From the office of Sen. Barry Glassman:
Northern Harford County Senator Barry Glassman is attempting to assist the Harford Countians who applied for building permits prior to January 1, 2011 for construction of modular homes to be placed in Harford County.
Modular homes are permitted under the State Department of Housing and Community Development under an international residential code. Several Harford County families applied prior to the January 1, 2011 effective date, but have since been informed that the State was interpreting the statute to read the date of issuance of the permit, not the application date which Harford County recognizes. This situation has left the families with homes being constructed without the required residential sprinkler systems installed and placed on hold at the factories.
The Harford County Council delayed implementation of residential sprinklers in residential housing for an additional year. These families are now caught with an increased home price and an unexpected new requirement for their modular homes while
stick-built homes have no such requirement.
Senator Glassman has made requests to the Maryland Department of Housing to grandfather the Harford County permit applications that were made prior to January 1st.
Senator Glassman said it was unfortunate that these Harford Countians have been caught in between the interpretations of the State and Harford County Department of Licenses and Permits. “I am hoping that we can get these folks grandfathered through an administrative agreement without introducing legislation,” said Senator Glassman. He further indicated that he was prepared to introduce emergency legislation to provide a remedy for this problem.