[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Charles County 10-22-1969 by Ord. No. 69-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
County Commissioners — See Ch. 27.
Trailers and trailer parks — See Ch. 130.
Building construction — See Ch. 224.
Mobile homes and mobile home courts — See Ch. 257.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 278.
Editor's Note: This ordinance further provided that it shall take effect 11-15-1969.
All gas piping, appliances and accessories hereinafter installed, sold or offered for sale shall conform to reasonable standards of safety. The presence on a gas appliance or accessory of a safety seal or label of a nationally recognized testing agency or a certificate or letter of approval from such agency or the inclusion of an appliance or accessory in an approved listing by such agency shall be prima facie evidence that such appliance or accessory conforms to reasonable standards of safety. Such nationally recognized testing agencies shall be qualified and equipped to perform and shall perform periodic inspections of current models of gas appliances and accessories.
Beginning at the meter outlet, or service regulator if no meter is provided, the installation of all piping, appliances and accessories complying with the American Standard Z21.30-1964, Installation of Gas Appliances and Gas Piping, shall be considered prima facie as conforming to reasonable standards of safety, the provisions of which American Standard are incorporated herein by reference as though set out in full, and the Clerk to the County Commissioners shall keep available copies thereof for study and inspection. Such American Standard Z21.30-1964, adopted by reference in this section, is hereby amended as follows:
Paragraph 1.1.1, Applicability. In the first sentence, delete the words "undiluted liquefied petroleum gases."
Paragraph 1.1.2, Nonapplicability. Add a new subparagraph to read: (d) Gas equipment and gas piping systems for undiluted liquefied petroleum gases.
Paragraph 2.8.3(b), Piping in Floors, is amended by adding: (Steel and wrought iron pipe shall be mill wrapped, and steel and wrought iron fittings and joints shall be suitably coated and wrapped. Screwed pipe joints shall not be imbedded in solid floors.).
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, except an authorized agent or employee of the gas supplier, to turn on, remove, install or otherwise work on or tamper with any gas meter or connect or reconnect gas service in or on any premises. It shall also be a violation of this section to authorize any person or to direct any person in the course of his employment to perform any of the acts prohibited by this section. This chapter shall not prohibit an installer from turning on the supply of gas temporarily for the purpose of testing the installation made by him or from turning on gas that he has temporarily turned off for the purpose of connecting an appliance or making repairs.
Upon completion of the installation of any gas appliances and/or gas piping subject to the provisions of this chapter and prior to use by the consumer thereof, the installation shall be inspected by an inspector designated by the County Commissioners of Charles County. The inspection shall ensure that the requirements of said American Standard Z21.30-1964 are complied with.
The official designated by the County Commissioners to administer this chapter shall establish a procedure for carrying on said inspections and a schedule of fees to be charged for said inspection. Said schedule of fees shall be subject to approval by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland.
The official designated to administer this chapter shall collect the following fees prior to any inspection required under the terms of this chapter:
[Added 10-22-1969 by Res. No. 69-10]
Editor's Note: This resolution further provided that it shall take effect 11-15-1969.
Any person, firm or corporation convicted of violating this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine not to exceed $100 for each violation or be imprisoned in the County jail for not more than one year, or both fined and imprisoned.