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HF 1310

4th Engrossment - 82nd Legislature (2001 - 2002) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
  1.1                          A bill for an act 
  1.2             relating to construction; giving the state building 
  1.3             official final authority for interpreting the State 
  1.4             Building Code and prescribing its enforcement; 
  1.5             regulating construction-related fees; requiring 
  1.6             municipalities to submit annual reports on 
  1.7             construction-related fees; providing for adoption of 
  1.8             certain amendments to the mechanical code; limiting 
  1.9             certain municipal building code ordinances; clarifying 
  1.10            certain terms; modifying provisions relating to 
  1.11            construction warranties; limiting certain waivers of 
  1.12            rights; modifying provisions relating to zoning 
  1.13            ordinances; amending Minnesota Statutes 2000, sections 
  1.14            16B.61, subdivisions 1, 2; 16B.62, subdivision 1; 
  1.15            16B.63, by adding a subdivision; 326.90, subdivision 
  1.16            1; 327A.01, subdivision 2; 327A.02, subdivisions 1, 3; 
  1.17            462.353, subdivision 4; 462.357, subdivisions 2, 5; 
  1.18            proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, 
  1.19            chapters 16B; 462. 
  1.21     Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 16B.61, 
  1.22  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  1.23     Subdivision 1.  [ADOPTION OF CODE.] Subject to sections 
  1.24  16B.59 to 16B.75, the commissioner shall by rule establish a 
  1.25  code of standards for the construction, reconstruction, 
  1.26  alteration, and repair of buildings, governing matters of 
  1.27  structural materials, design and construction, fire protection, 
  1.28  health, sanitation, and safety, including design and 
  1.29  construction standards regarding heat loss control, 
  1.30  illumination, and climate control.  The code must conform 
  1.31  insofar as practicable to model building codes generally 
  1.32  accepted and in use throughout the United States, including a 
  2.1   code for building conservation.  In the preparation of the code, 
  2.2   consideration must be given to the existing statewide specialty 
  2.3   codes presently in use in the state.  Model codes with necessary 
  2.4   modifications and statewide specialty codes may be adopted by 
  2.5   reference.  The code must be based on the application of 
  2.6   scientific principles, approved tests, and professional 
  2.7   judgment.  To the extent possible, the code must be adopted in 
  2.8   terms of desired results instead of the means of achieving those 
  2.9   results, avoiding wherever possible the incorporation of 
  2.10  specifications of particular methods or materials.  To that end 
  2.11  the code must encourage the use of new methods and new 
  2.12  materials.  Except as otherwise provided in sections 16B.59 to 
  2.13  16B.75, the commissioner shall administer and enforce the 
  2.14  provisions of those sections. 
  2.15     The commissioner shall develop rules addressing the plan 
  2.16  review fee assessed to similar buildings without significant 
  2.17  modifications including provisions for use of building systems 
  2.18  as specified in the industrial/modular program specified in 
  2.19  section 16B.75.  Additional plan review fees associated with 
  2.20  similar plans must be based on costs commensurate with the 
  2.21  direct and indirect costs of the service. 
  2.22     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 16B.61, 
  2.23  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  2.24     Subd. 2.  [ENFORCEMENT BY CERTAIN BODIES.] Under the 
  2.25  direction and supervision of the commissioner, the provisions of 
  2.26  the code relating to electrical installations shall be enforced 
  2.27  by the state board of electricity, pursuant to the Minnesota 
  2.28  Electrical Act, the provisions relating to plumbing shall be 
  2.29  enforced by the commissioner of health, the provisions relating 
  2.30  to high pressure steam piping and appurtenances shall be 
  2.31  enforced by the department of labor and industry.  Fees for 
  2.32  inspections conducted by the state board of electricity shall be 
  2.33  paid in accordance with the rules of the state board of 
  2.34  electricity.  Under direction of the commissioner of public 
  2.35  safety, the state fire marshal shall enforce the Minnesota 
  2.36  Uniform Fire Code as provided in chapter 299F.  The 
  3.1   commissioner, in consultation with the commissioner of labor and 
  3.2   industry, shall adopt amendments to the mechanical code portion 
  3.3   of the State Building Code to implement standards for process 
  3.4   piping. 
