Working this week with Representative Mark Brody (R-Union) and the General Assembly’s bill drafting division, your NCHBA legislative team is pleased to report that the 5th annual version of the “building code regulatory reform” legislation is taking shape. These efforts began in 2013 with HB 120 (Building Codes/Local Consistency) and continued thorough last year’s HB 948 (Building Code Regulatory Reform).
Among many other significant improvements, these bills have ended unauthorized inspections, significantly decreased inspection times and provided desirable options and alternatives for builders. For example, as a direct result of last year’s bill, the Department of Insurance reports that local jurisdictions across the state are providing inspections within two business days of request and many are providing “next day” service.
This session’s version will continue to address the concerns builders are facing across the state. Some provisions that are likely to be included are:
- Expediting plan review in those jurisdictions which require it
- Improve engineered option consistency
- Decrease delays with certificates of occupancy