Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. General Provisions

Examination Of Single-Family Dwelling Plans -- Statewide Approval For Model Plans -- Fee Adjustments -- Mandatory Checklist

50-60-118. Examination of single-family dwelling plans -- statewide approval for model plans -- fee adjustments -- mandatory checklist. (1) The department shall accept for examination and approval or disapproval all model construction plans for single-family dwellings submitted to the department.

(2) Once a model construction plan has been approved, the department shall indicate in writing on the approved plan that the plan is acceptable on a statewide basis and that no further examination is warranted except with respect to:

(a) zoning;

(b) footings, foundations, and basements;

(c) curbs;

(d) gutters;

(e) landscaping;

(f) utility connections;

(g) street requirements;

(h) sidewalks; and

(i) other requirements specifically related to the exterior of the building.

(3) Local building departments shall reduce plan examination fees commensurate with the reduced time and effort expended resulting from the department's examination provided for in subsection (1).

(4) This section may not be construed to reduce the requirements for obtaining permits for onsite inspection of the residence under construction pursuant to 50-60-106.

(5) (a) The department shall devise a checklist for the examination of single-family dwelling construction plans by the department and by the building code enforcement officials of counties, cities, and towns.

(b) The checklist must be based upon the most recently adopted edition of the council of American building officials One and Two Family Dwelling Code, as amended.

(c) The checklist is subject to review and amendment by the building codes council provided for in 50-60-115.

(d) The checklist must be made available to building contractors at a price that is commensurate with reproduction costs, and a building contractor who uses the checklist and attaches it to the plans that the contractor submits to the department or a county, city, or town for examination is entitled to receive the relevant building permit or notice of disapproval within 10 days of submission of the completed checklist.

History: En. Sec. 4, Ch. 473, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 10, Ch. 443, L. 2003.