The Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD) provides for regulation and enforcement of construction-related health and safety codes and licensing laws in new and existing structures. It promulgates and administers the accessibility, boiler, building, electrical, elevator, energy, high-pressure piping, manufactured structures, plumbing and residential codes. It licenses boiler operators, electricians, electrical and technology system contractors, elevator constructors, high-pressure-piping pipefitters, manufactured home installers, plumbers, plumbing contractors, power limited technicians, residential building contractors, remodelers and roofers. It also certifies building officials.
Work units within CCLD
The Building Plan Review unit reviews plans for compliance with the Minnesota State Building Code when public buildings and state licensed facilities are to be constructed in noncode-enforced areas or in those code-enforced areas that don't have a delegation agreement with the state. Specifically, the staff review plans and specifications for new, additions and remodeled buildings against thousands of building code provisions related to fire and life safety, structural integrity, accessibility for the disabled, fire sprinkler systems, mechanical HVAC systems and energy conservation.
There are six regions in Minnesota covered by six regional building officials. They are responsible for the inspection of public buildings and state-licensed facilities when constructed in noncode-enforced areas or in those code-enforced areas that don't have a delegation agreement with the state. They are inspected to ensure buildings are constructed in accordance with the approved plans previously reviewed by other CCLD staff specialists for compliance with more than a thousand provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code. The major areas are in structural integrity and fire/life safety, but also include accessibility for disabled, mechanical systems, energy conservation and fire sprinkler systems.
CCLD adopts 19 state rule chapters that make up the Minnesota State Building Code. The State Fire Code is also adopted by CCLD, consistent with the recommendations of the State Fire Marshal. The rulemaking function also provides rulemaking services for the Board of Electricity, the Plumbing Board and the Board of High-Pressure Piping. Rulemaking is accomplished and governed by following Minnesota Statutes Chapter 14, the Administrative Procedures Act.
The education function of CCLD develops and presents continuing education programs for municipal building officials, fire officials, architects, engineers, residential building contractors and others. The section staff and staff members from other sections present up to 100 programs yearly. The education programs focus on the provisions of the Minnesota State Building Code. The seminars are presented in locations throughout Minnesota and include topics such as structural, accessibility for people with disabilities, Residential Energy Code, Mechanical Code and Commercial Energy Code, residential and commercial building code, and electrical.
The Enforcement Services unit investigates complaints and other reports alleging violations of statutes and rules in the industries CCLD regulates. Regulated industries include: residential building construction, plumbing, electrical, elevator, boiler, manufactured structures, building officials, high-pressure piping and independent contractors. In addition to conducting investigations of written complaints and reports from the field staff, investigators respond to telephone and email inquiries from the public, as well as licensees, attorneys, local officials and others in the construction industry.
CCLD is responsible for the issuance of nearly 100,000 licenses, registrations and certifications to individuals and businesses biennially. Occupations and industries affected by this regulatory activity are boiler operators, electricians, elevator constructors, power limited technicians, high-pressure piping, plumbers, water conditioning installers, pipe layers, residential builders, remodelers, roofers, manufactured home manufacturers, dealers and installers, mechanical contractors and building officials. CCLD administers this function through its Licensing and Certification unit.
The Plumbing Plan Review unit reviews plumbing plans for compliance with the Minnesota Plumbing Code (MPC). The MPC was adopted in 1933 and is codified in Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4715. Statutory references are contained in Minnesota Statutes 326B. In addition to the MPC, other codes are often used and referenced during the plan review process. These include the Minnesota State Building Code, Chapter 1305; Plumber Licensing and Registration, Chapter 4716; the Minnesota Well Code, Chapter 4725; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Storm Water Rules, Chapter 7090; MPCA ISTS rules, Chapter 7080; The Minnesota Food Code, Chapter 4626. National plumbing codes are also referenced, including the the Uniform Plumbing Code and the International Plumbing Code.
Plumbing plans are reviewed for any system of plumbing that serves the public or any plumbing system that affects the public health in any manner. This applies statewide to all new plumbing installations, including additions, extensions, alterations and replacements, regardless of location or the population of the city or town in which it is located.
The Residential Building Contractors Contractor Recovery Fund compensates owners or lessees of residential property (located in Minnesota) who have lost money due to a licensed residential contractor's fraudulent, deceptive or dishonest practices, conversion of funds, or failure of performance that arose directly out of a transaction that occurred when the residential contractor was licensed and performing any of the special skills enumerated under Minnesota Statutes 326B.802, subdivision 15 (2008). The commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry is responsible for administering the fund. Each residential building contractor licensed by the Department of Labor and Industry must pay between $160 and $260 into the fund each year (the amount paid depends upon gross annual receipts). The fund operates under detailed statute and rule requirements to determine whether an applicant will qualify for compensation from the fund and which losses may be eligible.
This program is responsible for registration and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels based on size and usage. Minnesota Statutes Sections 326B.93 through 326B.998 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 5225 are administered by this program. This program was established more than 100 years ago.
Manufactured Housing Program
Minnesota's Manufactured Housing Program has been in effect since 1972 and HUD's Manufactured Housing Program since 1976. Responsibilities include enforcing Minnesota Rules Chapter 1350 and HUD's Code of Federal Regulations.
Prefabricated Buildings Program
Minnesota's Prefabricated Buildings Program has been in effect since 1972. Responsibilities include enforcing Minnesota Rules Chapter 1360. These are single family dwellings and utility buildings (as defined by building codes) that are usually constructed by lumberyards, trade schools or shop classes.
Industrialized Modular Building Program
The Industrialized Modular Building Program has been in effect since 1993. Responsibilities include enforcing Minnesota Rules Chapter 1361.
This program is responsible for inspection of electrical wiring in all areas of the state that haven't adopted a local inspection program. Applicable parts of Minnesota Statutes Sections 326B.31 through 326B.399 and Minnesota Rules Chapters 3800 and 3801 are administered by this program. The electrical program was established more than 100 years ago with statewide inspection beginning in 1950. In addition to electrical inspection, administration of amusement ride regulation required by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 184B is overseen by this program.
This program is responsible for permitting and inspection of all new and modified high-pressure-piping systems throughout Minnesota. Applicable parts of Minnesota Statutes Sections 326B.90 through 326B.925 and Minnesota Rules Chapters 5230 and 5231 are administered by this program. The high-pressure-piping program was established more than 70 years ago.
This program is responsible for permitting and inspection of all new and modified elevators and annual inspection of existing elevators. Applicable parts of Minnesota Statutes Sections 326B.163 to 326B.191 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 1307 are administered by this program. The elevator inspection program was established more than 50 years ago.
This program is responsible for inspection of all new and modified plumbing inspections that meet plan review requirements where there is not a plan review agreement with the department. Applicable parts of the Minnesota Statutes Sections 326B.41 through 326B.59 and Minnesota Rules Chapters 4715 and 4516. The plumbing inspection program was established more than 70 years ago.