[Adopted 4-3-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-02]
The International Property Maintenance Code, 2000 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, Inc. (hereinafter "the Housing Code"), is adopted by this reference and made a part of this article as though set out in full herein with the additions, exceptions, and modifications set forth in § 225-8 of this article. At least three copies of the International Property Maintenance Code, 2000 Edition, shall be on file in the office of the Clerk of the Council for public inspection and use.
Enforcement of Housing Code; officials.
The Director of the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement is designated the county official responsible for the enforcement and administration of the Housing Code adopted by this article.
The Director of the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement, with the approval of the County Executive, shall appoint such number of officers, technical assistants, inspectors and other employees as are necessary for the administration and enforcement of this article. He may delegate to the head of the Housing Division of the Department the powers and responsibilities assigned in this article.
Administration and enforcement of the Housing Code will be coordinated to the maximum extent feasible with other county departments, boards, commissions, agencies and the governing bodies of incorporated cities and towns in order that corrective actions and resources may be efficiently and effectively applied to the common goal of attainment of improved housing conditions.
Amendments. The subsections contained in this section shall add, modify, amend, delete, or change the designated sections of the Housing Code as indicated in each subsection. Where the name of the jurisdiction is to be indicated in any section of the Housing Code, the jurisdiction name shall be Prince George's County, Maryland. Where the Housing Code references any Building Code, it shall be construed to mean the Prince George's County Building Code as adopted by Subtitle 4 of the Prince George's County Code. Where the Housing Code references any Plumbing Code, it shall mean the Prince George's County Plumbing Code as enforced by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Where the Housing Code references any Fire Code, it shall mean the Prince George's County Fire Safety Law as adopted by Subtitle 11 of the Prince George's County Code. Where the Housing Code references any Electrical Code, it shall mean the Prince George's County Electrical Code as adopted by Subtitle 9 of the Prince George's County Code.
Definitions. As used in this article and the Housing Code, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- BUILDING OFFICIAL or CODE OFFICIAL
- The Director of the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement or the Director's duly authorized representative.
- The Housing Code.
- MUNICIPALITY or CITY
- The county, unless it is specifically intended to indicate an incorporated city or town within the county.
Administration: Section 101, General. Scope. The provisions of this code shall apply to all existing residential structures and premises and constitute the minimum requirements and standards for premises, structures, equipment, and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, safety from fire and other hazards, and for safe and sanitary maintenance; the responsibility of owners, operators, and occupants; the occupancy of existing structure and premises, and for administration, enforcement, and penalties. This code shall not apply to hotels and motels serving transient guests only, rest homes, convalescent homes, nursing homes, and such structures which have been converted to an approved nonresidential use.
Application of other codes. Repairs, additions, or alterations to a structure, or changes of occupancy shall be done in accordance with the procedures and provisions of the county code.