Code Alert: Pennsylvania UCC

At the January 18, 2012 meeting of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council (RAC) the Council voted to recommend to the Pennsylvania Legislature that a six year code adoption cycle be instituted under the Uniform Construction Code. This recommendation will require an amendment to Act 45 of 1999 (as amended), which establishes a uniform construction code imposing powers and duties on municipalities and the Department of Labor and Industry providing for enforcement, imposing penalties and making repeals. The Act also provides for the duties of RAC, which include the review of the latest triennial code revisions issued by the International Code Council. If these recommendations are accepted the 2009 I-Codes that are currently in effect, will remain in effect until at least 2015 when RAC must review changes in the 2015 I-Codes. The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) is adopted by reference in the 2009 Building Code and for one- and two-family dwellings the 2009 Residential Code is adopted with Electrical Provisions that are based on the 2008 NEC.

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