Senator Ada Intros Bill To Create Building Code Council

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Guam – Senator Tom Ada has introduced a bill that would provide guidelines for establishing a Guam Building Code Council.

The creation of the council is mandated by P.L. 199, a measure passed last year which generated some controversy amongst some segments of the island’s business community.

In a release, the Senator states that Bill 18 is the result of  the work performed by a Task Force comprised of GovGuam officials and other island stakeholders. The Task Force has been meeting weekly since passage of P.L. 199 to develop guidelines for establishment of the Council.

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The bill calls for the Council to be made up of 7 members appointed by the Governor and 2 ex-officio members.

The appointed members must include an architect, a licensed general building contractor, a real estate professional, 2 professional engineers and 2 members of the public.

In a release, Senator Ada explains that “Prior to the adoption of the new Guam Building Code in June 2009, Guam’s building code was last updated in 1997. Additionally, there were often disputes in the interpretation of the Codes, but with no recourse for the reconciliation of these disputes. It is expected that the Council will assure Guam’s building and fire codes are kept current and wil also provide a venue for the reconciliation of the code disputes.”

The Council would serve to review and adopt future updates to Guam’s building and fire codes to reflect advances in the construction industry.

The Council will also have a dual roll as a Board of Appeals for disputes related to orders, decisions or determinations made by building code or fire code officials relative to the application and interpretations of the Guam Building Code.