Presentation on theme: "Connecticut State Building Code. TOPICS Update on the Current Code Adoption Code Adoption Process Appeals Process Services from the Office of the State."— Presentation transcript:
TOPICS Update on the Current Code Adoption Code Adoption Process Appeals Process Services from the Office of the State Building Inspector Discussion / Questions
Connecticut State Building Code Proposed 2015 State Building Code 2015 Connecticut Supplement 2012 ICC - International Building Code 2012 ICC – International Residential Code 2012 ICC – International Plumbing Code 2012 ICC - International Mechancial Code 2012 ICC – International Energy Conservation Code 2012 ICC – International Existing Building Code 2014 NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code
Hierarchy of Law Federal Law – CFR,USC, etc. – 40 CFR 220 Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) – 29-252 State Regulations (RSCA) – 29-252-1 Local Law & Ordinances
The Players State Building Inspector Codes & Standards Committee State Fire Marshal Legislature Public
C.G.S. 29-252 Creates the position of State Building Inspector – Governor’s Appointment – Must be a R.A. or P.E. with 10 years experience – Authority to interpret State Building Code – Authority to Review a local building officials decision Adoption of a State Building Code – Based on a national standard – Develop Amendments to the model Administrative Geological and weather Statutory Requirements Any other issue deemed necessary – 18 Months after Publication of the model code
C.G.S. 29-253 Applicability of State Building Code – Applicable to all municipalities – May not be changed locally No local additions or exceptions – Related Laws Zoning regulations and ordinances Wetlands regulations and ordinances Fire Safety and Fire Prevention Codes
Regulation RCSA 29-252-1 – State Building Code – Adopts ICC & NFPA Model Codes Connecticut Supplement – (Amd) Amendments – changes to model code language – (Add) Additions - entire sections or a few words – (Del) Deletions – sections, appendixes Amendments += SBC
Adoption Process Technical Review and Supplement Development Code Change Proposal Process Approval of the Final Draft Regulatory Adoption Process
Technical Review Technical Review and Supplement Development – Review of proposed model codes Subcommittees with OSBI staff – Draft Supplement Section revision and coordination Add new statutory requirements Remove incorporated items
Code Change Proposals May be submitted by anyone – Form and instructions on Adoption Website Proposer Information Code Section(s) with proposed language Background and supporting information May Request to do a Presentation to the committee – Limited to 10 minutes – Unlimited Q&A with the committee
Regulatory Approval Administrative Approval – Governor’s Office/OPM Formal Public Hearing – Catalog all comments – Develop Responses – Make Revisions Attorney General Review and Approval Regulation Review Committee – Legislative Commissioner Office Review – Regulation Review Committee Hearing – Approval Submission to the Secretary of the State – It is law!
Appeals General Appeals Process Municipal Board of Appeals or Chief Executive BO Decision Review by OSBI State Codes & Standards Committee State Superior Court
Avenues for Appeal C.G.S 29-252(d) SBI review of an LBO decision – Limited to misinterpretation or misconstrue C.G.S 29-252a(g) Refusal to issue a permit or Certificate of Occupancy C.G.S 29-254(b) Appeal of modification decision by SBI C.G.S 29-266(b) Appeal of a LBO decision C.G.S 29-269(b) Appeal of an Accessibility Waiver
Modifications Formal Interpretations and other Services provided by OSBI
Modifications Building Code Modifications C.G.S 29-254(b) – State Building Inspector may grant a modification if Practical Difficulty Unnecessary Hardship Otherwise adjudged unwarranted For a specific property or project – ONE TIME ONLY - not part of the code Municipal Building Officials are NOT empowered to make Code modifications!
Building Code Modification Application – Available through local BO – Online at the OSBI Website Submission – To Local BO to comment – LBO sends to OSBI for action Review and Approval – May contact LBO or requester – Research, discuss with ICC Approval (or denial) – Returned to applicant and LBO Modification Form
Other Modifications Accessibility Exemptions C.G.S. 29-269(b) – Joint decision – OSBI and Office of Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities Educational Sprinkler Waiver C.G.S 29-315 – Joint decision – State Building Inspector and State Fire Marshal Urban Homesteading and Historic Structures – C.G.S. 29-259
Elevators and Lifts Elevators CGS Chapter 538 Limited Access Lifts Special handling when part of ‘accessible path’
Formal Interpretations SBI or designee may issue C.G.S. 29-252(c) Required to compile and index (on website) Becomes part of the code
OSBI Services Code Questions, informal interpretations – Please do your homework first Conflict Resolution – LBO enforcement – Interagency Support for Local building offices
Questions? Contact Information: Office of the State Building Inspector 165 Capitol Ave. Room 265 Hartford, CT 06106 Telephone: 860-713-5900 Website: www.ct.gov/dcs/osbiwww.ct.gov/dcs/osbi Email: Joseph.Cassidy@CT.gov Thank you for the opportunity to talk with you tonight!