Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 1-14-1987 by Ord. No. 748. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 13.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 36.
Health and sanitation — See Ch. 45.
Plumbing — See Ch. 67.
Sewers — See Ch. 81.
Watercourses and drainage facilities — See Ch. 111.
Zoning — See Ch. 114.

§ 70A-1 Adoption of BOCA standards.

That certain document marked and designated as the "BOCA Basic Property Maintenance Code, Second Edition, 1981," as published by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, for the control of the buildings, structures and premises as herein provided, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of this code is hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes prescribed in § 70A-2 of this chapter.

§ 70A-2 Amendments and modifications of standards.

The following sections of the BOCA Basic Property Maintenance Code, Second Edition, 1981, are hereby reaffirmed, amended and changed as follows:
A. 
Article 1, Administration and enforcement.
(1) 
Section PM-100.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-100.1, Title, shall read as follows:
PM-100.1 Title: These regulations shall be known as the "Property Maintenance Code of Springfield Township," hereinafter referred to as the "Property Maintenance Code" or "this code."
(b) 
Section PM-100.2, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-100.2 Scope: This code is to protect the public health, safety and welfare in all existing structures, residential and nonresidential, and on all existing premises. Buildings shall be kept in conformance with the provisions of the applicable building code at the time of construction. In such case as the applicable building code does not address itself to such provisions, the applicable section of the Property Maintenance Code shall apply.
(c) 
Section PM-100.3, Intent, shall read as follows:
PM-100.3 Intent: This code shall be construed liberally and justly to ensure the public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the maintenance of structures and premises.
(d) 
Section PM-100.4, Other regulations, shall read as follows:
PM-100.4 Other regulations: The provisions in this code shall not be construed to prevent the enforcement of other ordinances or regulations which prescribe standards other than are provided herein.
(e) 
Section PM-100.5, Application of building code, shall read as follows:
PM-100.5 Application of building code: Any repairs or alterations to a structure or changes of use herein which may be caused directly or indirectly by the enforcement of this code shall be done in accordance with the procedures and provisions of the Building Code.
(f) 
Section PM-100.6, Existing remedies, shall read as follows:
PM-100.6 Existing remedies: The provisions in this code shall not be deemed to abolish or impair existing remedies of the jurisdiction or its officers or agencies relating to the removal or demolition of any buildings which are deemed to be dangerous, unsafe and unsanitary.
(2) 
Section PM-101.0, Validity:
(a) 
Section PM-101.1, Validity, shall read as follows:
PM-101.1 Validity: If any section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this code shall be declared invalid for any reason whatsoever, such decision shall not affect the remaining portions of this code, which shall continue in full force and effect, and, to this end, the provisions of this code are hereby declared to be severable.
(b) 
Section PM-101.2, Saving clause, shall read as follows:
PM-101.2 Saving clause: This code shall not affect violations of any other ordinance, code or regulation existing prior to the effective date hereof, and any such violation shall be governed and shall continue to be punishable to the full extent of the law under the provisions of those ordinances, codes or regulations in effect at the time the violation was committed.
(3) 
Section PM-102.0, Existing structures:
(a) 
Section PM-102.1, Existing structures, shall read as follows:
PM-102.1 Existing structures: As provided in Section PM-100.0, this code establishes minimum requirements for the initial and continued use of all structures and premises and does not replace or modify requirements otherwise established by ordinance which may be additional or more stringent for the construction, repair, alteration or use of structures, equipment or facilities.
(4) 
Section PM-103.0, Enforcement authority:
(a) 
Section PM-103.1, Officer, shall read as follows:
PM-103.1 Officer: It shall be the duty and responsibility of the code official to enforce the provisions of this code as herein provided.
(b) 
Section PM-103.2, Relief from personal liability, shall read as follows:
PM-103.2 Relief from personal liability: Any township official, officer or employee who acts in good faith and without malice in the discharge of duties and enforcement of this code is relieved of all personal liability for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of such acts or alleged failure to act. Further, the township, township officials, officers or employees shall not be held liable for any costs in any action, suit or proceeding that may be instituted by the code official in the enforcement of this code. In any of these actions, the official or employee shall be defended or represented by the jurisdiction's attorney-at-law until the final termination of the proceedings.
(c) 
Section PM-103.3, Official records, shall read as follows:
PM-103.3 Official records: An official record shall be kept of all business and activities of the department specified in the provisions of this code, and all such records shall be open to public inspection at all appropriate times and under reasonable regulations established by the code official to maintain the integrity and security of such records.
(5) 
Section PM-104.0, Duties and powers of code official:
(a) 
Section PM-104.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-104.1 General: The code official shall enforce all the provisions of this code relative to the maintenance of structures and premises, except as may otherwise be specifically provided for by other regulations.
(b) 
Section PM-104.2, Notices and orders, shall read as follows:
PM-104.2 Notices and orders: The code official shall issue all necessary notices and orders to abate illegal or unsafe conditions to ensure compliance with the code requirements for the safety, health and general welfare of the public.
(c) 
Section PM-104.3, Inspections, shall read as follows:
PM-104.3 Inspections: In order to safeguard the safety, health and welfare of the public, the code official is authorized to enter any structure or premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of making inspections and performing duties under this code.
(d) 
Section PM-104.3.1, Right of entry, shall read as follows:
PM-104.3.1 Right of entry: If any owner, occupant or other person in charge of a structure subject to the provisions of this code refuses, impedes, inhibits, interferes with, restricts or obstructs entry and free access to any part of the structure or premises where inspection authorized by this code is sought, the administrative authority may seek, in a court of competent jurisdiction, an order that such owner, occupant or other person in charge shall cease and desist with such interference.
(e) 
Section PM-104.3.2, Access by owner or operator, shall read as follows:
PM-104.3.2 Access by owner or operator: Every occupant of a structure or premises shall give the owner or operator thereof, or agent or employee, access to any part of such structure or its premises at reasonable times for the purpose of making such inspection, maintenance, repairs or alterations as are necessary to comply with the provisions of this code.
(f) 
Section PM-104.4, Credentials, shall read as follows:
PM-104.4 Credentials: The code official or the code official's authorized representative shall disclose proper credentials of their respective office for the purpose of inspecting any and all buildings and premises in the performance of duties under this code.
(g) 
Section PM-104.5, Coordination of enforcement, shall read as follows:
PM-104.5 Coordination of enforcement: Inspection of premises, the issuance of notices and orders and enforcement thereof shall be the responsibility of code officials so charged by the jurisdiction. Whenever, in the opinion of a code official initiating an inspection under this code, it is deemed necessary or desirable to have inspections by any other department, the code official shall make reasonable effort to arrange for the coordination of such inspections so as to minimize the number of visits by inspectors, and to confer with the other departments for the purpose of eliminating conflicting orders before any are issued. A department shall not, however, delay the issuance of any emergency orders which it determines must be issued.
(h) 
Section PM-104.6, Rule making authority, shall read as follows:
PM-104.6 Rule making authority: The Board of Commissioners shall have the power, as may be necessary in the interest of public safety, health and general welfare, to adopt and promulgate rules and regulations, to interpret and implement the provisions of this code, to secure the intent thereof and to designate requirements applicable because of local climatic or other conditions; but such rules shall not have the effect of waiving working stresses or fire protection requirements specifically provided in this code or violating accepted engineering practice involving public safety.
(i) 
Section PM-104.7, Annual report, shall read as follows:
PM-104.7 Annual report: At least annually, the code official shall submit to the Board of Commissioners a written statement of operations in the form and content as shall be prescribed by the Board.
(6) 
Section PM-105.0, Condemnation:
(a) 
Section PM-105.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-105.1 General: When a structure or part thereof is found by the code official to be unsafe or when a structure or part thereof is found unfit for human occupancy or use or is found unlawful, it may be condemned pursuant to the provisions of this code and may be placarded and vacated. It shall not be reoccupied without approval of the code official. Unsafe equipment shall be placarded and placed out of service.
(b) 
Section PM-105.1.1, Unsafe structure, shall read as follows:
PM-105.1.1 Unsafe structure: An unsafe structure is one in which all or part thereof is found to be dangerous to life, health, property, or the safety of the public or its occupants because it is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe, or of such faulty construction or unstable foundation that it is likely to partially or completely collapse, or to cause fire or combustion.
(c) 
Section PM-105.1.2, Unsafe equipment, shall read as follows:
PM-105.1.2 Unsafe equipment: Unsafe equipment includes any boiler, heating equipment, elevator, moving stairway, electrical wiring or device, flammable liquid containers or other equipment on the premises or within the structure, which is in such disrepair or condition that it is found to be a hazard to life, health, property or safety of the public or occupants of the premises or structure. Unsafe equipment may contribute to the finding that the structure is unsafe or unfit for human occupancy or use.
(d) 
Section PM-105.1.3, Structure unfit for human occupancy, shall read as follows:
PM-105.1.3 Structure unfit for human occupancy: A structure is unfit for human occupancy or use whenever the code official finds that it is unsafe, unlawful, unsanitary, vermin or rat infested, contains filth and contamination or lacks ventilation, illumination, sanitary or heating facilities or other essential equipment required by this code or because its location constitutes a hazard to its occupants or to the public.
(e) 
Section PM-105.1.4, Unlawful structure, shall read as follows:
PM-105.1.4 Unlawful structure: An unlawful structure is one which is found, in whole or in part, to be occupied by more persons than permitted or which was erected, altered or occupied contrary to law.
(f) 
Section PM-105.2, Closing of vacant structures, shall read as follows:
PM-105.2 Closing of vacant structures: If the structure or part thereof is vacant and unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use and is not in danger of structural collapse, the code official may post a placard of condemnation on the premises and may order the structure closed up so it will not be an attractive nuisance to youngsters. Upon failure of the owner to close up the premises within the time specified in the order, the code official shall cause it to be closed through any available public agency or by contract or arrangements by private persons, and the cost thereof shall be charged against the real estate upon which the structure is located and shall be a lien upon such real estate.
(7) 
Section PM-106.0, Notices and orders:
(a) 
Section PM-106.1, Notice to owner or to person or persons responsible, shall read as follows:
PM-106.1 Notice to owner or to person or persons responsible: Whenever the code official determines that there has been a violation of this code or has reasonable grounds to believe that a violation has occurred or whenever the code official has condemned any structure or equipment under the provisions of Section PM-105.0, notice shall be given to the owner or the person or persons responsible therefore in the manner prescribed below. If the code official has condemned the property or part thereof, the code official shall give notice to the owner and to the occupants of the intent to placard and to vacate the property or to order equipment out of service.
(b) 
Section PM-106.2, Form, shall read as follows:
PM-106.2 Form: Such notice prescribed in Section PM-106.1 shall:
1.
Be in writing.
2.
Include a description of the real estate sufficient for identification.
3.
Include a statement of the reason or reasons why it is being issued.
4.
Include a correction order allowing a reasonable time for the repairs and improvements required to bring the dwelling unit or structure into compliance with the provisions of this code.
5.
Include an explanation of the owner's right to seek modification or withdrawal of the notice by petition to the Board of Commissioners.
(c) 
Section PM-106.3, Service, shall read as follows:
PM-106.3 Service: Such service shall be deemed to be properly served upon such owner if a copy thereof is delivered to the owner personally; or by leaving the notice at the usual place of abode of the owner, in the presence of someone in the family of suitable age and discretion who shall be informed of the contents thereof; or by certified or registered mail addressed to the owner at the last known address with return receipt requested; or, if the certified or registered letter is returned with receipt showing that it has not been delivered, by posting a copy thereof in a conspicuous place in or about the structure affected by such notice.
(d) 
Section PM-106.3.1, Service on occupant, shall read as follows:
PM-106.3.1 Service on occupant: When a condemnation order is served on an occupant other than the owner or person responsible for such compliance, a reasonable time to vacate the property after noncompliance shall be stated. Owners or persons responsible for compliance must vacate at the time set for correction of defects if there is failure of compliance.
(e) 
Section PM-106.4, Penalties, shall read as follows:
PM-106.4 Penalties: Penalties for noncompliance of orders and notices shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Section PM-109.2.
(f) 
Section PM-106.5, Transfer of ownership, shall read as follows:
PM-106.5 Transfer of ownership: It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dwelling unit or structure, who has received a compliance order or upon whom a notice of violation has been served, to sell, transfer, mortgage, lease or otherwise dispose of such dwelling unit or structure to another until the provisions of the compliance order or notice of violation have been complied with or until such owner shall first furnish the grantee, transferee, mortgagee or lessee a true copy of any compliance order or notice of violation issued by the code official and shall furnish to the code official a signed and notarized statement from the grantee, transferee, mortgagee or lessee, acknowledging the receipt of such compliance order or notice of violation and fully accepting the responsibility without condition for making the corrections or repairs required by such compliance order or notice of violation.
(8) 
Section PM-107.0, Placarding:
(a) 
Section PM-107.1, Placarding of structure, shall read as follows:
PM-107.1 Placarding of structure: After the condemnation notice required under the provisions of this code has resulted in an order by virtue of failing to comply within the time given, the code official may post on the premises or structure or parts thereof or on defective equipment a placard bearing the words: "Condemned as unfit for human occupancy or use," and a statement of the penalties provided for any occupancy or use or for removing the placard. The owner or the person or persons responsible for the correction of violations shall have removed themselves from the property on failure to comply with the correction order in the time specified, but other occupants shall be given a reasonable time thereafter to vacate.
(b) 
Section PM-107.2, Prohibited use, shall read as follows:
PM-107.2 Prohibited use: Any person who shall occupy a placarded premises or structure or part thereof or shall use placarded equipment and any owner or any person responsible for the premises who shall let anyone occupy a placarded premises shall be liable for the penalties provided by this code.
(c) 
Section PM-107.3, Removal of placard, shall read as follows:
PM-107.3 Removal of placard: The code official shall remove the condemnation placard whenever the defect or defects upon which the condemnation and placarding action were based have been eliminated. Any person who defaces or removes a condemnation placard without the approval of the code official shall be subject to the penalties provided by this code.
(9) 
Section PM-108.0, Emergency orders:
(a) 
Section PM-108.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-108.1 General: Whenever a code official finds that an emergency exists, on any premises or in any structure or part thereof or on any defective equipment, which requires immediate action to protect the public's health and safety or that of the occupants thereof, the code official may, with proper notice and service in accordance with the provisions of Section PM-106.0, issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring the vacating of the premises or such action taken as the code official deems necessary to meet such emergency. Notwithstanding other provisions of this code, such order shall be effective immediately, and the premises or equipment involved shall be placarded immediately upon service of the order.
