City of Aberdeen, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Articles I and II adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Aberdeen (now Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen) as indicated in article histories. Subsequent articles adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Aberdeen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings and property — See Ch. 215.
Development Code — See Ch. 235.
Environmental control — See Ch. 250.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 269.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 275.
Grading and sediment control — See Ch. 297.
Livability standards — See Ch. 348.
Sewers and water — See Ch. 450.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 465.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 475.
Fees — See Ch. A550.
[Adopted 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 352-90 (Ch. 46, Art. I of the 1990 Code)]
[Amended 9-11-2000 by Ord. No. 572-00; 6-10-2002 by Ord. No. 617-02; 9-18-2006 by Ord. No. 715-06; 7-28-2008 by Ord. No. 08-5; 9-24-2012 by Ord. No. 12-O-10]
A. 
The City adopts by reference all building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection codes, with certain amendments, and any and all appendices and supplements as enforced by Harford County and the City of Aberdeen governments as fully set forth herein, save such changes, amendments, revisions, deletions, subsections, and/or additions as specified in the chapter.
B. 
All building construction in the City shall meet the standards and requirements of the International Building Code and/or International Residential Code, as may apply, as modified by Harford County or the City of Aberdeen. All electrical and plumbing installations in the City shall meet the standards and requirements of the National Electrical Code and National Standard Plumbing Code, except as modified by Harford County or the City of Aberdeen. All mechanical installations in the City shall meet the standards and requirements of the International Mechanical Code as modified by Harford County or the City of Aberdeen.
C. 
The City of Aberdeen adopts the following amendments to the above-referenced codes:
(1) 
The "building official" shall refer to the Director of the Department of Public Works of the City of Aberdeen.
(2) 
Whenever Harford County is referenced, it shall include the City of Aberdeen.
(3) 
The Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits shall include the City of Aberdeen and its appropriate departments, including the Department of Public Works.
(4) 
The Department of Building Safety shall include the City of Aberdeen and its appropriate departments, including the Department of Public Works.
(5) 
In Section 101.1 of the 2012 IBC, insert the words "City of Aberdeen" as the jurisdiction.
(6) 
Section 82-2B(10) (referenced IBC items 1 and 15) of Harford County Bill No. 11-51 are deleted, as all accessory structures require a permit for zoning purposes.
(7) 
Chapter 1, Part 2, Sections 105.2.1, 105.2.2, and 105.2.6 of the 2012 IBC are deleted, as all accessory structures, fences, and driveways require a permit for zoning purposes.
(8) 
References to "premises identification" shall include Chapter 215, Numbering of Buildings and Property, of the Aberdeen Code.
Whenever a local subdivision is referred to in the code, it shall be deemed to mean the City of Aberdeen.
The City may employ inspectors for the purpose of enforcing the code or may designate such other person, firm, corporation, municipality or county as to perform such inspections.
All applications for building permits shall be issued by the Director of Public Works. All drawings, plans or other documentation shall be filed with the application. No application shall be issued until all fees have been paid.
Where the provisions of the Building Code are less stringent than or conflict with the zoning provisions of this Code of the City or conflict with the Development Code, then Chapter 235, Development Code, shall govern, except that where the Building Code is more stringent or restrictive in a standard than the Development Code, then the Building Code will govern.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Any person who shall violate the provisions of this article or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the Building Official or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of the Building Code or shall continue any work in or about the building after having been served with an order to stop work, except if he has been directed to perform work to correct a violation, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $100 or imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both fined and imprisoned. Each twenty-four-hour period that a violation continues or in which a violation occurs shall be deemed a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
[Adopted 3-27-1989 by Ord. No. 329 (Ch. 46, Art. II of the 1990 Code)]
For the purposes of this article, the following words shall have the meaning indicated:
APPROVED WATER CLOSET
Any water closet using not more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, with the rate based on a pressure at the fixture of not more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
APPROVED SHOWER HEAD
Any automatic flow shower head using no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute, with the rate based on a pressure at the fixture of not more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
APPROVED KITCHEN SINK FAUCET FOR PRIVATE USE
Any faucet using no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, with the rate based on a pressure at the fixture of not more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
APPROVED LAVATORY SINK FAUCET FOR PRIVATE USE
Any faucet using no more than 2.0 gallons per minute, with the rate based on a pressure at the fixture of not more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
APPROVED SINK FAUCET FOR A PUBLIC FACILITY
Any faucet with spring-loaded valves or other devices that stop the flow of water upon release of the handle or that stop the flow of water after not more than one gallon of water has flowed through the fixture.
APPROVED URINAL
Any single-flush-type urinal using not more than 1.5 gallons of water per flush, with the rate based on a pressure at the fixture of not more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
BUILDING
Includes any building or structure, the initial construction of which commenced on or after the effective date of this article.
CONSTRUCTION
The building, inspection and supervision of new structures and the installation of equipment required in connection with the new structures.
DIRECTOR
The Director of the Department of Public Works.
EXCESSIVE PRESSURE
When street main pressure exceeds 60 pounds per square inch, an approved pressure-reducing valve and an approved relief device shall be installed in the water service pipe near its entrance to the building to reduce the water pressure to 60 pounds per square inch or lower. Pressure at any fixture shall be limited to no more than 60 pounds per square inch under no-flow conditions.
LOCAL PLUMBING INSPECTIONS
Inspections by the appropriate agencies or units of the county which inspect the installation of plumbing fixtures and devices and water, drainage and sewage systems.
REMODELED
The complete reconstruction, relocation or addition of a whole plumbing system to another part of a building.
Except as provided under § 210-9, the following fixtures or devices shall be installed, as necessary, in buildings constructed or remodeled after the effective date of this article:
A. 
Approved water closets in every building.
B. 
Approved shower heads in every building.
C. 
Approved sink faucets for private residences and in buildings with rest rooms not intended for public use.
D. 
Approved sink faucets for a public facility in buildings with rest rooms intended for public use.
E. 
Approved urinals in buildings with rest rooms intended for public use.[1]
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
Enforcement of this article may be suspended by the Director of the Department of Public Works for a specified period of time if it is determined by the local plumbing inspectors that:
A. 
There is an inadequate supply of approved water closets, approved sink faucets or approved shower heads or water-conserving devices intended for attachment to water closets, sink faucets or shower heads to allow the fixtures to qualify as approved fixtures under § 210-8;
B. 
The configuration of a drainage system for a building requires a greater quantity of water to adequately flush the system than is delivered by approved fixtures; or
C. 
There would be an adverse effect upon a historic restoration.
A violation of this article shall be deemed a municipal infraction and subject to a fine of $500. Procedures shall be as provided in Chapter 95, Municipal Infractions.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).