Town of Bridgeville, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Bridgeville 7-8-1996 by Ord. No. 1796. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 102.
Fences — See Ch. 132.
Housing standards — See Ch. 148.
Zoning — See Ch. 234.
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, business or corporation to undertake or cause to be undertaken the construction, reconstruction, enlargement, alteration or relocation of any building or structure unless an approved building permit has been obtained from the Municipal Building Permit Official.
A building permit shall not be required for repairs to existing buildings or structures, provided that no structural changes or modifications are involved.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
A combination of materials to form a permanent structure having walls and a roof. Included shall be all mobile homes and trailers to be used for human habitation.
Any person, persons, partnership, business or corporation.
A combination of materials to form anything permanently affixed to or in the ground or to any other building or structure permanently affixed to or in the ground. Included shall be such things as driveways, carports, porches, swimming pools, etc.
Application for such a building permit shall be made in writing to the Building Official on forms supplied by the municipality. Such application shall contain at least the following:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of owner of land on which the proposed construction is to occur.
The name and address of the contractor.
Site location.
A brief description of proposed work and the estimated cost.
A plan of the site showing the exact size and location of the proposed construction, as well as any existing building or structures.
The Building Official shall issue a building permit only after it has been determined that the proposed construction will be in conformance with all applicable requirements and regulations.
After the issuance of a building permit by the Building Official, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit or any of the plans, specifications or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent or approval of the Building Official.
In addition to the building permit, the Building Official shall issue a placard which shall be displayed on the premises during the time construction is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the building permit, the date of its issuance and be signed by the Building Official.
Work on the proposed construction shall begin within six (6) months after the date of issuance of the building permit, or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted, in writing, by the Building Official. Construction shall be considered to have started with the first placement of permanent construction of the site, such as the pouring of slabs or footings or any work beyond the stage of excavation. For a structure without a basement or poured footings, the start of construction includes the first permanent framing or assembly of the structure or any part thereof on its pilings or foundation or the affixing of any prefabricated structure or mobile home to its permanent site. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, land clearing, grading, filling; excavation for basement, footings, piers or foundations; erection of temporary forms; the installation of sewer, gas and water pipes or electric or other service lines from the street.
[Amended 4-9-2012 by Ord. No. A12-2; 2-11-2013 by Ord. No. A13-2]
During the construction period, the Building Official or other authorized official may inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the permit application and with all applicable municipal laws and ordinances. In the event that the Building Official discovers that the work does not comply with the permit application or any applicable laws and ordinances or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant, the Building Official shall revoke the building permit and report such fact to the Commissioners for whatever action it considers necessary.
[Amended 6-11-2001 by Ord. No. 01-5; 10-6-2008 by Ord. No. A08-13]
Applications for a building permit shall be accompanied by a fee, payable to the municipality, based upon the estimated cost of the proposed construction as determined by the Building Official at the following rates:
Estimated Cost of Construction
Up to $1,000
Each additional $1,000
There shall be a fee for the renewal of any building permit. This fee shall be equal to the original cost of the building permit, with a maximum charge of $50.
Editor's Note: See also § 128-1.
Any person aggrieved by the Building Official's estimate of the cost of the proposed construction may appeal to the Commissioners. Such appeal must be filed in writing, within 30 days after the determination by the Building Official. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Commissioners shall set a time and place, not less than 10 nor more tan 30 days, for the purpose of the hearing of the appeal, notice shall be given to all parties at which time they may appear and be heard. The determination of the estimated cost by the Commissioners shall be final in all cases.
[Amended 4-9-2012 by Ord. No. A12-2; 2-11-2013 by Ord. No. A13-2]
Any person violating any provision of this chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall pay such fines as set out in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, Penalties.
[Added 11-7-2005 by Ord. No. A05-6]
All construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, location, removal, and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings, and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with separate means of egress, in the Town of Bridgeville, shall comply with the provisions of the 2003 Edition of the International Residential Code published by the International Code Council, including all subsequent amendments and additions thereto (hereinafter “IBC”), two copies of which shall be maintained in the Office of the Town Manager or an official designated by him/her.
If any section or provision of the IBC conflicts with any other section or provision of the Code of the Town of Bridgeville, the provisions of the Code of the Town of Bridgeville shall prevail. If any section or provision of the IBC is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional or otherwise enforceable, the remaining portions of the IBC shall remain in effect.