Georgia's Industrialized Buildings Program
Georgia's Industrialized Buildings Program was established in 1976 with the purpose of establishing building construction standards for factory built housing. In 1982 the program was expanded by the General Assembly to include, in addition to housing, all business and commercial buildings that are mass-produced in factories and then transported to building sites to be installed (this may also include structures). Manufactured (mobile) homes are excluded from the program. Their regulation is the responsibility of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Georgia's Industrialized Buildings program does not impact buildings constructed in the conventional manner. Such buildings, which account for the vast majority of new construction in Georgia, are regulated through construction codes adopted by the state and enforced by local governments. It should be noted also that the Industrialized Buildings program does not supersede zoning regulations administered by local governments. More...
Benefits of the Program
Regulating the construction of mass-produced (industrialized) buildings to ensure their safety and soundness presents problems beyond the normal scope of local building inspection regulation. Local regulation programs are generally designed to cover only structures that are conventionally built (piece-by-piece) at the construction site.
Industrialized Building Manufacturers also face unique problems. There is simply no satisfactory way for these manufacturers to have buildings inspected by every local building code enforcement authority that receives these buildings in its jurisdiction. The number of code interpretations and the cost of inspector transportation would preclude a viable factory inspection program by each local government.
The program provides a mechanism whereby local building inspection departments can be assured that quality buildings are being installed in their jurisdiction. It also provides a cost effective mechanism whereby manufactures can have their buildings inspected during the manufacturing process.
How the Program Operates
Manufacturers are required to obtain state approval for their manufacturing systems and quality control procedures. Field inspection of these systems and procedures, along with inspection of industrialized buildings during manufacture, is accomplished by the department through an inspection system that utilizes independent private engineers and construction experts.
All state-approved industrialized buildings must be manufactured to meet the official Georgia State Construction Codes. Such buildings will have a department insignia indicating their compliance with the state's construction standards. An approved building is deemed to comply with all local ordinances and laws relating to its construction.
Local governments retain control over all matters relating to a building's installation at a site, including subdivision controls, zoning, grading, foundation installations and utility hook-ups.
The Commissioner has assigned the day-to-day administration of the program to DCA's Planning, Information and Management Division. For more information on Industrialized Buildings, please contact:
Industrialized Buildings Program
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