- COVID-19 Building FAQs
- COVID-19 Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Certification FAQs
- Additional COVID-19 FAQs
The second item of importance is regarding items of our Acts, as well as items in the Department’s regulations, that are currently suspended. These mostly focus around the timeframes for providing items related to permits, appeals, certificates, etc. Here is a quick overview of these items based on the BOIS divisions:
Pennsafe: No suspensions.
Admin: No suspensions.
Buildings: Yes, the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act has items that are currently suspended until further notice. These include the Department’s ability to provide municipalities copies of building plans, the timeframes for a board of appeals to hold hearings, timeframes for approval or denial of residential and commercial applications, as well as timeframes under the municipal amendment process. The Department has also suspended timeframes in its regulations that mirror the timeframes suspended in the Act. Some additional suspensions include timeframes for Orders to Show Cause, Accessibility audits, and the Industrial Board. All of these are suspended until further notice. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Ron Englar at (717) 787-2525 or Jeffrey Criss at (717) 214-9077.
Boilers: Yes, the Department has suspended the timeframe for submitting inspection reports, the section of its Combustible and Flammable regulations that mandate a timeframe regarding daily inventories, LPG timeframes for submitting publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, and timeframes associated with the Industrial Board until further notice. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the following monitored resource account: email@example.com.
Elevators: Yes, timeframes for application review, submission of multiple copies of applications, periodic inspection intervals, test reporting deadlines, and board of appeal timeframes are currently suspended until further notice. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the following monitored resource account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certification And Licensing (CAL): Yes, the Department has suspended timeframes found in the Asbestos Occupations Accreditation and Certification Act that establish a timeframe to accredit training courses, to keep an interim certification valid, and the timeframe associated with a currently valid license. The Department has also suspended aspects of its regulations for the timeframe for submitting contractor notification regarding abatement work to the Department, suspended timeframes found in the Lead Certification Act that establish a timeframe for certification renewal, and for the requirement to have a photo identification card. The Department has also suspended aspects of its regulations for training course accreditation, providing student training certificates to the Department, and contractor notification requirements, and suspended the timeframe requirement for submitting information to the Department regarding any change concerning a toy that was previously submitted to the Department until further notice. Any questions or concerns may be directed to the following monitored resource account: CALBOIS@pa.gov.
We at the Department strive to continue to operate as close to our maximum capacity during this event. We have staff continuing to telework and are able to answer any questions you may have regarding normal operating procedures, any workarounds we may have to certain procedures or a question that deals specifically with the information I am providing in this email to you. The resource accounts listed are continuously monitored and we are still providing responses to any and all inquiries.
Please share this with anyone you believe would benefit from this information, but please keep in mind that these items could change based on the needs and direction of the Governor, so they are fluid.