[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 12-20-1988 as Bill No. 88-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
SUBTITLE I Uniform Property Numbering System
SUBTITLE II Public Safety Emergency Radio Coverage
Uniform numbering system. A uniform system of numbering properties and principal buildings, as shown on the map identified by the title "Uniform Number System Map, County of Worcester," which is filed in the Department of Emergency Services, is hereby adopted for use in Worcester County. This map and explanatory matter thereon is hereby adopted and made a part of this Subtitle.
Assignment of numbers.
All properties or parcels of land within the unincorporated limits of the county shall hereafter be identified by reference to the uniform numbering system adopted herein, provided further that all existing numbers of property and buildings not now in conformity with provisions of this Subtitle shall be changed to conform to the system adopted herein.
All numbers shall be assigned by the Department of Emergency Services on the basis of one number for each fifty feet of frontage along the roadway. Grid lines, as shown on the property numbering map, indicate the point at which numbers will change to the next higher multiple of one hundred, and the range of numbers between grid lines thereon shall be consistent with the range of numbers as indicated on said map. All buildings south of west-east roads and west of south-north roads shall bear odd numbers. All roads running predominantly in a south-north direction will be numbered as a south-north road. All roads running predominantly in a west-east direction will be numbered as a west-east road.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Subtitle, when multiple buildings have frontage within one or more assigned fifty-foot frontage areas and under the remaining provisions of this Subtitle each such building would be assigned a separate number designation but, due to a limited number of frontage, sufficient numbers are not available, then all such buildings at that location will be assigned the same number and each such building will carry a letter designation such as A, B or C in addition to the assigned number.
Mobile homes in trailer parks, businesses in shopping centers, individual apartments in complexes, etc., may be assigned additional location identifiers in addition to the road address.
All addresses are based on the location of the main entrance to the property in relation to the entrance's intersection with the main roadway.
The Department of Emergency Services shall expeditiously assign numbers and notify property owners. Property owners shall, as soon as practical, post numbers. All properties shall be posted within one year of the date of notification by the Department of Emergency Services.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the inclusion by a property owner of additional information in an address not tending to confuse identification of the premises. Such information need not be included in the uniform numbering system by the Department of Emergency Services.
Location of numbers.
When each house or building has been assigned its respective address, the owner, occupant or agent shall place or cause to be placed upon each house or building controlled by him the number or numbers assigned under the uniform addressing system as provided in this Subtitle.
Such numbers shall be placed on existing buildings on or before the effective date of this Subtitle and within twenty days after the assignment of the proper number in the case of addresses assigned after the effective date of this Subtitle. The cost of posting the address shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Numbers used shall be at least three inches in height, made of a durable and clearly visible material and shall be of a contrasting color from the background.
The numbers shall be conspicuously placed immediately above, on or at the side of the proper door for each building in order that the numbers can be seen plainly from the roadway. Whenever any building is more than seventy-five feet from the roadway or whenever the numbers on the building are not plainly visible from the roadway, the address numbers must be placed at the main entrance or driveway of the building, on the same side of the roadway as the building and in such a manner as to be seen clearly from the roadway.
Grid maps of all streets, avenues, roads, public ways and private ways within the county showing the proper numbers of all structures fronting upon the public or private lanes shall be kept on file in the Department of Emergency Services. These grid maps shall be open to inspection by appointment with the Department of Emergency Services.
It shall be the duty of the Department of Emergency Services to inform any party applying for the address belonging to or embraced within the limits of any said lot or property as provided in this Subtitle. In case of conflict as to the proper number to be assigned to any building, the Department of Emergency Services shall determine the number of such building.
Whenever any house, building or structure shall be erected or located after the establishment of the uniform addressing system of numbering provided for herein has been completed, it shall be the duty of the property owner to procure the correct number or numbers as designated by the Department of Emergency Services for said property and to fasten said number or numbers assigned upon said building as provided by this Subtitle. Once a building permit is received by the Department of Emergency Services from the Department of Planning, Permits and Inspections, the Department of Emergency Services shall have thirty days to establish an address for that structure for which the building permit has been issued.
