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Clarifying construction codes (new law)

Published (5/30/2008)
By Craig Green
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Following up on 2007 construction code legislation, a new law makes technical and clarifying changes to provisions affecting plumbing, water conditioning, electrical work and units, and residential building contractors.

Changes include:

although state building codes are effective 180 days after filing with the secretary of state, an earlier effective date is permitted if it is necessary to protect public health and safety;

administration and enforcement of fire codes is the responsibility of the public safety commissioner;

continuing education materials for residential home contractors and remodelers may include material that is in licensing exams;

adjustments to some manufactured home fees conforming to federal regulations; and

manufactured home dealers must keep copies of records for five years, up from three.

Sponsored by Rep. Tim Mahoney (DFL-St. Paul) and Sen. Linda Scheid (DFL-Brooklyn Park), the law has various effective dates.


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