The following question is answered/interpreted by our Mecklenburg County legal counsel:
Q: In Section VII (a) of the ordinance there is an effective date of January 1, 2001 for dwelling units and child care facilities for which Building Permits are issued. What building permits are covered?
A: The Regulations deal with new buildings that receive a building permit to be constructed after January 1, 2001. It also includes building permits for change-outs from electric to gas, since that is a situation where the new construction causes the property to fall into the category that needs the CO alarm. Building permits for other renovations or additions to existing structures are not included in the requirement. However, if the existing structure needed a CO Alarm and did not have one, it would be non-compliant and a violation letter could be issued requiring compliance within 30 days.