New Law Addresses Concerns Over Code Enforcement of High-Occupancy Buildings

The Omnibus Jobs and Energy Bill, authored by Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) and Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington), included language that addresses industry concerns about areas of the state where the structural building code is not currently enforced.

Although Minnesota’s electrical and plumbing codes apply to all buildings in the state, local governments can choose whether to apply the state’s structural building code to certain non-residential buildings within their jurisdiction.

Under the new law set to go into effect on Aug. 1, 2017, any publicly or privately-owned facility designed for occupancy by 200 or more people must adhere to the state’s structural building code. Examples of buildings include sports or entertainment arenas, stadiums, community and event centers, theaters, convention halls, and indoor amusement facilities.

 Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)

Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington)

 Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona)

Sen. Jeremy Miller (R-Winona)

This legislation is in response to the 2015 collapse of the water park at Thumper Pond Resort in Otter Tail.


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