Town of Bel Air, MD
Harford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Town Commissioners of the Town of Bel Air as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Address numbers — See Ch. 115.
Fire alarms — See Ch. 122, Art. II.
Building construction — See Ch. 145.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 180.
Fireworks and explosives — See Ch. 198.
Plumbing and gas fitting standards — See Ch. 353.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 364.
[Adopted 3-11-1980 by Ord. No. 310 as Ch. 8, Art. 3 of the 1980 Code; amended in its entirety 5-20-2013 by Ord. No. 760-13]

§ 204-1 Adoption of State of Maryland Fire Prevention Code and Life Safety Code.

A. 
The Town hereby adopts the following:
(1) 
The State of Maryland Fire Prevention Code (adoption of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2012 Edition with amendments). For the purposes of such code, the Public Works Director shall be deemed the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) under this code.
(2) 
The Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, 2012 Edition with amendments, published by the National Fire Protection Association. The Public Works Director shall have the duties and functions of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) as referred to in this code.
B. 
Nothing herein shall be construed to impair the validity, effect and enforceability of any fire code or regulations now or hereafter adopted by the appropriate agencies of the state.

§ 204-2 Removal of obstructions to emergency vehicle access.

A. 
Whenever the Public Works Director may find that any private sidewalk or vehicular driveway is obstructed by snow, debris, construction material, vehicles or other matter likely to interfere with the operation of the Fire Department or other emergency services, he shall order that said obstruction be removed and that such areas be kept clear from such obstructions in the future. As may be required, the Public Works Director shall consult the Chief of Police of Bel Air, the Chief of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department, and the Director of Planning and Community Development for Bel Air or any authority to give such assistance as may be deemed advisable.
B. 
In order to assure free access by Fire Department vehicles and other emergency vehicles, the Board of Town Commissioners of Bel Air or its designated representative, upon such finding by the Public Works Director, may order "No Parking" signs erected and may designate fire lanes to be distinctively marked and may order that curbs be painted a distinctive color to delineate areas to be kept clear from any obstruction. Where such signs are erected or such painting or marking is done on privately owned property, the cost and installation of such signs and the application of marking or painting shall be borne by the owner or owners of such property.
C. 
The parking of any vehicle, on private property or otherwise, which is in violation of the foregoing shall constitute a municipal infraction, and any person convicted thereof shall be subject to penalties as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, and Chapter 450, Article IV, of this Code. In addition, any vehicle parked in violation of this section may be impounded by the Police Department and held until the penalty provided and the towing and storage charges incurred as a result of impounding are paid. When a citation is attached to a vehicle in the absence of its driver, the registered owner of the vehicle shall be presumed to be the person wrongfully parking such vehicle and thus violating this section. If such vehicle remains unattended for two hours after issuance of a citation, it may be impounded as provided above.

§ 204-3 Membrane structures on building roofs

A. 
Membrane structures are defined as:
(1) 
Cable-restrained, air-supported structure. A structure in which the uplift is resisted by cables or webbings which are anchored to either foundations or dead men. Reinforcing cable or webbing is attached by various methods to the membrane or is an integral part of the membrane. This is not a cable-supported structure.
(2) 
Membrane-covered cable structure. A nonpressurized structure in which a mast and cable system provides support and tension to the membrane weather barrier and the membrane imparts stability to the structure.
(3) 
Membrane-covered frame structure. A nonpressurized building wherein the structure is composed of a rigid framework to support a tensioned membrane which provides the weather barrier.
B. 
Temporary cable-restrained, air-supported structures, temporary membrane-covered cable structures and temporary membrane-covered frame structures that would be an alteration to an existing building, would constitute an addition to the height and/or area of any structure or be proposed in conjunction with the construction of a new structure shall be prohibited on any story above the lowest level of exit discharge.

§ 204-4 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

A. 
The provisions of this article may be enforced by the State Fire Marshal or the Town of Bel Air Public Works Director or designated representative.
B. 
The Town of Bel Air may deny the issuance of any permits to an applicant at any time when it determines that the applicant is not in compliance with the provisions of this article.
C. 
Any person(s) who shall violate a provision of this article or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements of an approved plan or directive of the Public Works Director or authorized representative, or in violation of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this article, shall be guilty of a municipal infraction punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, of this Code. Each day the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.