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Vacant Buildings and Exterior Vegetation
Vacant Buildings
The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for investigating complaints with regard to abandoned/disreputable structures in all areas of the county except the City of Frederick. It is the responsibility of a property owner to ensure that the structure is secured and does not create a fire and/or life safety hazard. One way to secure the structure is in accordance with the U.S. Fire Administration's Board Up Procedures.

Excerpt from the Fire Prevention Code:
10.13.1 Every person owning or having charge or control of any vacant building or premises shall remove all combustible storage, waste, refuse, and vegetation and shall lock, barricade, or otherwise secure all windows, doors, and other openings to prohibit entry by unauthorized persons. (NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition)

Upon receiving a complaint, the fire marshal will conduct an investigation, and if the property is deemed a fire hazard, a letter will be sent to the property owner and he/she will be given fifteen (15) days to correct the problem. If, after that, the issue has still not been addressed, a citation may be issued and the property owner/occupant may be charged $500 per day until compliance is achieved.

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Exterior Vegetation
The Office of the Fire Marshal is responsible for investigating complaints with regard to overgrown exterior vegetation in all areas of the county except the City of Frederick. It is the responsibility of a property owner or occupant to ensure that the area around the home properly maintained such that it does not create a fire and/or life safety hazard.

Excerpt from the Fire Prevention Code:
10.14.10.1 Cut or uncut weeds, grass, vines, and other vegetation shall be removed when determined by the AHJ to be a fire hazard. (NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code, 2006 edition)

Upon receiving a complaint, the fire marshal will conduct an investigation, and if the property is deemed a fire hazard, a letter will be sent to property owner, and he/she will be given seven (7) days to correct the problem. If, after that, the vegetation issue has still not been addressed, a citation may be issued and the property owner/occupant may be charged $500 per day until compliance is achieved.

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