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24 February Utah


State of Utah

On February 23, 2015, the Business and Labor Committee of the Utah State Legislature passed H.B. 285 that would require the State of Utah to adopt residential building standards every 6 years instead of every 3 years. Negotiations continue as the bill progresses to the House floor.  Should it pass the House, it will then be referred to the Senate for consideration. If signed by the governor, this bill will affect the construction of 1 & 2 family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories in heights.  

The bill, H.B. 285 sponsored by Representative Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville (himself a homebuilder), originally had a provision for a nine year code adoption cycle.  However after considerable opposition from local, regional and national stakeholders, Rep. Wilson reduced the code cycle time period to six years. 

Other provisions in this bill include:

  1. Adoption of the 2014 National Electrical Code (excluding residential provisions)
  2. Requirement for a costs and benefits analysis of each code change when a new code is recommended for adoption.

Clich here for the full text of H.B. 285

Contact: Mike Stone, mike.stone@nema.org

 

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