An electrical inspection is now required on mobile homes being set up in Beauregard Parish.
Under terms of an ordinance revision by the Police Jury at its August meeting, such structures will have to pass an inspection of lines and connections from the electricity service pole to the meter base.
According to Building Inspector, Billy McShan, such were once required by the parish but at some point were dropped from the requirements.
He told the jury’s Buildings & Grounds Committee that reimposing the inspection closes a liability gap, as well as complying with requirements under the state’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC), commonly referred to by the industry as Act 12.
Passed by the Legislature in 2005, and amended several times since, the UCC governs the residential and commercial construction segments.
A meeting is scheduled for contractors on August 24 to review changes, as well as introduce them to new permit and inspection software that goes up on the parish’s online action center on September 1.
Parish Administrator, Bryan McReynolds, told jurors that the inspection change will not result in any increase in the parish’s $100 permit fee. He also said units already in place and having service will not be required to undergo additional inspection.
As the system stands, the electricity provider’s inspection responsibility is from transformer to service pole. The parish’s is from the service pole to the meter. The owner’s is the mobile home, modular home, RV, camp or detached building greater than 500 square feet in size.
New mobile and modular homes ordinarily come with certified inspection results from the manufacturer.
Also now required as part of the UCC-mandated process, are inspections of air conditioning system duct work.
The test does not require additional fees on the part of the permit holder, who, however, is responsible for the costs of any necessary fixes, McShan said. He…