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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County by Ord. No. 96-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Definitions — See Ch. 2.
Rules of interpretation — See Ch. 3.
Electrical examiners — See Ch. 11.
Plumbing and health — See Ch. 12.
Housing — See Ch. 15.
Land use and development — See Ch. 18.
Attachment - 1 Table R301.2(1)

§ 10-1 Adoption of standards.

[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 1-26-2016 by Ord. No. 15-16]
Except as otherwise amended by this chapter, the following Codes are hereby adopted as the Building Code for Queen Anne's County as if the Codes were set out in full in this chapter:
A. 
The Maryland Building Performance Standards as set forth in the Code of Maryland Regulations 05.02.07 which incorporates the International Building Code, 2015 Edition, and the International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings, 2015 Edition.
B. 
International Mechanical Code, 2012 Edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc.
C. 
International Energy Conservation Code, 2015 Edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc.
D. 
NFPA 1, 2015 Edition Fire Code as published by the National Fire Protection Association; NFPA 101, 2015 Edition Life Safety Code as published by the National Fire Protection Association.
E. 
The 2014 Edition National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.
F. 
2012 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated, (National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors).
G. 
The Maryland State Accessibility Code, Code of Maryland Regulations 05.02.02.
H. 
2015 Edition, National Fuel Code, ANSI Z223.1 NFPA 54.
I. 
2013 Edition Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72.
J. 
2013 Edition Sprinkler Code, NFPA 13.
K. 
2015 Edition Natural Gas Code, NFPA 54.
L. 
2014 Edition LP Gas Code, CFPA 58.

§ 10-2 Building Code amendments.

