PENNBOC Membership Information and DIY Application Resources


PENNBOC was established and continues to be an individual membership organization. To enable participation by all code professionals as well as businesses that have interests in the codes and their development process, associate, corporate and student member classes have been established.

There is a member class that is right for you.  The membership year is the calender year.
 

Click here to download the "2017 Dues News" newsletter for details on member classes, dues amounts and payment instructions.   Please note:  ONLY credit card payments are subjet to the scurcharge listed on the credit card payment form.

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Members are assigned to a Region based on the county in which their "official PENNBOC address" is located. Members may request assignment to a different region. Members not from Pennsylvania may also request assignment to a Region. A member may only be assigned to one Region at a time.

Region 1 - Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia

Region 2 - Berks, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuykill, Wayne

Region 4 - Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Columbia, Clinton, Elk, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wyoming

Region 5 - Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juanita, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York

Region 6 - Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland

Please contact PENNBOC at the number provided below if you have any questions regarding membership status. To join PENNBOC, download the membership brochure, complete the form and mail it to the address provided below with the appropriate fee. For credit card payments, please contact the office.

PENNBOC
4902 Carlisle Pike, #269
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 730-6036
admin@pennboc.org

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PENNBOC: A Valuable Resource

for Regions, Local Chapters, Individual, Associate and Corporate Members

 

The Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference (PENNBOC) is the state governmental chapter of the ICC.  It was organized in 1958; in 1962, it became the first chapter of code officials to receive a charter from BOCA International.  From its earliest days and to better serve its members, PENNBOC divided the Commonwealth into geographic regions (chapters). The regions provide local networking opportunities. PENNBOC has produced an annual educational conference for almost forty years and consistently produced educational and certification opportunities for its members.  The transition into the current era of ICC Codes and PA UCC regulations was precipitated by many changes in state law. PENNBOC regions were encouraged to become ICC local chapters to maximize ICC chapter benefits such as low-cost annual educational events. PENNBOC’s Bylaws and policies were changed accordingly.

As competitive training opportunities such as PCCA and PHRC evolved, PENNBOC began a transition from primarily providing statewide training programs for its regions to providing resources that help the regions/local chapters to reorganize, grow and thrive.  PENNBOC has, and will continue to, provide support to activate new regional organizations and to assist regions in gaining ICC chapter status.  PENNBOC’s Bylaws also provide that any ICC chapter in PA may choose to affiliate with PENNBOC to obtain the benefits of participating in a statewide  organization. These opportunities are detailed in Article VIII of the Bylaws which you can download here:  http://www.pennboc.org/Bylaws.html.
 
In 2013, the PENNBOC Board of Directors launched a campaign entitled "Resources for Regions".  The intent of this program is to increase awareness and utilization of administrative, financial, legal and educational services offered by PENNBOC.  These benefits are made possible by sharing resources and local talent/ideas.

PENNBOC provides a variety of resources to all of its participating regions and their members. This voluntary, collaborative relationship eliminates expense and duplication of effort.  It lets regions/local chapters focus on local members’ needs. 
This relationship yields an effort-free stream of income to regions to support locally designed and produced events. Some regions provide 15 or more TOTALLY FREE continuing ed training hours to their members every year!

PENNBOC’s direct supports include:

  • an increase in the local share of dues from $10 to $15 for each member, which emerged from a request by Region 6 in early 2013.
  • designation of an additional $10,000 fund to support regions’ educational activities,  This is in addition to the $15/member PENNBOC sends to each region. Designed to reduce members’ training fees, no region has requested this support. The resources can be utilized by a region to improve its local networking and training.  In areas where there is a growing number of code professionals who want these services, these funds can be used to satisfy these needs.
  • financial support for individual members like you, to help fund your participation at the ICC conference and/or code change hearings - $10,000 was budgeted for 2013 - one individual took advantage of this support. (http://www.pennboc. org/education/view/35.html)
  • this web page is kept current with information provided by regional leaders. “Local” news, meeting and training notices and the like are posted. To see the latest info provided by your region, visit http://www.pennboc.org  and click on the “Region” tab.
  • Resources for Regions (Part 1), a new educational resources locater tool, helps regions find training to keep members’ costs down. This tool was developed in response to regions’ requests and came on line in December 2013.
  • Resources for Regions (Part 2) is a financial resource available to regions. The purpose is to provide a financial undergirding that empowers a region to stretch perhaps beyond local resources - financial, administrative or other - to bring atypical training to its members.  These funds are awarded based on needs. This is not an entitlement.     Click here for additional information.  Click here for the application form.

PENNBOC provides cost-saving services to all of its participating regions. These include:

  • a comprehensive member database that –
    • tracks membership information for individual, associate and corporate members
    • tracks PENNBOC-issued CEUs and is able to replace lost CEU documents
    • includes a billing system that can, upon request, bill, collect and document both PENNBOC state and “local” dues and remit the local funds to a bonded regional treasurer
    • on request, provides Regions with current mail labels, email addresses and similar contact resources
  • an email messaging service for all members or those in selected regions to announce, promote and facilitate association events
  • a credit card payment process for PENNBOC dues, training and conference fees, etc., adding convenience for members without cost to regions
  • a fidelity bond to protect participating Regions and their officers against theft of funds
  • errors and omissions insurance for local elected leadership
  • PENNBOC’s IRS registration and recognition as a charitable, tax exempt corporation. PENNBOC’s annual IRS reporting eliminates that requirement for participating regions
  • use of PENNBOC’s EIN number (like a social security number for organizations) prevents the use of bank accounts connected to personal social security numbers which, in turn, prevents co-mingling of personal or business accounts with region funds
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All of these resources are made possible by PENNBOC’s Bylaws which enable “local chapters” to “opt in” without cost. The opt-in option is built upon the premise that local chapters comply with PENNBOC’s Bylaws provisions in these regards. 


These resources are provided without cost to all PENNBOC Regions and can be available to any Pennsylvania-based ICC chapter that seeks to establish such a cooperative relationship.


PENNBOC is easy to reach:

By phone: 717-730-6036

 By fax:  215-689-4263

By email: Admin@PENNBOC.org

By Mail: 4902 Carlisle Pike, #269, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

On the web: PENNBOC.org