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Installation Law

PA Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (Act 158 of 2004) requires all NEW manufactured homes installed in the Commonwealth to be subject to certain provisions of the law and regulations, all designed to assure proper installation and completion of every new manufactured home.

Act 158 enacted on November 29, 2004 provides:

  • New manufactured homes shall be installed in conformity with the manufacturer’s approved designs applicable with that particular home.
  • Construction elements not addressed in the HUD Code must comply with the IRC. Some of these elements are frost protection for the foundation, stair geometry, soil bearing values, etc.
  • Building Code Officials cannot reject a manufacturer’s approved design for HUD Code construction elements.
  • Building Code Officials may not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for a new manufactured home until provided with a completed Certificate of Compliance form.
  • Certificate of Compliance forms must be completed within five days of the installation and provided to the building code official, the purchaser, and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
  • Only persons trained and certified by the DCED may complete the Certificate of Compliance form.

Click here to view House Bill 1929 of 2003

Click here to view the regulations

Click here for a Certificate of Compliance form


Installation and Habitability Guidelines for Relocated Manufactured Homes (SB 1141—Act 40-2012)

This Act was signed on May 8, 2012, and amends the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act (Act 158) to develop statewide habitability guidelines and create a standard to install relocated manufactured homes.  Act 40-2012 and the accompanying regulations, effective March 26, 2014, provides:

Relocated manufactured homes must be installed by a certified installer trained by a DCED approved training provider and certify that every relocated manufactured home sited in the Commonwealth is installed using one of three methods:

Additionally, prior to movement of the home and installation the building permit applicant will need to  assess the home is in compliance with the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard in effect when the home was originally manufactured.  These procedures are laid out in the Pennsylvania Habitability Guideline for Relocated Manufactured Homes.

Like with new homes, construction elements not addressed in the HUD Code must comply with the IRC.  Some of these elements are frost protection for the foundation, stair geometry, soil bearing capacity, etc.

Building Code Officials cannot reject a manufacturer’s approved design for HUD Code construction elements and they may not issue a Certification of Occupancy for a relocated manufactured home until provided with a completed Certificate of Compliance form which is also provided to the purchaser.  You do not send a copy of the Certificate of Compliance to DCED.

Only persons trained and certified by DCED may complete the Certificate of Compliance form.

Final form regulations which amend of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Improvement Act were published on January 25, 2014, in the Pa Bulletin.   For a copy of the regulation, click here.

For copies of the PHRC Field Guide-Foundation Systems for Relocated Manufactured Housing, Options A, B & D. Option C is limited to leased land community settings or the Pennsylvania Installation Guide for Relocated Manufactured Homes contact the PMHA office or visit DCED’s website.

Also note that DCED has an extensive library of original manufacturer installation instructions.  If you are interested in a particular manufacturer and year, give DCED a call at 717-720-7414 or email housingstandards@pa.gov.


Certified Installers

In accordance with the installation regulations which became effective August 23, 2006, a new manufactured home must be installed by a certified installer.

In accordance with Act 40 of 2012, all pre-owned relocated manufactured homes must be installed by a certified installer effective March 26, 2014.

Once an installer has completed the two-day course he is presented with a certification certificate showing that he is certified to install homes. An installer must indicate to the Department of Community and Economic Development his permission to publish his name as a certified installer.

For a partial list of certified installers click here.

Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for a listing of upcoming Installer Certification and Refresher Classes.