ORDINANCE NO. 08-5( 1 )

 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 5, BUILDING REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING ARTICLE I, ADMINISTRATION, AND ARTICLE II, FEES, OF THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE, VIRGINIA

 

BE IT ORDAINED By the Board of Supervisors of the County of Albemarle, Virginia, that Chapter 5, Building Regulations, Article I, Administration, and Article II, Fees, are hereby amended and reordained as follows:

 

By Amending:

 

Sec. 5-100        Purpose and intent

Sec. 5-101        Building inspection office established; powers and duties

Sec. 5-200        Permit and inspection fees, generally

Sec. 5-201        Fees for building permits

Sec. 5-202        Fees for electrical permits

Sec. 5-203        Fees for plumbing permits

Sec. 5-204        Fees for mechanical permits

Sec. 5-206        Fee for demolition permits

Sec. 5-207        Fees for zoning inspections

Sec. 5-208        Fees for other permits, plan amendments and reinspections

 

Chapter 5.  Building Regulations

 

Article I.  Administration

 

Sec. 5-100  Purpose and intent.

 

            A.        The purpose and intent of this chapter is to promote and to protect the public health, safety and welfare by making the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, as set forth in the National Building Code published by Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. and amended by order of the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development, applicable to all matters affecting or relating to structures, including the construction, alteration, repair, addition, maintenance, demolition and removal of all structures, and to the equipment in such structures.  The purpose and intent of this chapter is also to establish a procedure by which unsafe buildings and structures are repaired, removed, or demolished.

 

            B.         The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code shall be referred to in this chapter as the “building code” and shall include the building code in its current form and as amended in the future.

 

            C.         A copy of the building code shall be kept on file in the department of building code and zoning services community development.

 

(§ 5-1; 10-18-73, § 6-1; 4-20-88; § 5-2; 10-18-73, § 6-2; Code 1988, § 5-1; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

                State law reference--Va. Code §§ 36-97 et seq.; 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-101  Building inspection office established; powers and duties.

 

            A building inspection office is hereby established in the department of building code and zoning services community development, as provided herein:

 

            A.        The building inspection office shall be charged with the administration and enforcement of the building code and this chapter, the review and approval of plans, the inspection of buildings and structures and the issuance of permits or certificates pertaining thereto.  For purposes of this chapter, the term “building inspection office” means the “local building department” as that term is used in the building code.

 

            B.         The building inspection office shall be directed by a building official appointed by the county executive.  The building official shall be charged with the administration and enforcement of this chapter and the building code and, as such, shall have the duties and powers of a code official set forth in the building code.  The building official also shall be responsible for the supervision of the other employees of the building inspection office.  For purposes of this chapter, the term “building official” means the “code official” as that term is used in the building code.

 

(§ 5-1; 10-18-73, § 6-1; 4-20-88; § 5-2; 10-18-73, § 6-2; Code 1988, § 5-2; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

                State law reference--Va. Code §§ 36-97 et seq.; 36-105.

 

Article II.  Fees

 

Sec. 5-200  Permit and inspection fees, generally.

 

The fees for a permit or inspection required pursuant to the building code and this chapter shall be paid as provided herein:

 

A.        Except as provided in paragraph (E), no permit application shall be issued accepted until the applicable fees required by this article have been paid. The fee shall be for the purpose of reimbursing, in whole or in part, the department of building code and zoning services’ community development’s cost to review plans, issue permits and conduct up to one reinspection of work performed pursuant to a permit.

 

B.         Each fee shall be in the form of cash or a check payable to the “County of Albemarle.”  Payment shall be made in the department of building code and zoning services community development.

 

C.         The payment of fees for a permit or permit amendment shall not relieve any person from the payment of any other fees that may be required by law including, but not limited to, fees for water connections and sewer connections.

 

D.        The building official shall keep an accurate account of all fees collected pursuant to this chapter and shall deposit all fees collected with the department of finance.

 

E.         Neither the county nor the county school board shall be required to pay any fee otherwise required by this article for a permit or inspection required by this chapter.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-201  Fees for building permits.

 

The fees for building permits are hereby established as provided herein:

 

A.        Residential structures in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5. The fee for each new structure in use groups R-3 or R-4 R-5 (one- and two-family dwellings) other than a garage, deck or porch, or for an addition to an existing residential structure in either such use group, shall be $0.14 $0.49 per square foot, calculated on gross finished square footage. The minimum fee shall be $75.00.

