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Alteration Procedures for Industrialized Housing and Permanent Industrialized Buildings

Effective May 1, 2005

REFERENCES

(a) A person responsible for the alteration of an industrialized house or permanent industrialized building should be familiar with the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1202, Industrialized Housing and Buildings; Chapter 70, Industrialized Housing and Buildings Rules; and the mandatory building codes.

(b) Specific sections of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1202, that are applicable to alterations of industrialized housing and buildings include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) § 1202.1535, Effect of Building Code Amendment;

(2) § 1202.154, Design Review;

(3) § 1202.201, Inspection Procedures;

(4) § 1202.202, Department Inspections; and

(5) § 1202.204, Rules Providing for Decals or Insignia

(c) Specific sections of the rules governing Industrialized Housing and Buildings that are applicable to alterations of industrialized housing and buildings include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) § 70.10, Definitions

(2) § 70.70, Responsibilities of the Registrants – Manufacturer’s Design Package;

(3) § 70.73, Responsibilities of the Registrants – Manufacturer’s Data Plate;

(4) § 70.74, Responsibilities of the Registrants – Alterations;

(5) § 70.75, Responsibilities of the Registrants – Permit/Owner Information;

(6) § 70.100, Mandatory Building Codes;

(7) § 70.101, Amendments to Mandatory Building Codes; and

(8) § 70.102, Use and Construction of Codes.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this document is to set procedures to assure that alterations of industrialized housing and permanent industrialized buildings that were originally constructed under the Texas industrialized housing and buildings program comply with the mandatory building codes adopted by Chapter 1202 of the Texas Occupations Code. Review and approval of alteration construction documents and inspections of alterations of industrialized housing and permanent industrialized buildings are performed to assure that the alterations are in compliance with the mandatory building codes and the requirements of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council.

This document does not cover alterations to industrialized buildings designed to be moved from one commercial site to another commercial site.

Alterations after installation of industrialized housing or permanently installed industrialized buildings shall fall under the authority of the local building inspection officials. Such alterations are not covered in these procedures.

Alterations during installation of industrialized housing and permanently installed industrialized buildings within the jurisdiction of a municipality shall fall under the authority of the local building inspection officials. Such alterations are not covered in these procedures.

Ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps, or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles shall not be considered alterations. Ordinary repairs shall include the removal and replacement of the covering of existing materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures using like or the same new materials, elements, equipment, or fixtures that serve the same purpose. Ordinary repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.

PLAN REVIEW AND APPROVAL

(a) The industrialized builder or installation permit holder for the industrialized house or permanent industrialized building to be altered shall select a Council approved design review agency (DRA) to perform all required review and evaluation of construction documents for the alterations. The industrialized builder or installation permit holder may choose a different DRA for different projects, but may not change DRA’s for a project once the plan review has begun without prior written approval from the Department.

(b) Alteration documentation. The builder or permit holder shall provide the DRA alteration documentation that must, at a minimum, contain the following:

(1) a copy of the original approved construction documents for the industrialized house or permanent industrialized building;

(2) a signed copy of the “Alteration Transmittal Form,” form #TDLR 057ihb, containing, at a minimum, the following information:

(A) the type of alteration. Check the applicable box;

(B) the name and registration number of the industrialized builder or the name of the installation permit holder and the installation permit number obtained from the Department;

(C) a contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address ( email address optional) for the industrialized builder or installation permit holder;

(D) the address where the alteration construction will be performed;

(E) the name and registration number of the manufacturer of the units to be altered;

(F) the Texas decal numbers and unit serial numbers assigned by the manufacturer for each unit to be altered;

(G) the original approval date(s) of the construction documents for the units; and

(H) the signature of the industrialized builder or installation permit holder certifying that all information is true and accurate and that alterations shall be constructed in accordance with the mandatory building codes. The signature must be a corporate officer, managing partner, sole proprietor, or installation permit holder, or other individual designated in writing to the Department as authorized to represent the builder or installation permit holder.

(3) a copy of the data plate on the house or building; and

(4) construction documents for the proposed alterations. The cover page of the plans shall include, in addition to the information required by Department rule 70.70(b)(18), the name and registration number of the industrialized builder or the installation permit number and name of the permit holder, the serial number and decal number of each unit to be altered, the location of the original decal on each unit to be altered, the location of the original data plate on the house or building, the location of the alteration data plate, if required, on each house or building, and system test requirements in accordance with the requirements of the mandatory building codes. Reference Department rule 70.70(b) and (d) for examples of other types of information to be submitted.

(c) The DRA shall review the submitted documents for compliance with the current mandatory building codes referenced in Department rules 70.100 and 70.101, as specified in rule 70.102.

