Township of Radnor, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Radnor as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Adoption of standard codes of technical regulations — See Charter § 3.06.
Code Appeals Board — See Ch. 15.
Building energy conservation — See Ch. 129.
Existing buildings — See Ch. 132.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 134.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 144A.
Contractors — See Ch. 145.
Design review — See Ch. 150.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 156.
Energy conservation — See Ch. 158.
Fees — See Ch. 162.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 166.
Fuel gas — See Ch. 172.
Grading, excavations and fills — See Ch. 175.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 195.
Plumbing — See Ch. 218.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 222.
Sewers — See Ch. 235.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 255.
Zoning — See Ch. 280.
[Adopted 12-13-1999 by Ord. No. 99-44;[1] 2-22-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-05]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also superseded former Art. I, Building Standards, adopted 7-15-1996 by Ord. No. 96-18.

§ 125-1 Adoption of code by reference.

Certain documents on file in the office of the Secretary of the Township of Radnor, being marked and designated as the "2009 International Building Code" as published by the International Code Council, Inc., are hereby adopted as the Building Code of Radnor Township, Delaware County, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the control of buildings and structures as herein provided; and each and all of the provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the 2009 International Building Code are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set forth in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes as set forth in this article.

§ 125-2 Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to code.

The following sections and subsections of the aforementioned 2009 International Building Code, are hereby added, amended, changed and clarified as set forth below.
A. 
Chapter 1, Administration.
(1) 
Section 101, General.
(a) 
Subsection 101.1, Title. Insert "Township of Radnor" as the name of the jurisdiction.
(b) 
Subsection 101.4.3, Plumbing. Delete the last three lines beginning with the words "The provisions of."
(2) 
Section 103, Department of Building Safety.
(a) 
Delete Section 103 entirely.
(3) 
Section 104, Duties and Powers of Building Official.
(a) 
Delete Subsection 104.1, General, and substitute with the following:
104.1 General. It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Community Development or his duly authorized representative to enforce the provisions of this code.
(4) 
Section 105, Permits.
(a) 
Subsection 105.2, Work exempt from permit. Add the following to line five: A zoning/use permit shall be required for any of the exempt work listed in this article as determined by the Building Official.
(b) 
Amend No. 4. Under "Building" to read:
4. Retaining walls that are not over four feet in height measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall, unless the wall supports a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
(5) 
Section 109, Fees.
(a) 
Delete Subsection 109.2, Schedule of permit fees, and substitute with the following:
109.2 Fees. No permit to begin work for new construction, alterations, repair, removal or other building operations shall be issued until the fees established by the Board of Commissioners have been paid in accordance with Chapter 162 of the Township Code and a permit issued by the Department of Community Development, nor shall an amendment to a permit necessitating an additional fee, because of an increase in the estimated cost involved, be approved until the additional fee shall have been paid and a permit approved and issued by the Department of Community Development.
(b) 
Subsection 109.4, Work commencing before permit issuance. Delete the word "shall" on line four and replace with "may."
(c) 
Delete Subsection 109.6, Refunds.
(6) 
Section 111, Certificate of Occupancy.
(a) 
Delete Subsection 111.2, Certificate issued, and substitute with the following:
111.2 Certificate issued. After the Building Official inspects the building or structure and finds no violations of the provisions of this code or other laws that are enforced by the Department, the Building Official shall issue a certificate of occupancy.
(7) 
Section 113, Board of Appeals.
(a) 
Delete the entire Section 113, Board of Appeals, and substitute with the following:
SECTION 113
APPEALS
