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A01827
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1469
Session of
2017
INTRODUCED BY HEFFLEY, McGINNIS, MILLARD, MALONEY, PHILLIPS-HILL
AND COX, MAY 31, 2017
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND INDUSTRY, MAY 31, 2017
AN ACT
Amending the act of November 10, 1999 (P.L.491, No.45), entitled
"An act establishing a uniform construction code; imposing
powers and duties on municipalities and the Department of
Labor and Industry; providing for enforcement; imposing
penalties; and making repeals," in adoption and enforcement
by municipalities, further providing for administration and
enforcement.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 501 of the act of November 10, 1999
(P.L.491, No.45), known as the Pennsylvania Construction Code
Act, is amended by adding a subsection to read:
Section 501. Administration and enforcement.
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(b.1) Administration and enforcement by third-party
agencies.-- If a municipality contracts with one or more third-
party agencies for the administration and enforcement of this
act, the municipality shall have the following duties:
(1) E nsuring that the form utilized for a permit
application notifies an applicant of all of the following:
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(i) The authority of a third-party agency exists as
a result of a contract approved by the governing body of
the municipality, or as a result of intermunicipal
agreement under 53 Pa.C.S. Ch. 23 Subch. A entered into
by the municipality.
(ii) An applicant may inform the governing body of
the municipality of complaints about a third-party
agency's services, including reports of incompetence or
gross negligence, a failure to abide by a time period
specified under this act, rude or unprofessional behavior
or discrimination based on personal bias against the
applicant.
(iii) The department certifies third-party agencies
and investigates complaints about service, including
complaints due to violations of this act, incompetence or
gross negligence, fraud, deceit or acts of moral
turpitude.
(iv) The department has a publicly accessible
Internet website which includes the form for filing a
complaint about service under subparagraph (iii).
(2) Maintaining a record of complaints submitted under
paragraph (1)(ii).
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Section 2. The department may issue regulations to establish
or clarify procedures necessary to effectuate the intent of this
act.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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