(b) 
Section PM-108.2, Hearing, shall read as follows:
PM-108.2 Hearing: Any person to whom such order is directed shall comply herewith. They may thereafter, upon petition directed to the Board of Commissioners, be afforded a hearing as prescribed in this code. Depending upon the findings of the Board at such hearing as to whether the provisions of this code and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto have been complied with, the Board shall continue such order or modify or revoke it.
(10) 
Section PM-109.0, Violations:
(a) 
Section PM-109.1, Unlawful acts, shall read as follows:
PM-109.1 Unlawful acts: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, remove, demolish, use or occupy any structure or equipment regulated by this code or cause the same to be done contrary to or in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code.
(b) 
Section PM-109.2, Penalty, shall read as follows:
[Amended 7-13-1988 by Ord. No. 756]
PM-109.2 Penalty: Any person, firm or corporation which shall violate any provision of this code shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the court. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served, in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, shall be deemed a separate offense.
(c) 
Section PM-109.3, Prosecution, shall read as follows:
PM-109.3 Prosecution: In case any violation order is not promptly complied with, the code official may request the jurisdiction's legal representative to institute an appropriate action or proceeding at law to exact the penalty provided in Section PM-109.2. Also, the code official may ask the legal representative to proceed at law or in equity against the person responsible for the violation for the purpose of ordering that person:
1.
To restrain, correct or remove the violation or refrain from any further execution of work;
2.
To restrain or correct the erection, installation or alteration of such structure;
3.
To require the removal of work in violation; or
4.
To prevent the occupation or use of the structure or part thereof erected, constructed, installed or altered in violation of, or not in compliance with, the provisions of this code or in violation of a plan or specification under which an approval, permit or certificate was issued.
(11) 
Section PM-110.0, Right to appeal:
(a) 
Section PM-110.1, Petition, shall read as follows:
PM-110.1 Petition: Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this code or of any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board, provided that such person shall file, in the office of the Board, a written petition requesting such hearing and containing a statement of the grounds therefor within 20 days after the day the notice was served.
(b) 
Section PM-110.2, Appeals Board, shall read as follows:
PM-110.2 Appeals Board: In order to protect existing structures in the jurisdiction by vigorous enforcement of the provisions of this code, there shall be and is hereby created a Property Maintenance Code Appeals Board, hereafter referred to as the "Board," consisting of the Board of Commissioners.
(12) 
Sections PM-110.2.1, PM-110.2.2, PM-110.2.3 and PM-110.3 shall be deleted.
(13) 
Section PM-111.0, Demolition:
(a) 
Section PM-111.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-111.1 General: The code official may order the owner of premises upon which is located any structure or part thereof, which in the code official's judgment is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the public or is otherwise unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use so that it would be unreasonable to repair the same, to raze and remove such structure or part thereof or, if it can be made safe by repairs, to repair and make safe and sanitary or to raze and remove at the owner's option or, where there has been a cessation of normal construction of any structure for a period of more than two years, to raze and remove such structure or part thereof.
(b) 
Section PM-111.2 shall be deleted.
(c) 
Section PM-111.3, Order, shall read as follows:
PM-111.3 Order: The order shall specify a time in which the owner shall comply therewith and specify repairs, if any. It shall be served on the owner of record or an agent where an agent is in charge of the building and upon the holder of any encumbrance of record in the manner provided for service of a summons by a court of record. If the owner or a holder of an encumbrance of record cannot be found, the order may be served by posting it on the main entrance of the building and by publishing it once each week for three successive weeks in a newspaper authorized to provide service by publication.
(d) 
Section PM-111.4, Restraining actions, shall read as follows:
PM-111.4 Restraining actions: Anyone affected by any such order shall, within five days after service of such order, apply to a court of record for an order restraining the code official from razing and removing such structure or parts thereof. The court shall determine whether the order of the code official is reasonable and, if found reasonable, the court shall dissolve the restraining order, and if not found reasonable, the court shall continue the restraining order or modify it as the circumstances may require.
(e) 
Section PM-111.5, Failure to comply, shall read as follows:
PM-111.5 Failure to comply: Whenever the owner of a property fails to comply with a demolition order within the time prescribed, the code official shall cause the structure or part thereof to be razed and removed, either through an available public agency or by contract or arrangement with private persons, and the cost of such razing and removal shall be charged against the real estate upon which the structure is located and shall be a lien upon such real estate.
(f) 
Section PM-111.6, Salvage materials, shall read as follows:
PM-111.6 Salvage materials: When any structure has been ordered razed and removed, the governing body or other designated officer under said contract or arrangement aforesaid may sell the salvage and valuable materials at the highest price obtainable. The net proceeds of such sale, after deducting the expenses of such razing and removal, shall be promptly remitted with a report of such sale or transaction, including the items of expense and the amounts deducted, for the use of the person who may be entitled thereto, subject to any order of a court. If such a surplus does not remain to be turned over, the report shall so state.
B. 
Article 2, Definitions.
(1) 
Section PM-200.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-200.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-200.1 Scope: Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this code, have the meanings indicated in this Article.
(b) 
Section PM-200.2, Interchangeability, shall read as follows:
PM-200.2 Interchangeability: Words used in the present tense include the future; words in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter; the singular number includes the plural and the plural the singular.
(c) 
Section PM-200.3, Terms defined in other codes, shall read as follows:
PM-200.3 Terms defined in other codes: Where terms are not defined in this code and are defined in the Building, Plumbing and/or Mechanical Codes, they shall have the same meanings ascribed to them as in those codes.
(d) 
Section PM-200.4, Terms not defined, shall read as follows:
PM-200.4 Terms not defined: Where terms are not defined under the provisions of this code or under the provision of the Code of the Township of Springfield, they shall have ascribed to them their ordinarily accepted meanings or such as the context herein may imply.
(2) 
Section PM-201.0, Applied meaning of words and terms, shall be read as follows:
Approved (as applied to a material, device or method of construction): Approved by the code official under the provisions of this code or approved by other authority designated by law to give approval in the matter in question.
Basement: That portion of a building which is partly below and partly above grade and having at least 1/2 its height above grade. (See "cellar.")
Building code: The Building Code officially adopted by the legislative body of this jurisdiction, or such other code as may be officially designated by the legislative body of the jurisdiction for the regulation of construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, use, location, occupancy and maintenance of buildings and structures.
Building official: The official designated by the jurisdiction to enforce building, zoning or similar laws, or a duly authorized representative.
Cellar: That portion of a building which is partly or completely below grade, and having at least 1/2 its height below grade. (See "basement.")
Central heating: The heating system permanently installed and adjusted so as to provide the distribution of heat to all habitable rooms, bathrooms and water closet compartments from a source outside of these rooms.
Code official: The official who is charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or any duly authorized representative.
Condemn: To adjudge unfit for use or occupancy.
Condemnation: The act of judicially condemning.
Dwellings: One-family dwelling: A building housing not more than one family. Two-family dwelling: A building housing not more than two families.
Multifamily apartment house: A building or portion thereof containing more than two dwelling units and not classified as a one- or two-family dwelling.
Boardinghouse, lodging house and tourist house: A building arranged or used for the lodging, with or without meals, for compensation, by more than five and not more than 20 individuals.