113.1 General. Whenever the owner or builder of any building about to be or in the course of being erected, altered or repaired, or any other person takes exception to the decision of the Code Official in refusing to approve the manner of construction or the type of materials to be used in the erection, alteration or repair of any building or structure, or to his decision as to the occupation or use of any building or structure, or as to its safety or compliance with the provisions of this code, such owner or builder or duly authorized agent may, within 10 days after such decision, take an appeal to the Code Appeals Board. Such appeal shall be in writing, state the decision of the Code Official and the reason for taking exception thereto and shall be filed with the Township Secretary. The Code Appeals Board shall, within 30 days from the date of filing, fix a date, time and location to consider the appeal and to allow the person to be heard if so desired. A prompt decision shall be heard by the Code Appeals Board and duly recorded, with such decision being final.
(8) 
Section 114, Violations.
(a) 
Delete Subsection 114.3, Prosecution of violation, and substitute with the following:
114.3 Prosecution of violations. If the notice of violation is not complied with within the time specified in the notice, the Code Official shall institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to restrain, correct, or abate such violation, or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the building or structure in violation of the provisions of this code or of the order or direction made pursuant thereto.
(b) 
Delete Subsection 114.4, Violation penalties, in its entirety and substitute with the following.
114.4 Violation penalties. Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of any approved plan, application for permit or directive of the Code Official shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
B. 
Chapter 2, Definitions.
(1) 
Section 202, Definitions.
(a) 
Amend the definition of "Building Official" to read as follows:
BUILDING OFFICIAL. The Director of Community Development charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or his duly authorized representative.
(b) 
Add the definition of "Department" to read as follows:
DEPARTMENT. The Department of Community Development of Radnor Township or any authorized agent or employee thereof.
(c) 
Change the definition of "Height, building" (see Chapter 5, Section 502) to read as follows:
HEIGHT, BUILDING. The vertical distance from the average grade (the average of the grades taken at twenty-foot intervals around the building perimeter) to the top of the highest roof beams of a flat roof or to the mean level of a sloped roof, provided that chimneys and spires shall not be included in measuring the height. Elevator, stair and equipment penthouses, tanks and air-conditioning towers shall not be included. The height shall be measured from finished grade, but such measurement shall not be made from a point higher than eight feet above original grade.
(d) 
Add the definition of "Township" to read as follows:
TOWNSHIP. The Township of Radnor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
C. 
Chapter 9, Fire protection systems.
(1) 
Section 903, Automatic Sprinkler Systems.
(a) 
Delete Subsections 903.2.1 through 903.2.10 and substitute the following:
903.2.1 Use Groups A, B, E, M, S and U. In all buildings or structures exceeding 1,000 square feet in gross floor area.
Exception: S-2 open parking garages.
903.2.2 Use Groups R, F, H, I. In all buildings or structures or portions thereof.
D. 
Chapter 16, Structural Design.
(1) 
Section 1612, Flood Loads.
(a) 
Subsection 1612.3, Establishment of flood hazard areas. Insert the following on line seven: "Township of Radnor" as name of jurisdiction, and "May 2, 1995" as date of issuance.
E. 
Chapter 33, Safeguards during construction.
(1) 
Section 3303, Demolition.
(a) 
Insert a new Subsection 3303.7 to read as follows:
3303.7 Certificate of extermination. A certificate of extermination by a recognized exterminating/termite control company addressing the existence of any wood destroying insects, rodents, or other harmful insects or pest life shall be received prior to the issuance of a demolition permit.
(b) 
Insert a new Subsection 3303.8 to read as follows:
3303.8 Shade Tree Ordinance. Prior to the issuance of a demolition permit, applicant shall demonstrate compliance with the demolition provisions of Ordinance No. 2003-21, Shade Tree Ordinance.[1]
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 263, Trees.
F. 
Chapter 34, Existing structures.
(1) 
(EB) Section 3403, Additions, Alterations, or Repairs.
(a) 
Insert a new Subsection 3403.5 to read as follows:
3403.5 Fire suppression systems. The requirements of Section 903, Automatic Sprinkler Systems, as amended by this article, shall apply to any existing buildings or structures exceeding 1,000 square feet in gross floor area where substantial alteration or repair occurs under a valid building permit.
(2) 
(EB) Section 3412, Compliance Alternatives.
(a) 
Subsection 3412.2, Applicability. Insert the following on line one: "30 days following the adoption of this article."
(b) 
Subsection 3412.4, Investigation and evaluation. Insert the words "when required by the Code Official" at the end of the sentence on line four.
[Adopted 2-22-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. II, One- and Two-Family Dwelling Standards, adopted 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-06.

