Friday, May 22, 2015

Downtown Frederick FAQ: Can I Restore A Fireplace in a Historic Home in Frederick?

Question: Can I restore the fireplace in a historic home in Frederick City?

Answer  by Todd Himes, Building Department Manager for the City of Frederick.  “Wood burning as well as gas fireplaces are allowed in the downtown area. The installation of any new wood burning or gas fireplace would require a building permit. Most renovations / restoration work would require a building permit (depending on the actual work being performed) as well. If the property is located in the Historic District, HPC approval would be required for any work being performed on the exterior, such as but not limited to new/renovation to chimneys, flue pipes, spark arrestors, re-pointing, etc. If the structural integrity of the existing structure (floor) that is supporting the fireplace and/or chimney is of concern, it is recommended that the structure be inspected by a licensed professional engineer or a licensed and qualified contractor. As with any fireplace and especially one that has been setting dormant for a number of years, they should always be inspected by a licensed and qualified chimney sweep, before using the fireplace.”

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