as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/18/2019 03:47pm
A bill for an act
relating to State Building Code; authorizing border cities to adopt changes to the
code; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.121, subdivision 2.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 326B.121, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
(a) If, as of January 1, 2008, a municipality has in
effect an ordinance adopting the State Building Code, that municipality must continue to
administer and enforce the State Building Code within its jurisdiction. The municipality is
prohibited from repealing its ordinance adopting the State Building Code. This paragraph
does not apply to municipalities with a population of less than 2,500 according to the last
federal census that are located outside of a metropolitan county, as defined in section 473.121,
(b) If a municipality is not required by paragraph (a) to administer and enforce the State
Building Code, the municipality may choose to administer and enforce the State Building
Code within its jurisdiction by adopting the code by ordinance.
(c) A municipality must not by ordinance, or through development agreement, require
building code provisions regulating components or systems of any structure that are different
from any provision of the State Building Code. This subdivision does not prohibit a
municipality from enacting or enforcing an ordinance requiring existing components or
systems of any structure to be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition or in good repair,
but not exceeding the standards under which the structure was built, reconstructed, or altered,
or the component or system was installed, unless specific retroactive provisions for existing
buildings have been adopted as part of the State Building Code. A municipality may, with
the approval of the state building official, adopt an ordinance that is more restrictive than
the State Building Code where geological conditions warrant a more restrictive ordinance.
A municipality may appeal the disapproval of a more restrictive ordinance to the
commissioner. An appeal under this subdivision is subject to the schedule, fee, procedures,
cost provisions, and appeal rights set out in section 326B.139.
(d) A city may by ordinance and with permission of the township board extend the
administration and enforcement of the code to contiguous unincorporated territory not more
than two miles distant from its corporate limits in any direction if the code is not already
administered and enforced in the territory. Where two or more noncontiguous cities, which
have elected to administer and enforce the code, have boundaries less than four miles apart,
each is authorized to enforce the code on its side of a line equidistant between them. Once
enforcement authority is extended extraterritorially by ordinance, the authority may continue
to be exercised in the designated territory even though another city less than four miles
distant later elects to enforce the code. After the extension, the city may enforce the code
in the designated area to the same extent as if the property were situated within its corporate
limits. Enforcement of the code in an extended area outside a city's corporate limits includes
all rules, laws, and ordinances associated with administration of the code.
(e) A city cannot commence administration and enforcement of the code outside of its
jurisdiction until it has provided written notice to the commissioner, the county auditor, and
the town clerk of each town in which it intends to administer and enforce the code. A public
hearing on the proposed administration and enforcement must be held not less than 30 days
after the notice has been provided. Administration and enforcement of the code by the city
outside of its jurisdiction commences on a date determined by the city that is no less than
90 days nor more than one year after the public hearing.
(f) A municipality may enforce the State Building Code by any means that are convenient
and lawful, including entering into contracts with other municipalities under section 471.59
and with qualified individuals. The other municipalities or qualified individuals may be
reimbursed by retention or remission of some or all of the building permit fee collected or
by other means. If a municipality has no qualified employees of the municipality or other
municipalities or qualified individuals available to carry out inspection and enforcement,
the commissioner shall train and designate individuals available to carry out inspection and
enforcement. The commissioner may be reimbursed for the inspection by retention or
remission of some or all of the building permit fee collected or by other means.
(g) Nothing in this subdivision prohibits a municipality from adopting ordinances relating
to zoning, subdivision, or planning unless the ordinance conflicts with a provision of the
State Building Code that regulates components or systems of any structure.
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