Dormitory: A space in a building where group sleeping accommodations are provided, for persons not members of the same family group, in one room or in a series of closely associated rooms.
Hotel: Any building containing six or more guest rooms intended or designed to be used or which are used, rented or hired out to be occupied or which are occupied for sleeping purposes by guests.
Dwelling unit: A single unit providing complete, independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
Enforcement officer: The official designated herein or otherwise charged with the responsibilities of administering this code, or the official's authorized representative,
Exterior property areas: The open space on the premises and on adjoining property under the control of owners or operators of such premises.
Extermination: The control and elimination of insects, rats or other pests by eliminating their harborage places; by removing or making inaccessible materials that may serve as their food; by poison spraying, fumigating, trapping; or by any other approved pest elimination methods.
Family: Any number of individuals living together as a single nonprofit, housekeeping unit and doing their cooking on the premises, when said individuals are related by blood, marriage or adoption, including any number of foster children under the care of the same; or no more than four unrelated individuals living together as a single, nonprofit, housekeeping unit and doing their cooking on the premises.
Garbage: The animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food.
Habitable space: Space in a structure for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet compartments, closets, halls, storage or utility space, and similar areas are not considered habitable space.
Hotel: See "dwellings."
Infestation: The presence, within or contiguous to a structure or premises, of insects, rats, vermin or other pests.
Junked automobile, truck or vehicle: Any vehicle found on public or private property, not within a completely enclosed structure or building, such as a garage or accessory building, which can be easily secured against potential health and safety hazards, and is found to be either:
1.
A vehicle for which a certificate of junk has been issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue or the official designated by any other state to issue such certificate.
2.
Any vehicle, provided that such vehicle is not registered with and certified by the Health Officer as a repairable vehicle, in or on which it is found that any of the following conditions exist:
(a)
Its engine or motor or any other essential part is inoperable or has been removed for more than 15 days.
(b)
Its tires or any tire has been deflated or its wheel or wheels have been removed for more than 15 days.
(c)
It bears no official inspection sticker or registration plate or such have not been current for 15 days or more.
Let for occupancy or let: To permit possession or occupancy of a dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming unit, building or structure by a person, who shall be legal owner or not be the legal owner of record thereof, pursuant to a written or unwritten lease, agreement or license or pursuant to a recorded or unrecorded agreement of contract for the sale of land.
Maintenance: Conformance of a building and its facilities to the code under which the building was constructed.
Motel: A hotel, as defined in this code.
Multifamily (multiple) dwellings: See "dwellings."
Occupant: Any person over one year of age (including the owner or operator) living and sleeping in a dwelling unit or having actual possession of said dwelling or rooming unit.
Openable area: That part of a window or door which is available for unobstructed ventilation and which opens directly to the outdoors.
Operator: Any person who has charge, care or control of a structure or premises which are let or offered for occupancy.
Owner: Any person, agent, firm or corporation having a legal or equitable interest in the property.
Person: Includes a corporation or copartnership as well as an individual.
Plumbing: The practice, materials and fixtures used in the installation, maintenance, extension and alteration of all piping, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances within the scope of the Plumbing Code.
Plumbing fixture: A receptacle or device which is either permanently or temporarily connected to the water distribution system of the premises and demands a supply of water therefrom; or discharges used water, liquid-borne waste materials or sewage, either directly or indirectly, to the drainage system of the premises; or which requires both a water supply connection and a discharge to the drainage system of the premises.
Premises: A lot, plot or parcel of land, including the buildings or structures thereon.
Public nuisance: Any structure or building that is a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the public or is in a state of dilapidation, deterioration or decay; which has faulty construction; which is overcrowded; open, vacant or abandoned; damaged by fire to the extent as not to provide shelter; or which is in danger of collapse or failure and is dangerous to anyone on or near the premises.
Renovation: A building and its facilities made to conform to present day minimum standards of sanitation, fire and life safety.
Residence building: A building in which sleeping accommodations or sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities as a unit are provided, except when classified as an institution under the Building Code.
Rooming house: Any residence building or any part thereof containing one or more rooming units, in which space is let by the owner or operator to more than five persons who are not members of the family. (See "dwellings," and "boardinghouse.")
Rooming unit: Any room or group of rooms forming a single habitable unit used or intended to be used for living and sleeping, but not for cooking or eating purposes.
Rubbish: Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage, and the term shall include the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke and other combustible materials, paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery and dust and other similar materials.
Structure: That which is built or constructed, including without limitation because of enumeration, buildings for any occupancy or use whatsoever, fences, signs, billboards, fire escapes, chute escapes, railings, water tanks, towers, open grade steps, sidewalks or stairways, tents or anything erected and framed of component parts, which is fastened, anchored or rests on a permanent foundation or on the ground.
Supplied: Installed, furnished or provided by the owner or operator.
Ventilation: The process of supplying and removing air by natural or mechanical means to or from any space. Mechanical: Ventilation by power-driven devices. Natural: Ventilation by opening to outer air through windows, skylights, doors, louvers or stacks without wind-driven devices.
Workmanlike: Whenever the words "workmanlike state of maintenance and repair" are used in this code, they shall mean that such maintenance and repair shall be made in a reasonably skillful manner.
Yard: An open, unoccupied space on the same lot with a building, extending along the entire length of the street or rear or interior lot line.
C. 
Article 3, Environmental requirements.
(1) 
Section PM-300.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-300.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-300.1 Scope: The provisions of this Article shall govern the minimum conditions of maintenance of exterior property, premises and structures. Premises shall comply with the conditions herein prescribed insofar as they are applicable.
(b) 
Section PM-300.2, Responsibility, shall read as follows:
PM-300.2 Responsibility: The owner of the premises shall maintain such structures and premises in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy or use premises which do not comply with the following requirements of this Article.
(c) 
Section PM-300.3, Vacant structures and land, shall read as follows:
PM-300.3 Vacant structures and land: All vacant structures and premises thereof or vacant land shall be maintained in a clean, safe, secure and sanitary condition as provided herein so as not to adversely affect the public health, safety or welfare.
(2) 
Section PM-301.0, Premises conditions:
(a) 
Section PM-301.1, Sanitation, shall read as follows:
PM-301.1 Sanitation: All exterior property areas and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.
(b) 
Section PM-301.1.1, Containers, shall read as follows:
PM-301.1.1 Containers: The operator of every establishment producing garbage, vegetable wastes or other putrescible materials shall provide and at all times cause to be used leakproof approved containers, provided with close-fitting covers, for the storage of such materials until removed from the premises for disposal.
(c) 
Section PM-301.2, Grading and drainage, shall read as follows:
PM-301.2 Grading and drainage: All premises shall be graded and maintained so as to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon or within any structure located thereon.
(d) 
Section PM-301.3, Loading areas, shall read as follows:
PM-301.3 Loading areas: All loading areas, automobile service stations and drive-in food establishments shall be paved with bituminous concrete or equivalent surfacing and shall be free from dirt and other litter and kept in good repair. When lighted for nighttime use, lights shall not be permitted to cast directly upon dwellings nearby.
