Building Code Exemption Bill Introduced in Idaho House State Affairs Committee

This morning I introduced a new bill to ease building code requirements for improvements to existing buildings. The bill is designed to increase economic activity by reducing the cost of regulatory compliance. Owners of existing buildings would be protected from having to update a whole building to comply with current code requirements when constructing an addition or improvement. Newer code requirements would apply only to the addition or affected part of the building. An exception is made for specifically identified safety hazards. Building codes are frequently changing due to unelected code commissions continually updating their publications. This has become a business unto itself as states and local governments automatically update to the new codes. Upgrading an entire building becomes cost prohibitive, and results in owners deciding to not improve at all, or to do only cosmetic improvements. The result is lost construction jobs.

                       

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