PA HB 1469 and SB 663 are dead for now. Senator Laughlin will continue to advance his homebuilder agenda in January. Stay tuned for more political shenanigans.
Members, thanks for contacting your local legislators and members on the PA Appropriations and the Labor & Industry Committees concerning these bills. Moreover, we believe the State should not regulate the number of third-party inspection agencies that municipalities are required to use for plan review and inspections. This bill is a violation of the original PA Uniform Construction Code. The HB is being promoted by a legislator who believes uplift connections on wood trusses should not be required and wants a third party agency to approve their use. Coincidentally, the legislator is a co-owner of a residential construction business. Furthermore, the PA Home Builders Association is actively supporting this legislation.
Pay particular attention to this section.
(4) ONE OF THE THIRD-PARTY AGENCIES CONTRACTING WITH THE MUNICIPALITY UNDER THIS SUBSECTION SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS THE ENFORCEMENT AGENT FOR THE MUNICIPALITY FOR GENERAL CODE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS.
Ask your insurance agent if they will provide coverage for you as the enforcement agent for all the other third party agencies.
Bottom line, each municipality should have the ability to select whom they want to perform plan review and inspections.