BAM Asks DOLI To Delay Code Enforcement Due To Coronavirus

18 Mar 2020 1:34 PM | Steve Gottwalt (Administrator)

(March 18, 2020) - CMBA has partnered with the Builders Association of MN (BAM) in asking the MN Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) to delay enforcement of the state's revised Building Codes due to complications and delays from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic:

Director
Department of Labor and Industry,

In response to the health concerns related to COVID-19, the Builders Association of Minnesota would like to request that the International Building Code implementation in chapter 1305 be delayed 30 to 60 days. Given the unprecedented nature and gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, we firmly believe this request is both reasonable and fair. Minnesota and the rest of the nation are currently faced with border closures, school closures, restaurant closures, postponement and cancelation of major league sports, events and entertainment.  Builders Association of Minnesota has several additional and specific reasons to support the granting of this request.

First, the Department of Labor and Industry has canceled the classes they previously intended on holding. These classes were intended to be held prior to the implementation of the new code. However, because of COVID-19, these classes have now been postponed and will not be rescheduled until sometime after this new code goes into effect. Furthermore, during Governor Walz's recent press conference, he indicated that these types of restrictions with social distancing and prohibitions on group gatherings will extend past the intended March 31, 2020 implementation date.

Second, the inspection staff located in cities, counties, and townships tasked with enforcing the codes, are under similar restrictions which will make it nearly impossible to collaborate on code education and training that would be necessary to the implementation and compliance with the codes in their jurisdictions. Additionally, based on a Building Official Limited Class attended in the past, a rushed implementation of the new code is not necessary, because the changes to the code are fairly inconsequential.

Third, the Code Books that display the new code will likely be delayed because of the proposed social distancing and all the business closures that have currently been implemented.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the current and future livelihood of our industry, and many others, is so uncertain the implementation of this code at its presently scheduled deadline would place undue burdens and economic pressures on contractors and designers.

Respectfully, we ask that you grant builders and remodelers across Minnesota a critically important delay and postponement from the current implementation date of the new code.

Very truly yours,

Grace Keliher
BAM Executive Vice President


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