 

B.         Accessory residential structures. The fee for each residential attached garage, detached garage, shed, or deck or porch ten square feet or larger, shall be $0.10 $0.15 per square foot, calculated on gross finished

square footage. The minimum fee shall be $25.00.

 

C.         Residential swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. The fee for each residential swimming pool, hot tub or spa shall be $25.00 $50.00.

 

D.        Mobile homes and prefabricated homes. The fee for each mobile home or prefabricated home shall be $25.00 $45.00.

 

E.         New commercial structures in various use groups. The fee for each new structure in use group A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-1, F-2, M, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S-1, or S-2, or U, or an addition to an existing commercial structure in any such use group, shall be $0.14 $0.20 per square foot for the first 5,000 square feet, plus $0.08 $0.14 per square foot for each square foot in excess of 5,000 square feet, calculated on gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $75.00.

 

F.         New commercial structures in use group A-5. The fee for each new structure in use group A-5, or an addition to an existing commercial structure in such use group, shall be $ 0.02 per square foot for the first 20,000 square feet, plus $0.01 per square foot for each square foot in excess of 20,000 square feet, calculated on gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $75.00.  Change of building occupancy classification.  The fee for a change of occupancy classification evaluation shall be $150.00.

  

G.         Commercial swimming pools. The fee for each commercial swimming pool shall be $0.05 per square foot, calculated on gross square footage $305.00. The minimum fee shall be $50.00.

 

H.        Elevators, escalators and lifts. The fee for each elevator, escalator or lift shall be $25.00 $240.00.

 

I.          Paint spraying booths. The fee for each paint spraying booth shall be $25.00.

 

J.          Mobile offices and premanufactured units. The fee for each mobile office or premanufactured unit shall be $25.00 $45.00.

 

K.        Tents. The fee for each tent shall be $25.00 $50.00.

 

L.         Alterations and repairs of structures in all use groups. The fee for an alteration or repair of a structure in any use group shall be $ 0.10 $0.17  per square foot of floor area affected, provided that there is no increase in gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $25.00 $75.00.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-202  Fees for electrical permits.

 

The fees for electrical permits are hereby established as provided herein:

 

A.        Residential structures in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5.  The fee for each new structure in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5 (one- and two-family dwellings) other than a garage, deck or porch, or for an addition to an existing residential structure in either such use group, shall be $50.00 included as part of the building permit fee under section 5-201(A).

 

B.         Accessory residential structures. The fee for each residential attached garage, detached garage, shed, or deck or porch ten square feet or larger, shall be $25.00 $30.00.

 

C.         Mobile homes and prefabricated homes. The fee for each mobile home or prefabricated home shall be $25.00 $30.00.

 

D.        Commercial structures in various use groups. The fee for each new structure in use group A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-1, F-2, M, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S-1, or S-2, or U, or an addition to an existing commercial structure in any such use group, shall be $0.02  $0.04 per square foot. The minimum fee shall be $50.00 $75.00.

 

E.         Swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. The bonding fee for each swimming pool, hot tub or spa shall be $25.00 $30.00. The equipment wiring fee for each swimming pool, hot tub or spa shall be $25.00  $30.00.

 

F.         Alterations and repairs of structures in all use groups. The fee for an alteration or repair of a structure in any use group shall be $0.02 $0.04 per square foot of floor area affected, provided that there is no increase in gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $50.00 $75.00.

 

G.         Signs. The fee for each sign shall be $25.00 $45.00.

 

H.        Temporary service. The fee for each temporary electric service shall be $25.00 $95.00, unless the service is sought as part of a building permit for which a fee was paid under section 5-201(A).

 

I.          Early service. The fee for each early electric service shall be $25.00 $60.00, unless the service is sought as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

J.          Fuel dispensing pumps. The fee for each fuel dispensing pump shall be $5.00 $30.00. The minimum fee shall be $25.00.

 

K.        Alarm systems. The fee for each alarm system shall be $0.02 $0.04 per square foot of the gross square footage of the structure. The minimum fee shall be $25.00 $75.00.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-203  Fees for plumbing permits.

 

The fees for plumbing permits are hereby established as provided herein:

 

A.        Residential structures in use groups R-3 and R-4  R-5.  The fee for each new structure in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5 (one- and two-family dwellings) other than a garage, deck or porch, or for an addition to an existing residential structure in either such use group, shall be $50.00 included as part of the building permit fee under section 5-201(A).

