Town of Snow Hill, MD
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Snow Hill 6-13-2000 by Res. No. 2000-5.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alternative community service — See Ch. 6.
Amusements and entertainment — See Ch. 45.
Animals — See Ch. 48.
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 53.
Building construction — See Ch. 57.
Housing standards — See Ch. 101.
Lot assessment — See Ch. 113.
Parks — See Ch. 124.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 128.
Sediment control — See Ch. 144.
Skateboarding — See Ch. 149.
Solid waste — See Ch. 155.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 158.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 166.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 182.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 186.
Water and sewers — See Ch. 193.
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
[1]
Editor's Note: This resolution superseded former Ch. 131, Penalties, Fees, Fines and Other Charges, adopted 6-13-1989 by Res. No. 114, as amended.
[Amended 11-14-2000 by Res. No. 2000-7]
The initial parking fines and fees shall be as follows. Additional penalties shall be assessed at the rate established by ordinance.
Violation
Fine/Fee
Insufficient funds/Account closed/Stopped payment fee
$25, plus actual cost to Town
Stop/Stand/Park a vehicle within 5 feet of public/private driveway entrance
$20
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle on sidewalk
$25
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle in, or within 15 feet of, any intersection
$25
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle on a crosswalk
$25
Stop/Stand/Park beside highway excavation/obstruction, obstructing traffic
$25
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle on bridge/elevated structure on highway
$20
Stop/Stand/Park where prohibited by sign/painting/marking/device
$25
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle on entrance/exit ramp of highway
$20
Stand/Park vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
25
Stand/Park vehicle within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection
$20
Stand/Park vehicle within 30 feet of stop/yield sign/signal at side of roadway
$25
Park vehicle within 20 feet of driveway entrance to fire station or within 75 feet of the entrance on the opposite side, if posted
$20
Stand/Park vehicle beside vehicle parked at edge of roadway (also known as "double parking")
$25
Stand/Park vehicle on curve or hill in "No Passing Zone"
$20
Park vehicle within 50 feet of railroad grade crossing
$20
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle in disabled person parking space anywhere in Snow Hill (including parks) (also known as "handicapped parking space")
$100
Park vehicle in any other area prohibited by official sign
$20
Park vehicle in restricted parking area (i.e., "Emergency Vehicles Only" area)
$20
Person moving vehicle they do not lawfully control
$40
Park vehicle in front of curb ramp designed for use by disabled person anywhere in Snow Hill (including parks)
$100
Park vehicle in front of or on disabled person loading zone anywhere in Snow Hill (including parks)
$100
Stopped/Parked vehicle opposite direction of traffic or wheels more than 12 inches from curb/ edge of road
$20
Stopped/Parked vehicle opposite direction of traffic-one way road or wheels more than 12 inches from curb/edge of road
$20
Oversize vehicle parked in angle parking space
$20
Vehicle backed into angle parking space
$20
Stop/Stand/Park vehicle on private property without expressed/implied permission of owner/tenant/agent
$20
Park vehicle in marked parking space and protruding into another marked parking space (except oversize vehicles unable to comply)
$15 ($5 discount if paid within one hour of violation)
Park vehicle in fire lane or emergency vehicle lane
$25
Expired parking meter violation
(Reserved)
Park vehicle in excess of posted time limit/restriction
$20 ($5 discount if paid within one hour of violation)
Park vehicle in permit only parking space
(Reserved)
Park vehicle in loading/unloading zone not actually engaged in loading/unloading cargo or produce
$20
Park vehicle on highway/street/ alley closed by police for public event/parade/emergency
$25
Park property: park vehicle on any grass area without permission of Town
$20
Park property
Block/Restrict access to park facility/restroom/boat slip/ dock/boat ramp/parking lot/ parking space/foot trail/bicycle trail/driveway of any type
$25
Blocking access to handicapped access ramp/handicapped space
$100
Trucks
Park combination commercial motor vehicle/trailer of any type/truck cab/bus/farm tractor/ motor home/truck camper/any other vehicle 3/4-ton gross weight or larger on residential street from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (except while loading/ unloading or providing emergency services) without permit issued by Town Manager/Police/Mayor and Council
$20
Park vehicle or trailer equipped with mechanical refrigeration unit in operation over two hours in residential area or within 250 feet of the nearest residence, unless in line of vehicles to deliver perishable product and attended by the driver ("residence" includes hotel/motel rooms when occupied)
$25
[Amended 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3; 9-12-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6]
A. 
Building permits.
(1) 
Residential building permit fees.
(a) 
The minimum charge for a building permit issued pursuant to the applicable Building Code of the Town of Snow Hill shall be established at $60. This includes any revisions.
(b) 
The total fee for a building permit for a one- or two-family dwelling (including modular and industrialized and construction) shall be based upon the following formulas:
[1] 
Livable square footage of the building multiplied by the national average cost per square foot (currently estimated at $85 per square foot), multiplied by 0.45% with $75 of the fee being nonrefundable in the event that the permit is not utilized. The construction fee may be reviewed and adjusted annually in light of changing construction costs for the Town of Snow Hill.
[2] 
Garages, covered decks and other attached covered area considered as nonlivable areas shall be calculated as square footage multiplied by the national average cost per square foot (currently estimated at $35 per square foot) multiplied by 0.405%.
[3] 
Open decks shall be calculated as square footage multiplied by $22 multiplied by 0.405%.
[Example: Stick-built house with attached garage and uncovered deck:
House (28 feet by 64 feet) livable area: 1,792 square feet x $85 x 0.45% = $685.44.
Attached garage (28 feet by 24 feet): livable area: 672 square feet x $35 x 0.405% = $95.26.
Enclosed porches and roofed-over decks:
Attached open deck (30 feet by 16 feet): 480 square feet x $22 x 0.405% = $42.77.
Total equals $823.47 (figures rounded).]
[4] 
Any open deck not included under the original permit application will be subject to a minimum permit charge of $60.
[5] 
Roofing permit: $20.
[6] 
Siding permit: $20.
(c) 
Any reinspections will be charged a fee of $50 if the builder is not ready when the inspection is requested.
(d) 
Accessory structures:
[1] 
Accessory structures over 500 square feet: square footage x $35 x 0.405%.
[2] 
Accessory structures under 500 square feet or fence: $40.
[3] 
Use of land (home occupation, etc.): $50.
[4] 
Reinspection fee: $50.
(e) 
Swimming pools: $50.
(2) 
Commercial building permits.
(a) 
Commercial, industrial and multifamily: applicable Building Code of the Town of Snow Hill.
[1] 
Minimum fee: $150, paid at application, nonrefundable.
[2] 
Square footage x current value per square foot x 0.405%. Cost to be determined by applicable Building Code.
(b) 
Use of land (no structure): $50.
(c) 
Stormwater management facility: $150.
(3) 
Commencement of construction without a properly issued building permit shall result in the imposition of a penalty equal to three times the permit fee.
B. 
Certificate of occupancy permit:
(1) 
Residential:
(a) 
Temporary: $25.
(b) 
Final: $50 (added to cost of permit).
(2) 
Commercial:
(a) 
Temporary: $50.
(b) 
Final: $100 (added to cost of permit).
C. 
Certificate of change of use permit: $50.
D. 
Signs.
[Amended 4-10-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05]
(1) 
No permit fee.
(2) 
Reinspection fee: $25.
E. 
House moving, per structure: $300.
F. 
Demolition, per structure:
(1) 
Nonlivable: $40.
(2) 
One story: $50.
(3) 
More than one story livable or nonlivable: $100.
G. 
Board of Appeals, filing fee:
(1) 
Single/double-family only: $300 plus advertising cost.
(2) 
Multifamily and commercial: $450 plus advertising cost.
H. 
Housing Review Board, appeal: $250.
I. 
(Reserved)
J. 
Grading permit: $50.
K. 
Plumbing permit fees.
(1) 
The Town of Snow Hill does not perform plumbing inspections. Permits may be obtained at Worcester County Development, Review and Permitting at the government office complex in Snow Hill at (410) 632-1200 or the Cape Isle of Wight office at (410) 352-3057.
(2) 
Fee determined by the county.
L. 
Electric permit fees. The Town of Snow Hill does not perform electrical inspections. The owner/applicant will be required to contact an outside inspection agency for all electrical inspections. Permits may be obtained at Worcester County Development, Review and Permitting at the government office complex in Snow Hill at (410) 632-1200 or the Cape Isle of Wight office at (410) 352-3057.
[Amended 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3; 7-12-2003 by Res. No. 2005-2; 9-12-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6]
A. 
Commercial site plan review: $0.25 per square foot.
B. 
Subdivision approval. The fee for subdivision review shall be:
(1) 
Concept design plan: $200.
(2) 
Final plan approval:
(a) 
For five or fewer units: $255.
(b) 
For over five units: $255 plus $50 per lot.
C. 
Boundary lot line adjustment: $100 per lot.
D. 
Staff review fees:
(1) 
Site plan residential: $25 per unit.
(2) 
Commercial site plan review: $50 per unit.
(3) 
Subdivision review:
(a) 
Five units or fewer: $25.
(b) 
Over five units: $25 plus $5 each lot.
D.1.
Engineering review fees. The owner/developer shall be responsible for all fees associated with the Town’s construction plan reviews. The fees set forth below shall represent the costs of two reviews by the Town’s engineers. If at the time of the second submittal the plans do not address all of the Town’s comments, additional charges shall be imposed.
(1)
Subdivision or multifamily road plans: $1,000, plus $30 per unit.
(2)
Sewer and water plans:
(a)
Sewer:
[1]
Plan up to 25 units: $400.
[2]
Plans in excess of of 25 units: $400, plus $20 per unit in excess of 25.
[3]
Pumping station (up to 1,000 feet of force main): $1,000.
[4]
Force main (in excess of 1,000 feet) $150/1,000 feet.
(b)
Water:
[1]
Plan up to 25 units: $400.
[2]
Plans in excess of of 25 units: $400, plus $20 per unit in excess of 25.
(3)
Plat review: $500, plus $10 per unit.
(4)
For purposes of this Subsection D.1, the term “unit” shall mean each single-family lot or each multifamily unit.
E. 
Zoning Code violation.
(1) 
First offense: $100.
(2) 
Second and/or more offense: $500.
F. 
Critical area review: $100 for five or fewer units; $25 each additional unit.
G. 
Floodplain review: $100.
H. 
Copy of Chapter 200, Zoning, per page: $0.25, or $15 for chapter.
I. 
Copy of Chapter 166, Subdivision of Land, per page: $0.25, or $10 for chapter.
J. 
Copy of Comprehensive Plan, per page: $0.25, or $15 for plan.
K. 
Copy of Chapter 101, Housing Standards, per page: $0.25, or $10 for chapter.
L. 
Planned Development District:
(1) 
Step I: $1,000 base fee, plus $15 per acre over 30 acres.
(2) 
Step II: $600 base fee, plus $15 per acre over 30 acres.
(3) 
Step III: refer to subdivision and/or site plan review fees.
(4) 
Minor amendment: $300.
(5) 
Major amendment: $1,000.
M. 
Petition to amend Chapter 200, Zoning: $300 plus advertising cost.
N. 
Map amendment: $650 base fee, plus $15 per acre.
[Amended 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3]
A. 
Water rates. The minimum fee of $31.25 per quarter per unit from zero to 7,000 gallons; and $4.62 per 1,000 gallons over 7,000.
B. 
Out-of-Town water rates:
[Amended 9-12-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6]
(1) 
Out-of-Town customers shall pay water charges 1 1/2 times the rate of in-Town customers; and
(2) 
Out-of-Town customers connecting after September 12, 2006, must execute a preannexation agreement for service and shall pay water charges 1 1/2 times the rate of in-Town customers.
C. 
Water turned on and off; meter tests.
(1) 
Cutoff and turn-on.
(a) 
During regular business hours: $25.
(b) 
During nonbusiness hours: $50.
(2) 
Same day cutoff or turn-on.
(a) 
During regular business hours: $25.
(b) 
During nonbusiness hours: $50.
(3) 
Meter tests.
(a) 
If the meter is found to be nondefective, the charge shall be $25. There shall be no charge if the meter is found defective.
(b) 
In order to read all meters in an orderly and efficient manner, water meters may be read up to 30 days before or 30 days after the end of each billing period.
D. 
Water hookup fees.
(1) 
Single-family dwellings: $3,500 (includes cost of service to the property line and the water meter).
(2) 
Multifamily dwellings (includes condominiums, townhouses, apartments and subdivisions): $3,500 per dwelling unit plus all costs to extend the service to the property line. (This fee includes the cost of one water meter per dwelling unit.)
(3) 
Nondwelling (includes all business and commercial buildings, shopping centers, churches, schools and all nondwelling buildings except warehouses, restaurants and fast-food establishments. One meter per building is required):
(a) 
If the square footage of the building is between zero and 3,000 square feet: $3,500, plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(b) 
If the square footage of the building is between 3,000 and 6,000 square feet: $6,500, plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(c) 
If the square footage of the building is between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet: $12,500 plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(d) 
If the square footage of the building is between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet: $15,800 plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(e) 
If the square footage of the building is over 20,000 square feet: $19,100 plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(4) 
Restaurants and fast-food establishments (one meter per building is required):
(a) 
For zero to 15 seats: $3,500, plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(b) 
For each additional increment of 15 seats or portion thereof: $3,500.
(5) 
Laundromats (one meter per building is required): $1,750 (1/2 of the residential rate in force at the time) for each equivalent dwelling unit of water usage, to be determined by dividing 300 gallons per day equivalent dwelling rate into the total number of gallons of water per day to be used by the facility. Such usage shall be evidenced by industry standards or manufacturer's specifications for the machines to be installed, or other means of documentation satisfactory to the Town and approved by the Town's consulting engineer. The provision of such satisfactory documentary evidence shall be the responsibility of the owner, proprietor or developer of the proposed facility.
(6) 
Warehouses (one meter per building is required): $3,500 plus the cost of the water meter, plus the cost of installing the water meter, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line. However, if the structure includes office space, additional fees will be assessed based upon the square footage delineated in Subsection D(3) above.
(7) 
In the event that a dwelling, multifamily dwelling, nondwelling or restaurant and fast-food establishment as defined above is modified to a greater use, then the hookup charge will be computed as stated above with a credit given for the preexisting condition of the building.
(a) 
Example No. 1: If a single-family dwelling is converted to a multifamily dwelling with three dwelling units:
3 x $ 3,500
Credit:
Hookup charge
=
=
$10,500
$  3,500
$  7,000
(b) 
Example No. 2: If a nondwelling business square footage increases from 2,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet:
25,000 sq. ft.
Credit (2,000 sq. ft.)
Hookup charge
=
=
$19,100
$  3,500
$15,600
E. 
Late payment charges. Water bills not paid within 30 days shall be assessed a penalty of 1.5% of balance due and 1.5% each 30 days thereafter.
F. 
Billing period shall be as follows:
(1) 
Western district: January, April, July and October.
(2) 
Central district: February, May, August and November.
(3) 
Eastern district: March, June, September and December.
[Amended 5-8-2001 by Res. No. 2001-3; 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3]
A. 
Wastewater use. The sewer rates will increase over a three-year period to reflect the following rates:
[Amended 5-14-2013 by Res. No. 2013-02]
(1) 
FY 2013 to 2014. The minimum sewer rate is $47.58 per quarter per unit from zero to 7,000 gallons; and $3.69 per 1,000 gallons over 7,000 gallons.
(2) 
FY 2014 to 2015. The minimum sewer rate is $52.33 per quarter per unit from zero to 7,000 gallons; and $4.05 per 1,000 gallons over 7,000 gallons.
(3) 
FY 2015 to 2016. The minimum sewer rate is $57.57 per quarter per unit from zero to 7,000 gallons; and $4.46 per 1,000 gallons over 7,000 gallons.
A.1. 
Out-of-Town wastewater rates:
[Added 9-12-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-6]
(1) 
Out-of-Town customers shall pay wastewater charges 1 1/2 times the rate of in-Town customers, and
(2) 
Out-of-Town customers connecting after September 12, 2006, must execute a preannexation agreement for service and shall pay wastewater charges at 1 1/2 times the rate of in-Town customers.
B. 
Sewer hookup fees.
(1) 
Single-family dwellings: $7,000.
(2) 
Multifamily dwellings (includes condominiums, townhouses, apartments and subdivisions): $7,000 per dwelling unit plus all costs to extend the service to the property line. (This fee includes the cost of one water meter per dwelling unit.)
(3) 
Nondwelling (includes all business and commercial buildings, shopping centers, churches, schools and all nondwelling buildings except warehouses, restaurants and fast-food establishments):
(a) 
If the square footage of the building is between zero and 3,000 square feet: $7,000, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(b) 
If the square footage of the building is between 3,000 and 6,000 square feet: $13,500, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(c) 
If the square footage of the building is between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet: $20,500, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(d) 
If the square footage of the building is between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet: $27,300, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(e) 
If the square footage of the building is over 20,000 square feet: $34,300 plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(4) 
Restaurants and fast-food establishments (one meter per building is required):
(a) 
For zero to 15 seats: $7,000, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line.
(b) 
For each additional increment of 15 seats or portion thereof: $7,000.
