House Bill No. 382

Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________

A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act extending to all buildings and structures the permissible installation of below-grade liquefied petroleum gas-burning appliances; and amending section

50-60-203, MCA."

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:

Section 1.  Section 50-60-203, MCA, is amended to read:

"50-60-203.   Department to adopt state building code by rule. (1) (a) The department shall adopt rules relating to the construction of, the installation of equipment in, and standards for materials to be used in all buildings or classes of buildings, including provisions dealing with safety, sanitation, and conservation of energy. The department may amend or repeal the rules.

(b)  In adopting rules concerning the conservation of energy, the department shall conform those rules to the policy established in 50-60-801 and to relevant policies developed under the provisions of Title 90, chapter 4, part 10.

(2)  The department may adopt by reference nationally recognized building codes in whole or in part, but this does not prevent the department from adopting rules more stringent than those contained in national codes.

(3)  The rules, when adopted as provided in parts 1 through 4, constitute the "state building code" and are acceptable for the buildings to which they are applicable.

(4)  The department shall adopt rules that permit the installation of below-grade liquefied petroleum gas-burning appliances in single-family dwellings."