HBA-CBW H.B. 2411 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2411 By: Ritter Land & Resource Management 3/15/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a municipality in Texas is authorized to adopt building codes regulating construction within its jurisdiction, but the differing building codes among municipalities may confuse contractors that work in multiple municipalities, which may cause delays throughout the construction process. Establishing a uniform residential building code may alleviate the problem. House Bill 2411 provides for the adoption of the International Residential Code as a uniform residential building code in Texas. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 2411 amends the Local Government Code to adopt the International Residential Code (IRC), as it existed on May 1, 2001, as a municipal residential building code in this state. The bill provides that the IRC applies to all construction, alteration, remodeling, enlargement, and repair of residential structures in a municipality. The bill authorizes a municipality to establish procedures to adopt local amendments to the IRC and for the administration and enforcement of the IRC. The bill requires a municipality to review and consider amendments made by the International Code Council to the IRC after May 1, 2001. The bill amends the Insurance Code to provide that all structures that are constructed or repaired or to which additions are made on or after January 1, 2002, rather than January 1, 1988, to be considered insurable property for windstorm and hail insurance from the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (association) must be inspected or approved by the State Board of Insurance (board) for compliance with the building specifications in the plan of operation. The bill provides that in order to be considered insurable property for windstorm and hail insurance from the association all structures that are constructed or repaired or to which additions are made on or after January 1, 1988, and before January 1, 2002, must be inspected or approved by the board for compliance with the building specifications in the plan of operation. The bill provides that to obtain a certificate of compliance, a person must submit an application for windstorm inspection at the Texas Department of Insurance before beginning to construct, alter, remodel, enlarge, or repair a structure. EFFECTIVE DATE January 1, 2002. The provision that requires municipalities to establish rules and take other necessary actions to implement building codes before January 1, 2002, takes effect September 1, 2001.