NAHB Seeks Additional ‘Safe Harbor’ for Accessibility Requirements

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Legal, Multifamily by on September 26, 2018 0 Comments

sign pointing to rampNAHB’s efforts to help multifamily developers better understand how to comply with the Fair Housing Act’s accessibility provisions have a new supporter in the administration.

The Department of Justice is seeking NAHB’s help on ways to improve home builder and design professional compliance, and in an August letter to HUD officials, NAHB provided some concrete assistance.

Key among NAHB’s suggestions: Add the 2009, 2012 and 2015 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) to the list of existing “safe harbors” for compliance with the FHA’s design and construction requirements.

Forty-three states have already adopted one of these IBC editions as their base code standard.

In addition, NAHB suggested that Justice and HUD work together to improve compliance assistance materials and guidance for builders and developers involved in designing and constructing multifamily housing.

Download the letter here. For additional information, contact NAHB Senior Counsel Jeff Augello at 800-368-5242 x8490.

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