Five local communities will be among those in the state that will not be required to enforce the state’s uniform building codes.

The Maine House and Senate both voted June 14 to amend the state law that requires all communities to enforce the state building codes if the population is more than 2,000. The amendment, LD 1416, increases the population exempt from the building codes to 4,000.

In the Midcoast, communities with populations between 2,000 and 4,000 are Thomaston, Rockport, St. George, Union and Lincolnville.

The building codes include minimum energy efficiency standards such as the amount of insulation that must be used. Supporters of the existing law argued that the building codes were needed for reducing energy use in Maine.

The supporters of the change, however, noted that many communities were already exempt from the standards.

LD 1416 does not prohibit smaller communities from adopting the uniform building codes.

The Senate voted 21-12 for the bill while in the House the vote was 76-71.

In the Senate, voting for LD 1416 to exempt more communities were Sens. A. David Trahan, R-Waldoboro, and Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport.

Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston, voted against the bill.

In the House, voting for the bill were Republican Reps. Wes Richardson of Warren, Deborah Sanderson of Chelsea, and Jonathan McKane of Newcastle. McKane was the sponsor of the legislation, which received the endorsement of the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee.

Voting against the bill in the House were Reps. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro; Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville; and Walter Kumiega III, D-Deer Isle.