  3.5      [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective the day 
  3.6   following final enactment. 
  3.7      Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 16B.62, 
  3.8   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  3.9      Subdivision 1.  [MUNICIPAL ENFORCEMENT.] The State Building 
  3.10  Code applies statewide and supersedes the building code of any 
  3.11  municipality.  A municipality must not by ordinance or through 
  3.12  development agreement require building code provisions 
  3.13  regulating components or systems of any residential structure 
  3.14  that are different from any provision of the State Building 
  3.15  Code.  A municipality may, with the approval of the state 
  3.16  building official, adopt an ordinance that is more restrictive 
  3.17  than the State Building Code where geological conditions warrant 
  3.18  a more restrictive ordinance.  A municipality may appeal the 
  3.19  disapproval of a more restrictive ordinance to the 
  3.20  commissioner.  An appeal under this subdivision is subject to 
  3.21  the schedule, fee, procedures, cost provisions, and appeal 
  3.22  rights set out in section 16B.67.  The State Building Code does 
  3.23  not apply to agricultural buildings except with respect to state 
  3.24  inspections required or rulemaking authorized by sections 
  3.25  103F.141, 216C.19, subdivision 8, and 326.244.  All 
  3.26  municipalities shall adopt and enforce the State Building Code 
  3.27  with respect to new construction within their respective 
  3.28  jurisdictions.  
  3.29     If a city has adopted or is enforcing the State Building 
  3.30  Code on June 3, 1977, or determines by ordinance after that date 
  3.31  to undertake enforcement, it shall enforce the code within the 
  3.32  city.  A city may by ordinance extend the enforcement of the 
  3.33  code to contiguous unincorporated territory not more than two 
  3.34  miles distant from its corporate limits in any direction.  Where 
  3.35  two or more noncontiguous cities which have elected to enforce 
  3.36  the code have boundaries less than four miles apart, each is 
  4.1   authorized to enforce the code on its side of a line equidistant 
  4.2   between them.  Once enforcement authority is extended 
  4.3   extraterritorially by ordinance, the authority may continue to 
  4.4   be exercised in the designated territory even though another 
  4.5   city less than four miles distant later elects to enforce the 
  4.6   code.  After the extension, the city may enforce the code in the 
  4.7   designated area to the same extent as if the property were 
  4.8   situated within its corporate limits.  
  4.9      A city which, on June 3, 1977, had not adopted the code may 
  4.10  not commence enforcement of the code within or outside of its 
  4.11  jurisdiction until it has provided written notice to the 
  4.12  commissioner, the county auditor, and the town clerk of each 
  4.13  town in which it intends to enforce the code.  A public hearing 
  4.14  on the proposed enforcement must be held not less than 30 days 
  4.15  after the notice has been provided.  Enforcement of the code by 
  4.16  the city outside of its jurisdiction commences on the first day 
  4.17  of January in the year following the notice and hearing.  
  4.18     Municipalities may provide for the issuance of permits, 
  4.19  inspection, and enforcement within their jurisdictions by means 
  4.20  which are convenient, and lawful, including by means of 
  4.21  contracts with other municipalities pursuant to section 471.59, 
  4.22  and with qualified individuals.  The other municipalities or 
  4.23  qualified individuals may be reimbursed by retention or 
  4.24  remission of some or all of the building permit fee collected or 
  4.25  by other means.  In areas of the state where inspection and 
  4.26  enforcement is unavailable from qualified employees of 
  4.27  municipalities, the commissioner shall train and designate 
  4.28  individuals available to carry out inspection and enforcement on 
  4.29  a fee basis.  Nothing in this section prohibits a municipality 
  4.30  from adopting ordinances relating to zoning, subdivision, or 
  4.31  planning unless the ordinance conflicts with a provision of the 
  4.32  State Building Code that regulates components or systems of any 
  4.33  residential structure. 
