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H.B. 275






Chief Sponsor: Larry B. Wiley

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts a provision relating to seismic requirements for certain structures
             11      converted to condominiums.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    requires the owner of a structure two or more stories high to cause a seismic
             15      evaluation of the structure to be performed if the owner converts the structure to a
             16      condominium;
             17          .    establishes standards for a person performing a seismic evaluation; and
             18          .    imposes requirements on the owner of a structure if the seismic evaluation shows
             19      that the structure fails to comply with an applicable standard.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:
             26          57-8-55, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 57-8-55 is enacted to read:
             30          57-8-55. Seismic evaluation required if multi-level structure converted to
             31      condominium -- Requirements if structure not in compliance.
             32          (1) If a structure that is two or more stories high and was built before 1975 is converted
             33      to a condominium under this chapter, the structure's owner shall cause a seismic evaluation of
             34      the structure to be performed by a person licensed as a professional structural engineer under
             35      Title 58, Chapter 22, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Licensing Act,
             36      to determine whether use of the structure as a condominium would result in an unreasonable
             37      safety hazard to its occupants.
             38          (2) The person performing the seismic evaluation under Subsection (1) shall perform
             39      the evaluation according to standards and requirements set forth in the code, as defined in
             40      Section 58-56-3 , of the applicable compliance agency, as defined in Section 58-56-3 .
             41          (3) If the seismic evaluation under Subsection (1) indicates that the structure is not in
             42      compliance with an applicable standard, the structure's owner shall, before occupancy of the
             43      converted condominium:
             44          (a) review the noncompliance with, as applicable:
             45          (i) the county in whose unincorporated area the converted condominium is located; or
             46          (ii) the municipality in which the converted condominium is located;
             47          (b) correct the noncompliance; and
             48          (c) comply with applicable county or municipal requirements, including:
             49          (i) submitting the converted condominium to an inspection; and
             50          (ii) obtaining a required approval or permit.

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