On May 1, 2018, the PA Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) submitted their required report to the Department of Labor and Industry (Department) adopting the majority of code provisions contained in the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Model Codes.
The submission of the report to the Department signals the end of the RAC’s re-review of all previously un-adopted code provisions contained in the 2012, and 2015 editions of the ICC Model Codes.
PBA was successful in advocating for the non-adoption or modification of the most egregious code provisions contained in the 2015 ICC Model Codes, but all residential builders should be prepared for a major update to the current PA UCC beginning in October of this year.
On October 1, 2018, new regulations will go into effect codifying the RAC report on the 2015 ICC Model Code re-review including the provisions of the 2014 National Electric Code.
PBA is working on materials and educational training sessions to help make the transition to the revised PA UCC easier to manage for our members.
Moving forward, all subsequent RAC review and adoption of future Model Code provisions will be delayed by a full three years. As an example, the 2018 ICC Model Codes will not be eligible for enactment in Pennsylvania until March of 2022.
Other Key Changes for Builders:
Design or Construction Contract Time-frames:
Members should also be aware that a new limitation relating to design and construction contracts will be implemented with the updates to the PA UCC. A design or construction contract that is entered into prior to the effective date of regulations implementing changes to the PA UCC, in this case October 1, 2018, may be issued under the code in place at the time that the contracts were signed if the permit to build and inspect is applied for within six months of the effective date of the regulation or the period noted by municipal ordinance, whichever is less. Simply, if you want to build under the 2009 PA UCC you must have a signed design or construction contract dated prior October 1, 2018, and pull the building permit prior to April 1, 2019.