Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5182

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN FEES BY BUILDING OFFICIALS.

Vote Date:

3/16/2018

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/26/2018

File No.:

Disclaimer: The following Joint Favorable Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Planning & Development Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

In some cases builders do not acquire sufficient permitting or follow regulatory building statutes. This bill would enable municipal building official to assess fees to builders for permitting violations. In doing so, buildings may be constructed more often in accordance with statute; safely, soundly, and legally.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM): CCM supported this bill. They argued that this bill would make enforcing building regulations easier for municipalities.

Jim Eggert: Jim Eggert supported this bill. Jim claimed that builders break building codes to lower costs. Currently, municipalities do not have the tools to effectively enforce building codes. Therefore, this bill would allow municipalities to enforce building codes on nefarious builders.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Adam Bonoff: Adam Bonoff opposed this bill. Adam states that the state already has plenty of coercive tools at their disposal to enforce building codes. This bill would give building inspectors the ability to harass property owners.

Lin Yang: Lin Yang opposed this bill. Lin states regulations and taxes are chasing taxpayers out of the state.

Reported by: Colin Carroll

Date: 3/22/18