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4 April Utah


State of Utah

On March 24, 2016, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 316, which adopts the 2014 National Electrical Code and the 2015 I-codes in the State of Utah, effective July 1, 2016. 

HB 316, which was hotly contested during the recent legislative session, was sponsored by Representative Brad Wilson, who is also a homebuilder. NEMA as well as a broad coalition of stakeholders opposed the bill because, although it provided for adoption of the most current codes, it also included a provision that put the residential codes on a 6-year code cycle. The most current editions of the codes provide for advances in technology, safety and energy efficiency. However despite intense efforts on the part of stakeholders that emphasized the benefits of current code adoption, HB 316 passed and was signed into law by Governor Herbert. 

As mentioned, the 2014 NEC and the 2015 I-codes will become effective in Utah on July 1, 2016. The International Residential Code, including the Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and Energy Chapters, will not be considered again for adoption for another six years. The remainder of the codes that apply to occupancies other than 1&2 Family dwellings will be considered again for adoption in three years. Existing amendments that kept arc-fault circuit-interrupter protection for 1&2 Family dwellings at 2005 NEC levels were retained in the adoption of the 2015 International Residential Code.

Contact: Mike.Stone@nema.org

 

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