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16B.72 REFERENDA ON STATE BUILDING CODE IN NONMETROPOLITAN
COUNTIES.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a county that is not a metropolitan
county as defined by section 473.121, subdivision 4, may provide, by a vote of the majority of
its electors residing outside of municipalities that have adopted the State Building Code before
January 1, 1977, that no part of the State Building Code except the building requirements for
persons with disabilities, the requirements for bleacher safety, and the requirements for elevator
safety applies within its jurisdiction.
    The county board may submit to the voters at a regular or special election the question of
adopting the building code. The county board shall submit the question to the voters if it receives a
petition for the question signed by a number of voters equal to at least five percent of those voting
in the last general election. The question on the ballot must be stated substantially as follows:
    "Shall the State Building Code be adopted in .......... County?"
    If the majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in the negative, the State Building Code
does not apply in the subject county, outside home rule charter or statutory cities or towns that
adopted the building code before January 1, 1977, except the building requirements for persons
with disabilities, the requirements for bleacher safety, and the requirements for elevator safety
do apply.
    Nothing in this section precludes a municipality or town that has not adopted the State
Building Code from adopting and enforcing by ordinance or other legal means the State Building
Code within its jurisdiction.
History: 1984 c 544 s 77; 1994 c 634 art 2 s 8; 1995 c 166 s 3; 1997 c 206 s 7; 1998 c 359 s
13; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 63; 2005 c 56 s 1; 2007 c 140 art 4 s 14