The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code is hereby adopted as the Building Code of Page County. All matters concerning the design, construction, alterations, additions, enlargements, repairs, removals, demolition, conversion, use locations, occupancies and maintenance of buildings and other functions which pertain to installations of systems vital to all buildings and structures in their systems equipment, as defined by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, shall be under the control of this chapter.
Editor's Note: See Code of Virginia 1950, § 36-97 et seq.
The Building Official for the County of Page, Virginia, shall be designated as the Code Official who shall have designated powers to enforce the provisions of the Code.
There is hereby created a Building Inspection Department whose responsibility is to enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Department shall have one or more building officials or inspectors who shall be appointed by the Page County Board of Supervisors. The building official(s) or inspector(s), in concurrence with the Board of Supervisors, shall be responsible for the organization and daily operation of the Department.
The Page County Building Inspection Department may enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code in those incorporated towns with which contracted agreements are made to do so.
No permit to begin work for new construction or other building as set down in this chapter shall be issued until the prescribed, fees have been paid.
The governing body shall establish, by resolution, a schedule of fees, charges and expenses and collection procedures for building permits, certificates of use and occupancy and other matters pertaining to this chapter.
The schedule of fees shall be available for inspection in the office of the Building Official and may be altered or amended by the governing body by resolution.
Until all application fees, charges and expenses have been paid in full, no action shall be taken on any application or appeal.
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that it shall take effect 7-1-2005.
Any permit issued by the Building Official pursuant to the provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, under which no work is commenced within six months, may be canceled upon the application of the permit holder, and the permit holder shall be entitled to a refund for the portion of the work that was not completed, when requested in writing by the permit holder. A minimum fee of $25 shall be nonrefundable. Any permit issued pursuant to this Code shall become null and void after the expiration of six months if no work is commenced thereunder during said six-month period; provided, however, that any permit so voided may be reinstated upon application of the original applicant within one year from issuance with no additional fee; and further provided that at the time of application for reinstatement, such plans and application comply with the then-existing building code and other applicable ordinances of the County.
The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition and for all work done in connection with the work contemplated by a building permit shall not relieve the applicant or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are or may be prescribed by other laws or ordinances for water taps, sewer connections, electrical service, erection of signs and display structures or fees for inspections, certificates of use and occupancy or other privileges or requirements, both within and without the jurisdiction of the Building Official.
Any person, firm or corporation starting any aforesaid work without first obtaining a building permit shall be subject to a penalty. The single-family residential structures penalty shall be 20% of the permit cost but not less than $20, to be added to the cost of the permit. The penalty for all other buildings or structures shall be 50% of the permit cost but not less than $50, to be added to the cost of same. In addition, any such violation shall be deemed a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided in § 36-106 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended.