No. House Bill 2349 prohibits only government entities from restricting the use of building materials allowed under national codes.
As we reported earlier this week, cities and counties are still wrestling with the meaning of the new state law. HB 2349 had wide support from homebuilders and property developers, who claimed cities were driving up costs by requiring houses be built with certain materials.
Cities opposed the bill, but were unable to convince Gov. Greg Abbott to veto it.
Some homeowners associations have covenants that require a uniform appearance in the neighborhood — in other words, those homeowners have limited choices in building materials, ostensibly to maintain property values.