HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
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Home Builders Association
of Northeastern North Carolina
P. O. Box 59
Aydlett, NC 27916
Governor Pat McCrory signs HB 483, one of NCHBA’s key bills from the 2016 legislative session. Joining him are (L-R) NCHBA President Brian Pace, NCHBA Land Development Committee Chairman Rob Weintraub, NCHBA Director of Government Affairs Tim Minton, NCHBA President-Elect Gary Embler, and NCHBA Executive Vice President and General Counsel Mike Carpenter.
2018 NCHBA Legislative Victories
During the 2018 Session NCHBA was able to defeat, stop or amend proposed legislation which was harmful to the building industry.
The legislative team for NCHBA worked with pro-housing legislators in an effort to keep housing as affordable as possible.
The following is a brief summary of NCHBA’s major victories in 2018:
1. Building Code Regulatory Reform Act of 2018--HB 948 (Building Code Regulatory Reform) --NCHBA’s top session priority arose from the interim House Select Committee which NCHBA was instrumental in creating and before which NCHBA testified on several occasions. The key provision is the creation of an “inspector marketplace pool” of fully credentialed, retired Code enforcement officials within the Department of Insurance (DOI) and provides builder access thereto whenever the builder demonstrates that a requested inspection from a local department has not been provided within two (2) business days of request. The DOI will charge the builder for the inspector’s time (set at $30 per hour for the inspection service plus mileage at the state rate) but the builder would recoup a portion of the permit fee previously paid to the local jurisdiction for the inspections it failed to provide. This provision became effective on 08/01/18. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Hundreds of thousands of dollars to builders experiencing inspection delays; improved accountability in overall inspection process.
2. Final Fix to Sales Tax on Labor--SB 715 (Various Changes to Revenue Laws)--NCHBA sought this final fix to the sales tax on labor issue for members who perform repair, maintenance and installation (RMI) services. Previously, NCHBA was instrumental in exempting all new construction and most remodeling from the sales tax on labor. This final fix will allow contractors who pay sales tax on materials for an RMI project at the retail level to receive credit on the sales tax remitted to the Department of Revenue in lieu of the prior requirement to obtain the materials by an exemption certificate and then charge use tax. RMI contractors will continue to charge customers sales tax on the entire project (i.e., material, labor and profit) but will be able to deduct the sales tax paid on materials from the sales tax remitted to the state. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Millions of dollars in avoided sales taxes on labor in both new construction and remodeling as a result of NCHBA’s multi-year effort to reform law.
3. Successfully urged the Building Code Council to enact important code changes producing significant savings— NCHBA Director of Construction & Codes Robert Privott is a constant fixture at all meetings of the Building Code Council (BCC) and its various committees. His expert advocacy and credibility with the BCC again produced significant cost savings to homebuyers through several key amendments to the code. Examples include: Successfully lobbied the Building Code Council to deny a Petition for Rulemaking to amended the 2012 NC Residential Code to require labeling of non-habitable areas of dwellings to identify the allowed use of that area. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoided costs for CO delays. Successfully appealed a formal interpretation from the NC Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal, Engineering Division before the Building Code Council that would prohibit the installation of siding on single family homes prior to building framing inspections. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Thousands of dollars in avoided costs. Successfully lobbied the Building Code Council to amended the 2018 Residential Code Sections AM 105.1 and 4306.6 to allow code specific screws to be used in lieu of 5/8” galvanized bolts for attachment of girders on wood decks and for tying and bracing of wood piles. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Thousands of dollars in avoided costs.
4. Clarify System Development Fees--HB 826 (Clarify System Development Fees) clarified several provisions in the 2017 law. First, it reduces the planning horizon for capacity fee calculation from 10 years to 5 years. Second, it allows system development fees to be paid at plat approval or allocation of services whichever is later. Third, it clarifies that these fees can be used to secure revenue bonds for water and wastewater systems. Finally, it requires the EMC to study and update water and sewer use numbers for homes which have not been updated for more than a decade and do not account for current construction techniques which use significantly less water. Accurate water usage assumptions are an important factor in the proper calculation of system development fees. SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: 2017 law saved millions of dollars in illegal fees by enacting a fair system while ensuring capacity for water and wastewater to serve future development.
5. Preserved Industrial Commission Balance--HJR 1099, SJR 818 (Confirm Robert J. Harris/Industrial Commission) For more than three decades, NCHBA has been a leader of the business community in legislative and regulatory efforts to reform the workers’ compensation system administered by the NC Industrial Commission (IC). In reform legislation enacted in 2011, NCHBA insisted on including legislative confirmation for appointments by the Governor to the IC because it was then very much out of balance. Subsequently, this process has worked well and resolved the imbalance. However, in early February, the Governor nominated Mr. Harris to an employer seat which his record as a deputy commissioner did not support. Consequently, NCHBA and other business groups opposed and testified against his confirmation. Both bodies of the General Assembly rejected his nomination in separate votes (House 74-40; Senate 38-8). SAVINGS TO MEMBERS: Millions of dollars to NC employers in maintaining appropriate balance on the Industrial Commission.
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As a member of the Home Builders Association of Northeastern North Carolina your legislative and regulatory interests are well represented by the associations partnership with the North Carolina Home Builders Association (NCHBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
On the local level we have our Legislative Committee who concentrate on issues specific to Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan Counties. Our mission is simple—to protect the affordability of housing while enhancing the economic and social benefit to the community.
NCHBA's legislative team works to protect our members’ interests.
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