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Commissioners To Discuss Building Code Changes

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County will hold two public hearings which may be of interest to you or people you know. Both hearings are to consider amendments to the St. Mary’s County Building Code. Both hearings will take place on Tuesday, September 26 beginning at 6 p.m. Both hearing will be held inside the commissioners meeting room inside the Chesapeake Building, 41770 Baldridge Street in Leonardtown, MD. The two proposed amendments can be found at http://www.stmarysmd.com/docs/PIO Public Hearing Notices Shed & Testing.pdf
 
Hearing 1: An amendment to exempt sheds from 300 to 600 square feet in area from building inspections. The amendment applies to the shed structure itself. A building permit will still be required to ensure compliance with zoning regulations. The Health Department will review the proposed location for setbacks from a septic system and well. Sheds that include plumbing or electricity will require inspections from qualified inspectors.
 
Hearing 2: An amendment to exempt additions to one and two family dwellings from testing for energy efficiency. Additions must comply with the building code requirements for energy efficient building materials and techniques. Additions that pass building inspections on the construction itself would not require testing for energy efficiency or air leakage.
 
As a result of the evidence and comments made at the public hearings, changes may be made to the proposed amendments.
 
If you have any questions, please send an email to bill.hunt@stmarysmd.com or call 301-475-4200 *1508.

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