Provisions for the naming of private lanes. All private lanes which have three or more inhabitable structures, including houses, mobile homes, businesses or other structures, will be named by the County Commissioners. A sign will be erected which is compatible with the public roads signs currently in use by the Department of Public Works - Roads Division but of a contrasting color. It will be the responsibility of the Department of Public Works - Roads Division to erect said sign according to its specifications.
[Amended 4-20-1999 by Bill No. 99-2]
Applicability. The provisions of this Subtitle shall be applicable only in those portions of Worcester County which are not located within the confines of any incorporated area within the county.
Violations. Any person failing to comply with the provisions of this Subtitle shall be guilty of a civil infraction. Each day of a violation constitutes a separate offense.
[Added 11-16-2004 by Bill No. 04-12; amended 1-19-2016 by Bill No. 15-13]
Name. The regulations hereby adopted shall constitute and shall hereafter be known as the "Worcester County Public Safety Radio Coverage Code" and may be cited and is hereinafter referred to as the "Public Safety Radio Coverage Code."
Purpose and intent. It is the intent of this Subtitle to ensure the uninterrupted operation of Worcester County's public safety, law enforcement, other emergency-related and County operational wireless communications systems. It is the purpose of this Subtitle to require, as herein provided, that all persons or entities constructing, erecting or maintaining buildings and structures or equipment in Worcester County do so in a manner which does not interfere with the effective use of the County's wireless communications network and provides for the appropriate facilities necessary to eliminate interference and provide for adequate public safety radio coverage.
This Subtitle shall apply throughout the County, including the municipalities, in all instances where applicable building or fire code requires assurance of public safety radio coverage. The Department, by agreement, may modify the scope of this Subtitle within any municipality.
Should any section or provision of this Subtitle be declared by the courts to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the Title as a whole or any part thereof other than the part so declared to be unconstitutional or invalid.
The responsibility for the administration of this Subtitle shall be vested in the Department of Emergency Services. The enforcement of this Subtitle shall be vested in the appropriate building or fire code official.
Definitions of terms and acronyms. For the purposes of this Subtitle, the following definitions describe the meanings of the terms used in this Subtitle.
- The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.
- AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION
- An organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.
- Building Services Consulting Service International.
- The Worcester County Department of Emergency Services.
- The Federal Communications Commission.
- TWO-WAY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM
- A combination of components, RF-emitting devices, antennas, cables, power supplies, control circuitry, and programming installed at a specific location to improve wireless communications for public safety.
Radio coverage determinations. In all matters related to public safety radio system coverage, interference, and two-way radio communications enhancement systems within Worcester County, Maryland, the Department of Emergency Services shall be the authority having jurisdiction. The Department shall cooperate with officials charged with enforcing building codes and fire prevention codes where such codes relate to public safety radio system coverage, interference, and two-way radio communications enhancement systems.
Qualification of personnel. The minimum qualifications for personnel designing, installing and servicing two-way radio communications enhancement systems shall include:
System service technicians and lead installers.
Permit required. A permit, issued by the Department, shall be required for the installation and operation of a radio coverage enhancement system.
Annual certification. The holder of a permit for the operation of a two-way radio communications enhancement system shall be responsible to conduct annual inspections, preventive maintenance, and testing of the radio coverage enhancement system at least annually and provide certification of such to the Department.
Required notifications. The holder of a permit for the operation of a two-way radio communications enhancement system shall immediately notify the Worcester County Public Safety Answering Point of any trouble condition involving the radio coverage enhancement system as well as immediately report when the trouble has been resolved.
Misdemeanor. Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this Subtitle shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both for each violation, with costs imposed in the discretion of the court. Each day that a violation continues shall be a separate offense. In addition, the Department may institute injunctive, mandamus or other appropriate action or proceedings of law to correct violations of this Subtitle. Any court of competent jurisdiction shall have the right to issue temporary or permanent restraining orders, injunctions or mandamus, or other appropriate forms of relief.
Civil infraction. In addition, as an alternative remedy, violations of the provisions of this Subtitle or failure to comply with any of its requirements may, in minor cases as determined by the Department, constitute a civil infraction and shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars. Each day that a violation continues shall be a separate offense.
Other remedies. The County may invoke any other remedy provided by public local law.
Offenders. The owner, contractor, agent or other person who commits, participates in, assists in or maintains such violation may each be found guilty of a separate offense and suffer the penalties herein provided.