[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. 08-02; 9-25-2012 by Ord. No. 12-17; 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 16-16; 2-14-2017 by Ord. No. 16-25]
The provisions of the International Building Code, 2015 Edition, as incorporated in COMAR 05.02.07 are modified, deleted, substituted, or added to as follows:
A. 
In general.
(1) 
The term "Code Official" as used in this Code means the Zoning Administrator of the Department of Planning and Zoning.
(2) 
Where the name of the jurisdiction is to be indicated in any section of this Code, insert "Queen Anne's County, Maryland."
(3) 
The term "Department of Building Inspection," as used in this Code, means the Department of Planning and Zoning.
B. 
Specific amendments.
(1) 
Chapter 1. Administration.
(a) 
101.2 Exemptions - Farm Buildings. At the end of Subsection 102.1, add the following: "The provisions of this Code shall not apply to the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, use, location or maintenance of farm buildings. This provision does not exempt the owner from obtaining required electrical or plumbing permits nor from complying with all other applicable local, state and federal regulations, laws and ordinances."
(b) 
101.2.1 Appendices. Delete all appendices except Appendix F.
(c) 
101.4 Referenced Codes. Amend Section 101.4 by deleting Subsections 101.4.1, 101.4.2, 101.4.3, 101.4.4, 101.4.5 and 101.4.6. Renumber Subsection 101.4.7 as Subsection 101.4.1.
(d) 
105.1.1 Annual permit: delete entirely.
(e) 
105.1.2 Annual permit records: delete entirely.
(f) 
105.2 Work exempt from permit. Amend Paragraph I under "Building" to read: "one-story detached accessory structure used as tool and storage sheds, playhouse and similar uses, provided its floor area is less than 200 square feet."
(g) 
105.2 Work exempt from permit. Add new Paragraph 14 under "Building" to read "Farm building; however this provision does not exempt the owner of a farm building from obtaining the required electrical or plumbing permits, nor from complying with all other applicable local, state and federal regulations, laws and ordinances."
(h) 
107.1 Construction documents.
[1] 
Delete 107.2 entirely and amend as follows: Renumber 107.3. 107.4 and 107.5 as 107.2, 107.3 and 107.4.
[2] 
Add new Subsection 107.1.1 to read as follows:
107.1.1 Information on construction documents.
The application for the building permit shall be accompanied by plans and specifications as follows:
1.
Detached one- and two- family dwellings: two sets of drawings, drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail to show the nature and character of the work to be performed, including, but not limited to:
a.
Floor plans each floor level, two elevations and typical cross section:
b.
Four copies of plot plans or two copies of formal approved site plan as required by Queen Anne's County Zoning Ordinance, if applicable.
2.
Detached one- and two-family dwellings, alterations, small additions, miscellaneous structures: two sets of drawings as in Subsection 1 above; however, the Code Official may waive the requirements for plan submittal for alterations, one-story additions less than 600 square feet total area and miscellaneous structures accessory to one- and two-family dwellings, provided that the application for such additions and accessory structures shall be accompanied by four copies of the plot plan and two copies of the formally approved site plan when required by the Queen Anne's County Zoning Ordinance.
3.
New buildings, additions and alterations to buildings other than detached one- and two-family dwellings: three complete sets of architectural, structural, mechanical (heating, ventilation, air conditioning HVAC) plumbing and electrical plans, drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail to show the nature and character of work to be performed. The plans shall be prepared in compliance with this Code, and shall have the seal and signature of a Maryland state professional engineer or architect affixed to each and every sheet of all sets, at least one of which shall bear the original (not reproduced) seal and signature.
(i) 
108.3 Temporary power. Amend to read as follows: "The Building Official is authorized to give permission to temporarily supply and use power in part of an electrical installation before such installation has been fully completed and the final certification of completion has been issued."
(j) 
109.6 Refunds. Delete Subsection 109.6 and substitute the following: "When an unissued permit has been denied by the Building Official or withdrawn by the property owner or agent, a refund of 50% is due on building codes and zoning fee paid. No refund will be given on issued permits."
(k) 
109.7 Inspection fees.
[1] 
Add a new Subsection 109.7 to read as follows:
109.7. Reinspection fees.
A reinspection fee may be charged for each reinspection if the work has to be reinspected because:
1.
The work was not ready for inspection at the prearranged time for inspection;
2.
The inspector did not have access to the work at the prearranged time for inspection; or
3.
The inspector discovers a flagrant noncompliance during a requested inspection.
(l) 
110.3 Required inspections. Delete Subsections 110.3.2, 110.3.3 and 110.3.5. Renumber Subsections 110.3.4, 110.3.6, 110.3.7, 110.3.8, 110.3.9 and 110.3.10 as Subsections 110.3.2, 110.3.3, 110.3.4, 110.3.5, 110.3.6 and 110.3.7.
(m) 
110.3.2 Foundation inspection. Add a new subsection to read as follows: "Foundation inspection shall be made when the foundation is complete with all required anchors, vents and termite shield installed."
(n) 
110.5 Inspection requests. Amend the section to include the following at the end of the first sentence: "24 hours before said work is completed."
(o) 
110.7 Withholding of inspection and permit. Add a new subsection to read as follows: "If the Code Official finds that a contractor, developer, or owner has violated the provisions of the Code, this chapter or rules or regulations which implement this chapter in connection with the construction, maintenance, alteration, or repair of any building, structures, equipment or land within Queen Anne's County, the Building Official, after written notice to the violator, and a hearing on the allegations, may refuse to grant further inspections or further permits of any kind to the contractor, developer, or owner until all violations have been corrected and all fees have been paid."
(p) 
115.2.1 Stop-work order; posting. Add a new subsection to read as follows: "The posting of a stop-work order at the job site shall constitute adequate notification by the Code Official."
(2) 
Chapter 2. Definitions.
(a) 
202 Add the following definition:
FARM BUILDING. A structure utilized to store farm implements, hay, feed, grain, or other agricultural or horticultural products or to house poultry, livestock, or other farm animals. Such structure shall not include habitable or occupiable spaces, spaces in which agricultural products are processed, treated, or packaged; nor shall an agricultural building be a place of occupancy by the general public.
(3) 
Chapter 9. Fire Protection Systems.
(a) 
903.2.2 Delete the subsection and substitute the following: "An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings in Use Group E in accordance with Subsection 903.3.1.1. Exception: where each classroom has at least one exterior door at ground level."
(b) 
903.2.8 Automatic sprinkler system Group R-2 and R-3. Amend title as above. Delete subsection and add the following: "An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings with an occupancy in Use Group R-2 and R-3."
(c) 
904.3.1 Electrical wiring. Delete reference to ICC Electrical Code and insert: "National Electrical Code (NFPA70), most recent edition."
(d) 
910.2.1 Groups F-1 and S-1 and M. Amend title as above and amend subsection to add Use Group M and the following exception: "Buildings of Use Group Classification M with a story height of less than 20 feet shall be exempt from the smoke venting requirements of this chapter."
(4) 
Chapter 16. Structural Design.
(a) 
1607.10 Reduction in live loads. Add a new Subsection 1607.10.1.5. to read as follows: "1607.10.1.5. Exceptions. Live load reductions allowed by Section 1607.10 shall not apply to roofs."
(b) 
1607.12.1.1 Minimum roof live loads. Add new paragraph to existing subsection as follows: "Roofs shall be designed for a minimum live load of 30 pounds per square foot or designed for the minimum snow load, whichever is greater."
(5) 
Chapter 18. Soils and Foundations.
(a) 
1809.5 Frost protection. Amend Subsection 1809.5 to read as follows: "Except where erected upon solid rock or otherwise protected from frost, foundation walls, piers, and other permanent supports of buildings or structures 200 square feet or larger in area or 10 feet in height shall extend below the frost line of 24 inches below finished grade, and spread footings of adequate size shall be provided where necessary to properly distribute the load within the allowable load bearing value of soil. Alternatively, such structures shall be supported on piles where solid earth or rock is not available. Footings shall not bear on frozen soils unless frozen condition is of a permanent nature."
(6) 
Chapter 33. Safeguards During Construction.
(a) 
3306.10. Accessibility during construction operations. Add new section titled as above to read as follows: "During construction operations the contractor shall maintain at all times a vehicular roadway that will permit the unimpeded movement of emergency vehicles from the improved street to within 200 feet of the most remote building under construction on the site. The vehicular access roadway surface shall be either crusher run, stone base, blacktop or other suitable compacted surface material approved by the Department."

