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5/16/2019 Senate approves bill to remove some construction delays through third-party inspections
STATE HOUSE, Providence – The Senate this week passed legislation to ensure developers can get their projects inspected in a timely manner. The legislation enables contractors or builders to hire a third party inspector or use a state inspector if a municipal building official fails to perform required inspections within 48 hours. The municipality would be required to reimburse the state in the event a state inspector is used.
The bill (2019-S-0687A) is part of the Senate’s “Building A More Vibrant Rhode Island” package of economic development legislation.
“In construction, time is money. Delays make projects more costly and may discourage development altogether,” said President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio (D – Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), sponsor of the legislation. “Inspections can be required at multiple points during a building project, and delays in these inspections cost contractors in terms of lost productivity, personnel, and more. This legislation ensures that developers can proceed on locally-approved projects without needless delays.”
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senator Frank S. Lombardi (D – Dist. 26, Cranston), Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D – Dist. 29, Warwick), Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D – Dist. 1, Providence), and Senator Ryan W. Pearson (D – Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln), has been sent to the House of Representatives.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923