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Code Alert: Pennsylvania, 18 December 2009



On December 10, 2009 the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry's final-omitted regulatory package adopting the 2009 versions of the International Code Council’s family of codes. The IRRC reviews proposed and final regulations from Pennsylvania state agencies for consistency with the criteria contained in the Regulatory Review Act. The criteria includes the statutory authority for the agency to promulgate the regulation, consistency with the statute which the regulation implements, the economic and fiscal impact of the regulation, and the reasonableness of the regulation. As a result of this approval, compliance with the 2009 International Codes will begin January 1, 2010. Any work covered by a design or construction contract issued prior to December 31, 2009 must comply with the 2009 International Codes.

The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code will be comprised of the following ICC Codes:

2009 International Building Code

2009 International Residential Code

2009 International Energy Conservation Code

2009 International Plumbing Code

2009 International Mechanical Code

2009 International Fire Code (as referenced in the IBC 2009)

2009 International Existing Building Code

2009 International Fuel Gas Code (LPG requirements per PA Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act)

2009 International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities

2009 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code

The 2009 International Building Code references the 2008 National Electrical Code and the 2009 International Residential Code contains Part VIII Electrical Provisions (Chapters 34 through 43), which is a compilation of provisions extracted from the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC®), which is produced and copyrighted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). All Codes were submitted without amendments and therefore will include the Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupter, Tamper-Resistant Receptacle, and Residential Fire Sprinkler requirements.

Contact: Gil Moniz: gilmoniz@nema.org