2017 Maryland Code
Public Safety
Title 12 - Building and Material Codes; Other Safety Provisions
Subtitle 10 - Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code
§ 12-1001. Definitions

  • (a) In general. -- In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
  • (b) Addition. -- "Addition" means an increase in:
    • (1) building area;
    • (2) aggregate floor area;
    • (3) height; or
    • (4) number of stories.
  • (c) Change of occupancy. -- "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.
  • (d) Construction permit application. -- "Construction permit application" means an application for a permit or other governmental approval for a rehabilitation project.
  • (e) Department. -- "Department" means the Department of Housing and Community Development.
  • (f) Existing building. -- "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.
  • (g) Local jurisdiction. -- "Local jurisdiction" means:
    • (1) a county; or
    • (2) a municipal corporation in the State.
  • (h) MBRC. -- "MBRC" means the Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code.
  • (i) Modification. -- "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. -- "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.
  • (k) Rehabilitation project. -- "Rehabilitation project" means construction work undertaken in an existing building that includes repair, renovation, modification, reconstruction, change of occupancy, or addition.
  • (l) Renovation. --
    • (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. -- "Repair" means the patching, restoration, or minor replacement of materials, elements, components, equipment, or fixtures to maintain them in good or sound condition.
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