§ 125-3 Adoption of code by reference.

Certain documents on file in the office of the Secretary of the Township of Radnor, being marked and designated as the "International Residential Code, 2009 Edition," are hereby adopted as the One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code for the Township of Radnor, Delaware County, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of establishing minimum standards to protect occupants of residential buildings covered by this code, and each and all of the provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the International Residential Code, 2009 Edition, are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set forth in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes as prescribed herein.

§ 125-4 Additions, insertions, deletions and changes to code.

The following sections and subsections of the International Residential Code, 2009 Edition, are hereby added, deleted, amended and clarified as set forth below.
A. 
Chapter 1, Administration.
(1) 
Section R101, Title, Scope and Purpose.
(a) 
Subsection R101.1, Title. Insert "Township of Radnor" as the name of the jurisdiction.
(2) 
Section R103, Department of Building Safety.
(a) 
Delete Subsections R103.1 through R103.3 and substitute with the following:
R103.1 General. The Director of Community Development or any authorized agent or employee thereof shall be designated as the Code Official for the purposes of this code.
R103.2 Appointment. The Code Official and employees of the Department of Community Development than be appointed in accordance with the personnel procedures and policies of the Township of Radnor.
(3) 
Section R104, Duties and powers of the Building Official.
(a) 
Delete Subsection R104.1, General, and substitute with the following:
R104.1 General. It shall be the responsibility of the Director of Community Development or his duly authorized representative to enforce the provisions of this code.
(4) 
Section R105, Permits.
(a) 
Amend Subsection R105.2, Work exempt from permits, as follows:
R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Add the following language to line six: The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code Act 45 exempts the following from construction/building permits; however, a zoning/use permit may be required by the Building Official.
(b) 
Amend No. 1. under "Building" to read:
1.
One story detached structures with a building area less than 200 square feet if accessory to a detached one-family dwelling (e.g., private garages, greenhouses, sheds, and carports).
(c) 
Amend No. 3. under "Building" to read:
3.
Retaining walls that are not over four feet in height measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall, unless the wall supports a surcharge.
(d) 
Add new Nos. 11 through 18.
11.
Manufactured or industrialized housing shipped from the factory under Section 901(a) of the act [35 P.S. 7210.901(a)] as provided in 403.25 (relating to manufactured and industrialized housing).
12.
Replacement of glass in any window or door. The replacement glass shall comply with the minimum requirements of this code.
13.
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.
14.
Replacement of existing roof material that does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any twelve-month period.
15.
Replacement of existing siding.
16.
Repair or replacement of any part of a porch or stoop which does not structurally support a roof located above the porch or stoop.
17.
Installation of additional roll or batt insulation.
18.
Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders.
(5) 
Section R108, Fees.
(a) 
Delete Subsection R108.1, Payment of fees, and substitute with the following:
R108.1 Permit fees. No permit to begin work for new construction, alterations, repair, removal or other building operations shall be issued until permit fees have been paid in accordance with Chapter 162 of the Township Code.
(6) 
Section R110, Certificate of Occupancy.
(a) 
Delete Subsection R1103, Certificate issued, and substitute with the following:
R110.3 Certificate issued. After the Building Official inspects the building or structure and finds no violations of the provisions of this code or other laws that are enforced by the Department, the Building Official shall issue a certificate of occupancy.
(7) 
Section R112, Board of Appeals.
(a) 
Delete this section and insert the following new section:
SECTION R112
MEANS OF APPEAL
R112.1 General. Any person aggrieved by a decision or interpretation by the Building Official made under provisions of this code may, in person or through his duly authorized agent or attorney, file an appeal within 10 days after such decision with the Code Appeals Board. Such appeal shall be in writing, state the decision of the Building Official and the reasons for the exception taken thereto and shall be filed with the Township Secretary. The Code Appeals Board shall, within 30 days from the date of filing, fix a date, time and location to consider the appeal, and to allow the person to be heard if he states his desire to do so in the written appeal. A prompt decision shall be rendered by the Code Appeals Board and duly recorded, with such decision being final.
(8) 
Section R113, Violations.
(a) 
Delete Subsection R113.4, Violation penalties, and substitute with the following:
R113.4 Violation penalties. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this code shall, upon conviction thereof be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
B. 
Chapter 2, Definitions.
(1) 
Section R202, Definitions.
(a) 
Amend the definition of "Building Official" to read as follows:
BUILDING OFFICIAL. The Director of Community Development charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or his duly authorized representative.
(b) 
Insert the definition of "Township" to read as follows:
TOWNSHIP. The Township of Radnor, Delaware County, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
C. 
Chapter 3, Building Planning.
(1) 
Section R301, Design Criteria.
(a) 
Table R301.2 (1) Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria, insert the following:
Ground Snow Load: 25.
Wind Speed (mph): 90.
Seismic Design Category: C.
Weathering: severe.
Frost Line Depth: 36 inches.
Termite: moderate to heavy.
Winter Design Temp (F.): 14.
Ice Shield Underlayment Required: yes.
Flood Hazards: FIRM.
Air Freezing Index: 1000.
Mean Annual Temp (F.): 54.
D. 
Chapter 26, General Plumbing Requirements.
(1) 
Section P2603, Structural Piping Protection.
(a) 
P2603.6.1, Sewer depth. Insert the number 24 in line three and line five.
E. 
Chapter 32, Traps.
(1) 
Section 3201, Fixture Traps.
(a) 
P3201.4, Building traps. Delete in its entirety and substitute with the following:
P3201.4 Building traps. Every building connected to the sanitary sewer system shall have installed a cast from single vent running trap with a cast iron vent riser pipe. A minimum size of four inches shall be used. The vents or fresh air intake riser pipe shall be carried to grade and terminated with an approved cap.
F. 
Chapter 41, Swimming Pools.
(1) 
Section E4101, General.
(a) 
E4101.1, Scope. Add the following: The provisions for the design, construction, and barrier requirements for swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs are contained in Appendix G of this code and shall be incorporated and adopted as part of this entire article.
G. 
Appendices.
(1) 
The following appendices shall be incorporated and adopted as part of this entire article:
(a) 
Appendix A (IFGS), Sizing and Capacities of Gas Piping.
(b) 
Appendix B (IFGS), Sizing of Venting Systems Serving Appliances Equipped with Draft Hoods, Category 1 Appliances, and Appliances Listed For Use and Type B Vents.
(c) 
Appendix C (IFGS), Exit Terminals of Mechanical Draft and Direct - Vent Venting Systems.
(d) 
Appendix E, Manufactured Housing Used as Dwellings.
(e) 
Appendix F, Radon Control Methods.
(f) 
Appendix G, Swimming Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs.