October 11, 2018

Updated Pennsylvania UCC Now in Effect

REALTORS®, homeowners, contractors and building tradesmen are reminded that an updated Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code went into effect on October 1, 2018.
 
As such, the 2015 editions of the International Codes adopted by UCC regulations, as modified by the PA UCC RAC, are now to be used for construction project design, plan review and inspection purposes.
 
According to Allentown's Building Standards & Safety Building Inspections Supervisor Matthew Wojaczyk, “If a project was under contract for design or construction before October 1, 2018, plans and specifications may be submitted based upon 2009 ICC Codes with the permit application through March 31, 2019 if accompanied by an executed copy of the contract.”
 
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development Industrialized Housing Program regulatory update is lagging behind the PA DLI UCC update, so production of new industrialized (modular) homes utilizing 2015 ICC Codes will not take effect until April 1, 2019.
 
The 2018 International Building Code regulations for accessibility are expected to become effective December 31, 2018.