Ohio BBS Memo Regarding the Moratorium for Storm Shelters in Group E Occupancies

December 6, 2022

The Ohio Board of Building Standards has updated its BBS Memo regarding the moratorium for storm shelters in Group E occupancies to include the following:

December 2022 Update: The moratorium in R.C. 3781.1010 which prohibited the Board’s rules from requiring the installation of a storm shelter in any school building operated by a public or private school expired on November 30, 2022. The moratorium also expired for any school building undergoing or about to undergo construction, alteration, repair, or maintenance unless “financing has been secured” prior to November 30, 2022. The Ohio Attorney General issued Opinion 2019-027 in response to the Board’s request for guidance on the meaning of “financing has been secured” in R.C. 3781.1010. The Opinion is available here.

This BBS Memo can be reviewed here.

If you have questions related to information contained in the Memo, please contact the Board’s technical staff at 614-644-2613 or at bbs@com.state.oh.us