Township of Upper Hanover, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover 4-13-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Property maintenance — See Ch. 355.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 425.
Zoning — See Ch. 500.

§ 180-1 Adoption of Building Code.

A. 
Upper Hanover Township, in order to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999,[1] and pursuant to Section 501 of the Act, hereby adopts the Uniform Construction Code contained in 34 PA Code, Chapters 401 - 405, as amended from time to time, which is incorporated herein by reference as the Building Code of Upper Hanover Township.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq.
B. 
Administration and enforcement of the code within Upper Hanover Township shall be undertaken by the retention of one or more Building Code Officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Upper Hanover Township.
C. 
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of this municipality in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the code, as amended from time to time, and for the purposes set forth therein. If at any time enforcement and administration is undertaken jointly with one or more other municipalities, said Boards of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
D. 
Effect of adoption.
(1) 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by this municipality on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirement of the code, as amended from time to time.
(2) 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of this municipality not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
(3) 
Climatic, geographic and inside/outside environmental standards for the local area as required by the respective codes are to be established by Upper Hanover Township through separate resolution.
E. 
Fees assessable by Upper Hanover Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by Upper Hanover Township through resolution from time to time.
F. 
In addition to all types of construction, placement of structures, repairs and alterations for which the Uniform Construction Code requires a permit, the Township, pursuant to the authorization of Act 92 of 2004, shall require persons to obtain permits under the Upper Hanover Township Uniform Construction Code for all of the following:
[Added 3-8-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-03]
(1) 
The construction, erection or placement of any accessory structure which is equal to or greater than 200 square feet, whether or not such accessory structure is connected to any utility.
(2) 
The construction, erection or placement of any accessory structure which is less than 200 square feet if such accessory structure is provided with any utility service. The applicant shall obtain a permit only for the purpose of inspection for the utility or utilities being installed or provided to the accessory structure.
(3) 
All alterations or repairs to residential buildings which are exempt from the UCC by Act 92 of 2004; provided, however, that the following types of alterations and repairs shall continue to be exempt and no permit will be required.
(a) 
Replacement of windows and doors when there is no change in the size of the existing opening.
(b) 
Reroofing of less than 25% of the total existing roof square footage.
(c) 
Replacement of hot water heater, boiler or furnace or the replacement of any part of a hot water heater, boiler or furnace with the same efficiency rating, electrical and plumbing requirements.
(d) 
Addition or replacement of siding on the exterior of the residential structure.
(e) 
Repair or replacement of any nonstructural portion of a deck, porch or stoop.
(f) 
Replacement of an appliance switch or receptacle with a switch or receptacle which is the same or has a like rating.
(g) 
The addition of one appliance switch or receptacle.
(h) 
The repair or replacement of any nonstructural member.
(i) 
The repair or replacement of any sink, toilet, tub, shower or similar plumbing fixture without relocation of any drain or venting device.

§ 180-2 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or who fails to carry out an order made pursuant to this chapter or who violates any condition attached to a permit, approval or certificate shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a summary offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs of prosecution and, in default of payment thereof, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 180-3 Continuation of existing regulations.

The provisions of this chapter, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances and regulations in force immediately prior to the enactment of this chapter, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and regulations and not as new enactments. The provisions of this chapter shall not affect any act done or liability incurred nor shall they affect any suit of prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any repealed ordinances or regulations.