Manufactured Housing in PA
DCED works in cooperation with the US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and municipal code officials to assure all manufactured homes installed in Pennsylvania comply with all applicable requirements. HUD establishes the construction standards and enforcement regulations for new manufactured homes. HUD also administers a Dispute Resolution Program to assist the industry in resolving certain issues.
DCED handles all consumer complaints, establishes the installation requirements for both new and relocated manufactured homes, provides training for manufactured home installers and certifies individuals as DCED Certified Manufactured Home Installers.
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PA Manufactured Housing Installation Program
The Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Installation Program requires that a properly trained and certified installer verifies that every manufactured home installed in Pennsylvania complies with the manufacturers approved installation instructions or the Pennsylvania Guide for Relocated Manufactured Homes.
After finishing the installation, the installer must provide a completed Certificate of Compliance to the building code official, the purchaser and (for new homes) to the DCED
- Download a copy of the Certificate of Compliance (.pdf)
- Installers and Retailers in HUD-Administered states
Important Aspects of Manufactured Home Installation
Installation is perhaps the single most important consideration to assure safety, durability and long term satisfaction from your home. Listed below are some of the key elements of installation that can have an great impact on the performance of your home. Also, some key requirements for installation are discussed in the Manufactured Home Installation brochure. You can download a copy of the Installation brochure here.
Site Preparation – Proper grading of the site around your home to provide ground water runoff is critical. Make sure the ground under your home is free from depressions or areas where water can collect and has a properly installed ground vapor barrier.
For helpful methods regarding Site Design and Soil Freeze Depth, please refer to the following Builder Briefs provided by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State University.
- Site Design Considerations for Manufactured Housing
- Soil Freeze Depth Guide for Manufactured Housing in PA
Support – Your installer must ensure that the ground where your home is sited has the proper soil conditions and bearing capacity to properly support your home. The pier footings must be protected from the effects of frost heave which generally requires the pier footings extend below grade to the maximum frost penetration in your area. Check with your local code official to determine the frost depth in your area. Improper support of your home may lead to bowed floors and walls, cracked walls or ceilings, doors and windows that do not operate properly and other structural defects that can lead to permanent damage to your home.
Assembly– Most manufactured homes, especially multi-section designs, require assembly to be completed onsite. Until a home is assembled properly, it cannot perform as designed. The ability of the home to resist wind, rain and snow and the functioning of the plumbing, electrical, heating/cooling systems, among other issues, are only assured by proper assembly onsite.
Stabilization/Anchoring– To ensure that your home can withstand the forces of windstorms, which can cause sliding and overturning of the home, it is imperative that your home is properly anchored with suitable anchoring devices that are properly installed.
Installation shortcuts to save money– There are none. There may be several methods approved by the manufacturer for properly installing your home. One method is explained with the instructions that come with each home. Alternative methods of installation require the manufacturer’s approval before they are used. Proper installation is a wise investment – insist on it!
Specifics when relocating a pre-owned manufactured home
Habitability – The person applying for the building permit to relocate a pre-owned manufactured home should first determine if the manufactured home still meets the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards in effect when the home was first produced. To do that, the Habitability Guidelines for Relocated Manufactured Homes must be utilized. When utilized, this guideline will help provide a reasonable level of assurance that the home will be free from possible health and safety hazards. The checklist provided in the guideline must be completed and provided to municipal code official as a part of the building permit process.
Installation– There are 3 installation options available when installing pre-owed manufactured homes:
Install the home in accordance to the original installation manual that was provided with the home.
The PHRC Pennsylvania Field Guide Foundation Systems for Relocated Manufactured Housing (2007). (Option C-Reinforced slab on grade, is acceptable only in leased land situations).
Certified Installer Responsibilities:
- Installation of a new manufactured home with regard to support, stabilization and assembly must be accomplished consistent with the manufacturer’s approved design. The installation must assure that the home remains in conformance and performs as described in the standards for its useful lifetime.
- Complete the Certificate of Compliance Form and forward copies of the completed form to the Housing Standards Division, Local Building Official and the purchaser.
- Maintain certification as required under PA Act 158.
- View and print the Manufactured Home Installers Application.
- Maintain training as required.
2019 PA Manufactured Home Installer TrainingDates:
- March 7-8, 2019
- May 9-10, 2019
- November 7-8, 2019
For registration information email Michele Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention Installers and Retailers doing business in HUD-Administered states:
The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, through their contract with SEBA Professional Services is beginning implementation of the Maryland Manufactured Housing Installation Program.
Under this program, all installers of new manufactured homes working in Maryland must hold a HUD Manufactured Home Installers License by November 1, 2015.