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Building Code Bill Returns from Senate Amending Order with Changes

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, March 16, 2018

The Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee voted this week to send House Bill 547, the AIC-opposed bill on building codes, to the Senate amending order for changes. 

You can read AIC’s letter to the Senate committee outlining our objections to the bill by clicking the link at the bottom of this post. 

AIC has reviewed the proposed amendments and is satisfied that they are a significant improvement to the legislation.  The amended bill will come up for a floor vote in the Senate likely Monday, March 19. 

One of the most important changes is a grandfather clause that protects cities that have adopted 2015 codes. 

The legislation prohibits cities and counties from adopting provisions, chapters, sections or parts of subsequent versions of the International Residential Code or residential provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code, or subsequent versions in their entirety, that have not been adopted by the Idaho Building Code Board.

Cities and counties do have the authority to amend codes in the following situations:

·         Amendments to parts I, II, III, and IX of the Idaho Residential Code to reflect local concerns.

·         Amendments to Chapters 1 and 2 of the Idaho Energy Conservation Code to reflect local concerns.

·         The remainder of Part III of the Idaho Residential Code may be amended by cities or counties after a finding by the local governing board that good cause for building or life safety exists for such an amendment and that the amendment is reasonably necessary.

We appreciate all the city officials who contacted legislators and expressed their concerns about HB 547. 


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