Substitute Senate Bill No. 1084
         Substitute Senate Bill No. 1084

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-273


AN   ACT   CONCERNING  COMPLIANCE  OF  STATE-OWNED
BUILDINGS WITH THE STATE FIRE SAFETY CODE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  1. Section  29-252a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The State  Building  Code,  including  any
amendment  to  said  code  adopted  by  the  State
Building  Inspector  and   Codes   and   Standards
Committee, shall be  the  building  code  for  all
state agencies.
    (b)  On and  after  July  1,  1989,  no  state
building or structure  that  exceeds the threshold
limits contained in  section  29-276b,  and on and
after July 1,  1997,  no  other  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 to be
constructed  or  altered   shall   accompany   the
application. The commissioner  of  the contracting
agency  shall  include   on  the  application  all
contractors and subcontractors  doing  work on the
site  and  their   Connecticut   tax  registration
numbers and their  federal Social Security account
numbers   or   federal   employer   identification
numbers, or both,  if available. Said commissioner
shall:  (1) Continuously  update  the  application
with the Connecticut  tax registration numbers and
federal Social Security account numbers or federal
employer  identification  numbers,   or  both,  if
available, of any  contractors  or  subcontractors
doing work on  the  site  and  (2)  prior to final
payment, provide a  complete list of such numbers,
if   available,   of    such    contractors    and
subcontractors  or  where   such   federal  Social
Security account numbers or federal identification
numbers are unavailable, the reason or reasons for
the unavailability. The  State  Building Inspector
shall, after final  payment on the construction or
alteration  of  a  state  building  or  structure,
furnish to the  Commissioner of Revenue Services a
copy of each  application  containing  a  complete
list of the  Connecticut  tax registration numbers
and federal Social  Security  account  numbers  or
federal employer identification  numbers, or both,
if    available,   of    all    contractors    and
subcontractors  doing work  on  the  site  or  the
reason  or reasons  for  the  unavailability.  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
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.
    (c) All state  agencies authorized to contract
for  the construction  of  ANY  buildings  or  the
alteration of ANY  existing  buildings  under  the
provisions  of section  4b-1  or  4b-51  shall  be
responsible for substantial  compliance  with  the
provisions of the  State  Building Code, THE STATE
FIRE  SAFETY CODE  and  the  regulations  lawfully
adopted [thereunder] UNDER  SAID  CODES  FOR  SUCH
BUILDING OR ALTERATION  TO  SUCH  BUILDING, AS THE
CASE MAY BE.  Such  agencies  shall  apply  to the
State  Building Inspector  for  a  certificate  of
occupancy  for all  buildings  or  alterations  of
existing buildings for  which a building permit is
required under subsection  (b) of this section and
shall certify compliance  with  the State Building
Code,  THE  STATE   FIRE   SAFETY   CODE  AND  THE
REGULATIONS LAWFULLY ADOPTED  UNDER SAID CODES FOR
SUCH BUILDING OR  ALTERATION  TO SUCH BUILDING, AS
THE CASE MAY  BE,  to the State Building Inspector
prior to occupancy or use of the facility.
    (d) (1) No state building or structure erected
or altered on  and after July 1, 1989, for which a
building  permit  has   been  issued  pursuant  to
subsection (b) of  this section, shall be occupied
or used in  whole  or in part, until a certificate
of occupancy has been issued by the State Building
Inspector,  certifying  that   such   building  or
structure substantially conforms to the provisions
of the State  Building  Code  and  the regulations
lawfully adopted [thereunder]  UNDER SAID CODE AND
THE STATE FIRE  MARSHAL  HAS  VERIFIED SUBSTANTIAL
COMPLIANCE WITH THE STATE FIRE SAFETY CODE AND THE
REGULATIONS LAWFULLY ADOPTED  UNDER  SAID CODE FOR
SUCH BUILDING OR  ALTERATION  TO SUCH BUILDING, AS
THE CASE MAY BE.
    (2) No state  building or structure erected or
altered on and  after  July  1,  1989, for which a
building permit has  not  been  issued pursuant to
subsection (b) of  this  section shall be occupied
or  used  in   whole   or   in   part,  until  the
commissioner of the  agency  erecting  or altering
the building or  structure  certifies to the State
Building Inspector that  the building or structure
substantially complies with  the provisions of the
State Building Code,  THE  STATE  FIRE SAFETY CODE
AND THE REGULATIONS  LAWFULLY  ADOPTED  UNDER SAID
CODES FOR SUCH  BUILDING  OR  ALTERATION  TO  SUCH
BUILDING, AS THE CASE MAY BE.
    (e)  The  State   Building  Inspector  or  his
designee shall inspect  or  cause  to be inspected
any construction of  buildings  or  alteration  of
existing buildings by  state  agencies.  The State
Building Inspector may  order  any state agency to
comply with the State Building Code.
    (f)  The  joint   standing  committee  of  the
General  Assembly  having  cognizance  of  matters
relating to the  Department  of  Public Safety may
annually  review  the   implementation   date   in
subsection (b) of  this  section, to determine the
need, if any, for revision.
    (g) Any person  aggrieved  by  any  refusal to
issue  a  building   permit   or   certificate  of
occupancy under the  provisions of this section or
by an order to comply with the State Building Code
OR THE STATE FIRE SAFETY CODE may appeal, de novo,
to the Codes  and Standards Committee [within] NOT
LATER THAN seven  days  after  the issuance of any
such refusal or order.
    (h) State agencies  shall  be  exempt from the
permit  requirements of  section  29-263  and  the
certificate of occupancy requirement under section
29-265.
    Sec. 2. This  act  shall  take effect from its
passage.

Approved June 26, 1997