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Bureau of Building Codes & Standards
LEGISLATION FROM THE 125TH LEGISLATURE
LD 1416 - "An Act to Provide Options to Municipalities Concerning the MUBEC"
This bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to adopt, amend and maintain an individual uniform statewide Building Code and a separate uniform statewide Energy Code that municipalities up to 4,000 residents may choose to adopt.
If a municipality under 4,000 residents chooses to adopt a Building Code or an Energy Code, it must adopt the statewide version adopted by the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board, or it may adopt the entire Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
A municipality under 4,000 residents may choose to have no code. Current law states that towns under 2,000 do not have to enforce the MUBEC, which as of September 28, 2011 will state that towns under 4,000 residents may choose to adopt code(s) or to not have a code. Until then, the current statewide adopted MUBEC is in place. These population numbers are based on the 2010 census.
Towns over 4,000 in population will still have the MUBEC in place and no adoption is required as it was already done effective 12/1/2010.
LD 1253 - "An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Statewide Uniform Building Codes"
This was signed into law by the Governor on 6/16/2011, as an emergency measure, which means it is effective immediately.
3. It requires the Department of Public Safety, Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to adopt the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standards within the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code for residential basement wall insulation (only);
**4 will be changed to 4,000 inhabitants with a clean-up bill that will occur in the next session of the language that is in different statutes and needs to be changed to be consistent. For now, it requires Certificates of Occupancy in municipalities of 2,000 and more population.
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