  4.34     Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 16B.63, is 
  4.35  amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
  4.36     Subd. 5.  [INTERPRETATIVE AUTHORITY.] To achieve uniform 
  5.1   and consistent application of the State Building Code, the state 
  5.2   building official has final interpretative authority applicable 
  5.3   to all codes adopted as part of the State Building Code except 
  5.4   for the plumbing code and the electrical code when enforced by 
  5.5   the state board of electricity.  A final interpretative 
  5.6   committee composed of seven members, consisting of three 
  5.7   building officials, two inspectors from the affected field, and 
  5.8   two construction industry representatives, shall review requests 
  5.9   for final interpretations relating to that field.  A request for 
  5.10  final interpretation must come from a local or state level 
  5.11  building code board of appeals.  The state building official 
  5.12  must establish procedures for membership of the interpretative 
  5.13  committees.  The appropriate committee shall review the request 
  5.14  and make a recommendation to the state building official for the 
  5.15  final interpretation within 30 days of the request.  The state 
  5.16  building official must issue an interpretation within ten 
  5.17  business days from the recommendation from the review 
  5.18  committee.  A final interpretation may be appealed within 30 
  5.19  days of its issuance to the commissioner under section 16B.67.  
  5.20  The final interpretation must be published within ten business 
  5.21  days of its issuance and made available to the public.  
  5.22  Municipal building officials shall administer all final 
  5.23  interpretations issued by the state building official until the 
  5.24  final interpretations are considered for adoption as part of the 
  5.25  State Building Code. 
  5.26     Sec. 5.  [16B.665] [PERMIT FEE LIMITATION ON MINOR 
  5.28     A municipality as defined in section 16B.60, subdivision 3, 
  5.29  or a town may not charge a permit fee that exceeds $15 or 5 
  5.30  percent of the cost of the improvement, installation, or 
  5.31  replacement, whichever is greater, for the improvement, 
  5.32  installation, or replacement of a residential fixture or 
  5.33  appliance that: 
  5.34     (1) does not require modification to electric or gas 
  5.35  service; 
  5.36     (2) has a total cost of $500 or less, excluding the cost of 
  6.1   the fixture or appliance; and 
  6.2      (3) is improved, installed, or replaced by the home owner 
  6.3   or a licensed contractor. 
  6.4      Sec. 6.  [16B.685] [ANNUAL REPORT.] 
  6.5      Beginning with the first report filed by April 1, 2003, 
  6.6   each municipality shall annually report by April 1 to the 
  6.7   department, in a format prescribed by the department, all 
  6.8   construction and development-related fees collected by the 
  6.9   municipality from developers, builders, and subcontractors.  The 
  6.10  report must include: 
  6.11     (1) the number and valuation of units for which fees were 
  6.12  paid; 
  6.13     (2) the amount of building permit fees, plan review fees, 
  6.14  administrative fees, engineering fees, infrastructure fees, and 
  6.15  other construction and development-related fees; and 
  6.16     (3) the expenses associated with the municipal activities 
  6.17  for which fees were collected. 
  6.18     Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 326.90, 
  6.19  subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  6.20     Subdivision 1.  [LOCAL LICENSE PROHIBITED.] Except as 
  6.21  provided in sections 326.991 and 326.90, subdivision 2, and 
  6.22  326.991, a political subdivision may not require a person 
  6.23  licensed under sections 326.83 to 326.991 to also be licensed or 
  6.24  pay a registration or other fee related to licensure under any 
  6.25  ordinance, law, rule, or regulation of the political 
  6.26  subdivision.  This section does not prohibit charges for 
  6.27  building permits or other charges not directly related to 
  6.28  licensure. 
  6.29     Sec. 8.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 327A.01, 
  6.30  subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  6.31     Subd. 2.  [BUILDING STANDARDS.] "Building standards" means 
  6.32  the structural, mechanical, electrical, and quality standards of 
  6.33  the home building industry for the geographic area in which the 
  6.34  dwelling is situated State Building Code, adopted by the 
  6.35  commissioner of administration pursuant to sections 16B.59 to 
  6.36  16B.75, that is in effect at the time of the construction or 
  7.1   remodeling. 
