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Reorganization news

Fellow Building Officials, The following 2 documents attached to this brief letter are to keep all of you apprised of the efforts of the Massachusetts Federation of Building Officials, resulting from the recent reorganization of the Department of Public Safety placing the BBRS, Building Code, State and Municipal Building Officials within the new Office of Public Safety and Inspections under the Department of Professional Licensure.

As President of the Federation I arranged a meeting on April 4, 2017 with our new Commissioner, Charles Borstel, representatives of the regional Building Official Associations and myself at Commissioner Borstel’s office in Boston. Due to the short notice of the meeting the MBCIA did not have an officer of the association available to attend. BOWM, MetroWest and SEMBOA were represented by their respective Vice Presidents.

If you have questions or wish to discuss this further please contact the Federation through your regional association’s representative to the Federation Board of Directors.

Linked here are the points of discussion presented to Commissioner Borstel
Linked here are the munities of the April 4, 2017 meeting

Robert C. Borden
Massachusetts Federation of Building Officials

Governor Reorganize the Department of Public Safety takes effect

Effective Monday March 27, 2017 the consolidation of the Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) and the Department of Public Safety. This consolidation will create The Office of Public Safety and Inspections within DPL, a regulatory agency under the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business regulation.

Full Press Release  linked here

9th edition promulgation

BBRS meets in April and May to review public comments. Curt Meskus had a chance to speak to Rob Anderson, on Friday April 28, 2017 the 2 largest set of comments were for fire sprinkles in one and two family homes, and the proposal to provide provision for electric vehicle charging in new homes. Mr. Anderson also indicate the 9th edition seem to be on track for a July 1, 2017 promulgation with concurrence period until January 1, 2018. more information linked here

Linked here is the BBRS web page for the 9th edition.