Practice Guidelines

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B. Practice

8. Modular Homes

There are specific standards to which Modular Homes need to conform and the documents associated such homes need the certification that the homes, or component, are in compliance with such standards.

  1. A single modular residence building of less than 1500 square feet is exempt, under Section 7307.5 of the New York State Education Law, from requiring the seal of a New York State licensed design professional. The local authority having jurisdiction may have more stringent requirements.
  2. A multiple dwelling modular residence building requires the seal of an architect.

Modular buildings are frequently used for other than residential uses and they also require the seal of a design professional. When professionally designed the additional certifications may be waived, since it is the design professional's responsibility to design within the limits of the applicable standards and codes.

Modular structures for repetitive unit types are frequently architect-designed in conjunction with the manufacturer. Such projects are required to be sealed by a design professional.

It would be considered prudent for both the consumer and the design professional to receive the manufacturer's certification that the modular building and its component comply with the relevant standards and codes.

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Last Updated: April 15, 2021