After months of hard work by your Home Builders Association, including a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Home Builders and member assistance, the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule has been stayed nationwide by a 2-1 vote in the Sixth Circuit Court.

This rule, created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act, was based on flawed data and would have required all home builders and homeowners looking to build or renovate to inquire about any water found on the property. Their inquiry would have queued to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the group that makes jurisdictional decisions and issues permits.  Before the WOTUS rule, the Corps of Engineers was taking six months to issue a jurisdictional determination.  The WOTUS rule was expected to significantly delay any new development and add a new layer of regulation to areas that were previously unaffected by the Clean Water Act.

This ruling is extremely beneficial to home builders, remodelers, and a direct result of the work done by your Home Builders Association on behalf of the entire home building industry.