  7.2      Sec. 9.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 327A.02, 
  7.3   subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
  7.4      Subdivision 1.  [WARRANTIES BY VENDORS.] In every sale of a 
  7.5   completed dwelling, and in every contract for the sale of a 
  7.6   dwelling to be completed, the vendor shall warrant to the vendee 
  7.7   that: 
  7.8      (a) during the one-year period from and after the warranty 
  7.9   date the dwelling shall be free from defects caused by faulty 
  7.10  workmanship and defective materials due to noncompliance with 
  7.11  building standards; 
  7.12     (b) during the two-year period from and after the warranty 
  7.13  date, the dwelling shall be free from defects caused by faulty 
  7.14  installation of plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling 
  7.15  systems due to noncompliance with building standards; and 
  7.16     (c) during the ten-year period from and after the warranty 
  7.17  date, the dwelling shall be free from major construction defects 
  7.18  due to noncompliance with building standards. 
  7.19     Sec. 10.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 327A.02, 
  7.20  subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
  7.21     Subd. 3.  [HOME IMPROVEMENT WARRANTIES.] (a) In a sale or 
  7.22  in a contract for the sale of home improvement work involving 
  7.23  major structural changes or additions to a residential building, 
  7.24  the home improvement contractor shall warrant to the owner that: 
  7.25     (1) during the one-year period from and after the warranty 
  7.26  date the home improvement shall be free from defects caused by 
  7.27  faulty workmanship and defective materials due to noncompliance 
  7.28  with building standards; and 
  7.29     (2) during the ten-year period from and after the warranty 
  7.30  date the home improvement shall be free from major construction 
  7.31  defects due to noncompliance with building standards.  
  7.32     (b) In a sale or in a contract for the sale of home 
  7.33  improvement work involving the installation of plumbing, 
  7.34  electrical, heating or cooling systems, the home improvement 
  7.35  contractor shall warrant to the owner that, during the two-year 
  7.36  period from and after the warranty date, the home improvement 
  8.1   shall be free from defects caused by the faulty installation of 
  8.2   the system or systems due to noncompliance with building 
  8.3   standards.  
  8.4      (c) In a sale or in a contract for the sale of any home 
  8.5   improvement work not covered by paragraph (a) or (b), the home 
  8.6   improvement contractor shall warrant to the owner that, during 
  8.7   the one-year period from and after the warranty date, the home 
  8.8   improvement shall be free from defects caused by faulty 
  8.9   workmanship or defective materials due to noncompliance with 
  8.10  building standards.  
  8.11     Sec. 11.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 462.353, 
  8.12  subdivision 4, is amended to read: 
  8.13     Subd. 4.  [FEES.] A municipality may prescribe fees 
  8.14  sufficient to defray the costs incurred by it in reviewing, 
  8.15  investigating, and administering an application for an amendment 
  8.16  to an official control established pursuant to sections 462.351 
  8.17  to 462.364 or an application for a permit or other approval 
  8.18  required under an official control established pursuant to those 
  8.19  sections.  Fees as prescribed shall must be by ordinance and 
  8.20  must be fair, reasonable, and proportionate to the actual cost 
  8.21  of the service for which the fee is imposed.  A municipality 
  8.22  shall adopt management and accounting procedures to ensure that 
  8.23  fees are maintained and used only for the purpose for which they 
  8.24  are collected. 
  8.25     If a dispute arises over a specific fee imposed by a 
  8.26  municipality related to a specific application, the amount of 
  8.27  the fee must be deposited and held in escrow, and the person 
  8.28  aggrieved by the fee may appeal under section 462.361.  An 
  8.29  approved application may proceed as if the fee had been paid, 
  8.30  pending a decision on the appeal.  
  8.31     Sec. 12.  [462.3531] [WAIVER OF RIGHTS.] 
  8.32     Any waiver of rights of appeal under section 429.081 is 
  8.33  effective only for the amount of assessment estimated or for the 
  8.34  assessment amount agreed to in the development agreement.  An 
  8.35  effective waiver of rights of appeal under section 429.081 may 
  8.36  contain additional conditions providing for increases in 
  9.1   assessments that will not be subject to appeal if: 
  9.2      (1) the increases are a result of requests made by the 
  9.3   developer or property owner; or 
  9.4      (2) the increases are otherwise approved by the developer 
  9.5   or property owner in a subsequent separate written document. 