(e) 
Section PM-301.4, Insect and rat control, shall read as follows:
PM-301.4 Insect and rat control: An owner of a structure or property shall be responsible for the extermination of insects, rats, vermin or other pests in all exterior areas of the premises, except that the occupant shall be responsible for such extermination in the exterior areas of the premises of a single-family dwelling. Whenever infestation exists in the shared or public parts of the premises of other than a single-family dwelling, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner.
(f) 
Section PM-301.5, Public areas, shall read as follows:
PM-301.5 Public areas: All sidewalks, steps, driveways, parking spaces and similar paved areas for public use shall be kept in a proper state of repair and free of all snow, ice, mud and other debris. If any sidewalk or driveway or portion thereof, by virtue of its state of repair, shall constitute a danger to the public health and safety, the sidewalk or driveway or portion thereof shall be replaced.
(g) 
Section PM-301.6, Noxious weeds, shall read as follows:
PM-301.6 Noxious weeds: Chapter 11, Brush, Grass and Weeds, of the Code of the Township of Springfield will regulate the prohibition of objectionable vegetation.
(h) 
Section PM-301.7, Storage areas, shall read as follows:
PM-301.7, Storage areas: All open salvage yards and open storage areas shall be completely obscured from surrounding property by a solid screen not less than six feet (1.83 meters) in height.
(i) 
Section PM-301.8, Exhaust vents, shall read as follows:
PM-301.8 Exhaust vents: A person shall not construct, maintain or operate pipes, ducts, conductors, fans or blowers discharging gases, steam, vapor, hot air, grease, smoke, odors or other gaseous or particulate wastes so as to discharge directly upon abutting or adjacent public and private property or that of another tenant.
(j) 
Section PM-301.9, Accessory structures, shall read as follows:
PM-301.9 Accessory structures: All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in compliance with Sections PM-302.0 and PM-303.0 and in accordance with other applicable ordinances.
(k) 
Section PM-301.10, Motor vehicles, shall read as follows:
PM-301.10 Motor vehicles: Motor vehicles shall be subject to the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code and all applicable chapters of the Code of the Township of Springfield.
(l) 
Sections PM-301.10.1 and PM-301.10.2 are to be deleted.
(m) 
Section PM-301.11, Open fires, shall read as follows:
PM-301.11: Open fires: Open fires shall be prohibited, except burning as specifically permitted by Chapter 16, Outdoor Burning, of the Code of the Township of Springfield.
(3) 
Section PM-302.0, Exterior structure:
(a) 
Section PM-302.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-302.1 General: The exterior of a structure shall be maintained structurally sound and sanitary so as not to pose a threat to the health and safety of the occupants and so as to protect the occupants from the environment.
(b) 
Section PM-302.2, Structural members, shall read as follows:
PM-302.2 Structural members: All supporting structural members of all structures shall be kept structurally sound, free of deterioration and maintained capable of safely bearing the dead and live loads imposed upon them.
(c) 
Section PM-302.3, Exterior surfaces (foundations, walls and roof), shall read as follows:
PM-302.3 Exterior surfaces (foundations, walls and roof): Every foundation, exterior wall, roof and all other exterior surfaces shall be maintained in a workmanlike state of maintenance and repair and shall be kept in such condition as to exclude rats.
(d) 
Section PM-302.3.1, Foundation walls, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.1 Foundation walls: All foundation walls shall be maintained so as to carry the safe design and operating dead and live loads and shall be maintained plumb and free from open cracks and breaks, so as not to be detrimental to public safety and welfare.
(e) 
Section PM-302.3.2, Exterior walls, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.2 Exterior walls: Every exterior wall shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timbers and any other conditions which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portions of the walls or to the occupied spaces of the building. All exterior surface materials, including wood, composition or metal siding, shall be maintained weatherproof and shall be properly surface coated when required to prevent deterioration.
(f) 
Section PM-302.3.3, Roofs, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.3 Roofs: The roof shall be structurally sound, tight and not have defects which might admit rain, and roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent rain water from causing dampness in the walls or interior portion of the building.
(g) 
Section PM-303.3.4, Decorative features, shall read as follows:
PM-303.3.4 Decorative features: All cornices, entablatures, belt courses, corbels, terra cotta trim, wall facings and similar decorative features shall be maintained in good repair with proper anchorage and in a safe condition.
(h) 
Section PM-302.3.5, Signs, marquees and awnings, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.5 Signs, marquees and awnings: All canopies, marquees, signs, metal awnings, stairways, fire escapes, standpipes, exhaust ducts and similar overhang extensions shall be maintained in good repair and be properly anchored so as to be kept in a safe and sound condition. They shall be protected from the elements and against decay and rust by the periodic application of a weather-coating material, such as paint or other protective treatment.
(i) 
Section PM-302.3.6, Chimneys, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.6 Chimneys: All chimneys, cooling towers, smokestacks and similar appurtenances shall be maintained structurally safe, sound and in good repair. All exposed surfaces of metal or wood shall be protected from the elements and against decay or rust by periodic application of weather-coating materials, such as paint or similar surface treatment.
(j) 
Section PM-302.3.7, Stairs and porches, shall read as follows:
PM-302.3.7 Stairs and porches: Every stair, porch, balcony and all appurtenances attached thereto shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the loads to which it is subjected and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair.
(k) 
Section PM-302.4, Window and door frames, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4 Window and door frames: Every window, door and frame shall be constructed and maintained in such relation to the adjacent wall construction so as to exclude rain as completely as possible and to substantially exclude wind from entering the dwelling or structure.
(l) 
Section PM-302.4.1, Weathertight, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.1 Weathertight: Every window and exterior door shall be fitted reasonably in its frame and be weathertight. Weather stripping shall be used to exclude wind or rain from entering the dwelling or structure and shall be kept in sound condition and good repair.
(m) 
Section PM-302.4.2, Glazing, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.2 Glazing: Every required window sash shall be fully supplied with approved glazing materials which are weatherproof.
(n) 
Section PM-302.4.3, Openable windows, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.3 Openable windows: Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be capable of being easily opened and shall be held in position by window hardware.
(o) 
Section PM-302.4.4, Insect screens, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.4 Insect screens: Every door and window or other outside opening used for ventilation purposes shall be supplied with approved screening, and every swinging screen door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition, except that such screens shall not be required for areas on a floor above the fifth floor, and screen doors shall not be required on nonresidential structures or structures where the doors are required to swing out as required in the Building Code.
(p) 
Section PM-302.4.5, Door hardware, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.5 Door hardware: Every exterior door, door hinge and door latch shall be maintained in good condition. Door locks in dwelling units shall be in good repair and capable of tightly securing the door.
(q) 
Section PM-302.4.6, Basement hatchways, shall read as follows:
PM-302.4.6 Basement hatchways: Every basement or cellar hatchway shall be so constructed and maintained as to prevent the entrance of rats, rain and surface drainage water into the structure.
(r) 
Section PM-302.4.7 shall be deleted.
(4) 
Section PM-303.0, Interior structure:
(a) 
Section PM-303.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-303.1 General: The interior of a structure and its equipment shall be maintained structurally sound and in a sanitary condition so as not to pose a threat to the health and safety of the occupants and to protect the occupants from the environment.
(b) 
Section PM-303.2, Structural members, shall read as follows:
PM-303.2 Structural members: The supporting structural members of every building shall be maintained structurally sound, not showing any evidence of deterioration which would render them incapable of carrying the imposed loads.
(c) 
Section PM-303.3, Interior surfaces, shall read as follows:
PM-303.3 Interior surfaces: Floors; walls, including windows and doors; ceilings; and other interior surfaces shall be maintained in a good, clean and sanitary state so as not to be injurious to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants and/or the public.
(d) 
Section PM-303.3.1, Lead based paint, shall read as follows:
PM-303.3.1 Lead based paint: Lead based paint with a lead content of more than 0.5% shall not be applied to any interior or exterior surface of a dwelling, dwelling unit or child-care facility, including fences and outbuildings at these locations. Existing interior and exterior painted surfaces of dwelling units and child care facilities that contain an excess of 0.5% lead shall be removed or covered with paneling or other suitable covering approved by the code official.
(e) 
Section PM-303.3.2, Bathroom and kitchen floors, shall read as follows:
PM-303.3.2 Bathroom and kitchen floors: Every toilet, bathroom and kitchen floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be substantially impervious to water and so as to permit such floor to be easily kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
(f) 
Section PM-303.4 shall be deleted.
(g) 
Section PM-303.5, Sanitation, shall read as follows:
PM-303.5 Sanitation: The interior of every structure shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, free from any accumulation of rubbish, refuse or garbage. Rubbish, garbage and other refuse shall be properly kept inside temporary storage facilities as required under Section PM-108.0.
(h) 
Section PM-303.5.1, Storage, shall read as follows:
PM-303.5.1 Storage: Garbage or refuse shall not be allowed to accumulate or be stored in public halls or stairways.
(i) 
Section PM-303.6, Insect and rat harborage, shall read as follows:
PM-303.6 Insect and rat harborage: All structures shall be kept free from insect and rat infestation, and, where insect or rats are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by acceptable processes which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to prevent reinfestation.
(j) 
Section PM-303.7 shall be deleted.
(k) 
Section PM-303.8, Stairs, porches and railings, shall read as follows:
PM-303.8 Stairs, porches and railings: Stairs and other exit facilities shall be adequate for safety as provided in the Building Code.
(l) 
Section PM-303.8.1, Exit facilities, shall read as follows:
PM-303.8.1 Exit facilities: All interior stairs and railings and other exit facilities of every structure shall be maintained in sound condition and good repair by replacing treads and risers that evidence excessive wear or are broken, warped or loose. Every inside stair shall be so constructed and maintained as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the anticipated loads.
(m) 
Section PM-303.8.2, Handrails, shall read as follows:
PM-303.8.2 Handrails: Every flight of stairs which is more than three risers high shall have handrails which shall be located as required by the Building Code, and every open portion of a stair, porch, landing and balcony which is more than 30 inches (76.20 centimeters) above the floor or grade below shall have guardrails. Every handrail and guardrail shall be firmly fastened and capable of bearing normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.
D. 
Article 4, Light, ventilation and space requirements, shall be deleted.
E. 
Article 5, Plumbing facilities and fixture requirements.
(1) 
Section PM-500.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-500.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-500.1 Scope: The provisions of this Article shall govern the minimum plumbing facilities and fixtures to be provided. All plumbing facilities and fixtures shall comply with the requirements herein prescribed insofar as they are applicable.
(b) 
Section PM-500.2, Responsibility, shall read as follows:
PM-500.2 Responsibility: The owner of the structure shall maintain such plumbing facilities and fixtures in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy or use any structure or portion thereof or premises which does not comply with the following requirements of this Article.
(2) 
Section PM-501.0, Required facilities:
(a) 
Section PM-501.1, Dwelling units, shall read as follows:
PM-501.1 Dwelling units: Every dwelling unit shall include its own plumbing facilities, which are in proper operating condition, can be used in privacy and are adequate for personal cleanliness and the disposal of human waste. The following minimum plumbing facilities set forth in Sections PM-501.1.1 through PM-501.1.3 shall be supplied and maintained in a sanitary, safe working condition.
(b) 
Section PM-501.1.1, Toilet and lavatory, shall read as follows:
PM-501.1.1 Toilet and lavatory: Every dwelling unit shall contain within its walls a room separate from habitable rooms, which affords privacy and a toilet supplied with cold running water. The lavatory may be placed in the same room as the toilet, or if located in another room, the lavatory shall be located in close proximity to the door leading directly to the room in which said toilet is located. The lavatory shall be supplied with hot and cold running water.
(c) 
Section PM-501.1.2, Bathtub and shower, shall read as follows:
PM-501.1.2 Bathtub or shower: Every dwelling unit shall contain a room which affords privacy to a person in said room and which is equipped with a bathtub or shower supplied with hot and cold running water.
(d) 
Section PM-501.1.3, Kitchen sink, shall read as follows:
PM-501.1.3 Kitchen sink: Every dwelling unit shall contain a kitchen sink apart from the lavatory required under Section PM-501.1.1 and be supplied with hot and cold running water.
(e) 
Section PM-501.2 and 501.3 shall be deleted.
(f) 
Section PM-501.4, Other structures, shall read as follows:
PM-501.4 Other structures: In residential and nonresidential structures, the requirement for sanitary facilities shall comply with the minimum requirements of the Plumbing Code for such facilities for specified use and occupancy.
(3) 
Section PM-502.0, Toilet rooms:
(a) 
Section PM-502.1, Privacy, shall read as follows:
PM-502.1 Privacy: Toilet rooms and bathrooms shall be designed and arranged to provide privacy.
(b) 
Section PM-502.2 shall be deleted.
(c) 
Section PM-502.3, Same story, shall read as follows:
PM-502.3 Same story: Toilet rooms and bathrooms serving hotel units, loading units or dormitory units, unless located within such respective units or directly connected thereto, shall be provided on the same story with such units and be accessible only from a common hall or passageway.
(d) 
Section PM-502.4, Employee facilities, shall read as follows:
PM-502.4 Employee facilities: Toilet rooms for employees shall be readily accessible to such employees and shall not open directly into any public kitchen or other public space used for the cooking or preparation of food.
(e) 
Section PM-502.5, Floors, shall read as follows:
PM-502.5 Floors: Bathrooms and toilet rooms shall be provided with floors of moisture-resistant material.
(f) 
Section PM-502.6, Partitions, shall read as follows:
PM-502.6 Partitions: Every nonresidential structure that requires or supplies a toilet shall provide within the toilet room partitions, enclosures or compartments for privacy and shall comply with fixture clearance requirements of the Plumbing Code for such installations.
(4) 
Section PM-503.0, Plumbing fixtures:
(a) 
Section PM-503.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-503.1 General: All plumbing fixtures shall be maintained in a safe, sanitary and usable condition. All plumbing fixtures shall be of approved nonabsorbent material.
(b) 
Section PM-503.2, Connections, shall read as follows:
PM-503.2 Connections: Water supply lines, plumbing fixtures, vents and drains shall be property installed, connected and maintained in working order and shall be kept free from obstructions, leaks and defects and capable of performing the function for which they are designed. All repairs and installations shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code or Plumbing Code.
(c) 
Section PM-503.3, Maintained clean and sanitary, shall read as follows:
PM-503.3 Maintained clean and sanitary: All plumbing facilities shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition by the occupant so as not to breed insects and rats or produce dangerous or offensive gases or odors.
(d) 
Section PM-503.4, Access for cleaning, shall read as follows:
PM-503.4 Access for cleaning: Plumbing fixtures shall be installed as to permit easy access for cleaning both the fixture and the area about it.
(e) 
Section PM-503.5, Water conservation, shall read as follows:
PM-503.5 Water conservation: Plumbing fixtures which are replaced shall be of water-saving construction and use as may be required by local energy and plumbing codes.
(5) 
Section PM-504.0, Water system:
(a) 
Section PM-504.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-504.1 General: Every sink, lavatory, bathtub or shower, drinking fountain, toilet or other facility shall be properly connected to either a public water system or to an approved private water system. All sinks, lavatories, bathtubs and showers shall be supplied with hot and cold running water.
(b) 
Section PM-504.2, Contamination, shall read as follows:
PM-504.2 Contamination: The water supply shall be maintained free from contamination, and all water inlets for plumbing fixtures shall be located above the overflow rim of the fixture.
(c) 
Section PM-504.3, Supply, shall read as follows:
PM-504.3 Supply: The water supply systems shall be installed and maintained to provide at all times a supply of water to plumbing fixtures, devices and appurtenances in sufficient volume and at pressures adequate to enable them to function satisfactorily.
(d) 
Section PM-504.4, Water-heating facilities, shall read as follows:
PM-504.4 Water-heating facilities: Where hot water is provided, water-heating facilities shall be installed in an approved manner, properly maintained and properly connected with hot-water lines to the fixtures required to be supplied with the hot water. Water-heating facilities shall be capable of heating water to such a temperature as to permit an adequate amount of water to be drawn at every required kitchen sink, lavatory basin, bathtub, shower and laundry facility or other similar units at a temperature of not less than 110° F. (43.33° C.).
(6) 
Section PM-505.0, Sewerage system:
(a) 
Section PM-505.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-505.1 General: Every sink, lavatory, bathtub or shower, drinking fountain, water closet or other facility shall be properly connected to either a public sewer system or to an approved private sewage disposal system.
(b) 
Section PM-505.2, Maintenance, shall read as follows:
PM-505.2 Maintenance: Every plumbing stack, waste and sewer line shall be so installed and maintained as to function properly and shall be kept free from obstructions, leaks and defects to prevent structural deterioration or health hazards. All repairs and installations shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code or Plumbing Code.
(7) 
Section PM-506.0, Storm drainage:
(a) 
Section PM-506.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-506.1 General: An approved system of stormwater disposal shall be provided and maintained for the safe and efficient drainage of roofs and paved areas, yards and courts and other open areas on the premises.
F. 
Article 6, Mechanical and electrical requirements.
(1) 
Section PM-600.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-600.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-600.1 Scope: The provisions of this Article shall govern the minimum mechanical and electrical facilities and equipment to be provided. All mechanical and electrical facilities and equipment shall comply with the requirements herein prescribed insofar as they are applicable.
(b) 
Section PM-600.2, Responsibility, shall read as follows:
PM-600.2 Responsibility: The owner of the structure shall provide and maintain such mechanical and electrical facilities and equipment in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy or use any premises which does not comply with the following requirements of this Article.
(2) 
Section PM-601.0, Heating facilities:
(a) 
Section PM-601.1, Residential buildings, shall read as follows:
PM-601.1 Residential buildings: Every dwelling unit and guest room shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining a room temperature of 65° F. (18.33° C.) at a point three feet (0.91 meter) above the floor and three feet (0.91 meter) from an exterior wall in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.
(b) 
Section PM-601.2, Other structures, shall read as follows:
PM-601.2 Other structures: In all other structures where heating facilities are supplied or available for use, they shall be capable of adequately and safely heating areas of the structure to a reasonable temperature for work conditions.
(c) 
Section PM-601.3, Cooking and heating equipment, shall read as follows:
PM-601.3 Cooking and heating equipment: All cooking and heating equipment, components and accessories in every heating, cooking and waterheating device shall be maintained free from leaks and obstructions and kept functioning properly so as to be free from fire, health and accident hazards. All installations and repairs shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code or other laws or ordinances applicable thereto. Portable cooking equipment employing flame is prohibited, except for approved residential-type food trays or salvers which are heated by a candle or alcohol lamp.
(d) 
Section PM-601.4, Installation, shall read as follows:
PM-601.4 Installation: All mechanical equipment shall be properly installed and safely maintained in good working condition and be capable of performing the function for which it was designed and intended.
(e) 
Section PM-601.4.1, Flue, shall read as follows:
PM-601.4.1 Flue: All fuel-burning equipment shall be connected to an approved chimney, flue or vent, except for approved ventless heaters.
(f) 
Section PM-601.4.2, Clearances, shall read as follows:
PM-601.4.2 Clearances: All required clearances to combustible materials shall be maintained.
(g) 
Section PM-601.4.3, Safety controls, shall read as follows:
PM-601.4.3 Safety controls: All safety controls for fuel-burning equipment shall be maintained in effective operation.
(h) 
Section PM-601.4.4, Combustion air, shall read as follows:
PM-601.4.4 Combustion air: A supply of air for complete combustion of the fuel and for ventilation of the space shall be provided for fuel-burning equipment.
(i) 
Section PM-601.5, Fireplaces, shall read as follows:
PM-601.5 Fireplaces: Fireplaces and other construction and devices intended for use similar to a fireplace shall be stable and structurally safe and connected to approved chimneys.
(j) 
Section PM-601.6, Climate control, shall read as follows:
PM-601.6 Climate control: When facilities for interior climate control (heating, cooling and/or humidity) are integral functions of structures used as dwelling units or other occupancies, such facilities shall be maintained and operated in a continuous manner in accordance with the designed capacity.
(3) 
Section PM-602.0, Electrical facilities:
(a) 
Section PM-602.1 shall be deleted.
(b) 
Section PM-602.2, Installation, shall read as follows:
PM-602.2 Installation: All electrical equipment, wiring and appliances shall be installed and maintained in a safe manner in accordance with all applicable laws. All electrical equipment shall be of an approved type.
(c) 
Section PM-602.3, Defective system, shall read as follows:
PM-602.3 Defective system: Where it is found, in the opinion of the code official, that the electrical system in a structure constitutes a hazard to the occupants or the structure by reason of inadequate service, improper fusing, insufficient outlets, improper wiring or installation, deterioration or damage or for similar reasons, the code official shall require the defects to be corrected to eliminate the hazard.
(4) 
Section PM-603.0, Elevators, escalators and dumbwaiters:
(a) 
Section PM-603.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-603.1 General: Elevators, dumbwaiters and escalators shall be maintained to safely sustain the loads to which they are subject, to operate properly and to be free of physical and fire hazards.
G. 
Article 7, Firesafety requirements.
(1) 
Section PM-700.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-700.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-700.1 Scope: The provisions of this article shall govern the minimum firesafety facilities and equipment to be provided. All structures shall be constructed and maintained to prevent and avoid fire hazards and in a manner conducive to fire safety. All firesafety facilities and equipment shall comply with the requirements herein prescribed, insofar as they are applicable.
(b) 
Section PM-700.2, Responsibility, shall read as follows:
PM-700.2 Responsibility: The owner of the structure shall provide and maintain such firesafety facilities and equipment in compliance with these requirements and the Fire Prevention Code. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant or let to another for occupancy or use any premises which do not comply with the following requirements of this Article.
