[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County 2-21-2006 by Ord. No. 13-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the intent of this chapter to ensure that any and all projects that are subject to Adams County Planning and Zoning Department ordinances are executed in accordance with all applicable administrative rules, codes and ordinances.
The Adams County Planning and Zoning Department issues permits under building construction, comprehensive zoning, floodplain zoning, shoreland zoning and sanitary ordinances. Contractors who do work within Adams County should be familiar with the permit and inspection requirements of the ordinances; however, many property owners report being misinformed about permit and inspection requirements by contractors. This leads to property owners being subjected to orders for correction, double fees and citations when they reasonably relied on a professional in the field who should be knowledgeable about such requirements. This chapter addresses this concern by placing responsibility on contractors in addition to property owners.
This chapter is to accompany and apply to all ordinances administered by the Adams County Planning and Zoning Department whether or not a permit is required and to provide additional regulations and requirements for permit issuance, compliance and violation correction.
If any party other than the property owner(s) is to perform the work for a project on behalf of a property owner, that party is responsible to obtain all required permits for the project unless a waiver of responsibility is signed by the property owner(s) and the waiver is provided to the Planning and Zoning Department prior to permit issuance.
If any party other than the property owner initiates a project on behalf of a property owner without obtaining the required permits or a signed waiver of responsibility, that party may be held responsible for any and all related consequences, including order(s) for correction, double fees and citation(s), in the discretion of the Planning and Zoning Administrator.
In all cases if a waiver of responsibility has been provided by the property owner(s), the property owner(s) shall be responsible for obtaining all required permits.
If any property owner initiates a project without obtaining the required permits, the property owner is also responsible for any and all related consequences, including order(s) for correction, double fees and citation(s).
Any person, firm, or corporation who or which fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $200 and costs of prosecution for each violation and, in default of payment of such forfeiture and costs, shall be imprisoned in the County jail until payment thereof, but not exceeding 30 days. Each day a violation exists or continues shall constitute a separate offense.
No permit shall be issued to any person, firm, or corporation who or which is in violation of or has any outstanding order for correction in relation to any ordinance administered by the Adams County Planning and Zoning Department until such violation and/or order for correction has been corrected and/or dismissed.