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Third Party Inspection

The Division of Community Services offers a Third-party Inspections Program for manufacturers of modular residential and commercial structures. The administrative rule implementing this program is Article 108-02.The program is essentially a consumer protection program, trying to assure that modular buildings installed in North Dakota meet all applicable codes. If construction related problems are found, the owner may (should) submit complaints in writing to the Division of Community Services so that we can inform the Industrialized Building Commission and the applicable Third-party Agency to resolve the problems with the manufacturers. Prior to submitting a complaint, the consumer should take every step possible to resolve problems with the manufacturer and indicate those efforts and results in the written complaint to the Division of Community Services.

The Third-party Inspections Program requires that manufacturers that produce, in total, two or more modular residential structures per year, that intend to sell modular structures in North Dakota, to hire a third-party inspection entity certified by the Industrialized Building Commission (IBC), an Interstate Compact located in Herndon, Virginia (This does not mean the number shipped to North Dakota; it means the total number produced). In Article 108-02 of the North Dakota Administrative Rule, the state adopts by reference the Uniform Administrative Procedures (UAP) of the IBC.

Manufacturers of modular residential and commercial structures that produce, in total, less than two modular structures per year are exempt from the program. To be exempt, manufacturers must submit a yearly Certification of Exemption. However, given the potential benefit of the program to each manufacturer, local jurisdiction, and consumer, we encourage all modular residential and commercial manufacturers to participate.

Public Notice of Amendments to the Uniform Adminstrative Procedures (UAP) of the Interstate Industrialized Buildings Commission (IIBC).

Public Notice 2018 - IBC
AM - Designation Fee
AM- Registration Fee

For more information about North Dakota's Administrative Rule, contact Bruce Hagen at (701) 390-4806.

For more information about the IBC, its Uniform Administrative Procedures (UAP), and certified third-party entities, contact Kevin Egilmez at (703) 481-2022. You may also access their web page at www.interstateibc.org.


 TAKE NOTICE that the North Dakota Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing to address proposed changes to the N.D. Admin. Code at 9:00 AM on Friday, January 3rd, 2020, at 1600 East Century Ave. Suite 2, Bismarck, ND, 58503
A copy of the proposed rules may be obtained by calling 1-701-328-5300.
Also, written comments may be submitted to 1600 East Century Ave. Suite 2, Bismarck, ND, 58503 until January 14th, 2020. If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please contact the North Dakota Department of Commerce at the above telephone number or address at least seven days prior to the public hearing.
Dated this 26th day of November, 2019.
Bruce A. Hagen Program Manager
ND Department of Commerce

Full Notice
Third Party Inspections Program

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