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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 22, 2018 06:22 PM
From: Representative Curtis G. Sonney
To: All House members
Subject: UCC Inspections
I will be introducing legislation to amend the PA Construction Code Act (Act 45 of 1999) to give property owners the right to utilize any certified code official to conduct required construction inspections in municipalities that have contracted with only one third-party agency for enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), as long as the inspector is certified by the state to legally enforce code standards.

I believe this offers a reasonable compromise between those that oppose, in general, exclusive third-party enforcement of the UCC, and those who support exclusive administration by third-party agencies.

It is first important to note my legislation will still allow municipalities to contract with one third-party agency to administer their UCC enforcement program. All property owners in such a municipality would still have to submit their building plans to the exclusive third-party agency for plan review, and issuance of permits. Ultimately, the exclusive third party agency would issue a project’s certificate of occupancy.

It is also important to note that my legislation has no effect on municipalities that have their own indigenous code enforcement program (such as Philadelphia or Pittsburgh), or a joint agreement with another municipality.

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Introduced as HB2554