Manufactured & Modular Homes/Mobile Structures

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulates construction of modular homes and commercial mobile structures located in Illinois. Staff review plans for each model to be located in Illinois to ensure that these units meet minimum structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and energy conservation standards. About 1,300 modular homes and commercial mobile structures are placed in Illinois annually.

The IDPH also has responsibilities relating to manufactured homes. To ensure quality living conditions for people who reside in manufactured home communities, IDPH licenses all parks with 5 or more sites (except those located in home rule units). Staff inspects each park annually for license renewal, at which time they check the water supply, sewage disposal system, electrical system, lighting, road conditions, spacing of homes, and garbage disposal. The IDPH staff also review plans for all new parks and any additions to existing ones.

State law requires that all manufactured homes moved since January 1, 1980, be secured using equipment that meets standards adopted by IDPH. Although installers of tiedown equipment must comply with these standards, the homeowner is ultimately responsible for properly securing the home.

Effective December 31, 2001, the Manufactured Home Quality Assurance Act requires all manufactured homes to be installed by an Illinois licensed manufactured home installer or the homeowner. These homes must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. If instructions are not available, the homes must be installed in accordance with the Department's Manufactured Home Installation Code.

The Department is also listed as a State Administrative Agent for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The HUD Manufactured Home Dispute Resolution Program (DRP) provides timely resolution of disputes between manufacturers, retailers and installers when the parties cannot agree on a solution to a construction and/or safety defect with a manufactured home. To learn more, visit the HUD Dispute Resolution website: www.huddrp.net. To submit a dispute, go to http://www.huddrp.net/SubmitDispute.