STAND. COM. REP. NO. 754
RE: H.B. No. 920
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 920, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE BUILDING CODE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to allow the counties to adopt a county building code distinct from the state building code and applicable only to single-family dwellings, additional dwelling units, duplexes, and non-commercial structures that have no more than a certain square footage of living area.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, one member of the Maui County Council, and Building Industry Association Hawaii. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Subcontractors Association of Hawaii. Your Committee received comments on this measure from HPM Building Supply.
Your Committee finds that under existing law, the State Building Code Council adopts the state building codes with the counties adopting, in whole or in part, the state building codes. Your Committee further finds that the counties and their building needs are distinct from one another. This measure provides greater flexibility to the counties, which will allow the counties to nimbly adopt a code more adaptive to their circumstances.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 920, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair