Township of Palmer, PA
Northampton County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Palmer 5-6-1968 by Ord. No. 91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building Code — See Ch. 55.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 60.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 81.
Foreclosed and abandoned real property — See Ch. 85.
Nuisances — See Ch. 109.
One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Code — See Ch. 112.
Refuse disposal — See Ch. 138.
Solid waste — See Ch. 156.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 165.
Weeds and visual obstructions — See Ch. 186.
Zoning — See Ch. 190.

§ 128-1 Short title.

[Amended 2-19-1973 by Ord. No. 135; 7-28-1987 by Ord. No. 221; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293]
The short title of this ordinance shall be the "Palmer Township Property Maintenance Code."

§ 128-2 Adoption of Property Maintenance Code; amendments.

[Amended 2-19-1973 by Ord. No. 135; 2-24-1976 by Ord. No. 161; 4-14-1981 by Ord. No. 186; 7-28-1987 by Ord. No. 221; 7-27-1993 by Ord. No. 253; 12-18-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-293; 12-3-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-416]
A. 
The publication entitled the "International Property Maintenance Code/2009," Chapters 1 through 8 and its errata sheets, specifically excluding Sections 303.2, 307, 704.3, and 704.4, authored and published by the International Code Council in 2009, hereinafter called the "code," is hereby accepted, adopted and incorporated herein by reference in its entirety, except as may be hereinafter otherwise indicated, as the Palmer Township Property Maintenance Code.
B. 
The International Property Maintenance Code/2009 and its errata sheets and appendixes shall be available for inspection by any citizen at the Palmer Township Municipal Building.
C. 
As it relates to its incorporation by reference as the applicable property maintenance code for Palmer Township, the following information shall be inserted into the following sections of the International Property Maintenance Code/2009:
(1) 
The name of the jurisdiction for Section 101.1 shall be "Palmer Township."
(2) 
The fee schedule for Section 103.5 shall be "none."
(3) 
The dollar amounts for Section 112.4 shall be "not less than $100 or more than $500."
(4) 
The maximum height of weeds or plant growth in Section 302.4 shall be "six inches."
(5) 
The period for insect screens for Section 304.14 shall be from "April 1 to December 1 of each calendar year."
(6) 
The period for heat supply for Section 602.3 shall be from "October 1 to April 1 of each calendar year."
(7) 
The period for heat supply in occupiable work spaces for Section 602.4 shall be from "October 1 to April 1 of each calendar year."

§ 128-3 Repealer.

All ordinances and parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.

§ 128-4 Severability.

The provisions of this ordinance are severable. If any sentence, clause or section of this ordinance, including the code, is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses or sections of this ordinance, including the code. It is hereby declared to be the intent of the Board of Supervisors of Palmer Township that this ordinance would have been adopted had such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid sentence, clause or section not been included herein or in the code.

§ 128-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-25-1988 by Ord. No. 227]
A. 
Any owner, general agent or building contractor or subcontractor who violates any of the provisions of this ordinance, and the lessee or tenant of the entire building or entire premises where such violation has been committed or shall exist, and the owner, general agent, building contractor or subcontractor or any other person, firm or corporation who knowingly commits, takes part or assists in any such violation, shall be liable, upon conviction before any Alderman or Justice of the Peace, to pay a fine or penalty to the Township, and for the use of the Township, in an amount not to exceed $1,000 or, in default of payment, to be sentenced to imprisonment in the county prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.
B. 
Each day of violation of the particular code or ordinance applicable shall be considered a separate offense, for which the fines and penalties stated herein may be imposed on a daily basis.
C. 
For collection of fines and penalties, see § 1-16E of Chapter 1, General Provisions.

§ 128-6 Minimum exit requirements.

[Added 2-19-1973 by Ord. No. 135; amended 12-30-1977 by Ord. No. 170]
There shall be not less than two approved independent outward-opening exitways serving every story of all commercial, industrial and public buildings having 1,200 or more square feet of floor area.

§ 128-7 Minimum square footage requirements.

[Added 2-19-1973 by Ord. No. 135; amended 4-2-1979 by Ord. No. 178; 7-1-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-320]
The minimum usable floor area of all buildings, dwellings or separate dwelling units thereof designed for human habitation shall be not less than 1,000 square feet, except for apartments, in which case each individual apartment dwelling unit may contain a minimum usable floor area of not less than 600 square feet. This section shall apply to trailers and mobile homes unless they are in approved mobile home parks.