4781-7-01 Inspections.

(A) General.

(1) All manufactured homes installed in Ohio shall be inspected for compliance with the Ohio manufactured home installation standards by a commission certified manufactured home inspector, or trained commission inspector and authorized pursuant to Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code.

(2) The commission shall adopt a checklist for the inspection of manufactured homes.

(3) An inspector shall use the commission adopted checklist as a minimum for all inspections.

(B) Commission inspection seal.

(1) The commission shall adopt a commission inspection seal.

(2) Except as provided in paragraph (C) of this rule, no manufactured home shall be occupied until the inspector has issued the commission inspection seal. The commission inspection seal shall be paid for at the time the permit is issued and shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the provisions of Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder or of other ordinances of the authority having jurisdiction. Any commission inspection seal issued in error shall not be valid.

(3) After the inspector inspects the installation of the manufactured home and finds it complies with the provisions of Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code and the rules promulgated thereunder and other laws that are enforced by the authority having jurisdiction, the inspector shall place the commission inspection seal in the manufactured home in the proximity of the electrical panel box.

(4) Except as provided in paragraph (C) of this rule, every manufactured home that has passed installation inspection by the inspector having jurisdiction shall have a commission inspection seal prior to occupancy. The commission inspection seal must be placed by the authority having jurisdiction in the proximity of the electrical panel box cover with an electrical approval tag at the meter base. No person shall remove, destroy, alter or cover an inspection seal except as permitted by paragraph (D) of this rule. The commission inspection seal shall not be affixed until the manufactured home meets the Ohio manufactured home installation standards. A copy of the commission inspection seal information shall be maintained in the records of the authority having jurisdiction.

(5) The commission inspection seal shall contain the following, written in permanent ink:

(a) The name and license number of the manufactured home installer;

(b) The serial number of the manufactured home;

(c) The address where the home is located;

(d) The signature of a commission certified inspector;

(e) The date the seal is signed and affixed to the home signifying final approval; and

(f) Any special stipulations and conditions of the installation permit or of the approval.

(C) Temporary occupancy permits. The authority having jurisdiction shall be authorized to issue a temporary occupancy permit before the completion of the entire work covered by the permit, provided that such portion or portions shall be occupied safely. The authority having jurisdiction shall set a time period during which the temporary occupancy permit is valid not to exceed six months. Two six month extensions may be granted by the authority having jurisdiction upon written request if the installation is in accordance with Chapter 4781-6 of the Administrative Code. The temporary occupancy permit shall not be the commission inspection seal but shall be on a form approved by the commission.

(1) Conformance. Temporary occupancy permits shall not be issued unless the manufactured home meets a temporary occupancy permits requirements, and no life safety hazards exist.

(2) Termination of temporary occupancy permits. The authority having jurisdiction may terminate the temporary occupancy permit if (a) the temporary occupancy permit has expired, or (b) the manufactured home no longer meets the temporary occupancy permit requirements.

(D) Revocation of the commission inspection seal or the temporary occupancy permit. The authority having jurisdiction may suspend or revoke an inspection seal issued under Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder if the seal or the temporary occupancy permit is issued in error, or if the information provided is incorrect, or it is determined that the manufactured home is in violation of any ordinance or regulation by the authority having jurisdiction or any of the provisions of Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder.

(E) Jurisdiction for inspections.

All installation inspections in Ohio shall be conducted by an inspector who shall be certified by the Ohio manufactured homes commission, who has completed an installation training course approved by the commission and has passed the commission inspector test. The inspector shall ensure that the installation meets the requirements of the Ohio manufactured home installation standards.

(F) Contracts with inspection agencies.

The commission may enter into contracts with certified building departments, certified health departments, certified third party inspection agencies, or certified inspectors regarding the establishment of fees for conducting inspections to determine a licensee's compliance with the Ohio manufactured home installation standards.

(G) Fee authority for inspections, commission inspection seals, temporary inspections seal and temporary occupancy permits.