(5) 
Laundromats: $3,500 (1/2 of the residential rate in force at the time) for each equivalent dwelling unit of water usage, to be determined by dividing 300 gallons per day equivalent dwelling rate into the total number of gallons of water per day to be used by the facility. Such usage shall be evidenced by industry standards or manufacturer's specifications for the machines to be installed, or other means of documentation satisfactory to the Town and approved by the Town's consulting engineer. The provision of such satisfactory documentary evidence shall be the responsibility of the owner, proprietor or developer of the proposed facility.
(6) 
Warehouses: $7,000, plus 1/2 of the cost to connect normal service and extend same to the property line. However, if the structure includes office space, additional fees will be assessed based upon the square footage delineated in Subsection D(3) above.
(7) 
In the event that a dwelling, multifamily dwelling, nondwelling or restaurant and fast-food establishment as defined above is modified to a greater use, then the hookup charge will be computed as stated above with a credit given for the preexisting condition of the building.
C. 
Late payment charges. Sewer bills not paid within 30 days shall be assessed a penalty of 1.5% of balance due and 1.5% each 30 days thereafter.
A. 
Abandoned vehicles: $100. (See Chapter 182, Vehicles, Abandoned.)
B. 
Illegal lawn watering: $25 (first offense); $50 (second offense). (See Chapter 193, Water and Sewers.)
C. 
Dog control: $25 (first offense); $50 (second offense). (See Chapter 48, Animals, Article I.)
D. 
Tractor-trailer: $100.
E. 
Housing Code: $400. (See Chapter 101, Housing Standards.)
F. 
Cutting of grass: costs, plus $25. (See Chapter 53, Brush, Grass and Weeds.)
G. 
No-parking violations: $25. (See Resolution No. 101.)
A. 
Candidate filing fee: $25.
B. 
Solicitation permit: $25.
C. 
Circus license: $50.
D. 
License for other shows and public events: $50.
E. 
Sediment control permit: $25.
F. 
Copies of official audit: $10.
G. 
Copying, per page: $0.25.
H. 
Landlord registration and rental permit fee: $60.
A. 
Each boat, vessel, yacht or ship which docks at any waterfront property owned by the Town of Snow Hill shall be subject to the following fees:
(1) 
Per day: $10.
(2) 
Per month: $150.
(3) 
Per year: $350.
A. 
Buildable lot:
(1) 
Improved/unimproved: $180.
(2) 
More than one building: $180 each building which is inhabited by human beings or is used as a commercial or industrial workplace.
B. 
Multifamily dwelling:
(1) 
One building up to 10 apartments: $180.
(2) 
Each apartment thereafter: $18.
C. 
Out-of-Town customers:
(1) 
With water and sewer: $180.
(2) 
With water only: $90.
D. 
The following lots are exempted from the lot assessment:
(1) 
Parking lot: a permanently surfaced area of one or more parking spaces designated or used for the parking of self-propelled vehicles and available to the public, whether for a fee or as an accommodation to clients or occupants, and used in conjunction with a business or industry.
[Added 11-14-2000 by Res. No. 2000-7; amended 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-3; 4-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
Each person or group who desires to rent a park, park facility, or Town facility shall be subject to the following fees:
A. 
Train station.
(1) 
Civic/nonprofit/church.
(a) 
Meeting: no charge.
(b) 
Event: $100.
(2) 
General public.
(a) 
Meeting: $75.
(b) 
Event: $150.
B. 
Parks.
(1) 
Civic/nonprofit/church: $100.
(2) 
General public: $175.
(3) 
Bathroom rental (Byrd Park): $50.
C. 
Bandstand.
(1) 
Civic/nonprofit/church: $100.
(2) 
General public: $175.
D. 
Old firehouse, West Green Street.
(1) 
Classes only: $10 per hour.
(2) 
Firehouse bay and upstairs (combined rental).
(a) 
Civic/nonprofit/church: $100.
(b) 
General public: $175.
[Added 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
A. 
Residential properties:
(1) 
Per mandatory cart, billed quarterly: $5.
(2) 
Additional Town-owned carts: $5 per roll cart, billed quarterly.
B. 
Light commercial properties.
(1) 
Per cart: $60.
[Added 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
A. 
Yard waste or vegetative materials:
(1) 
No cost.
B. 
Nonvegetative materials:
(1) 
Minimum fee of $25, with review by Public Works for actual cost.