 

B.         Mobile homes and prefabricated homes. The fee for each mobile home or prefabricated home shall be $25.00 $30.00.

 

C.         Commercial structures in various use groups. The fee for each new structure in use group A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F, M, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S-1, or S-2, or U, or an addition to an existing commercial structure in any such use group, shall be $5.00 $8.00 per fixture. The minimum fee shall be $50.00 $75.00.

D.        Alterations and repairs of structures in all use groups. The fee for an alteration or repair of a structure in any use group shall be $5.00 $8.00 per fixture, provided that there is no increase in gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $25.00 $75.00.

 

E.         Water lines. The fee for each water line shall be $25.00, unless the lines are included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

 

F.         Sewer laterals. The fee for each sewer lateral shall be $25.00, unless the lateral is included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

G.         Fire suppression systems. The fee for each fire suppression system shall be $0.50 $0.80 per head. The minimum fee shall be $25.00 $75.00.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-204  Fees for mechanical permits.

 

The fees for mechanical permits are hereby established as provided herein:

 

A.        Residential structures in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5.  The fee for each new structure in use groups R-3 and R-4 R-5 (one- and two-family dwellings) other than a garage, deck or porch, or for an addition to an existing residential structure in either such use group, shall be $50.00 included as part of the building permit fee under section 5-201(A).

 

B.         Mobile homes and prefabricated homes. The fee for each mobile home or prefabricated home shall be $25.00  $30.00.

 

C.         Commercial structures in various use groups. The fee for each new structure in use group A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-1, F-2, M, H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, H-5, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S-1, or S-2, or U, or an addition to an existing commercial structure in any such use group, shall be $0.02  $0.04 per square foot of gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $50.00 $75.00.

 

D.        Alterations and repairs of structures in all use groups. The fee for an alteration or repair of a structure in any use group shall be $0.02  $0.04 per square foot of gross square footage, provided that there is no increase in gross square footage. The minimum fee shall be $25.00 $75.00.

 

E.         Underground tanks. The fee for each underground tank, including associated piping, shall be $50.00 $170.00, unless the tanks are included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

F.         Aboveground tanks. The fee for each aboveground tank, including associated piping, shall be $25.00 $100.00, unless the tanks are included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

G.         Gas and oil lines. The fee for each gas or oil line shall be $25.00 $35.00, unless the lines are included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

 

H.        Furnaces, wood stoves and gas log systems. The fee for each furnace, wood stove or gas log system shall be $25.00 $65.00, unless the furnace, stove or gas log system is included as part of a building permit for which a fee is paid under section 5-201(A).

I.          Range hoods. The fee for each range hood shall be $25.00.

 

J.          Hood suppression systems. The fee for each hood suppression system shall be $25.00 $30.00.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-206  Fee for demolition permits.

 

The fee for each demolition permit shall be $25.00 $95.00.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-207  Fees for zoning inspections.

 

The fees for inspections to determine compliance with the zoning ordinance are hereby established as provided herein:

 

A.        Foundation of main and accessory structures. The fee for each inspection following the laying of the foundation of main or accessory structures shall be $10.00 $15.00 per inspection.

 

B.         Surface water drainage pipes and culverts. The fee for each inspection pertaining to the size and location of surface water drainage pipes and culverts shall be $10.00 per inspection.

 

C.         Subsurface stone for parking lot or entrance. The fee for each inspection to determine the proper depth of the subsurface stone for a parking lot on, or entrance onto, the property being developed, prior to the final surfacing of the parking lot or entrance, shall be $10.00 per inspection.

 

D.        Final site inspection. The fee for each final site inspection before a certificate of occupancy or a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $10.00 $15.00 per inspection.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

Sec. 5-208 Fees for other permits, plan amendments and reinspections.

 

The fees for other permits, plan amendments and reinspections are established as provided herein:

 

A.        Other permits. The fees for any other building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, or amusement device permit not identified in this article shall be $25.00 $30.00 per inspection.

 

B.         Plan amendments. The fee for each new plan submitted which requires any structural or fire safety review shall be $25.00 $30.00.

 

C.         Reinspections. The fee for each inspection of work performed, after the second inspection of such work, shall be $25.00 $30.00 per inspection.

 

(§ 5-3; 10-18-73, § 6-3; 3-21-74; 10-17-74; 10-4-78; 4-17-85; 7-13-88; 6-7-89; Res. of 9-6-95; Code 1988, § 5-3; Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98)

 

State law reference--Va. Code § 36-105.

 

 

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