MODEL STATE STREAMLINING ENABLING LEGISLATION

(Based on Oregon SB 713 which passed the Oregon State Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Ted Kulongoski in June 2003)

 

STATE LEGISLATURE BILL NUMBER ________

Summary:

Permits (insert name of state building codes agency) to study and identify resources necessary to establish a system or network providing access to building codes information and uniform electronic services for: permitting, building plans submittals and tracking (and later plans review), and inspections for all building code jurisdictions within the state. Allows (insert name of state building codes agency) to develop and raise necessary fees to support pilot program in multi-county area (surrounding and including state’s most populous city) to provide electronic access to building codes information and administrative and regulatory services (including online permitting, electronic plans submittal and later online plans review). Provides for (state agency name) to report back to the legislature within two years on outcome of savings from pilot program and provide legislature plan for expanding that program uniformly throughout the state.

Findings:

Whereas it has been demonstrated within the state that diverse building codes administration processes, practices and procedures used by the (insert #) jurisdictions throughout the state cause confusion, unnecessary time delays, and add unnecessary costs to the construction and regulatory oversight of buildings, and

Whereas it has been demonstrated in other states and in local communities within this state that uniform statewide e-government practices, including online permitting, electronic plans submittals, and online access to the state building code, its rules, regulations, and procedures have enhanced code compliance and saved the construction industry and consumers up to 10% of the total construction costs of a building.

This bill therefore authorizes the State (insert name of building codes agency) the authority to study, recommend, fund and build a pilot prototype uniform e-government program for building codes administration and enforcement in a multi-county area within the state. This bill also provides for the (state agency) to report back to the legislature within two years the results of the pilot prototype program and offer for the legislature’s consideration a plan to expand that uniform e-government program throughout the state.

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF _________________

SECTION 1.  (1) The (insert agency name) may identify the resources to develop a system or network that provides electronic access to building codes information and services including uniform online permitting, plans submittals (and later plans reviews) for all building code jurisdictions within the state.

The Agency may explore the availability of alternative means for establishing a statewide system or network for building codes information and services, including but not limited to, developing resource sharing arrangements with private industry, obtaining foundation grants, and obtaining federal funding.

(2) The Agency shall complete any identification and exploration work described in subsection (1) of this section and report the results of any such work to the (insert #) Legislative Assembly of this state on or before (insert date in two years).

SECTION 2.  (1) The Agency in cooperation with local jurisdictions may develop and is authorized to raise through special permit fees adequate funding to develop and implement a pilot program that provides electronic access to building codes information and uniform codes administration and enforcement services for the City of ________ and surrounding counties of ______________________________________________.

The building codes information and services available through the pilot program may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Licensing, permit, inspection and other relevant information;
  2. The provision for electronic submission of uniform permit applications;
  3. The electronic issuance of minor label or other appropriate permits;
  4. The electronic submission of building plans;
  5. Access to other permit and inspection processes; and
  6. Scheduling of inspections, conduction of inspections, tracking of corrections, plans, and granting of approvals.
  1. The Agency shall report to the (insert #) Legislative Assembly on or before (insert date in two years), regarding the progress made and savings to the construction industry, consumers and local government from the implementation and administration of a pilot program under this section.
  2. That report to the Legislative Assembly also shall include recommendations and an implementation plan for, and estimation of the costs involved in, expanding the pilot project throughout the state.

SECTION 3.  A transaction conducted through a state or local system or network that provides electronic access to building information and services is exempt from any requirement under (insert state statute # and appropriate sections) or rules adopted thereunder, requiring a signature or the submission of handwritten materials.