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§ 12-1001. Definitions

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic SafetyEffective: July 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Safety (Refs & Annos)
Title 12. Building and Material Codes; Other Safety Provisions (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 10. Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2019
MD Code, Public Safety, § 12-1001
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 83B, § 6-502
§ 12-1001. Definitions
In general
(a) In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b) “Addition” means an increase in:
(1) building area;
(2) aggregate floor area;
(3) height; or
(4) number of stories.
Change of occupancy
(c) “Change of occupancy” means a change in the purpose or level of activity in a building or structure that involves a change in application of the local building code requirements.
Construction permit application
(d) “Construction permit application” means an application for a permit or other governmental approval for a rehabilitation project.
(e) “Department” means the Maryland Department of Labor.
Existing building
(f) “Existing building” means a building or structure that was erected and occupied, or was issued a certificate of occupancy, at least 1 year before a construction permit application for the building or structure was made to a local jurisdiction, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, or the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
Local jurisdiction
(g) “Local jurisdiction” means:
(1) a county; or
(2) a municipal corporation in the State.
(h) “MBRC” means the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code.
(i) “Modification” means:
(1) the reconfiguration of a space;
(2) the addition or elimination of a door or window;
(3) the reconfiguration or extension of a system; or
(4) the installation of any additional equipment.
(j) “Reconstruction” means:
(1) the reconfiguration of a space that:
(i) affects an exit or element of the egress access that is shared by more than a single occupant; or
(ii) prevents occupancy of the work area because the existing means of egress and fire protection systems, or their equivalent, are not in place or continuously maintained; or
(2) extensive modifications.
Rehabilitation project
(k) “Rehabilitation project” means construction work undertaken in an existing building that includes repair, renovation, modification, reconstruction, change of occupancy, or addition.
(l)(1) “Renovation” means:
(i) the change, strengthening, or addition of load bearing elements; or
(ii) the refinishing, replacement, bracing, strengthening, upgrading, or extensive repair of existing materials, elements, components, equipment, or fixtures.
(2) “Renovation” does not include:
(i) reconfiguration of a space; or
(ii) interior or exterior painting.
(m) “Repair” means the patching, restoration, or minor replacement of materials, elements, components, equipment, or fixtures to maintain them in good or sound condition.


Added by Acts 2003, c. 5, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2018, c. 673, § 1, eff. July 1, 2018; Acts 2019, c. 8, § 5.
MD Code, Public Safety, § 12-1001, MD PUBLIC SAFETY § 12-1001
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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