[Adopted 9-24-1974; amended 8-22-1978; 6-9-1981; 6-12-1984; 5-7-1981 (Ch. 7, Art. III, of the 1985 Code of Ordinances)]
For the purpose of this article, the following words or phrases will have the meanings ascribed.
- AIR CONDITIONING
- A powered mechanical device producing controlled cool air to the interior of a building, or part of one; window-type air conditioners are not included in the provisions of this article.
- The changing of appearance of a building, or part of one, by changing the interior floor plan through adding, removing or moving walls, ceilings and/or installed equipment.
- Any structure with sides and a roof, constructed of any materials, and used for any purpose.
- BUILDING OFFICIAL
- The official of the Town of Smithfield with the responsibility and authority to enforce the provisions of this article, and under whom all inspections covered in this article are scheduled and conducted.
- COMMERCIAL BUILDING
- Any building used in the conduct of sales or the display of merchandise for sale; and any building used for the conduct of any business activity not industrial in nature, including professional services.
- CONTRACTED PRICE
- The amount of money agreed upon, by written contract between two parties, for the accomplishment of work for which a permit is applied.
- A mechanical device, powered or manually operated, for the purpose of raising and lowering persons and/or any materials.
- ESTIMATED COST
- The reasonable value (as determined by the Building Official) of all services, labor, materials and use of appliances and devices in the accomplishment of work for which a permit is applied; this does not include excavation, grading, landscaping, painting, decorating or other such embellishments but does include any other aspect necessary for the safe and lawful use of the building.
- The extending of a building by adding thereto an attached exterior portion, thereby making the building larger in any way.
- HEATING UNIT
- A powered mechanical device producing controlled hot air to the interior of a building, or part of one; portable heaters, not installed, are not included in the provisions of this article.
- A lawfully approved device or appliance, fueled to accelerate burning, used for the destruction of materials or other matter.
- INDUSTRIAL BUILDING
- Any building used in the conduct of industrial activity, including but not limited to fabrication, assembly, product development and similar activity commonly considered industrial, and all buildings or portions thereof used by said industry.
- MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT
- Includes, but is not limited to, boilers, furnaces, oil burners, gas burners, electrical heat, air conditioners, dust conveyer systems, ventilation systems, elevators, dumb waiters, lifts, conveyers, refrigeration, fire alarms, ovens and generators.
- The modification of a building or portion thereof, or of equipment of an kind, to restore such to useful or attractive condition; repair does not include addition to, expansion of or replacement of the basic elements of the structure or equipment.
- The removal of the surface of any building roof and the replacement thereof with a similar or other roof surface; or the emplacement of a surface on a building roof without removal of the previous surface.
- RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
- A building used for human habitation.
- Any device, whether electrical or not, erected separately, attached to a building or other structure, or emplaced upon the surface of any building or structure by paint or other material, with the primary intent of advertising, directing or otherwise communicating with the public in general; this does not include devices used for the sole purpose of identifying the occupants of residential buildings.
- TENNIS COURT
- Any prepared surface of land, of whatever surface, applied or of natural soil, created or used for the purpose of playing the game of tennis.
Editor's Note: State law references - Permits, G.L. 1956, § 23-27.3-113.1 et seq.; fee computation, G.L. 1956, § 23-27.3-119.0.
Any person, including any partnership or group of any type or character, contemplating the erection, extension, alteration or repair, or moving or demolition of a structure included in this article; or any contemplated structural alteration, reroofing, electrical wiring, mechanical equipment, or installation of plumbing in an existing structure; shall first make application for a permit to do such in the Building Official's office. Said application shall be submitted at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of construction, or work, accompanied by the proper fee or fees as described in § 154-6. No work shall be started until said application has been approved and the appropriate permit or permits issued by the Building Official.
In addition to Subsection A, this article also includes special categories for which permits and fees are required; therefore, the provisions above equally apply to these special categories, where appropriate.
In all matters relating to the execution of this article, the Building Official's interpretations and decisions shall be binding, appealable only to the Town Council.
Any and all permits covered in this article may be issued only if the work to be permitted is in total compliance with the Zoning Ordinance of the Town, and any and all state and federal laws and regulations.
All permits required must be paid collectively. Additionally, no permit shall be issued unless all persons are present to file applications with the main permit, i.e., plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc. All applicants shall produce a current state license as required by law.
Editor's Note: State law references - Permits, G.L. 1956, § 23-273-113.1 et seq.; plumbers, G.L. 1956, § 5-20-1 et seq.; electricians, G.L. 1956, § 5-6-1 et seq.
[Amended 3-17-1992; 6-18-1996; 10-16-2001; 7-13-2004; 8-7-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-04]
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws § 23-27.3-119 and Title 510, Part 21.12 A31 of the Rhode Island Building Code Commission (510-RICR-00-00-21), all permit fees shall be computed in accordance with the following fee schedule:
Editor's Note: State law reference — Fee computation, G.L. 1956, § 23-27.3-119.0.