Harford County, MD
 
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A. 
The 2015 International Residential Code published by the International Code Council, Inc., is hereby adopted and by reference thereto is made a part of this chapter with the same force and effect as though set out in full herein, save and except such changes, amendments, revisions, deletions, subsections and/or additions as specified in this chapter. If conflicts with this code, or with changes, amendments, revisions, deletions, subsections and/or additions to that code are found elsewhere in the County Code, the most restrictive provisions shall govern.
B. 
At least one copy of this code and supplements thereto shall be on file and open for public use, examination and inspection in the office of the Director of Administration and in the office of the Council Administrator.
The following sections are changes or additions to certain sections of the 2015 International Residential Code:
(1) 
Subsection R101.1 is amended by deleting "name of jurisdiction" and inserting in lieu thereof "Harford County, Maryland".
(2) 
New Subsection R101.4 is added as follows:
"R101.4 Safeguards during construction. The provisions of Chapter 33 of the 2015 International Building Code as adopted by Article I of this chapter shall be applicable to all construction sites possessing a valid building permit."
(3) 
Subsection R102.5 is deleted and the following is inserted in lieu thereof:
"R102.5 Appendices. Provisions in Appendix A, Sizing and Capacities of Gas Piping; Appendix B, Sizing of Venting Systems Serving Appliances Equipped with Draft Hoods, Category I, Appliances, and Appliances listed for use and Type B vents; Appendix C, Exit Terminals of Mechanical Draft and Direct-Vent Venting Systems; Appendix D, Recommended Procedure for Safety Inspection of an Existing Appliance Installation; Appendix E, Manufactured Housing Used as Dwellings; Appendix H, Patio Covers; Appendix J, Existing Buildings and Structures; and Appendix K, Sound Transmission, shall be deemed as part of this code."
(4) 
Sections R103 through R114 of the 2015 International Residential Code are deleted and Sections 102 through 117 of the 2015 International Building Code, as amended, shall be applicable.
(5) 
Section R202 is amended by deleting the definition of "fire separation distance" and inserting in lieu thereof:
"FIRE SEPARATION DISTANCE. The distance measured from the building face to one of the following:
1.
To the closest interior lot line.
2.
To the centerline of a street, an alley or public way.
3.
To an imaginary line between 2 buildings on the lot.
4.
To an exclusive use easement line.
The distance shall be measured at a right angle from the face of the wall.
(6) 
Section R202 is amended by deleting the definition of "manufactured home" and inserting in lieu thereof:
"MANUFACTURED HOME. Manufactured home means a structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is 8 body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length or, when erected on site, is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems contained therein. Calculations used to determine the number of square feet in a structure will be based on the structure's exterior dimensions measured at the largest horizontal projections when erected on site. These dimensions will include all expandable room, cabinets and other projections containing interior spaces, but do not include bay windows. This term includes all structures which meet the above requirements except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification pursuant to § 3282.13 and complies with the standards set forth in Part 3280.
Note: For mobile homes built prior to June 15, 1976, a label certifying compliance to the standard for mobile home, NFPA 501, ANSI 119.1, in effect at the time of manufacture is required. For the purpose of these provisions, a mobile home shall be considered a manufactured home."
(7) 
Table R301.2(1) is amended by adding the following design values: "Ground snow load - 30 psf; Wind - 90 mph; Topographic effects - no; Special wind region - no; Wind-borne debris zone - no Seismic design category - b; Weathering - severe; Frost line depth - 30 inches (762 mm); Termite - moderate to heavy; Winter design temp - 13° F.; Ice barrier underlayment required - no; Flood hazards - July 16, 1981 and January 7, 2000; Air freezing index - 554; Mean annual temp - 31°F."
(8) 
Table R302.1(1) is amended by adding the following line at the bottom of the table:
All portions of attached decks and open roof covered decks. Open roof covered decks may have a maximum opaque wall surface area of 50%
Not allowed
N/A
< 2 feet
(9) 
Table R302.1(2) is amended by adding the following line at the bottom of the table:
All portions of attached decks and open roof covered decks. Open roof covered decks may have a maximum opaque wall surface area of 50%
Not allowed
N/A
< 2 feet
(10) 
New Subsection R312.1.1 is added as follows:
"R312.1.1 Areaway guards. A guardrail or other approved barrier shall be installed on areaway walls with a grade level elevation difference of greater than 48 inches (1219.2 mm). Guards shall be constructed in accordance with Section R312."
(11) 
Subsection R313.2 is amended by deleting the exception and adding the following:
"1.
An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall not be required for additions or alterations to existing buildings that are not already provided with an automatic residential sprinkler system.
2.
