[HISTORY: Adopted by the 1980 Town Meeting of the Town of Salem (Ch. 147 of the 1995 Code); amended in its entirety by the Board of Selectmen 11-2-2015. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be referred to as the "Town of Salem Building Code."
In accordance with RSA 674:51, the Town of Salem Board of Selectmen hereby adopts the New Hampshire State Building Code ("Building Code") established pursuant to RSA 155-A.
[Amended by the 3-18-2017 Town Meeting]
The Building Division is hereby created and shall be the administrative division of the Town of Salem charged with enforcing the Building Code. The executive in charge of the Building Division shall be the Fire Marshal - Chief Building Official.
One or more Building Inspectors shall be appointed by the Town Manager, each of whom shall be authorized to enforce the Building Code pursuant to RSA 674:51.
The Building Inspector shall devote his whole time to the duties of his office. He shall receive applications required by this chapter, issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates. He shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make necessary inspections to see that the provisions of law are complied with and that construction is prosecuted safely. He shall enforce all provisions of the Building Code. He shall, when requested by proper authority, or when the public interest so requires, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the Building Code and render written reports on the same. To enforce compliance with law, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to secure the necessary safeguards during construction or to require adequate exit facilities in buildings and structures, he shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary.
Inspections required under the provisions of the Building Code shall be made by the Building Inspector. The Building Inspector may accept reports of inspectors of recognized inspection services, after investigation of their qualifications and reliability. No certificate called for by any provision of the Building Code shall be issued on such reports unless the same are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of such service.
The Building Inspector shall keep comprehensive records of applications, of permits issued, of certificates issued, of inspections made, of reports rendered and of notices or orders issued. He shall retain on file copes of required plans and all documents relating to building work so long as any part of the building or structure to which they relate may be in existence.
All such records shall be open to public inspection for good and sufficient reasons at the stated office hours but shall not be removed from the office of the Building Inspector without his written consent.
The Building Inspector shall make written reports to his immediate superior once each month, or more often if requested, including statements of permits and certificates issued and orders promulgated.
The Building Inspector may request and shall receive, so far as may be necessary, in the discharge of his duties, the assistance and cooperation of other officials of the municipality.
Wherever the word "Municipality" is used in the Building Code, it shall be held to mean the Town of Salem.
Wherever the term "Corporation Counsel" is used in the Building Code, it shall be held to mean the Attorney for the Town of Salem.
Wherever the term "Building Official" is used in the Building Code, it shall be held to mean the Building Inspector(s) for the Town of Salem.
The Board of Selectmen, following public hearing, shall prescribe the fees for permits issued under this chapter. No permit as required by the Building Code shall be issued until the fee prescribed in this chapter shall have been paid, nor shall any amendment to a permit be approved until the additional fee, if any, due to such amendment, shall have been paid.
In case of abandonment or discontinuance, the amount and/or cost of the work performed under a permit may be estimated, an adjustment of the fee made and the portion of the fee for uncompleted work returned to the permit holder, provided that no refund of a prescribed minimum fee shall be made. If such discontinuance is due to revocation of a permit, a similar adjustment and return may be made, provided that no refund shall be made until all penalties incurred or imposed by due authority have been collected. After such a refund has been made, no work shall be resumed until a new application has been made and a new permit has been issued.
The Salem Board of Adjustment shall have the power to hear appeals from a Building Inspector's decision and to grant variances from this chapter or code, to the extent authorized by RSA 674:34.