  9.6      Sec. 13.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 462.357, 
  9.7   subdivision 2, is amended to read: 
  9.8      Subd. 2.  [GENERAL REQUIREMENTS.] (a) At any time after the 
  9.9   adoption of a land use plan for the municipality, the planning 
  9.10  agency, for the purpose of carrying out the policies and goals 
  9.11  of the land use plan, may prepare a proposed zoning ordinance 
  9.12  and submit it to the governing body with its recommendations for 
  9.13  adoption. 
  9.14     (b) Subject to the requirements of subdivisions 3, 4, and 
  9.15  5, the governing body may adopt and amend a zoning ordinance by 
  9.16  a majority vote of all its members.  The adoption or amendment 
  9.17  of any portion of a zoning ordinance which changes all or part 
  9.18  of the existing classification of a zoning district from 
  9.19  residential to either commercial or industrial requires a 
  9.20  two-thirds majority vote of all its members of the governing 
  9.21  body. 
  9.22     (c) The land use plan must provide guidelines for the 
  9.23  timing and sequence of the adoption of official controls to 
  9.24  ensure planned, orderly, and staged development and 
  9.25  redevelopment consistent with the land use plan. 
  9.26     Sec. 14.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 462.357, 
  9.27  subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
  9.29  The provisions of this subdivision apply to cities the adoption 
  9.30  or amendment of any portion of a zoning ordinance which changes 
  9.31  all or part of the existing classification of a zoning district 
  9.32  from residential to either commercial or industrial of a 
  9.33  property located in a city of the first class, except a city of 
  9.34  the first class in which a different process is provided through 
  9.35  the operation of the city's home rule charter.  In a city to 
  9.36  which this subdivision applies, amendments to a zoning ordinance 
 10.1   shall be made in conformance with this section but only after 
 10.2   there shall have been filed in the office of the city clerk a 
 10.3   written consent of the owners of two-thirds of the several 
 10.4   descriptions of real estate situate within 100 feet of the total 
 10.5   contiguous descriptions of real estate held by the same owner or 
 10.6   any party purchasing any such contiguous property within one 
 10.7   year preceding the request, and after the affirmative vote in 
 10.8   favor thereof by a majority of the members of the governing body 
 10.9   of any such city.  The governing body of such city may, by a 
 10.10  two-thirds vote of its members, after hearing, adopt a new 
 10.11  zoning ordinance without such written consent whenever the 
 10.12  planning commission or planning board of such city shall have 
 10.13  made a survey of the whole area of the city or of an area of not 
 10.14  less than 40 acres, within which the new ordinance or the 
 10.15  amendments or alterations of the existing ordinance would take 
 10.16  effect when adopted, and shall have considered whether the 
 10.17  number of descriptions of real estate affected by such changes 
 10.18  and alterations renders the obtaining of such written consent 
 10.19  impractical, and such planning commission or planning board 
 10.20  shall report in writing as to whether in its opinion the 
 10.21  proposals of the governing body in any case are reasonably 
 10.22  related to the overall needs of the community, to existing land 
 10.23  use, or to a plan for future land use, and shall have conducted 
 10.24  a public hearing on such proposed ordinance, changes or 
 10.25  alterations, of which hearing published notice shall have been 
 10.26  given in a daily newspaper of general circulation at least once 
 10.27  each week for three successive weeks prior to such hearing, 
 10.28  which notice shall state the time, place and purpose of such 
 10.29  hearing, and shall have reported to the governing body of the 
 10.30  city its findings and recommendations in writing. 
 10.31     Sec. 15.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
 10.32     (a) Sections 5 and 11 are effective January 1, 2002. 
 10.33     (b) Sections 8 to 10, 13, and 14 are effective the day 
 10.34  following final enactment. 
 10.35     (c) Section 12 is effective August 1, 2001, and applies to 
 10.36  contracts entered into on or after that date.