(d) The review and approval of alteration plans and specifications shall comply with the requirements of Department rule 70.70(a)(2) through (4) and (6) through (8) with the following exceptions.

(1) The DRA shall complete the following information on the “Alteration Transmittal Form,” form #TDLR 057ihb, and forward a completed copy of the form to the Department. A copy of the alteration construction documents for a project shall be supplied to the Department upon request.

(A) The DRA’s name and registration number and a contact name, phone number, and email address ( email address optional).

(B) Enter the approval date of the alteration construction documents.

(C) Assign and enter the alteration identification number for this approval.

(D) Check the applicable box if any of the information on the data plate will change and enter the changes.

(E) Check the requirements for system testing.

(F) Have the appropriate plan reviewers sign off for each type of plan review required for review and approval of documents.

(2) The DRA shall forward a completed copy of the “Alteration Transmittal Form,” form #TDLR 057ihb, and one approved copy of the construction documents to the builder or permit holder.

CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS

(a) The installation permit holder or industrialized builder shall not begin construction of the alteration of the industrialized house or permanent industrialized building prior to the approval of the alteration construction documents by the DRA. Construction shall be performed only by persons licensed to perform this work. For example, alteration of the plumbing systems may only be performed by a person licensed to perform plumbing where required by state or local law.

(b) Emergency repairs. Emergency repairs that do not qualify as ordinary repairs may be performed prior to the approval of the alteration construction documents. The alteration construction documents shall be submitted within the next working business day to the DRA for review and approval in accordance with the Plan Review and Approval process specified in these procedures. Emergency repairs found not to be in compliance with the mandatory building codes shall be corrected immediately and inspected in accordance with these procedures.

INSPECTIONS

(a) After selection the industrialized builder or installation permit holder shall not change the third party inspection agency responsible for the alteration inspections for a project without the prior written approval of the Department.

(b) The original approved construction documents for each building and the approved alteration construction documents shall be available for the inspector’s use during the inspection. A copy of the mandatory building codes referenced on the approved construction documents shall be available for the inspector’s use during the inspection.

(c) A rough-in inspection shall be scheduled by the installation permit holder or industrialized builder while the construction is still open to inspection. The inspector shall begin the inspection by verifying that the units to be inspected are those depicted in the original approved construction documents and shall verify the original decal and serial number of each unit to be altered. The inspection shall be terminated if inspection reveals that the units have been altered previously and are no longer in compliance with the original approvals.

(d) A final inspection shall be scheduled by the installation permit holder or industrialized builder after construction is completed.

(e) Inspection of system testing shall be scheduled by the installation permit holder or industrialized builder as necessary to assure that tests are witnessed by the third party inspector. System tests should be scheduled to coincide with the rough-in or final inspection wherever possible.

(f) The industrialized builder or installation permit holder shall schedule a reinspection with the third party inspector wherever a deviation from the approved alteration construction documents is identified that cannot be corrected during the rough-in or final inspection.

(g) Upon successful completion of all inspections and system testing, the third party inspector shall affix the alteration data plate as indicated on the cover page of the approved construction documents.

(h) The third party inspector(s) shall prepare an alteration inspection report that shall include the following information:

(1) the name and registration number of the TPIA and the name and registration number of each TPI responsible for any portion of the alteration inspection(s);

(2) the name and registration number of the industrialized builder, or the name of the installation permit holder and installation permit number (assigned by the Department);

(3) the alteration identification number assigned by the DRA;

(4) the serial number of each unit altered and inspected;

(5) the original Texas decal number of each unit altered and inspected;

(6) the dates of all inspections, including reinspections where required;

(7) the date the alteration data plate was affixed;

(8) a description of the system testing witnessed by the inspector, including the date witnessed; and

(9) a description of deviations noted during the alteration inspections, including the date noted, the date corrected, and a description of the action taken to correct each deviation.

(i) A copy of the inspection report shall be provided to the industrialized builder or installation permit holder for the house or building.

RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS

(a) Industrialized builder or installation permit holder – The industrialized builder or installation permit holder shall maintain all records pertinent to the alteration for a minimum of 10 years from the date of successful completion of the alteration construction and inspections. A copy of these records shall be made available to the Department upon request.

(b) Third Party Inspection Agency – The TPIA shall maintain copies of all documents pertinent to the alteration inspections for a minimum of 5 years from the date of successful completion of the alteration construction and inspections and make a copy of these documents available to the Department upon request.

(c) Design Review Agency – The DRA shall maintain copies of all documents pertinent to the alteration review and approval, including the Alteration Transmittal Form, for a minimum of 5 years from the date of approval of the alteration construction documents and make a copy of these documents available to the Department upon request.