§ 10-3 One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code amendments.

[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 6-24-2008 by Ord. No. 08-02; 9-25-2012 by Ord. No. 12-17; 2-14-2017 by Ord. No. 16-25]
The provisions of the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, 2000 Edition, as incorporated in COMAR 05.02.07 are modified, deleted, substituted, or added to as follows:
A. 
Chapter 1. Administrative. Chapter 1 of the International Residential Code for One or Two Family Dwellings is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with Chapter 1 of the International Building Code, 2015 Edition, as amended herein.
B. 
Section R301.2 Climatic and geographic criteria, shall be amended so that Table R301.2(1) shall read as follows:[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Table R301.2(1) is included as an attachment to this chapter.

§ 10-4 National Electrical Code amendments.

[Added 7-6-2004 by Ord. No. 04-10[1]]
The provisions of the National Electric Code are modified and amended so as to exempt smoke detectors from any requirement or requirements for wiring into an arc fault circuit interrupter specifically including the provisions of Section 210.12(B) of the National Electric Code (2002 Edition).
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also renumbered former §§ 10-4 and 10-5 as §§ 10-5 and 10-6, respectively.

§ 10-5 National Fuel Gas Code amendments.

[Added 11-4-2003 by Ord. No. 03-19[1]]
The provisions of the 1999 Edition, National Fuel Code, ANSI, 2223.1 NFPA 54 (the County Fuel Code) are modified and added to as follows:
A. 
Additions. Section 3.2 and Appendix 1 of the 2001 Edition of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, NFPA 58, are added to, incorporated in and made a part of the County Fuel Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also renumbered former § 10-4, Violations and penalties, as § 10-5.

§ 10-6 Fire Prevention Code.

