[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Queen Anne's County by Ord. No. 96-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 1-26-2016 by Ord. No. 15-16; 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
Except as otherwise amended by this chapter and as may be modified by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulations after adoption of the individual codes which constitute the Maryland Building Performance Standards (MBPS), 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. (NOTE: All DLLR modifications to the Codes set out below become effective four months from the date of state adoption.)
The Maryland Building Performance Standards as set forth in the Code of Maryland Regulations 05.02.07 which incorporates the current edition of the International Building Code, and the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings.
International Mechanical Code, current edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc.
International Energy Conservation Code, current edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc.
NFPA 1, current edition Fire Code as published by the National Fire Protection Association; NFPA 101, current edition Life Safety Code as published by the National Fire Protection Association.
The current edition National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.
Current edition of the International Plumbing Code.
The Maryland State Accessibility Code, Code of Maryland Regulations 05.02.02.
Current edition of the International Fuel Gas Code.
Current edition of the Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72.
Current edition of the Sprinkler Code, NFPA 13.
Current edition of the Natural Gas Code, NFPA 54.
Current edition of the LP Gas Code, NFPA 58.
[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; 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
The provisions of the International Building Code, current edition, as incorporated in COMAR 05.02.07 are modified, deleted, substituted, or added to as follows:
The term "Code Official" as used in this Code means the Zoning Administrator of the Department of Planning and Zoning.
Where the name of the jurisdiction is to be indicated in any section of this Code, insert "Queen Anne's County, Maryland."
The term "Department of Building Inspection," as used in this Code, means the Department of Planning and Zoning.
Chapter 1. Administration.
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."
101.2.1 Appendices. Delete all appendices except Appendix F.
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.
105.1.1 Annual permit: delete entirely.
105.1.2 Annual permit records: delete entirely.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
Chapter 9. Fire Protection Systems.
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."
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."
904.3.1 Electrical wiring. Delete reference to ICC Electrical Code and insert: "National Electrical Code (NFPA70), most recent edition."
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."
Chapter 16. Structural Design.
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."
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."
Chapter 18. Soils and Foundations.
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."
Chapter 33. Safeguards During Construction.
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."
[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; 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
The provisions of the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, current edition, as incorporated in COMAR 05.02.07 are modified, deleted, substituted, or added to as follows:
[Added 7-6-2004 by Ord. No. 04-10; amended 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
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 (current edition).
[Added 11-4-2003 by Ord. No. 03-19; amended 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
The provisions of the current edition, National Fuel Code, ANSI, 2223.1 NFPA 54 (the County Fuel Code) are modified and added to as follows:
Additions. Section 3.2 and Appendix 1 of the current edition of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code, NFPA 58, are added to, incorporated in and made a part of the County Fuel Code.
[Added 7-14-2009 by Ord. No. 09-13]
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.
- National Fire Protection Association.
Applicability. This section applies both to new and existing buildings, conditions, or facilities, except as set forth below.
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.
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.
Notwithstanding the foregoing Subsection B, this section shall apply to any new or existing building, condition or facility, if:
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
The building undergoes a change from one occupancy classification to another or from one occupancy sub-classification to another.
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.
Fire Prevention Code.
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
Conflicts. If there are conflicts within the documents set forth in subsection (a) of this section, the most restrictive provision shall apply.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
[Amended 5-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-05; 7-14-2009 by Ord. No. 09-13]
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 pre-set fine, not to exceed $1,000. The pre-set fines shall be $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, $750 for a third offense and $1,000 for a fourth or subsequent offense. 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.
[Amended 10-13-2020 by Ord. No. 20-11]
Each day on which a violation continues constitutes a separate violation.