Township of Marple, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Marple 6-29-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 108.
Contractors — See Ch. 118.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 125.
Plumbing — See Ch. 206.

§ 116-1 Election to administer and enforce.

Marple Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.

§ 116-2 Adoption and incorporation.

The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401-405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of Marple Township.

§ 116-3 Methods of administration and enforcement.

Administration and enforcement of the Code within Marple Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of Marple Township from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township.
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township.
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement.
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of the Township.
E. 
By entering into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for plan review, inspections and enforcement of structures other than one-family or two-family dwelling units and utility and miscellaneous use structures.

§ 116-4 Board of Appeals.

A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of Marple Township in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Code, as amended from time to time, and for the purposes set forth therein. If at any time enforcement and administration is undertaken jointly one or more other municipalities, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.

§ 116-5 Repealer; effect on other provisions.

A. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by Marple Township on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Code, shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Code, as amended from time to time.
B. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the Code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Code.
C. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of Marple Township not governed by the Code shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 116-6 Fees.

Fees assessable by Marple Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the Code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.

§ 116-7 Adoption of appendixes.

In addition to the Uniform Construction Code, the following appendixes contained within the Uniform Construction Code are hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference and included as part of the Building Code of the Township of Marple:
A. 
International Building Code:
(1) 
Appendix E, relating to accessibility.
(2) 
Appendix F, relating to requirements for rodentproofing.
(3) 
Appendix H, relating to sign construction.
(4) 
Appendix I, relating to patio covers.
B. 
International Residential Code:
(1) 
Appendixes A through H.
(2) 
Appendixes J through L.
C. 
International Fire Code:
(1) 
Appendix B, relating to required fire flow, as amended herein:
(a) 
Section B103 - Modifications is hereby amended by deleting the words "Fire Chief" and replacing same with the words "Fire Marshall."
(2) 
Appendixes C through G.
D. 
International Plumbing Code:
(1) 
Appendix B.
(2) 
Appendices D through G.
E. 
International Mechanical Code:
(1) 
Appendix A.
F. 
International Fuel Gas Code:
(1) 
Appendixes A through D.
G. 
International Electrical Code:
(The International Electrical Code contains no appendixes)
H. 
International Energy Conservation Code:
(1) 
Appendix A.
I. 
International Existing Building Code:
(1) 
Appendixes A and B.
J. 
International Urban-Wildland Interface Code:
(1) 
Appendixes A through H.

§ 116-8 Permit requirements for commercial construction.

An owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a commercial building, structure and facility or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system regulated by the Uniform Construction Code shall first apply to the Code Enforcement Officer and obtain the required permit. Permits shall be required for the following:
A. 
Fences.
B. 
Oil derricks.
C. 
Retaining walls.
D. 
Water tanks.
E. 
Sidewalks and driveways.
F. 
Cabinets, countertops and similar finishing work.
G. 
Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
H. 
Shade-cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes that do not include service systems.
I. 
Movable cases, counters and partitions.
J. 
Window replacement without structural change.
K. 
Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment governed under the Uniform Construction Code.
L. 
Cutting away a wall, partition or portion of a wall.
M. 
The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support.
N. 
The removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
O. 
The addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical.

§ 116-9 Permit requirements for residential construction.

An owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a residential building or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system regulated by the Uniform Construction Code shall first apply to the Code Enforcement Officer and obtain the required permit. The following shall require a permit:
A. 
Fences.
B. 
Retaining walls.
C. 
Sidewalks and driveways.
D. 
Cabinets, countertops and similar finishing work.
E. 
Installation and replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window and storm door in the same opening if the dimensions or framing of the original opening are not altered. The installation of means of egress and emergency escape windows may be made in the same opening, without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening if the required height, width or net clear opening of the previous window or door assembly is not reduced.
F. 
Replacement of existing roof material that does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any twelve-month period.
G. 
Replacement of existing siding.
H. 
Repair or replacement of any part of a porch or stoop which does not structurally support a roof located above the porch or stoop.
I. 
Replacement of exterior rainwater gutters and leaders.
J. 
Installation of an uncovered deck.
K. 
Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment governed under the Uniform Construction Code.
L. 
Replacement of traps.
M. 
Replacement of a water closet, lavatory or kitchen sink.
N. 
Dishwashers.
O. 
Replacement of heating, supply and return piping and radiation elements which do not require rearrangement of the piping system.
P. 
Replacement of ductwork.
Q. 
Replacement of air conditioning equipment and systems.
R. 
Replacement of kitchen range hoods.
S. 
Cutting away a wall, partition or portion of a wall.
T. 
The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support.
U. 
The removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
V. 
The addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical.