Town of Leonardtown, MD
St. Marys County
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[HISTORY: Art. I adopted by the Commissioners (now Mayor and Council) of the Town of Leonardtown as indicated in article history. Subsequent articles adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Leonardtown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Development impact fees — See Ch. 62.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 78.
Plumbing — See Ch. 107.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 131.
Zoning — See Ch. 155.
Attachment 1 - Modifications to 2015 International Building Code
[Adopted 2-1-1939 by Ord. No. 16]
No person, persons, firm or corporation shall erect any building or any additions to buildings within the corporate limits of Leonardtown without first making an application and receiving a permit to do so from the Commissioners of Leonardtown.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Pursuant to the 1989 Charter, the Commissioners of Leonardtown are now the Mayor and Council of the Town of Leonardtown.
All applications for permits shall be in writing, stating the proposed location, the size of the proposed building or addition to a building and the materials to be used in its construction, as well as the purpose for which it is to be used.
[Amended 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 78]
Any person, persons, firm or corporation who or which shall violate the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 for each and every day from the date that the building is commenced.
[Adopted 4-8-1991 by Ord. No. 67]
[Amended 8-10-2015 by Ord. No. 172]
The most current version of the Maryland Building Performance Standards, including the most current versions of the International Code Council's International Building Code, International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Energy Conservation Code, as set forth in COMAR 05.02.07, and as may be amended by the State of Maryland from time to time, be and it hereby is adopted as the Building Code of Leonardtown, Maryland, for the construction, modification and repair of buildings and structures as herein provided, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, conditions and terms of said Building Code are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this article, subject to certain provisions and amendments as set forth below and in Appendix A attached hereto and made a part hereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Appendix A is included as an attachment to this chapter.
Those subsequent amendments of the aforementioned codes are also adopted, upon review and acceptance by the Town Zoning Administrator.
[Amended 8-10-2015 by Ord. No. 172]
Pursuant to the recommendation of the Building Code Committee, the following special provisions shall apply and shall supersede any contrary provisions in the Building Code as otherwise adopted:
A. 
The following minimum inspections shall be required for all buildings and structures governed by the Building Code:
(1) 
Footers and foundations.
(2) 
Framing.
(3) 
Insulation.
(4) 
Final.
B. 
Inspections conducted in the administration and enforcement of the Building Code shall, in the first instance, be arranged through the Leonardtown Office of Planning and Zoning by contract with an independent inspecting agency. Such inspections may also be conducted by various personnel employed by or assigned to the Office of Planning and Zoning or as provided for in the International Building Code. There shall be designated within the Office of Planning and Zoning a Building Code Official for the purpose of administering and enforcing the Building Code.
C. 
Costs for administering and enforcing the Building Code shall be financed through that portion of the user fee schedule associated with the issuance of building permits.
D. 
The Office of Planning and Zoning shall periodically conduct public information sessions concerning the provisions, administration and enforcement of the Building Code for contractors and other members of the public.
E. 
A plot plan or construction plan shall not be required for construction of one- and two-family dwellings, except as may be required by the Building Code, notwithstanding any such provision to the contrary therein.
F. 
A plot plan or construction plan for the construction of other dwellings and the construction of commercial and industrial buildings and structures shall not be required by the Building Code, notwithstanding any such provision to the contrary therein.
G. 
Single-family owner-occupied dwellings and accessory buildings thereto may use ungraded lumber, provided that the materials are cut full size. Such lumber shall be capable of accommodating all loads imposed by the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and all other load requirements for such dwellings under the Building Code.
H. 
The construction of buildings for agricultural purposes (defined as barns, equipment storage structures, crop storage and processing structures and livestockhousing storage structures) shall be required to conform to the provisions of the Building Code; however, electrical and plumbing service for such structures shall be installed in conformance with the appropriate provisions of the state and county Electrical and Plumbing Codes.
I. 
The International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings is specifically adopted hereby for prefabricated and manufactured one- and two-family dwellings, except that framing and insulation inspections shall be required where the manufacturer provides a certification from either the State of Maryland or the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that the dwelling meets all state or federal requirements.
J. 
The Building Code shall not apply to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems installed in residential, commercial or industrial buildings and structures.
K. 
Those chapters or appendixes of the International Building Code entitled "Electrical," "Plumbing Systems" and "Signs" are hereby deleted.
L. 
That chapter or appendix of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings entitled "Plumbing Administration" is hereby deleted.
M. 
A fee for each inspection shall be paid in accordance with a user fee schedule adopted by the Mayor and Council of Leonardtown.
N. 
Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of a directive of the Code Official or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code shall be guilty of a civil violation punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
O. 
To the extent any provision of the Maryland Building Performance Standards conflicts with any provision of the Code of the Town of Leonardtown, the Code of the Town of Leonardtown shall be deemed to control.
The provisions of the Building Code shall not apply to those residential, commercial and industrial buildings and structures for which a valid building permit has been issued prior to the effective date of this article; however, compliance with the Leonardtown Electrical, Plumbing and Zoning Codes[1] for such buildings and structures shall be required.
[1]
Editor's Note: For plumbing provisions, see Ch. 107, Plumbing; for zoning provisions, see Ch. 155, Zoning.
Where there shall be any conflict between the Building Code and any other federal, state or municipal laws, rules or regulations, the more strict law, rule or regulation shall be applicable.
Nothing in this article or in this Building Code shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court or any rights acquired or liability incurred or any ordinance hereby repealed, nor shall any legal or equitable right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this article or the Building Code.