Manufactured home installation
Bulletin: 2011 session law changes affecting home installation (Aug. 1, 2011)
Memo: Manufactured home installation inspection requirements (March 11, 2011)
Related document: Approved third-party installation inspectors
How to submit modular and installation plans electronically
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Minnesota Building Code Rules (Chapter 1350) have been amended and expanded to incorporate necessary changes to meet the minimum requirements of the mandated Federal Installation Standards and Programs, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3285 and 3286. This notice is intended to outline this agency's policy and procedures for the submittal of documents and inspection of manufactured homes in areas of Minnesota that have not adopted the statewide building code and do not have an appointed building official. Building Officials (also referred to as Local Authority Having Jurisdiction or LAHJ) in Minnesota enforcing the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) are required to issue all building permits and inspect all manufactured home installations within their respective jurisdictions. Building officials may also use or adopt the same policies and procedures for document submittal and inspection of manufactured home installations as CCLD. CCLD policy and procedure of the following three parts will be used for installation and re-installation of manufactured homes within the Minnesota.
The following procedure pertains to submittal of documents at the time of sale:
1.) Complete and submit to CCLD the Notice of Manufactured Home Sale and Installation for all new and used manufactured home sales when the home is to be installed or re-installed. Dealers must begin submitting this form for any manufactured homes expected to be installed or re-installed after Aug. 1, 2009.
- If the home is currently installed for occupancy in a park or located on private property and is not being relocated, this form is not required.
- If the home is going to be installed or re-installed in an area with an LAHJ or in a state other than MN, the document is to be completed and sent to CCLD, and CCLD will forward to the LAHJ or the state of installation.
- If the home is going to be installed or re-installed in an area of CCLD jurisdiction, the information will be retained by CCLD and forwarded to the appropriate inspector for preliminary inspection scheduling.
2.) For new manufactured home sales, licensed dealers must complete and retain in dealer sales record files the document Important Notice/Purchaser Disclosure.
- Must be signed and dated by purchaser and purchaser must be provided a copy of the document.
- This document was required as of Feb. 8, 2008, for compliance to CFR 3288 Dispute Resolution program and was revised as of Jan. 1, 2009 for compliance to CFR 3286 Installation Program requirements.
3.) For all new and used manufactured home sales when the home or portions of installation or re-installation are to be completed by the owner. The consumer/purchaser is to sign and be given a copy of the letter Manufactured Home Owner Completing Installation. Dealers must begin submitting this form for any manufactured homes expected to have all or part of the installation completed by the owner after Aug. 1, 2009.
- A copy of the completed and signed document is to be forwarded to CCLD or the LAHJ.
- The dealer must retain a copy of the document in sales record files.
- Please remember that if the home is to be installed or re-installed in a licensed manufactured home park, as per Minnesota laws and rules, a licensed installer must complete the installation of re-installation of the home.
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Plan Application and Approvals
The following process and procedure pertains to submittal of documentation for approval prior to commencing any work of the installation or re-installation of a manufactured home in the jurisdiction of CCLD Documentation must be submitted and approvals must be obtained prior to any new or used homes that are to be installed or re-installed after Aug. 1, 2009. The process and procedure may also be required by a LAHJ for manufactured homes in the LAHJ's respective jurisdiction:
1.) Complete and return to CCLD the Manufactured Home Installation Plan Review Application.
- If mechanical, electrical, or plumbing items for installation of home are to be completed by other than the licensed installer or homeowner, indicate the information as indicated on the application.
- Upon review of the entire submittal package the applicant will receive a notice of additional information needed to be submitted, or letter of approval indicating a project approval number.
- If approved, always refer to the project approval number when requesting inspection for installation or requesting information on the specific project from CCLD staff. Installation plan review will be invoiced to the party submitting plans for review and approval.
2.) Installation of the home may not commence until approval is granted from CCLD or the LAHJ. Attach to the plan review application the following minimum documentation for review.
- Letter or certificate of approval/acceptance for the project from the local zoning officer. Example of Zoning Permits
- Dimensioned site plan which includes at a minimum the lot size, property lines, building floor size (for all buildings on the property), set-back distances from property lines and other buildings on the property, proposed elevations of home foundation and home finished floor, and grading and drainage plan for the site. Example of dimensioned site plan
- Support and Anchoring plan indicating footing locations and sizes and anchor locations including equipment model number. View the Minnesota Approved Anchor List. Submit copies of manufacturer's DAPIA approved support and anchoring requirements for model specific homes or you may use CCLD generic drawings (available on CCLD web-site) for homes without specific manufacturers DAPIA approved plans for support and anchoring.
