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Substitute House Bill No. 5621

Public Act No. 02-59

AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING OF ARCHITECTS AND CERTIFICATION OF BUILDINGS IN CERTAIN USE GROUPS.

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

Section 1. Section 20-298 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

The following activities are exempted from the provisions of this chapter: (1) The practice of engineering by a professional engineer licensed under the provisions of chapter 391, and the performance by such professional engineer of architectural work for which [he] such professional engineer is qualified by education and experience and which is incidental to [his] such professional engineer's engineering work; (2) the construction or alteration of a residential building to provide dwelling space for not more than two families, or of a private garage or other accessory building intended for use with such residential building, or of any farm building or structure for agricultural use; (3) the preparation of details and shop drawings by persons other than architects, for use in execution of the work of such persons, when buildings are designed in accordance with the requirements of this chapter; (4) the activities of employees of architects licensed in this state acting under the instructions, control or supervision of their employers; (5) the superintendence by builders, or properly qualified superintendents employed by such builders, of the construction or structural alteration of buildings or structures; (6) the activities of officers and employees of any public utility corporation whose operations are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Utility Control; (7) the activities of officers and employees of the government of the United States while engaged in this state in the practice of architecture for said government; and (8) the making of plans and specifications for or supervising the erection of any building, [containing] any building addition or any alteration to an existing building, where the building, including any addition, contains less than five thousand square feet total area, [the making of plans and specifications for or supervising the erection of any addition containing less than five thousand square feet total area to any building, or the making of alterations to any existing buildings containing less than five thousand square feet total area,] provided (A) this subdivision shall not be construed to exempt from the provisions of this chapter [alterations in buildings of more than five thousand square feet total area, involving the safety or stability of such buildings] buildings of less than five thousand square feet total area of the use groups as defined in the State Building Code as follows: Assembly, educational, institutional, high hazard, transient residential, which includes hotels, motels, rooming or boarding houses, dormitories and similar buildings, and (B) the [areas] area specified in this subdivision [are] is to be calculated from the exterior dimensions of the outside walls of the building and shall include all occupiable floors or levels.

Sec. 2. Section 29-276b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(a) For the purposes of this section, the term "threshold limit" shall apply to any structure or addition thereto (1) having four stories, (2) sixty feet in height, (3) with a clear span of one hundred fifty feet in width, (4) containing one hundred fifty thousand square feet of total gross floor area, or (5) with an occupancy of one thousand persons.

(b) The following use groups shall have the following additional threshold limits:

 

    Use Group

Threshold Limit

 

    I - Institutional

 
 

    I-1 Residential care

150 beds or persons

 

    I-2 Incapacitated care

 
 

    I-3 Restrained, jails

 
 

    and asylums

 
 

    R - Residential

 
 

    R-1 Residential - hotel/motel

Single structure

   

    with 200 rooms

 

    R-2 Residential - multifamily

Single structure

   

    with 100 dwelling units

 

    S - Storage

Parking structures

   

    with 1,000 cars

 

    S-1 Moderate hazard

250,000 square feet

 

    S-2 Low hazard

250,000 square feet

(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, 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.

(d) The building official of the municipality in which the structure or addition will be located shall satisfy himself that each architect, professional engineer, general contractor and major subcontractor involved in the project holds a license to engage in the work or occupation for which the appropriate building permit has been issued. If fabricated structural load-bearing members or assemblies will be used in such construction, the building official shall satisfy himself that each professional engineer responsible for the design of such members or assemblies holds a license issued in accordance with the provisions of chapter 391.

[(e) Any person, firm or corporation proposing to construct a structure or addition which will exceed the threshold limit as provided in this section shall give written notice to the building official of the municipality in which the structure or addition is to be located of its intent at least ninety days prior to its filing an application for a building permit. ]

[(f)] (e) (1) On and after January 1, 1990, any person, firm or corporation which performs testing of construction materials or structures, except any person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of chapter 391, may be designated by the building official or engineering consultant to perform such testing only if its facility has received and maintains accreditation by the national voluntary laboratory accreditation program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Each such person, firm or corporation shall have a professional engineer licensed in accordance with the provisions of chapter 391 certify tests and reports as required.

(2) Not later than July 1, 1991, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, in consultation with the Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 establishing standards for the testing of construction materials and structures by any person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of chapter 391, criteria for its facility, including reinspection of such facility, and qualifications for persons performing such testing, which shall conform at a minimum to such standards, criteria and qualifications as required by the national voluntary laboratory accreditation program. On and after July 1, 1991, any person, firm or corporation licensed under the provisions of chapter 391 which performs testing of construction materials or structures may be designated by the building official or engineering consultant to perform such testing only if its facility meets the criteria established in regulations adopted under this subdivision. A professional engineer licensed in accordance with the provisions of chapter 391 shall certify tests and reports as required.

Approved May 23, 2002