On Thursday, the Assembly unanimously approved ACS A-573, with the Senate is scheduled to vote on the legislation on Monday.
The bill would expand the use of third-party private construction inspections, allowing municipalities more flexibility to hire private inspectors to perform inspections. It would also allow applicants the ability, under certain circumstances, to hire their own private inspectors, forgoing municipal inspectors.
While the increased flexibility provided to municipal constructions is appreciated as it will surely assist with meeting needs, the League is concerned with other aspects of the bill. One such concern is how expanding the use of third-party private inspectors will impact the recruitment and retention of municipal inspectors. More importantly, we remain concerned about the quality and integrity of inspections when they are removed from the neutral auspices of the municipal government.
We encourage you to review these bills and contact your Senator raising the concerns detailed above.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x137.