b22) and GS 160D-1104(d1) to prohibit the State Building Code or any local variance from requiring that plans and specifications for any alteration, remodeling, renovation, or repair of a commercial building or structure be prepared by and under the seal of a registered architect or registered engineer if the costs are less than $300,000 or if the total building area does not exceed 3,000 square feet in gross floor area. Excludes the addition, repair, or replacement of load-bearing structures and projects subject to the requirements of GS 133-1.1(a) regarding the design of buildings involving public funds.
Applies to construction, installation, repair, replacement, renovation, or alteration begun on or after October 1, 2021.
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