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All existing buildings are regulated by the “Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code” under Comar 05.16.01. The Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code incorporates the International Existing Building Code 2015 which provides flexibility in compliancy with modern building codes for all existing buildings. This code also applies to Existing Buildings; undergoing a Change of Use, being Relocated or Moved and all aspects of Historic Buildings.
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Effective September 25, 2019 the Town Code has incorporated the following referenced codes for the Town of Easton:
The state adopted these codes as a part of the Maryland Building Performance Standard and are required by the Annotated Code of Maryland 12-505(a)(1)(ii) to be adopted by local jurisdictions within six months of the State’s effective date.
Previous codes unchanged during this adoption cycle include:
The current average application processing times, from the date of receipt to the issuance of a permit are as follows:
Application processing time has several variables that may affect the time periods indicated above. Some of those variables are:
An applicant can make sure, prior to making an application, that all prior approvals have been received from the Planning and Zoning offices for subdivisions, developments and historic districts.
In completing the application, be sure that the contractor information is completed and that those contractors have the required license for the project. Also include Engineered Truss Drawings and Sprinkler Shop Drawing-Hydraulic Calculations with the application should these systems be a component of the project.
During the application process an applicant can also make the necessary payments for Talbot County Impact Fees and any capital charges with Easton Utilities.
You will need to know the following to calculate permit fees:
For existing buildings you will need to refine the Building Total Gross Area to the Total Gross Work Area and also determine the Classification of the Work.
Once you have all of this information, see the Schedule of Fees and the Square Foot Construction Costs links under the Information section to the left. The equation can be outlined as:
Building Gross Area or Gross Work Area × Classification of Work × Construction Square Foot Costs × 0.008 = Permit Fees Amount
The Building Inspection Division determines the cost of all permits however if you are having difficulty or have a complex project with multiple aspects please contact the Building Inspection Division. Please remember that additional fees such as plan review fees, certificate fees and home builder guarantee fees may need to be added to the permit fees for the final cost of a building permit.
Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Applications shall be completed with the Town of Easton prior to commencing any work. If necessary a plumbing, mechanical or electrical permit will be issued outlining the scope covered by the permit and the required inspections. Once a required permit is obtained work may commence.
This is a Change of Use and Occupancy for the building or space. A determination needs to be made regarding the hazard classification of this change. If there is no increase in the hazard classification then a new Certificate of Occupancy may be issued including the new tenant information.
If there is an increase in hazard classification a building analysis needs to be completed by a registered design professional to determine if any alterations are necessary.
Please contact the Code Enforcement Department regarding any Change of Use and Occupancy of your building or space.
Yes, for Land Surveyors, Engineers and Architects, however there are a few exceptions to the need for a professional Architect. They are as follows:
Yes, a submission of a MECcheck or COMcheck to certify compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code shall be required by the Town of Easton Building Inspection Division to certify that the project shall conform to the provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code.
If performance based provisions are used the applicant will need to submit documentation prepared by a registered design professional providing certification that it conforms to the provisions of the Code. Model home designs using the performance based options with several floor plan options must submit the appropriate documentation for each individual house design.