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What are my prospects for finding work in code enforcement?
Each municipality enforcing the Uniform Construction Code must designate a certified Building Code Official and employ or contract with those who hold certifications for residential and/or commercial enforcement activities. About 92 percent of municipalities in the Commonwealth have elected to enforce the code, many of which are seeking code officials for new or expanding departments.
The more certifications you hold, the greater the opportunity for finding employment. The new UCC requirements ensure a continuing demand for code administration and enforcement professionals across the Commonwealth.
How much do code officials earn?
Salaries are dependent on many variables, such as the area of the state where you are seeking employment, the size of the municipality and/or code enforcement department, the number of certifications you hold, and your years of field experience. Salaries can range from $25,000 to $100,000 annually.
What is a third-party agency?
A third-party agency is a business that has been separately certified by the Department of Labor & Industry to enter into contracts with municipalities to enforce the Uniform Construction Code. The Department has specific requirements for those seeking to start their own business as a third-party agency, which include an additional application fee and proof of Errors & Omissions insurance in amount of $1 million. The Department’s website contains more information, a list of third-party agencies, and application forms.
How does a municipality change their BCO?
Complete the form at the following link: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/Labor-Management-Relations/bois/Documents/UCC/UCC-29.pdf