This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 2, 2024 at 9:39 AM by housengrossing.




Chief Sponsor: Carl R. Albrecht

Senate Sponsor: Don L. Ipson


9     General Description:
10          This bill addresses submission of information to the Utah Geological Survey.
11     Highlighted Provisions:
12          This bill:
13          ▸     requires a compliance agency to submit certain reports received by the compliance
14     agency to the Utah Geological Survey; and
15          ▸     makes technical changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          15A-1-209, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 215

24     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          Section 1. Section 15A-1-209 is amended to read:
26          15A-1-209. Building permit requirements -- Geologic, fault hazard, or
27     geotechnical report.

28          (1) As used in this section, "project" means a "construction project" as defined in
29     Section 38-1a-102.
30          (2) (a) The division shall develop a standardized building permit numbering system for
31     use by any compliance agency in the state that issues a permit for construction.
32          (b) The standardized building permit numbering system described under Subsection
33     (2)(a) shall include a combination of alpha or numeric characters arranged in a format
34     acceptable to the compliance agency.
35          (c) A compliance agency issuing a permit for construction shall use the standardized
36     building permit numbering system described under Subsection (2)(a).
37          (d) A compliance agency may not use a numbering system other than the system
38     described under Subsection (2)(a) to define a building permit number.
39          (3) (a) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
40     the division shall adopt a standardized building permit form by rule.
41          (b) The standardized building permit form created under this Subsection (3) shall
42     include fields for indicating the following information:
43          (i) the name and address of the owner of each parcel of property on which the project
44     will occur;
45          (ii) the name and address of the contractor for the project;
46          (iii) (A) the address of the project; or
47          (B) a general description of the project;
48          (iv) the county in which the property on which the project will occur is located;
49          (v) the tax parcel identification number of each parcel of the property; and
50          (vi) whether the permit applicant is an original contractor or owner-builder.
51          (c) The standardized building permit form created under this Subsection (3) may
52     include any other information the division considers useful.
53          (d) A compliance agency shall issue a permit for construction only on a standardized
54     building permit form approved by the division.
55          (e) A permit for construction issued by a compliance agency under Subsection (3)(d)
56     shall print the standardized building permit number assigned under Subsection (2) in the upper
57     right-hand corner of the building permit form in at least 12-point font.
58          (f) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(f)(ii), a compliance agency may not issue a

59     permit for construction if the information required by Subsection (3)(b) is not completed on the
60     building permit form.
61          (ii) If a compliance agency does not issue a separate permit for different aspects of the
62     same project, the compliance agency may issue a permit for construction without the
63     information required by Subsection (3)(b)(vi).
64          (g) A compliance agency may require additional information for the issuance of a
65     permit for construction.
66          (4) A local regulator issuing a single-family residential building permit application
67     shall include in the application or attach to the building permit the following notice
68     prominently placed in at least 14-point font: "Decisions relative to this application are subject
69     to review by the chief executive officer of the municipal or county entity issuing the
70     single-family residential building permit and appeal under the International Residential Code as
71     adopted by the Legislature."
72          (5) (a) A compliance agency shall:
73          (i) charge a 1% surcharge on a building permit the compliance agency issues; and
74          (ii) transmit 85% of the amount collected to the division to be used by the division in
75     accordance with Subsection (5)(c).
76          (b) The portion of the surcharge transmitted to the division shall be deposited as a
77     dedicated credit.
78          (c) (i) The division shall use 30% of the money received under Subsection (5)(a)(ii) to
79     provide education to building inspectors regarding the codes and code amendments under
80     Section 15A-1-204 that are adopted, approved, or being considered for adoption or approval.
81          (ii) The division shall use 10% of the money received under Subsection (5)(a)(ii) to
82     provide education to individuals licensed in construction trades or related professions through a
83     construction trade association or a related professional association.
84          (iii) The division shall transmit 60% of the money received under Subsection (5)(a)(ii)
85     to the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman created in Title 13, Chapter 43, Property
86     Rights Ombudsman Act, to provide education and training regarding:
87          (A) the drafting and application of land use laws and regulations; and
88          (B) land use dispute resolution.
89          (6) (a) (i) A compliance agency that receives a geologic report, fault hazard report, or

90     geotechnical report as part of a building permitting process or another infrastructure permitting
91     process shall submit the Ĥ→ final ←Ĥ report to the Utah Geological Survey within 90 days after
91a     the day the
92     compliance agency receives the report.
93          (ii) When submitting a report, the compliance agency shall indicate what portion of the
94     report is confidential. The Utah Geological Survey shall keep confidential those portions of the
95     report that the compliance agency indicates are confidential in accordance with Subsection
96     79-3-202(2).
97          (b) (i) If submitting a physical copy of a report, a compliance agency shall mail or
98     deliver the physical copy of the report to the address shown on the Utah Geological Survey
99     website.
100          (ii) The Utah Geological Survey shall return the physical copy of a report to the
101     compliance agency submitting the report after the Utah Geological Survey completes digital
102     scanning of the report.
103          (c) If submitting a digital copy of a report, a compliance agency shall:
104          (i) submit the digital copy in a form approved by the Utah Geological Survey; and
105          (ii) (A) submit the digital copy through an online process approved by the Utah
106     Geological Survey;
107          (B) email the digital copy to an email address provided on the Utah Geological
108     Survey's public website; or
109          (C) mail or deliver the digital copy to the address described in Subsection (6)(b).
110          (d) A compliance agency may include in a contract related to a geologic report, fault
111     hazard report, or geotechnical report, a statement that:
112          (i) the compliance agency shall share a copy of the report with the Utah Geological
113     Survey in accordance with this Subsection (6); and
114          (ii) the Utah Geological Survey may use information in the report as provided in
115     Section 79-3-202 subject to keeping portions of the report confidential as provided in
116     Subsection (6)(a)(ii).
117          (e) A compliance agency may not be held liable for the use or reliance on a geologic
118     report, fault hazard report, or geotechnical report shared with the Utah Geological Survey by:
119          (i) the Utah Geological Survey; or
120          (ii) a person who obtains information from the Utah Geological Survey that is based on

121     the geologic report, fault hazard report, or geotechnical report.
122          Section 2. Effective date.
123          This bill takes effect on May 1, 2024.