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48-2.   Applicability
A. 
General. The provisions of this Code shall apply to all matters affecting or relating to structures and
premises, as set forth in Section 48-1. Where, in a specific case, different sections of this Code specify
different requirements, the most restrictive shall govern. 
B. 
Maintenance. Equipment, systems, devices and safeguards required by this Code or a previous regulation
or Code under which the structure or premises was constructed, altered or repaired shall be maintained in
good working order. No owner, operator or occupant shall cause any service, facility, equipment or
utility which is required under this section to be removed from or shut off from or discontinued for any
occupied dwelling, except for such temporary interruption as necessary while repairs or alterations are in
progress. The requirements of this Code are not intended to provide the basis for removal or abrogation
of fire protection and safety systems and devices in existing structures. Except as otherwise specified
herein, the owner or the owner’s designated agent shall be responsible for the maintenance of buildings,
structures and premises.
C.       Application of other Codes. Repairs, additions or alterations to a structure, or changes of occupancy,
shall be done in accordance with the procedures and provisions of the North Carolina Building Code.
Nothing in this Code shall be construed to cancel, modify or set aside any provision of the Henderson
County Land Development Code, Nuisance Ordinance, and Solid Waste Ordinance. 
D. 
Existing remedies. The provisions in this Code shall not be construed to abolish or impair existing
remedies of the jurisdiction or its officers or agencies relating to the removal or demolition of any
structure which is dangerous, unsafe and unsanitary. 
E. 
Workmanship. Repairs, maintenance work, alterations or installations which are caused directly or
indirectly by the enforcement of this Code shall be executed and installed in a workmanlike manner and
installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions. 
        F. 
Historic buildings. The provisions of this Code shall not be mandatory for existing buildings or structures
designated as historic buildings when such buildings or structures are judged by the Code official to be 
safe and in the public interest of health, safety and welfare. 
G.       Referenced Codes and standards. The Codes and standards referenced in this Code shall be those that are
listed in Article 8 and considered part of the requirements of this Code to the prescribed extent of each
such reference. Where differences occur between provisions of this Code and the referenced standards,
the provisions of this Code shall apply. 
H.       Requirements not covered by Code. Requirements necessary for the strength, stability or proper
operation of an existing fixture, structure or equipment, or for the public safety, health and general
welfare, not specifically covered by this Code, shall be determined by the Code official responsible for
administration and enforcement of the State Building Code.