(1) Authorities having jurisdiction may charge inspection and re-inspection fees for the inspection of the installation of manufactured homes. The commission may charge fees for inspections and re-inspections it provides, or contracts to provide, in areas where no political subdivision provides inspections or where additional inspections are necessary to assure adequate inspections or to perform complaint based inspection.

(2) The commission shall set the fee for the commission inspection seals and temporary occupancy permits.

(H) Notice of violations for installations of manufactured homes.

(1) When a certified manufactured home inspector determines that a home is in violation of the Ohio manufactured home installation standards as set forth in Chapter 4781-6 of the Administrative Code, the inspector shall provide a notice of violation. The inspector shall provide in writing, on or attached to the notice of violation, a citation to the standard section which has been violated and leave the notice of violation with the inspection documents on site.

(2) A notice of violation shall only be removed after the installer has provided the authority having jurisdiction with notice after the violations have been corrected and the authority having jurisdiction has verified that the corrections have been made.

(I) Fees for commission inspection seals and temporary occupancy permits.

(1) The fee for an inspection seal shall be one hundred dollars. The fee for replacement of the inspection seal shall be the current fee for an inspection seal.

(2) The fee for a temporary occupancy permit shall be seventy-five dollars.

(J) Inspection of utilities.

(1) Connection of service utilities. No person shall make final connections from any utility source to any manufactured home that is regulated by this code until issuance of an installation permit by the authority having jurisdiction. The electrical approval sticker affixed by the inspector having jurisdiction constitutes approval to energize the home. Nothing in this rule prevents the installer from having access to utilities as needed during installation.

(2) Temporary connection. The authority having jurisdiction shall have authority to authorize and approve the temporary connection of the home or system to the utility source.

(3) Authority to disconnect utilities. The inspector shall have the authority to authorize the immediate disconnection of utilities to the manufactured home by Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder and the referenced codes and standards set forth in case of emergency where necessary to eliminate an immediate hazard to life or property or when such connection has been made without approval. The inspector shall notify the utility company and request the utility company to follow its normal disconnection procedures and whenever possible notify the owner and occupant of the manufactured home of the decision to disconnect. The owner or occupant of the manufactured home shall be notified in writing as soon as possible thereafter.

(K) Violations.

(1) No person shall install, occupy, or permit occupancy of, any manufactured home in violation of any provisions of Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder.

(2) The authority having jurisdiction shall be authorized to serve notice of violation or order on any person responsible for the installation or occupying the manufactured home or in violation of the approved plans or in violation of a permit, commission inspection seal set and temporary occupancy permits issued under Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder. Such order shall direct the discontinuance of the violation, action or condition and the abatement of the violation.

(3) If the violation(s) are not corrected within the time prescribed by such notice, the inspector shall be authorized to request the legal counsel for the authority having jurisdiction to institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to restrain, correct or abate such violation, or to require the removal or termination for the unlawful occupancy of the manufactured home.

(4) Any person who violates Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder or fails to comply with any of the requirements or who installs a manufactured home in violation of the approved plans or the manufacturer's installation manual or directive of the inspector or of a permit or inspection seal shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code and the rules promulgated thereunder.

(L) Stop work order.

(1) Upon notice from the inspector that the installation on a manufactured home is proceeding in violation of Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder or in an unsafe and dangerous manner, the installation shall be immediately stopped. The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved or to the owner's agent or to the person doing the work; and shall state the conditions under which the installation will be permitted to resume.

(2) Unlawful continuance. Any person that continues the installation on a manufactured home after being served with a stop work order, except such installation components that person is directed to perform to abate a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed in Chapter 4781. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated thereunder.

Effective: 12/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4781.04 , 4781.07
Rule Amplifies: 4781.04 , 4781.07 , 4781.14
Prior Effective Dates: 7/1/2007, 1/1/2010, 6/2/11