HB 1055 gives you more time to forget to submit.

June 5, 2009

The Texas Legislature did accomplish a few things.  One of those is HB 1055 that is headed to the Governor’s desk.

This bill that should go into affect September 1, 2009, changes the deadline for submitting construction documents for TAS review to 20 days after the issue date.  Currently, documents must be submitted to a Registered Accessibility Specialist or TDLR within 5 days of the issue date.

68.50. Submission of Construction Documents. (New rule section effective November 5, 2001, 26 TexReg 8807; amended effective February 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 382; amended effective March 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 884)

(a) An architect, interior designer, landscape architect, or engineer with overall responsibility for the design of a building or facility subject to §469.101 of the Act, shall mail, ship, or hand-deliver the construction documents along with a Proof of Submission form to the department, a registered accessibility specialist, or a contract provider not later than the fifth day after the plans and specifications are issued. In computing time under this subsection, a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday is not included.

Many design professionals have gotten confused by the definition of “issue“.

(15) Issue–To mail, deliver, transmit, or otherwise release plans or specifications to an owner, lessee, contractor, subcontractor, or any other person acting for an owner or lessee for the purpose of construction, applying for a building permit, or obtaining regulatory approval after such plans have been sealed by an architect, interior designer, landscape architect, or engineer. In the case of a state-funded or other public works project, it is the time at which plans or specifications are publicly posted for bids, after such plans or specifications have been sealed by an architect, interior designer, landscape architect, or engineer.

This definition really has nothing to do with the dates that appear on your drawings.  You can sign, seal and label your documents, “Issued for Permit and Construction June 5, 2009” then stick those drawings under your desk for 6 months.  December 5, 2009 you pull those drawings out and take them to the City for permit.  Even though the documents have an old date, the issue date is December 5, 2009, the date the documents left your control.  If you forget to submit for review, it does not help to change the date on your drawings.

This change in the submission time probably won’t help that many designers.  If you forget to do it in the first week, you will probably forget in the next three weeks.

Don’t forget to send in your Proof of Submission to record that issue date.