Town of Centreville, MD
Queen Anne's County
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There is hereby established the Office of Zoning Administrator. It shall be the duty of the Zoning Administrator to administer and cause the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. All department, officials, and public employees of Centreville which are vested with the authority to issue permits or licenses shall conform to the provisions of this chapter and shall not issue any permit or license for any use, building, structure, or purpose which would be in conflict with the provisions of this chapter. If the Zoning Administrator shall find that any of the provisions of this chapter are being violated, he shall notify in writing the person responsible for such violations, indicating the nature of the violation and ordering the action necessary to correct it. He shall order discontinuance of illegal use of land, building, or structures; removal of illegal building or structures or of additions, alterations, or structural changes thereto; discontinuance of any illegal work being done; or shall take any other action authorized by this chapter to ensure compliance with or to prevent violation of its provisions.
B. 
A zoning official shall report to the Planning and Zoning Commission on all permits issued from this office, at each regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission.
No building or other structure shall be erected, moved, added to, or structurally altered, or use of the land be changed without a permit therefor issued by the Zoning Administrator. No building permit shall be issued except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter, except upon written order from the Board of Appeals.
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All applications for building permits shall be accompanied by site plans as specified in §§ 170-47 and 170-48. The application shall include such other information as lawfully may be required by the Zoning Administrator, including existing or proposed buildings or alterations; existing or proposed uses of the building and land; the number of families, housekeeping units, or rental units the building is designed to accommodate; conditions existing on the lot; and such other matters as may be necessary to determine conformance with, and provide for the enforcement of, this chapter.
B. 
One copy of the plans shall be returned to the applicant by the Zoning Administrator, after he shall have marked such copy either as approved or disapproved and attested to the same by his signature on such copy. The second copy of the plans, similarly marked, shall be retained by the Zoning Administrator.
A. 
It shall be unlawful to use or occupy or permit the use or occupancy of any building or premises, or both, or part thereof hereafter created, erected, changed, converted, or wholly or partly altered or enlarged in its use of structure until a zoning occupancy permit shall have been issued therefor by the Zoning Administrator, stating that the proposed use of the building or land conforms to the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
No permit for erection, alteration, moving, or repair of any building shall be issued until an application has been made for an occupancy permit; the permit shall be issued in conformity with the provisions of this chapter upon completion of the work.
C. 
A temporary occupancy permit may be issued by the Zoning Inspector for a period not exceeding six months during alteration or partial occupancy of a building pending its completion, provided that such temporary permit may require such conditions and safeguard as will protect the safety of the occupants and the public.
D. 
The Zoning Administrator shall maintain record of all occupancy permits. Failure to obtain a zoning occupancy permit shall be a violation of this chapter and punishable under § 170-66 of this chapter.
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If the work described in any building permit has not begun within one year from the date of issuance thereof, said certificate shall expire; it shall be canceled by the Zoning Administrator, and written notice thereof shall be given to the persons affected.
B. 
If the work described in any zoning certificate has not been substantially completed within two years of the date of issuance, unless work is satisfactorily proceeding thereof, said permit shall expire and be canceled by the Zoning Administrator, and written notice thereof shall be given to the persons affected, together with notice that further work as described in the canceled certificate shall not proceed unless and until a new zoning certificate has been obtained.
Zoning certificated or zoning occupancy permits are issued on the basis of site plans and applications. Use, arrangement, or construction differing with that authorized shall be deemed violation of this chapter and punishable as provided by § 170-66 hereof.