Governor Mark Dayton signed the housing industry’s bill Tuesday removing the sprinkler mandate from twin homes.
The law directs the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to modify Minnesota’s Building Code to match the national building code. The legislation follows the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ directive in BATC v. DLI, where the sprinkler mandate in one and two-family homes was struck down.
DLI has not yet provided detail with a timeline of when this process will be completed.
The Builders Association of the Twin Cities applauds this technical fix, which will help more families afford twin homes, which serve as an important piece of the entry-level housing market.
“Minnesota homebuilders commend lawmakers for their work on this legislative fix,” said BATC Executive Director David Siegel. “Our attention remains focused on the six-part Minnesota Homeownership Initiative in front of the legislature, which creates opportunities for first-time homebuyers and addresses the cost-drivers like increased regulation that are negatively impacting housing affordability.”
While this technical fix to the sprinkler issue brings about short-term relief, BATC will continue to advocate for a permanent solution to this issue, and continue its fight for increased housing affordability in Minnesota.
DLI issued the following information regarding this new law reaffirming the BATC v. DLI decision: