In addition to maintaining an active license at all times, a manufactured home installer must comply with all of the MHP's laws and rules, including the installer code of ethics. Some of the notable installer responsibilities are discussed below:
Manufactured home installer must provide a Homeowner/Installer Agreement prior to the commencement of work for all installations, not just those installations where a homeowner may be performing part of the installation work.
Notice of Installation
Under division (D) of section 4781.11 of the Ohio Revised Code, manufactured home installers must provide written notice of installation to the auditor and treasurer of the county where a home is installed within 14 days of the installation. Go to the Notice of Installation page for more information about the required notice and to download the Department's Notice of Installation form.
Before the installation permit is applied for, installers are responsible for determining whether the installation site lies wholly or partly within a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area. To determine if a manufactured home is going to be installed at a location in a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area, go to FEMA's Flood Map Service Center and enter the installation address. Most of the time, FEMA's Flood Map Service Center will have information as to whether the location is in a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area, and the installer should download the Dynamic Map/FIRMette with the relevant information for the installation site.
A copy of the Dynamic Map/FIRMette should be submitted with the installation permit application to show whether the installation site is or is not within a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area. If FEMA's Flood Map Service Center does not have information about the installation location, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Floodplain Management Program for assistance.
If the manufactured home is going to be installed in a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area, a floodplain permit will need to be obtained from the applicable floodplain administrator prior to installation. The applicable floodplain administrator will be:
- For installations on private property: the local floodplain administrator where the home is being installed. Go to ODNR's Floodplain Management Program's website to find the most current list of local floodplain administrators.
- For installations in a manufactured home park: the floodplain administrator is the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Industrial Compliance. Contact Bryant Hillman (Bryant.Hillman@com.state.oh.us) for information about applying for a floodplain permit.
Installers who are installing homes in a 100-year flood plain/special flood hazard area must ensure the installation complies with any issued floodplain permits, the requirements of the applicable floodplain authority, FEMA 85, 44 C.F.R. 60.3(a) to (e) (October 1, 2018), other provisions of 44 C.F.R. 60 referenced by those paragraphs, Chapter 1521 of the Revised Code, and division 1501:22 of the Administrative Code.
Confirm the Issuance of a Permit Before Beginning Installation Work
Before starting any installation work and before the manufactured home is transported to the installation site, a manufactured home installer must confirm that an installation permit has been issued for the installation. Installers should confirm the issuance of a permit by:
- Making sure the installation permit is posted on the window of the home and all approved plans are accessible;
- Verifying the issuance of the installation permit on the MHP Seal Report and that all information on the MHP Seal Report is accurate.