[Added 7-14-2009 by Ord. No. 09-13]
A. 
Definitions. In this section, the following words have the meanings indicated.
DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL
Those qualified and appointed by the Fire Marshal with the duties and powers to enforce the Fire Prevention Code.
EXISTING BUILDING, CONDITION, OR FACILITY
Any building, plant, condition, or equipment that existed before February 1, 2008, or any building, plant, condition, or equipment for which a building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permit was issued before February 1, 2008.
FIRE MARSHAL
The Division Chief of the Queen Anne's County Office of the Fire Marshal.
NEW BUILDING, CONDITION, OR FACILITY
Any building, plant, condition, or equipment for which a building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permits was issued on or after February 1, 2008. Any such building, plant, condition or equipment shall continue to be classified as "new" until one year after such building, condition, or facility has obtained all final inspections
NFPA
National Fire Protection Association,
B. 
Scope.
(1) 
Applicability. This section applies both to new and existing buildings, conditions, or facilities, except as set forth below.
(2) 
Inapplicability.
(a) 
This section does not apply to one- and two-family dwellings, except for the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms and residential sprinklers when required by any federal, state or local law or regulation.
(b) 
Inapplicability to Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code. The requirements of this section do not apply to work areas that are subject to the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code as found at Subtitle 10 of Title 12 of the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Annotated Code and associated regulations.
(3) 
Notwithstanding the foregoing Subsection B, this section shall apply to any new or existing building, condition or facility, if:
(a) 
The Fire Marshal or Deputy Fire Marshal has found that the continuation of an existing condition would constitute a distinct hazard adverse to life, property, public safety, or welfare; or
(b) 
The building undergoes a change from one occupancy classification to another or from one occupancy sub-classification to another.
C. 
Administration. Except as otherwise provided in the Fire Prevention Code, the Fire Marshal, or Deputy Fire Marshal shall enforce and administer the provisions of this section.
D. 
Fire Prevention Code.
(1) 
Adoption. The following codes and standards as amended and republished from time to time are adopted by reference as the Fire Prevention Code for Queen Anne's County
(a) 
NFPA 1, 2009 Edition Fire Code, as published by NFPA;
(b) 
NFPA 101, 2009 Life Safety Code, as published by NFPA;
(c) 
Those portions of the Maryland Building Performance Standards related to fire safety.
(2) 
Conflicts. If there are conflicts within the documents set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the most restrictive provision shall apply.
(3) 
Matters not provided for. Any requirement essential for fire safety that is not specifically covered by the Fire Prevention Code shall be determined by the Queen Anne's County Fire Marshal in accordance with the NFPA National Fire Codes or other NFPA technical publications.
(4) 
Modifications. Section 1-10 of NFPA 1, Fire Code, shall be deleted and all appeals under the Fire Prevention Code shall be to the Maryland State Fire Prevention Commission. Any person shall be permitted to appeal a decision of the Fire Marshal or Deputy Fire Marshal when it is claimed that any one or more of the following conditions exist:
(a) 
The true intent of the Fire Prevention Code has been incorrectly interpreted.
(b) 
The provisions of the Fire Prevention Code do not fully apply.
(c) 
A decision is unreasonable or arbitrary as it applies to alternatives or new materials.
An appeal and all documentation in support thereof shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal in writing within 30 calendar days of notification of violation outlining the provision of the Fire Prevention Code from which relief is sought and the remedy proposed.
E. 
Implementation. The implementation of the Fire Prevention Code shall be in accordance with the inspection priority and frequency policy as established by the Office of the Fire Marshal.
F. 
Fees. The Office of the Fire Marshal shall charge and collect fees for inspection, re-inspection and plan review in accordance with the fee schedule established by the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, as the same may be amended from time to time.
G. 
Flammable and hazardous chemicals storage - signs. All establishments storing or handling flammable or hazardous chemicals shall be plainly marked with signs at entrances to storage or use areas and at other points that are recommended by the Fire Marshal or the Deputy Fire Marshal. These signs shall be in accordance with the "Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response," published by NFPA.

§ 10-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 7-14-2009 by Ord. No. 09-13]
A. 
Civil penalties.
(1) 
Any person who shall erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, move, remove, demolish or occupy any building, structure or equipment regulated by this chapter, or cause the same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, shall be guilty of a civil violation and subject to an original present fine, not to exceed $500. In the case of any violation of the Queen Anne's County Fire Prevention Code, § 10-6 hereof, the pre-set fines shall be $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, $500 for a third offense and $1,000 for a fourth or subsequent offense.
(2) 
Each day on which a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.
B. 
Collection of civil penalties.
(1) 
The procedures, duties and provisions of § 18:1-213 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Queen Anne's County respecting collection of civil zoning violations shall apply to civil violations issued hereunder.