Town of Manchester, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Directors of the Town of Manchester as Secs. 4-1, 4-3 to 4-6 of the 1996 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Demolition of buildings — See Ch. 133.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 137.
CHARTER REFERENCES
Authority to establish fire limits — See § 1-3(11).
Authority to regulate buildings — See § 1-3(31).
STATUTORY REFERENCES
Authority of Town to make rules relating to the maintenance of safe and sanitary housing — See C.G.S. § 7-148(c)(7)(A)(i).
Authority of Town to regulate the mode of using buildings — See C.G.S. § 7-148(c)(7)(A)(ii).
Authority of Town to regulate and prohibit the moving of buildings and to regulate removal and demolition of unsafe buildings — See C.G.S. § 7-148(c)(7)(A)(iii).
State building code applicable to all municipalities — See C.G.S. § 29-253.

§ 129-1 Fire limits established.

The fire limits of the Town include all closely built mercantile and adjoining manufacturing districts and surrounding blocks on all sides which constitute an exposure to such area or within which new construction of a mercantile or manufacturing character is developing and are hereby established as follows: All of the industrial and business zones of the Town, except those industrial structures approved by the appropriate Fire Marshal and the Chief Building Official that possess extraordinary fire protective capability by virtue of augmented water supply, two sources maintained sprinkler system, twenty-four-hour security on premises, and such other reasonable requirements as the Fire Marshal and Chief Building Official may require.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Sec. 4-2, Numbering of buildings, which previously followed this section, was superseded 11-12-1996. See now Ch. 137, Buildings, Numbering of.

§ 129-2 Building permits on unaccepted streets.

No permit shall be issued for the erection of a building, other than a farm or accessory building which is not in violation of the zoning regulations or building code, on a street or highway which has not been accepted by the Town, except on a lot of record in the office of the Town Clerk as of March 1, 1946, or on a street which was open for vehicular travel on March 1, 1946. Any building erected pursuant to a permit issued in violation of this section shall be deemed an unlawful structure, and it shall be vacated or removed upon order of the Chief Building Official.

§ 129-3 Adoption of Building Code; penalties for offenses.

A. 
For the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the construction, alteration, removal, demolition, equipment, use, occupancy, location and maintenance of buildings and structures, including permits, licenses and penalties, the Town hereby adopts as the municipal building code the Connecticut State Building Code.
B. 
The enforcement of any penalties as provided by state law shall be in accordance with the procedures set forth in § 7-152c of the General Statutes.

§ 129-4 Building permit fees.

[Amended 6-1-1999; 6-2-2009]
All fees chargeable in accordance with the State Building Code or other state laws shall be established by the Board of Directors of the Town and collected by the Chief Building Official in accordance with recognized industry standards, as modified by such code. The return or refund, whether complete or partial, of any of such fees shall be authorized by the Director of Public Works upon recommendation of the Chief Building Official.
Activity
Fee
Value of building permit:
From $0 up to and including $1,000
$20 (inclusive of the state-required education fees)
In excess of $1,000, per $1,000 or portion thereof
$15 (inclusive of the state-required education fees)
Starting work without a permit
Two times normal permit fee
Certificate of use or occupancy (partial, temporary or permanent)
Residential
$10
Commercial
$15
Certificate of approval (partial or permanent)
Residential
$10
Commercial
$15
Reinspection fee, per reinspection
$20
Special inspection processing
$25
Threshold peer review
$25
Special inspection processing and threshold peer review
$25
Fixturing permit
$125

§ 129-5 Waiver of permit fees.

[Amended 12-6-2016]
The building permit fees set forth in § 129-4 herein, may be waived in the following situations:
A. 
The Director of Public Works may, in his or her sole discretion, waive the permit fees required by reason of activity performed by or on behalf of the Town whether by contract or otherwise.
B. 
The Chief Building Official may waive all Town fees related to building permits for construction work performed on defective concrete foundations. The waiver is restricted to the work associated with the direct replacement of the existing foundation or any part thereof. However, the Chief Building Official, in his or her discretion, may also waive the fees for electrical, plumbing or other related work required to restore the structure to its previously permitted condition. Upon waiving any fees, the Chief Building Official shall notify the property owner in writing which fees have been waived and the total amount of the fees which were waived. This provision shall be effective commencing December 1, 2016.
C. 
The Board of Directors may, in other instances and for good cause shown, after a public hearing, waive all building permit fees required in§ 129-4.

§ 129-6 Exemption from building permit fees.

[Added 1-3-2012; amended 3-6-2012]
A. 
The Chief Building Official shall exempt all qualified Class I renewable energy source projects from the payment of building permit fees, providing said building permits have been applied for on or before December 31, 2014.
[Amended 10-8-2013]
B. 
For purposes of this section, qualified Class I renewable energy source projects are determined from the following definitions:
(1) 
Energy derived from solar power, wind power, a fuel cell, methane gas from landfills, ocean thermal power, wave or tidal power, low-emission advanced renewable energy conversion technologies, a run-of-the-river hydropower facility, provided such facility has a generating capacity of not more than five megawatts, does not cause an appreciable change in the river flow, and began operation after July 1, 2003, or a sustainable biomass facility with an average emission rate of equal to or less than 0.075 pounds of nitrogen oxides per million BTU of heat input for the previous calendar quarter, except that energy derived from a sustainable biomass facility with a capacity of less than 500 kilowatts that began construction before July 1, 2003, may be considered a Class I renewable energy source; or
(2) 
Any electrical generation, including distributed generation, generated from a Class I renewable energy source;
CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE PROJECTS
Consist of the componentry necessary for the installation of collection and generation equipment which utilizes Class I renewable energy sources, hereinafter referred to as "qualified equipment," and shall require the submittal of separate building permit applications for the installation of the qualified equipment. System design and product information adequate to determine qualification for fee exemption shall be provided by the applicant at the time of permit application, with a written request for fee exemption. The Chief Building Official shall make the determination based on information provided, if the proposed system qualifies as a Class I renewable energy source project.
C. 
In the event an applicant is aggrieved by the decision of the Chief Building Official to deny a waiver request for equipment deemed not to qualify, the applicant shall have the right to an appeal as afforded by the Connecticut State Building Code.