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New Statute and Regulations for Public School Construction
There are several items that have changed with the new Statutes that took effect August 6, 2008. It is important to be aware of these changes and to periodically check the Public Schools program website at http://oil.cdle.state.co.us/
Effective January 1, 2009, the 2006 International Building Code, 2006 International Mechanical Code, 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, 2006 International Existing Building Code, 2006 International Fire Code, and the 2006 International Residential Code govern Public School Construction.
- Effective August 6th, 2008, all projects may require third party inspections by inspectors certified through the Public School Program guidelines, unless the school district chooses to utilize a Pre-qualified department. The list of certified third party inspectors and pre-qualified building departments can be found on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Division Oil & Public Safety (OPS), Public Schools website.
- Annual permits are now an option for school districts for minor repair and installation work. The scope and details for obtaining an annual permit can be found on the CDLE Public Schools website.
- A building department can now be a pre-qualified department for the purposes of plan review, permitting, inspection, issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, and collection of fees in lieu of utilizing the CDLE Public School program. The details on pre-qualification and appropriate forms can also be found on the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Division Oil & Public Safety (OPS), Public Schools website. Keep in mind that once a project is permitted through the pre-qualified department, the project stays with that department. You cannot opt to utilize the CDLE Public Schools program once the pre-qualified department has issued a legal permit for that project.
Please review the CDLE Public Schools website and become familiar with the changes that are in the latest regulations. The items above are not inclusive of all of the changes. As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Schools Program for more details or to pose any questions you may have.