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Section 1235(b) | Consensus-Based Codes and Standards

As amended by Section 1235(b) of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA), Section 406(e) requires FEMA to fund repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement in conformity with "the latest published editions of relevant consensus-based codes, specifications, and standards that incorporate the latest hazard-resistant design and establish minimum acceptable criteria for the design, construction, and maintenance of residential structures and facilities that may be eligible for assistance under this Act for the purposes of protecting the health, safety, and general welfare of a facility’s users against disasters."


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Icon for file of type application/pdfConsensus-Based Codes, Specifications, and Standards for Public Assistance (V2.1)

The purpose of this policy is to define the framework and requirements for consistent and appropriate implementation of consensus-based design, construction and maintenance codes, specifications, and standards for Public Assistance per Section 1235(b) of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018.

This updated version (V2.1) supersedes all previous versions of this policy and makes the following changes: it updates the codes, standards, and specifications in Appendix A; and extends the retroactive opt-in period from 60 days to 180 days from publication date of the original policy (November 6, 2019). Applicants now have until May 4, 2020 to opt in.

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