Pennsylvania Code Review and Adoption Cycle Lengthened

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed HB409, 'Legislation to Reform Uniform Construction Code Adoption Process.' This new statute modifies the process in which the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) of Pennsylvania is reviewed and adopted within that State. The review cycle for codes moves from 36 months to a 54-month review cycle from the publication of the base code (I-Codes) and allows for Technical Committees made up of industry stakeholders to be part of the process. The bill also modifies how sections of the code can be bundled into non-controversial and controversial categories to eliminate full rejection of a published code.

HB409 includes an opportunity for the City of Philadelphia to adopt the 2018 commercial codes, via local ordinance. The rest of the Commonwealth will reconsider 2015 codes through the Review and Advisory Council under this new adoption process. The adopted provisions from the re-review of 2015 codes will take effect on October 1, 2018.