Construction codes staff now under one roof
Building upon Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Drive to Excellence initiative, the state’s five construction code and licensing units have now moved under one roof at the Department of Labor and Industry to form a single unit — the Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD). CCLD consists of five units: • • • • • Building Codes and Standards Plumbing and Engineering Electrical Licensing and Inspection Residential Building Contractors Boilers, High-pressure Piping and Boats-for-hire

Building Codes and Standards newsletter

Table of contents

November 2005

 CCLD update  Building

links are in red

 Coming training events

Official change?  Opinions  Rules  New Building Officials  Exhibit reservations

American Institute of Architects 2005 Conference

The group has established its mission to promote safe, healthy work and living environments in Minnesota by establishing code standards, maintaining consistent administration of construction codes and licensing construction and code professionals. In addition to the physical moves, CCLD’s leadership team has begun to identify ways to improve and streamline its operations and structure. The CCLD staff has formed six function teams – licensing, plan review, education, code development, enforcement and inspection – to develop a plan for its future operations. Each team will recommend ways to implement the division’s vision and strategies, with special focus on ways to better align previously separate activities. Products of the team’s work will include: • business process improvement recommendations; • other recommendations to improve services in this area; and • suggested organizational structure to support the function. The CCLD staff is planning for the coming legislative session as well. The staff hopes to have legislation ready that will update the new agency information and focus on items to help CCLD accomplish its overall mission.
After registering at the main desk, most Construction Codes and Licensing customers are directed to the new customer service desk on the first floor. (far right) Renee Gavin, Building Codes and Standards, unpacks as Colleen Chirhart looks on.

Scott McLellan (middle) and Gerald Norman (right), Building Code and Standards, discussed construction codes with a conference attendee at the Construction Codes and Licensing Division booth.

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 Building Official list  2005 Seminars  State Appeals Board  Newsletter/E-mail list  Building valuation data  Calendar  Map and directions  MNCODES.ORG  Contact us

Department of Labor and Industry 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 284-5067 TTY: (651) 297-4198


Coming training events
In addition to the seminars Building Codes and Standards staff presents, there are other educational events staff members are involved in, as both participants and presenters. This year, the Department of Labor and Industry will be repersented at the following two events by staff members of the Construction Codes and Licensing Division.

University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education 50th Annual Institute for Building Officials
January 4 — 13, 2006 Registration deadline: Dec. 23 Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul, Minn.
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wiring — National Electrical Code and the Minnesota Rules  how land use and planning principles relate to building code administration  situational problem solving  how land use and planning principles relate to building code administration  administrative provisions and amendments to the State Building Code  ducts and air transfer opening protectives in the 2003 International Building Code  disaster preparedness for building departments  modular and manufactured structures  concrete and masonry and foam plastics  the new proposed Accessibility Code  what you should know about the elevator code

Association of Minnesota Building Officials (AMBO) First Educational Institute
February 6 — 10, Early Registration: Final Registration: The Northland Inn, 2006 Dec. 1 Jan. 6 Booklyn Park, Minn.

Building Codes and Standards will be involved both as presenters and participants at this new training venue. Programs division staff will be part of at this year’s institute are:
 agricultural  proposed

buildings and hazardous buildings,

Minnesota Amendments to the 2003 International Residential Code and 2003 International Building Code, and, Provisions to the International Mechanical Code and International Fuel Gas Code.

 Minnesota

Calendar Jan 1 • 2006

For a current posting of: • Seminars • Certified/Limited/Accessibility classes • Certification exams Go to Calendar under Quick Links at:


It is the responsibility of the municipality to designate a building official in accordance with Minnesota Statutes (below). However, it is also the responsibility of the municipality to notify Building Codes and Standards when the Building Official changes, regardless of the cause. When changes occur, send an e-mail message or mail a Notice of Designation or Vacancy of Certified Building Official notice to Peggi White, Department of Labor and Industry, Building Codes and Standards, 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155. If you have any questions, please contact Peggi White, Building Codes and Standards, Business Manager at (651) 284-5858, or Thank you for your cooperation!
Minnesota Statute §16B.65, Subd. 1, By January 1, 2002, each municipality shall designate a building official to administer the code. A municipality may designate not more than one building official responsible for code administration defined by each certification category established in rule. Two or more municipalities may combine in the designation of a building official for the purpose of administering the provisions of the code within their communities. Minnesota Statute §16B.65, Subd. 6, In the event that a designated building official position is vacant within a municipality, that municipality shall designate a certified building official to fill the vacancy as soon as possible. The commissioner must be notified of any vacancy or designation in writing within 15 days.

Designation of Building Official

Building Official list
The list of municipal Building Officials is updated on our Web site monthly: buildingcodes.html under Quick Links

Exhibit displays
We will continue to loan the two-part display units to municipalities presenting coderelated information at community events. Along with the display units (with display lights) we provide a variety of literature and photos you may use if you wish. To reserve a display, contact Jane Schmidley at: (651) 284-5856 or jane.schmidley@state. Jane will try to arrange specific pickup times to allow you to pull up front, pick up your cases, and be on your way. You can also park in the public or visitor parking spaces. However, visitor parking is limited and restricted to very specific spaces. Large maps and info.

Rule updates
The rulemaking process is often a long road from the first meetings to the final adoption and implementation date. If you would like to keep current on the current rulemaking status be sure to visit the Rules section on our Web site. Many committees have been very active and have posted their rule drafts. If you have questions regarding a rule, contact the committee members. If you have comments or suggestions for future rules, please be sure to use the rule change/submission form. If you have a question regarding the rule making process, contact Colleen Chirhart at (651) 284-5844 or via e-mail at

Opinions posted
In order to promote better understanding of the code and, therefore, consistent code administration, the division provides several types of documentation that helps clarify the intent of code requirements: Staff Opinion Section Policy Division Opinion Final Interpretation A detailed description of each type is on the Opinions and Policy Web page. Recent postings include: Division Policy - Building 05-02 Replacement windows in sleeping rooms Code: MR1309.0310, section R310.1.5 05-01 Egress in basements Code: R310.


Contact information for the Department of Labor and Industry main office 443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155 Phone: (651) 284-5005 Toll-free: 1-800-DIAL-DLI (1-800-342-5354) TTY: (651) 297-4198 Parking Public parking is available directly in front of the building at designated spots and in the nearby visitor lot. DLI requires that you sign in and register your vehicle (with license plate information). From the west Follow highway I-94 east to the 7th Street exit. Turn left on 7th Street and travel east three blocks to Lafayette Road N. Turn left on Lafayette Road N. and go two blocks to DLI (on the left). From the east Follow highway I-94 west to the Mounds Blvd. exit. Follow Mounds Blvd. to 7th Street. Turn left on 7th Street and travel west 1/4 mile to Lafayette Road N. Turn right on Lafayette Road N. and go two blocks to DLI (on the left). From the north Follow highway 35E south to the University Ave. exit. Turn left on University Ave. and travel east three blocks to Lafayette Road N. Turn right on Lafayette Road N. and go three blocks to DLI (on the right). From the south Follow highway 52 across the Lafayette bridge. Travel two blocks beyond 7th Street on Lafayette Road N. to DLI (on the left).


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