Township of Upper Hanover, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Hanover 5-11-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-05. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 144.
Construction codes — See Ch. 180.
Junked and abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 469.

§ 355-1 Adoption of the Property Maintenance Code.

The International Property Maintenance Code, 2003, as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of Upper Hanover Township.

§ 355-2 Additions, insertions and changes.

The following subsections and/or words in the International Property Maintenance Code, 2003, (hereafter the "Property Maintenance Code") are hereby revised to substitute the following words for the original words contained in the code [ORIGINAL LANGUAGE IS CONTAINED IN BRACKETS]:
A. 
Section 101.1 Substitute "Upper Hanover Township" for [NAME OF JURISDICTION].
B. 
The Title of Section 103 shall read as follows: "Building Code Official and deputies."
C. 
Section 103.1 shall read as follows:
Creation of the Office of the Building Code Official. The office of Building Code Official is hereby created, and the executive official(s) in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official.
D. 
Section 103.2 shall read as follows:
Appointment. The Building Code Official shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors.
E. 
Section 103.5 shall read as follows:
Fees. The fees for all work, permits, charges, etc. shall be paid in accordance with the fee schedule resolution in effect at the time application is made.
F. 
The Title of Section 104.7 shall read as follows: "Building Code Official's records."
G. 
Subsection 106.3 shall read as follows:
Prosecution of violation. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code, fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof, or erect, install, alter or repair work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Building Code Official or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 per violation. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
H. 
Subsection 107.4 is hereby revised by deleting the reference to Section 106.4 and substituting "Section 106.3."
I. 
Section 111 is hereby deleted in its entirety. A new Section 111 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
Appeals. The creation of the Board of Appeals and its authority and qualifications and the filing of appeals shall be in accordance with Sections 403.121 and 403.122 contained in 34 Pa. Code Chapter, 403.
J. 
Section 202 is hereby revised to include the following additional definitions:
Occupied. As applied to a building or portion thereof, shall be construed as though followed by the words, "or intended, arranged or designed to be occupied, or having a certificate of use and occupancy."
One-family dwelling. A building containing one dwelling unit.
Two-family dwelling. A building containing two dwelling units.
K. 
Section 202 is hereby amended as follows: In the definition of "owner," the phrase "if ordered to take possession of real property by a court" is hereby deleted from the definition.
L. 
Section 301 is hereby amended to include the following additional subsection, known as 301.2.1:
Where properties abut a public right-of-way, the abutting property owners shall be responsible for the maintenance of the area between their property line and the cartway, including the curb, the sidewalk and grass areas between the curb and the property line.
M. 
Section 302 is hereby amended to include the following additional subsection known as 302.3.1:
Where sidewalks exist, those responsible (see Section 301.2.1, as amended) for the sidewalks shall have at least a two-foot-wide path cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours after the cessation of the snowfall.
Exception: When more than 12 inches of snow has fallen, those responsible for the sidewalk shall have at least a two-foot-wide path cleared of snow and ice within 48 hours after the cessation of the snowfall.
N. 
Section 302.4 is hereby amended to insert "10" inches for the height in inches.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-06]
O. 
Section 302 is hereby amended to include the following additional subsection, known as 302.4.2:
The Building Code Official, or any officer or employee of the Township designated thereby for this purpose, is hereby authorized to give notice, by personal service or United States Mail, to the owner or occupant or any adult person in charge of said premises, as the case may be, of any property wherein grass or other vegetation is in violation of Section 302.4 or Section 302.4.1, directing and requiring such occupant or owner to remove, trim or cut such grass, weeds or vegetation so as to conform to the requirements of this code within five days after issuance of such notice.
Whenever, in the judgment of the Building Code Official, it shall appear to be impracticable to give notice as above provided, either because the owner or occupant cannot readily be found, or because a search for the owner or occupant would entail unreasonable delay, the Township or any officer or employee of the Township designated thereby for that purpose may give notice by posting conspicuously on the property where such nuisance exists a notice or order directing and requiring that such nuisance be abated within five days.
In case any person, firm or corporation shall neglect, fail or refuse to comply with such notice within the period of time stated therein, the Township may order the removal, trimming or cutting of such grass, weeds or vegetation, and the cost thereof, together with a penalty of 10% of the cost thereof, shall be collected by the Township from such person, firm or corporation in the manner provided by law and may be entered as a municipal lien against the property and owner thereof for the abatement of nuisance.
P. 
Section 302.8 shall read as follows:
[Amended 10-14-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01]
Motor vehicles. Only one intact inoperative, unregistered, uninspected or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, stored or kept on any premises. A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including bodywork, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.
Q. 
Section 302 is hereby amended to include the following additional subsection, known as 302.8.1:
[Amended 10-14-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01]
Motor vehicles are prohibited from parking on any nonpaved area in the front or side yards of a property for a period of greater than 12 hours. Motor vehicles may be parked on non-paved areas in the rear yard, providing that a solid fence a minimum of six feet tall is erected around the rear yard in order to screen the contents of the yard from surrounding neighbors.
R. 
Section 304.14: substitute "May 15th" for the first reference of [DATE] and "October 15th" for the second reference of [DATE].
S. 
Section 602.3: substitute "October 1st" for the first reference of [DATE], and "May 1st" for the second reference of [DATE].
T. 
Section 602.4: substitute "October 1st" for the first reference of [DATE], and "May 1st" for the second reference of [DATE].
U. 
Substitute in all relevant sections of the code "Building Code Official" for [THE BUILDING OFFICIAL].
V. 
Substitute in all relevant sections of the code "the Board of Supervisors" for [THE GOVERNING BODY].

§ 355-3 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 or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any of these repealed ordinances or regulations.