(2) 
Section PM-701.0, Means of egress:
(a) 
Section PM-701.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-701.1 General: A safe, continuous and unobstructed means of egress shall be provided from the interior of a structure to the exterior at a street or to a yard, court or passageway leading to a public open area at grade.
(b) 
Section PM-701.2 shall be deleted.
(c) 
Section PM-701.3, Locked doors, shall read as follows:
PM-701.3 Locked doors: All doors in the required means of egress shall be readily openable from the inner side without the necessary use of keys. Exits from dwelling units, hotel units, lodging units and dormitory units shall not lead through other such units or through toilet rooms or bathrooms.
(d) 
Section PM-701.4, Fire escapes, shall read as follows:
PM-701.4 Fire escapes: All required fire escapes shall be approved by the Fire Marshal and maintained in working condition and shall be structurally sound.
(e) 
Section PM-701.5 shall be deleted.
(3) 
Section PM-702.0, Accumulations and storage:
(a) 
Section PM-702.1, Accumulations, shall read as follows:
PM-702.1 Accumulations: Waste, refuse or other materials shall not be allowed to accumulate in stairways, passageways, doors, windows, fire escapes or other means of egress.
(b) 
Section PM-702.2, Flammable matter, shall read as follows:
PM-702.2 Flammable matter: Highly flammable or explosive matter, such as paints, volatile oils and cleaning fluids, or combustible refuse, such as wastepaper, boxes and rags, shall not be accumulated or stored on residential premises except in reasonable quantities consistent with normal usage.
(c) 
Section PM-702.3, Residential unit, shall read as follows:
PM-702.3 Residential unit: A dwelling unit or rooming unit shall not be located within a structure containing an establishment handling, dispensing or storing flammable liquids with a flash point of 110° F. (43.33° C.) or lower, except as provided for in the Building Code.
(d) 
Section PM-702.4, Nonresidential structures, shall read as follows:
PM-702.4 Nonresidential structures: Nonresidential structures shall be permitted to store combustible or flammable materials, provided that they are confined to approved storage areas and comply with applicable requirements of the Building and Fire Codes for the appropriate use group classification.
(4) 
Section PM-703.0, Fire resistance ratings:
(a) 
Section 703.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-703.1 General: Floors, walls, ceilings and other elements and components required to develop a fire resistance rating shall be maintained so that the respective fire resistance rating of the enclosure, separation or construction is preserved.
(5) 
Section PM-704.0, Fire protection systems:
(a) 
Section PM-704.1, General, shall read as follows:
PM-704.1 General: All fire protection systems and equipment shall be approved by the Fire Marshal and maintained in proper operating condition at all times.
(b) 
PM-704.2, Fire alarms, shall read as follows:
PM-704.2 Fire alarms: Fire alarms and detecting systems shall be maintained and be suitable for their respective purposes.
(c) 
Section PM-704.3, Fire suppression system, shall read as follows:
PM-704.3 Fire suppression system: Fire suppression systems shall be maintained in good condition, free from mechanical injury. Sprinkler heads shall be maintained clean, free of corrosion and paint and shall not be bent or damaged.
(d) 
Section PM-704.4, Standpipe systems, shall read as follows:
PM-704.4 Standpipe systems: Hose stations shall be identified and accessible. The hose shall be in proper position, ready for operation, dry and free of deterioration.
(e) 
Section PM-704.5, Fire extinguishers, shall read as follows:
PM-704.5 Fire extinguishers: All portable fire extinguishers shall be visible and accessible and maintained in an efficient and safe operating condition.
H. 
Article 8, Responsibilities of persons.
(1) 
Section PM-800.0, General:
(a) 
Section PM-800.1, Scope, shall read as follows:
PM-800.1 Scope: The provisions of this Article shall govern the responsibilities of persons for the maintenance of structures and the equipment and premises thereof.
(2) 
Section PM-801.0, Sanitary condition:
(a) 
Section PM-801.1, Cleanliness, shall read as follows:
PM-801.1 Cleanliness: Every occupant of a structure or part thereof shall keep that part of the structure or premises thereof which that occupant occupies, controls or uses in a clean and sanitary condition. Every owner of a dwelling containing two or more dwelling units shall maintain in a clean and sanitary condition the shared or public areas of the dwelling and premises thereof.
(b) 
Sections PM-801.2, PM-801.3, PM-801.4 and PM-801.5 shall be deleted.
(c) 
Section PM-801.6, Food preparation, shall read as follows:
PM-801.6 Food preparation: All spaces used or intended to be used for food preparation shall contain suitable space and equipment to store, prepare and serve foods in a sanitary manner. There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage when necessary.
(d) 
Section PM-801.7, Supplied fixtures and equipment, shall read as follows:
PM-801.7 Supplied fixtures and equipment: The owner or occupant of a structure or part thereof shall keep the supplied equipment and fixtures therein clean and sanitary and shall be responsible for the exercise of reasonable care in their proper use and operation.
(e) 
Section PM-801.8, Furnished by occupant, shall read as follows:
PM-801.8 Furnished by occupant: The equipment and fixtures furnished by the occupant of a structure shall be properly installed and shall be maintained in good working condition, kept clean and sanitary and free of defects, leaks or obstructions.
(f) 
Section PM-801.9, Caretaker, shall read as follows:
PM-801.9 Caretaker: In every multiple dwelling in which the owner does not reside there shall be a responsible person, designated by the owner, residing on the premises, whose duties include maintaining the commonly used parts of the premises.
(g) 
Section PM-801.10, Garbage, rubbish and refuse, shall read as follows:
PM-801.10 Garbage, rubbish and refuse: Chapter 40, Garbage, Rubbish and Refuse, of the Code of the Township of Springfield will regulate the storage, collection and disposal of the same.
(3) 
Section PM-802.0, Extermination:
(a) 
Section PM-802.1, Owner, shall read as follows:
PM-802.1 Owner: The owner of any structure shall be responsible for extermination within the structure prior to renting, leasing or selling the structure.
(b) 
Section PM-802.2, Tenant-occupant, shall read as follows:
PM-802.2 Tenant-occupant: The tenant-occupant of any structure shall be responsible for the continued rat-proof condition of the structure, and, if the tenant-occupant fails to maintain the rat-proof condition, the cost of extermination shall be the responsibility of the tenant-occupant.
(c) 
PM-802.3, Single occupancy, shall read as follows:
PM-802.3 Single occupancy: The occupant of a structure containing a single dwelling unit or of a single nonresidential structure shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rats or other pests in the structure or on the premises.
(d) 
Section PM-802.4, Multiple occupancy, shall read as follows:
PM-802.4 Multiple occupancy: Every owner, agent or operator of two or more dwelling units or multiple occupancies or nonresidential structures and rooming houses shall be responsible for the extermination of any insects, rats or other pests in the public or shared areas of the structure and premises. When infestation is caused by failure of an occupant of a unit of the two or more dwelling units or by an occupant or lessee of a nonresidential structure to prevent such infestation in the area occupied, the occupant shall be responsible for such extermination.
(e) 
Section PM-802.5, Continued rat infestation, shall read as follows:
PM-802.5 Continued rat infestation: Continuing or repeated incidents of rat infestation determined from the official records, as provided in Section PM-103.3 of this code, shall require the installation of rat- and vermin-proof walls. The rat- and vermin-proof walls shall be installed in accordance with the Building Code.