Township of Plumstead, PA
Bucks County
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§ 4-101 Definition.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 1]
BUILDING
Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business.

§ 4-102 Numbering Plan.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 2]
The Township has drawn up a numbering plan for the entire Township and has assigned numbers to all lots and buildings in the Township according to said plan.

§ 4-103 Numbering Required.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 3]
Any building abutting on any street or highway in the said Township shall be numbered by the owner or occupant thereof in accordance with the provisions of this Part within 30 days of the date of written notice by the Supervisors to any said owner or occupier so to do. The said written notice shall specify the number of the building.

§ 4-104 Numbering Regulations.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 4]
The number assigned to any particular building shall be displayed either:
A. 
By three-inch high number placed on the building itself if those numbers are readable from the street.
B. 
If numbers placed on the building are not readable from the street, then numbers at least three inches in height shall be placed on both sides of the mailbox.
C. 
If there is no mailbox, then by placing numbers at least three inches in height on a structure such as a post in a position so as to be easily readable from the roadway.

§ 4-105 Numbers to be Displayed.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 5]
No number shall be displayed upon any building except the number assigned to the building to the Township.

§ 4-106 Penalties.

[Ord. 10-15-85, 10/15/1985, § 6; as amended by Ord. 97-4-15, 4/15/1997; and by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
Any person firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues of each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 4-201 Purpose.

[Ord. 2017-02, 6/27/2017]
1. 
The purpose of this Part is to protect and promote health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Township and particularly commercial businesses.
2. 
An ordinance is necessary to require certain commercial buildings to install Knox-Boxes®.
3. 
The benefits of installing Knox-Boxes® include providing immediate emergency access to firefighters, leading to increasing Fire Departments' efficiency; preventing costly forced entry damage and allowing undamaged doors to be resecured after the Fire Department's emergency response; and protecting private property, inventory, equipment, supplies and preventing possible injury to firefighters and emergency responders from forced entry into property.

§ 4-202 Knox-Boxes®.

[Ord. 2017-02, 6/27/2017]
1. 
Knox-Box® Required for New Commercial Buildings. All new commercial buildings shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Township Fire Marshal, in a location specified by the Township Code Enforcement Officer, prior to the issuance of the permit to occupy.
2. 
Knox-Box® Required for Existing Commercial Buildings with Improvements. All existing commercial buildings constructing improvements that require any Land Use or Zoning approval shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Township Fire Marshal, in a location specified by the Township Code Enforcement Officer, prior to the issuance of a construction permit and/or certification of occupancy.
3. 
Knox-Box® Required for Existing Commercial Buildings. All existing commercial buildings equipped with automatic fire-detection and/or suppression systems shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of a UL type and size approved by the Township Fire Marshal, in a location specified by the Township Code Enforcement Officer, within six months of the effective date of this Chapter.
4. 
Knox-Box® Contents. All Knox-Boxes® shall contain labeled keys, easily identifiable in the field, to provide access into the property and/or building and to any locked areas within the said building as the Township Fire Marshal may direct.
5. 
Locked Gates of Driveways. Any locked gates of driveways which allow access to a commercial business are required to place a Fire Department access lock on the access point to allow immediate emergency access to the commercial property. All locks are to be approved by the Township Fire Marshal.

§ 4-203 Penalties.

[Ord. 2017-02, 6/27/2017]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provisions of this Chapter, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.