Bill Summary for H 291 (2021)

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Jun 14 2022

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View NCGA Bill Details2021
House Bill 291 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 11, 2021
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.
Intro. by Zenger, Potts.

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Senate committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

Revises new GS 160D-1104.1, which provides an alternative method to the review of commercial and multifamily building plans that require a design professional seal under the Building Code, as follows. Organizes the new statute as GS 160D-1104.2. Requires review of information requested by the local inspection department or a resubmitted plan and issuance of a permit (was, a permit decision) within 15 days of receipt of the requested information or resubmitted plan. Makes conforming changes to the language of subsection (c). Deems the local inspection department responsible for all expenses for an initial plan review conducted by the Department of Insurance or a third-party architect or engineer under the statute, and prohibits the inspection department from increasing plan review or permit fees, or seeking additional compensation, to recoup these expenses from the applicant. Makes conforming and technical changes to proposed GS 143-151.12(9)c.

Deletes new GS 143-138.2, which required the Commissioner of Insurance, through the Division of Engineering, to promote consistent application of the NC Building Code through the general oversight of all inspection departments, including six specified duties.

Deletes new GS 143-138.3, which required local inspection departments to annually remit 2% of all Building Code permit fees to the Department of Insurance to support Building Code consistency and associated programs. 

Changes the act's effective date to October 1, 2022 (was, October 1, 2021). 

Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.

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