Substitute House Bill No. 6790

Public Act No. 99-206

An Act Concerning Public Buildings.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 29-252a of the general statutes, as amended by section 3 of public act 98-233 and section 5 of public act 98-263, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) (1) No state building or structure or addition to a state building or structure, that exceeds the threshold limits contained in section 29-276b and requires an independent structural review under said section, shall be constructed or altered until an application has been filed by the commissioner of an agency authorized to contract for the construction of buildings under the provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51 with the State Building Inspector and a building permit issued by the State Building Inspector. [On and after July 1, 2000, no state building or structure or addition to a state building or structure shall be constructed or altered until an application has been filed by the commissioner of an agency authorized to contract for the construction of buildings or the alteration of existing buildings under the provisions of section 4b-1 or 4b-51 with the State Building Inspector and a building permit issued by the State Building Inspector.] Two copies of the plans and specifications for the building, [or] structure or addition to be constructed or altered shall accompany the application. The commissioner of any such agency shall certify that such plans and specifications are in substantial compliance with the provisions of the State Building Code and, where applicable, with the provisions of the State Fire Safety Code. The State Building Inspector shall review the plans and specifications for the building, [or] structure or addition to be constructed or altered to verify their compliance with the requirements of the State Building Code and, within thirty days of the date of application, shall issue or refuse to issue the building permit, in whole or in part. The State Building Inspector may request that the State Fire Marshal review such plans to verify their compliance with the State Fire Safety Code.

(2) On and after July 1, 1999, the State Building Inspector shall assess an education fee on each building permit application. During the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1999, the amount of such fee shall be sixteen cents per one thousand dollars of construction value as declared on the building permit application, and the State Building Inspector shall remit such fees, quarterly, to the Department of Public Safety, for deposit in the General Fund. On and after July 1, 2000, the assessment shall be made in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 29-251c. [The State Building Inspector may request that the State Fire Marshal review such plans to verify their compliance with the State Fire Safety Code.]

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 29-276b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(c) If a proposed structure or addition will exceed the threshold limit as provided in this section, the building official of the municipality in which the structure or addition will be located shall require that an independent structural engineering consultant review the structural plans and specifications of the structure or addition to be constructed to determine their compliance with the requirements of the State Building Code to the extent necessary to assure the stability and integrity of the primary structural support systems of such structure or addition. Any modifications of approved structural plans or design specifications shall require shop drawings to the extent necessary to determine compliance with the requirements of the State Building Code and shall be reviewed by such consultant. Any fees relative to such review requirements shall be paid by the owner of the proposed building project. The building official may prequalify independent structural engineering consultants to perform the reviews required under this subsection. In the case of such a project, each general contractor and major subcontractor shall keep and maintain a daily construction log in a manner prescribed by the State Building Inspector. The building official shall, upon request, have access at all reasonable times to such log. If a structure or addition exceeds the threshold limit, [each] the architect of record, professional engineer of record responsible for the design of the structure or addition and general contractor involved in such project shall sign a statement of professional opinion affirming that the completed construction is in substantial compliance with the approved plans and design specifications. If fabricated structural load-bearing members and assemblies are used in such construction, the professional engineer licensed in accordance with chapter 391 responsible for the design of such members or assemblies shall sign a statement of professional opinion affirming that the completed fabrication is in substantial compliance with the approved design specifications.

Sec. 3. Section 29-276c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 390, if a proposed structure or addition is classified in any use group specified in subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section, the plans and specifications for such structure or addition shall be sealed by [a] the licensed architect of record or professional engineer [and each] of record responsible for the design of the structure or addition. Such architect or engineer of record shall be retained and be responsible for the review of the implementation of the design of such structure or addition including the review of shop drawings and the observation of construction. In the event such architect or engineer of record is unable to fulfill [his] such review responsibilities, an additional architect or engineer shall be retained and the local building official shall be informed, in writing, of such retainer. If fabricated structural load-bearing members or assemblies are used in such construction, the licensed professional engineer responsible for the design of such members or assemblies shall be responsible for the implementation of [his] said engineer's design by reviewing the fabrication process to ensure conformance with [his] said engineer's design specifications and parameters.

(b) Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a proposed structure or addition classified in any use group specified in subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection, the local building official shall require a statement signed by the architect of record or the professional engineer of record responsible for the design of the structure or addition or the additional architect or professional engineer retained pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, and by the general contractor involved in the construction of such structure or addition affirming their professional opinion that the completed structure or addition is in substantial compliance with the approved plans and specifications on file with such building official. The use groups referred to in this section, as defined in the State Building Code, shall include: (1) Assembly, educational, institutional, high hazard, transient residential, which includes hotels, motels, rooming or boarding houses, dormitories or similar buildings, other than residential buildings designed to be occupied by one or more families, without limitation as to size or number of stories, (2) business, factory and industrial, mercantile, moderate and low hazard storage, having three stories or more or exceeding thirty thousand square feet total gross area, and (3) nontransient residential dwellings having more than sixteen units or twenty-four thousand square feet total gross area per building.

Sec. 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 1999.

Approved June 23, 1999

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