An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall not be required for a new one- or two-family dwelling constructed on a lot served by an existing service line from a water main to the property line that is less than a nominal 1 inch size or a lot subject to a valid unexpired public works utility agreement that was executed prior to March 1, 2011. For a property to qualify for an exemption due to an undersized existing water service line, the water service line must be (1) approved and owned by the public or private water system that owns the mains, (2) installed prior to March 1, 2011, and (3) fully operational from the public or private main to a curb stop or meter pit located at the property line."
(12) 
Subsection R319.1 is deleted and the following is inserted in lieu thereof:
"R319.1 Premises identification. Address numbers shall be provided on new or renovated buildings as required in Chapter 84 of the Harford County Code."
(13) 
Subsection R326.1 is hereby deleted and the following is inserted in lieu thereof:
"R326.1 General. The provisions of Section 3109 of the 2015 International Building Code as adopted by Harford County shall apply to swimming pools and spas."
(14) 
Subsection R405.1 is amended by deleting the exception at the end of the subsection.
(15) 
Subsection R506.2.2 is amended by deleting the exception at the end of the subsection.
(16) 
New Subsection R703.9.3 is added as follows:
"R703.9.3 Special inspections. Special inspections shall be required for all EIFS applications.
Exceptions:
1.
Special inspections shall not be required for EIFS applications installed over a water-resistive barrier with a means of draining moisture to the exterior.
2.
Special inspections shall not be required for EIFS applications installed over masonry or concrete walls."
(17) 
New Subsection R903.4.2 is added as follows:
"R903.4.2 Gutters and leaders. Gutters and leaders shall be installed in accordance with the Harford County Plumbing Code. All rain leaders or extensions shall not discharge closer than 10 feet from any lot line so as not to be a nuisance to surrounding properties."
(18) 
Chapter 11 is deleted in its entirety and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code is inserted in lieu thereof.
(19) 
Part VII, Chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 are deleted and the Harford County Plumbing Code is inserted in lieu thereof except for Subsection P2904, Dwelling unit fire sprinkler systems, which shall remain as part of this code.
(20) 
Part VIII, Chapters 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43 are deleted and the Harford County Electrical Code is inserted in lieu thereof.
(21) 
Subsection AE101.1 is amended by deleting the sentence "These provisions shall be applicable only to a manufactured home used as a single dwelling unit installed on privately owned (nonrental) lots and shall apply to the following:" and inserting the following sentence in lieu thereof: "These provisions shall be applicable only to a manufactured home used as a single dwelling unit installed on private and rental lots and shall apply to the following:".
(22) 
Subsection AE201.1 is amended by deleting the definition of "manufactured home" and inserting the following in lieu thereof:
"MANUFACTURED HOME. Manufactured home means a structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is 8 body feet or more in width or 40 body feet or more in length or, when erected on site, is 320 or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and includes the plumbing, heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems contained therein. Calculations used to determine the number of square feet in a structure will be based on the structure's exterior dimensions measured at the largest horizontal projections when erected on site. These dimensions will include all expandable room, cabinets and other projections containing interior spaces, but do not include bay windows. This term includes all structures which meet the above requirements except the size requirements and with respect to which the manufacturer voluntarily files a certification pursuant to § 3282.13 and complies with the standards set forth in Part 3280.
NOTE: For mobile homes built prior to June 15, 1976, a label certifying compliance to the standard for mobile home, NFPA 501, ANSI 119.1, in effect at the time of manufacture is required. For the purpose of these provisions, a mobile home shall be considered a manufactured home."
(23) 
Subsection AE201.1 is amended by deleting the definition of "privately owned (nonrental) lot" and inserting the following in lieu thereof:
"PRIVATELY OWNED (NONRENTAL) LOT. A parcel of real estate outside of a manufactured home rental community (park) where the land and the manufactured home to be installed thereon are held in common ownership."
(24) 
Subsection AE201.1 is amended by adding the following definition:
"RENTAL LOT. A lot or space that is rented in an approved manufactured home community or park."
(25) 
Subsection AE201.1 is amended by adding the following definition:
"INDUSTRIALIZED BUILDING. As defined by Section 12-301(d) of the Public Safety Article, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, 'industrialized building' means a building assembly or system of building subassemblies manufactured in its entirety, or in substantial part, offsite and transported to the point of use for installation or erection, with or without other specified components, as a finished building or as a part of a finished building comprising two or more industrialized building units. An industrialized building need not have electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, insulation or other service systems; but when such systems are installed at the offsite manufacture or assembly point they shall be deemed a part of such building assembly or system of building assemblies. Industrialized building does not include open frame construction which can be completely inspected onsite. An 'industrialized building' does not include a mobile home."
(26) 
Section AE301 is deleted in its entirety.
(27) 
Section AE302 is deleted in its entirety.
(28) 
Section AE303 is deleted in its entirety.
(29) 
Section AE304 is deleted in its entirety.
(30) 
Subsection AE602.1 is amended by adding the phrase "or ANSI A225.1-1994" in the last line of the last paragraph after the word "designer".