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Regulations and Codes

Regulatory streamlining is one way to have a positive effect on housing through the identification, development, and promotion of administrative rules, regulations, and procedures in use by jurisdictions at all levels of government. Streamlining eliminates areas of existing regulatory overlap and duplication. In concept, the streamlined models will be promoted on a nationwide platform to encourage their use by other jurisdictions in need of streamlining.

E-permitting will become a cornerstone of the streamlining process. With computer technology and Internet prevalence, it is now possible to create a paperless e-permit process that can be instituted across jurisdictions. The envisioned system would allow builders to submit applications and plans electronically for concurrent reviews; submit revisions electronically; perform reviews on-line; track the results of reviews; and obtain review commentaries, and pay fees for various permits.


Electronic Permitting Systems and How To Implement Them April 2002
This publication is designed to help America's communities understand the process of selecting and implementing an electronic permitting system. Benefiting from the experiences of others, communities can implement electronic permitting systems with better results and at lower cost.

Introduction to Building Codes
Handy, 22-page tutorial on each of the major building codes, who develops them, and how they are adopted and enforced.

Getting Building Technology Accepted: Developing and Deploying New Building Technologies November 2002
This report explains how regulatory activities affect new building technology research, development, and deployment, and how to apply regulatory information to develop and deploy building technologies.


HUD Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse
Supports organizations seeking information about laws, regulations, and policies affecting the development, maintenance, improvement, availability, and cost of affordable housing.

ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
Standards development organizations that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services.

National Fire and Protection Agency
Activities related to safety and fire code development.

Center for Disease Control Basic Housing Inspections
Companion publication for training sessions of agencies conducting housing inspection courses.

International Code Council
Develops comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes.

National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards (NCSBCS)
Promotes the development of an efficient, cooperative system of building regulation to ensure the public's safety in all buildings.

Appliance and Equipment Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program develops test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
Independent, nonprofit product safety testing and certification organization.

Content updated on 10/16/2003

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