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November 8, 2017
Chapter News

Governor Signs UCC Building Codes Legislation into Law

By AIA Pennsylvania

Stay tuned for updates and program information from AIA Philadelphia about how these new codes differ from the older codes and what you need to know! 

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2017

Published by: AIA Pennsylvania Government Affairs Team

Contact: Amal Mahrouki, [email protected]717-236-4055

Pennsylvania is a step closer to updated building codes after Governor signs bill.

On October 25, 2017, Governor Wolf signed HB 409 into law, creating Act 36 of 2017, a move applauded by AIA Pennsylvania. 

"This piece of legislation represents a compromise between numerous stakeholders and what AIA Pennsylvania advocated for as a step in the right direction for updates and code adoption in the Commonwealth," said AIA Pennsylvania Executive Director, Stephen Swarney, J.D., on the passage of the bill. 

 Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Review and Advisory Council, the group tasked with reviewing and making recommendations regarding building codes, will re-review the 2015 ICC Codes. Changes will supersede any previous council decisions and will become effective October 1, 2018. Effective immediately, The City of Philadelphia is authorized to adopt the 2018 International Code Council (ICC) Commercial codes through a City Council ordinance.

 AIA Pennsylvania remains an influential leader regarding building codes and the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in the Commonwealth. While we are adding this to our list of legislative wins for this session, we will continue to fight for more comprehensive and aggressive code adoption for all of Pennsylvanians in the future. We continue to support a three-year review cycle, an opt-out process, and uniformity for the entire state for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

 For additional details regarding Act 36 please contact AIA Pennsylvania’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Amal Mahrouki at [email protected].

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