Talbot County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Talbot County 4-25-2006 by Bill No. 999.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Effect of amendment on existing actions — See Ch. 1, Art. II.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 56.
Enforcement of Code — See Ch. 58.
Fees — See Ch. 64.
Minimum livability code — See Ch. 88.
Plumbing standards — See Ch. 112.
Sanitary sewer construction districts — See Ch. 139.
Sewer system — See Ch. 148.
Shared sanitary facilities — See Ch. 152.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 164.
Zoning, subdivision and land development — See Ch. 190.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill also repealed former Ch. 28, Building Construction, adopted 11-27-2001 by Bill No. 851.
The Department of Permits and Inspections is created as an agency of the County government. The Department shall be administered by the Director of Permits and Inspections under the supervision of the County Manager.
A. 
2003 International Building Code.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the current edition of the 2003 International Building Code® (including Appendix Chapters C, D, F, G, H, and I), as the minimum standards for building construction in Talbot County, Maryland.
B. 
2003 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the current edition of the 2003 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings® (including Appendix Chapters E, G, and H), as published by the International Code Council, Inc., as the minimum standards for building construction in Talbot County, Maryland.
C. 
2003 International Mechanical Code.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the 2003 International Mechanical Code® (including Appendix Chapters A and B), as published by the International Code Council, Inc., as minimum standards for commercial mechanical construction within Talbot County, Maryland.
[Added 12-18-2007 by Bill No. 1111]
D. 
2003 International Residential Code.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference Chapters 12-24, of the 2003 International Residential Code,® as published by the International Code Council, Inc., as minimum standards for residential mechanical construction within Talbot County, Maryland.
[Added 12-18-2007 by Bill No. 1111]
E. 
Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the 2002 Edition of the National Fuel Gas Code, ANZI Z223.1, NFPA 54, as published by the American Gas Association and the National Fire Protection Association, as minimum gas installation standards for both commercial and residential construction.
[Added 12-18-2007 by Bill No. 1111]
A. 
2003 International Building Code.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the 2006 Talbot County Supplement to the 2003 International Building Code,® attached hereto as Exhibit A.[1] The supplement amends the 2003 International Building Code® by repealing and replacing, deleting, or adding to the numbered sections as set forth therein.
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
B. 
2003 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings.® Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the 2006 Talbot County Supplement to the 2003 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings,® attached hereto as Exhibit B.[2] The supplement amends the 2003 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings® by repealing and replacing, deleting, or adding to the its numbered sections as set forth therein.
[2]
Editor's Note: Exhibit B is included as an attachment to this chapter.
C. 
Maryland Building Performance Standards. Talbot County hereby incorporates the following local amendments to the Maryland Building Performance Standards (the "Standards"), set forth in COMAR 09.12.51 et seq., as amended from time to time, which local amendments shall continue to apply and be effective without further action notwithstanding any future amendment, modification, or update to the Standards:
[Added 3-14-2017 by Bill No. 1353; amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
(1) 
Residential construction. Talbot County hereby adopts and incorporates by reference the Talbot County Residential Construction Supplement to the Standards (the "Supplement"). The Supplement amends the Standards by supplementing, superseding, modifying, replacing, adding, deleting or amending those provisions governing residential construction set forth in the Standards.
All building standards and supplements shall be maintained on file by the Director of Permits and Inspections and by the County Manager and shall be made available for public inspection during normal business hours upon request.
[Added 9-25-2007 by Bill No. 1106[1]; amended 2-22-2014 by Bill No. 1256[2]; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
A. 
The International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings® (International Code Council, 500 New Jersey Ave. NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20001), edition applicable in the State of Maryland, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2007 ed., shall govern requirements for installation of interior automatic fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family residential construction and manufactured homes.
B. 
Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
GROSS FLOOR AREA
The total horizontal floor area in square feet measured from the exterior walls of a building, including all conditioned space as defined in the International Residential Code®, edition applicable in the State of Maryland, as adopted from time to time, but not including crawl spaces, vent shafts, unroofed inner courts, or unconditioned spaces below ground or in attics.
RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS
All new one- and two-family dwellings, including manufactured homes constructed at the plant after the effective date of this section.
SUBSTANTIAL NEW ADDITIONS
New construction that exceeds 50% of the structure's total preexisting gross floor area and adds more than 400 square feet of new gross floor area.
SUBSTANTIAL REBUILDING
Reconstruction that exceeds 75% of the structure's present assessed value for property tax purposes as determined by the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
C. 
Applicability.
(1) 
The requirement for interior automatic fire sprinkler systems shall apply to all building permits issued after the effective date of this section in accordance with the provisions of this section to:
(a) 
Residential dwellings;
(b) 
Substantial rebuilding; and
(c) 
Substantial new additions; however, the requirement shall be applicable only in the new area of the structure.
(2) 
The requirements of this section do not apply to accessory or uninhabitable structures (e.g., detached carports, detached garages with no habitable space, greenhouses, and sheds).
D. 
Standards. Interior automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be installed and maintained in all new one- and two-family dwellings in accordance with the most recent version of Standard 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, as promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and as modified and adopted by the Maryland State Fire Prevention Code, Md. Code Ann., Public Safety Art., Title 9, as amended from time to time.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill was amended 2-26-2008 by Bill No. 1114 to defer its effective date from 3-1-2008 to 7-1-2008.
[2]
Editor's Note: This bill also provided that it shall be construed to apply retroactively and shall be applied to and interpreted to affect any project for which a building permit was issued on or after 7-1-2008, but for which a certificate of occupancy has yet to be obtained.