- Frame pier support section cut on the generic diagrams (available on CCLD web-site) with information inserted from the manufacturers DAPIA approved installation manuals or from MSBC 1350 generic pier support information if the manufacturers DAPIA approved information is not available.
- Drawings indicating all deck, stair, landing, guardrail and handrail construction details indicating compliance to MSBC and the International Residential Code (IRC). May be submitted on generic drawings (available on CCLD web-site).
- If skirting is to be installed on the home submit documentation indicating type of material and ventilation amounts and methods for the under home area.
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Memo: New manufactured home installation inspection requirements (March 11, 2011)
Related document: Approved third-party installation inspectors
The following is the policy and procedure for obtaining manufactured home installation inspections under CCLD jurisdiction. Included is policy and procedure for installer certification of installation and correction or re-inspection process for non-compliances found at the time of CCLD inspections.
1.) 10-days prior to proposed completion of the installation or re-installation the licensed installer shall notify CCLD to arrange inspection of the installation. Prior to contacting CCLD make sure that if other parties are involved in the installation or re-installation that items in other parties control would also be available for inspection or verification.
2.) When an installer has completed all items listed and contracted for the home installation or re-installation, the licensed installer may apply the metal installation label to the manufactured home (in a location near the construction label). Do not complete the Manufactured Home Installation Compliance Certification until CCLD staff or the LAHJ has completed the inspections required, at that time the installer will be notified to complete the certificate and submit to CCLD.
- Note: If one licensed installer performs anchoring contract and a different licensed installer performs the foundation and or blocking piers of the installation, each installer would affix an installation label and complete a certificate of installation for items covered in the contract for installation. Only a licensed installer shall be allowed to purchase installation labels.
3.) Upon completion of the installation inspection by CCLD staff, a licensed installer will be notified that the installation items inspected pass inspection for compliance, or a Correction Notification of items to be corrected will be issued, or a notice of failure of the installation with items cited and re-inspection will be required.
- If installation passed inspection for compliance, installer proceeds and completes installation certificate and submits to CCLD.
- Correction notice issued for non-compliances requires correction of items within 40-days of receiving notification. When items are corrected, the installer is required to sign for items completed, complete installation certificate and return both documents to CCLD. Some of the items may be subject to re-inspection at CCLD inspector's discretion. Three consecutive violations of the same nature for a licensed installer will subject that licensed installer to 100% inspection of all installations until CCLD determines the licensed installer complies with all installation rules and regulations. Licensed installers placed on 100% of installation inspection shall be invoiced for inspections required after the initial site and footing inspection.
- A Notice of Failure of Installation requires correction within 40-days of receiving a Correction Notification. Upon correction of items cited, the installer shall notify CCLD that installation is ready for re-inspection. After re-inspection and receiving notification that the installation complies to code, the installer shall complete and submit the installation certification. Re-inspection time and expenses will be invoiced to the licensed installer of record. Notice of failure of installation will deem the manufactured home as unsafe and not habitable and the home is not to be occupied prior to passing the re-inspection of the installation. Two consecutive failures of installation shall subject the licensed installer to 100% inspection of all installations until CCLD determines that the licensed installer complies with all installation rules and regulations.
4.) For installation items that are completed by the homeowner, the following procedure applies.
- Homeowners shall notify CCLD 10-days prior to items requiring inspection to arrange inspection of the items.
- Homeowners completing installation items shall be subject to inspection for all items completed. Example:
- Lot grading and pre-pouring of footings or slabs.
- Rough in inspection of poured footings or foundation system, mate line connections prior to close-up on multi-section homes, anchoring, utility hook-up, and etc.
- Final inspection of home with minimum of final grading, skirting installation, utility testing or verification, exterior stairs and landings, etc.
- Homeowners shall be invoiced for time and expenses for all inspections completed.
- Correction Notification will be issued for non-compliances and require correction within 40-days of written notice issued. Re-inspection will be required for all correction notices.
- Notice of failure of installation may be issued for items concerning life safety violations or for violations which may result in damages to the home which are in the category of HUD defined serious defect or imminent safety hazards. Notice of failure will require correction within 40-days of receiving written notice of failure and re-inspection of corrections when completed will be required. A "Correction Notification" will deem the manufactured home unsafe and not habitable and the home is not to be occupied prior to passing the re-inspection of the installation.
- Upon completion and passing inspection of installation CCLD will issue the homeowner a certificate of installation.
Commonly asked questions and answers
Inspection of all manufactured home installations within Minnesota shall commence on Aug. 1, 2009.
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