HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Supporting and serving our members by providing networking and educational opportunities and advocating progressive growth in our communities.
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.
2016 Legislative Session Successful
During the 2016 Session NCHBA was able to defeat, stop or amend proposed legislation which was harmful to the building industry.
Steven Webb, Tim Minton and Mike Carpenter, the legislative team for NCHBA worked with pro-housing legislators including Governor Pat McCrory in an effort to keep housing as affordable as possible.
The following is a brief summary of NCHBA’s major victories:
Fixed The Sales Tax For Repair, Maintenance And Installation (Rmi) Services-HB 1030 (2016 Appropriations Act) - NCHBA was successful in the elimination of sales tax on installation service labor for both new construction and remodeling jobs as well as limiting the sales tax on labor for remodeling repairs.
Specifically excluded from taxation are services performed to resolve an issue that was part of a real property contract within twelve months of the new structure being occupied for the first time (warranty call-backs). Home inspections, debris removal, pest control and fees for inspections required by law are also specifically exempt. Those subcontractors who operate as a “retailer-contractor” (i.e., provide subcontractor services to builders and others) are also exempt when the entity acts as a real property contractor. STATUS: ENACTED (Session Law 2016-94; these provisions are effective 01/01/17).
Appropriation Approved to Put NC Building Code Online
While the NC Building Codes are currently available online via the Department of Insurance’s website, the text is “read only” and is not “searchable”. The final budget conference report for HB 1030 included an appropriation of $425,000 to the NC Department of Insurance to make the Building Code Registry fully online and searchable. STATUS: ENACTED (Session Law 2016-94; this provision is effective 07/01/16).
Vesting Protection For Multi-Phase Developments
HB 483 (Land-Use Regulatory Changes) Although this bill was significantly pared back from versions which passed two Senate committees, it contained an important provision that vests all phases of a multi-phase development at time of application for the initial phase. While this language is limited to large projects, it does provide vesting protection to those projects for seven years. STATUS: ENACTED (Session Law 2016-111; this provision is effective 07/22/16).
No Building Permit For Minor Repairs
This provision, which was inserted into SB 770 (North Carolina Farm Act of 2016) at the request of NCHBA to clarify existing law, excludes certain minor repairs in residential and farm structures from any requirement to obtain a building permit. Specifically excluded is the replacement of windows, doors, exterior siding, or the pickets, railings, stair treads and decking of porches and exterior decks. With respect to plumbing, no permit is required for replacements that do not change size or capacity. STATUS: ENACTED (Session Law 2016-113; this provision is effective 10/01/16).
Significant Appropriations To The NC Housing Finance Agency
NCHBA was a key supporter of the original legislation in 1973 which created the NC Housing Finance Agency, a self-supporting public agency, with a mission to finance housing opportunities for our state’s citizens who are otherwise not adequately served by the market. The final conference report of HB 1030 added an additional $5 million to the previous appropriation of $15 million to the Workforce Housing Loan Program as well as $7.66 million for the state’s Housing Trust Fund and $3 million for the HOME program. STATUS: ENACTED (Session Law 2016-94; these provisions are effective 07/01/16).
Your legislative team at NCHBA tracked 334 of the 2,053 bills introduced (16.26%) during this year and last. The session ended before conference committees were able to work out the differences in several bills to which NCHBA devoted much time and attention (e.g. regulatory reform, county subdivision streets, etc.).
The 2017 Session will convene on January 11 and NCHBA will be ready! (To see this article in its entirety click HERE)
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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.
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