City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg 9-23-2003 by Ord No. 25-2003. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 8-111.1 Intent and purpose.

It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to adopt a modern residential code which will prescribe effective standards and minimum requirements for the construction of one- and two-family dwellings in the City. This code is designed to cover every facet of construction to ensure that the residents of Harrisburg are provided with safe, sanitary and well-constructed dwellings.

§ 8-111.2 Adoption of standards.

In accordance with Section 608 of the Optional Third Class City Charter Law, Act of July 15, 1957, P.L. 901, 53 P.S. § 41608, and Section 4130 of the Third Class City Code, Act of June 28, 1951, P.L. 662, as amended, 53 P.S. § 39130, there is hereby adopted by the City, for the purpose of prescribing specifications and regulations to insure the structural safety and incombustibility of housing constructed, reconstructed, altered, enlarged, repaired, or maintained within the City, that certain residential code known as the "International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2003 Edition," and all appendixes thereto, with the exception of Appendixes E and I, as supplemented and published by the International Code Council, except such provisions which are in conflict with regulations promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry interpreting the Uniform Construction Code pursuant to Section 301 of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act of November 10, 1999, P.L. 491, 35 P.S. § 7210.301, or any other state law on the subject or regulations issued by a state agency by virtue of a state law. Ten copies of the Residential Code are presently on file in the office of the City Clerk, and such code is hereby adopted and incorporated as if fully set forth at length herein. The provisions of the adopted Residential Code shall be controlling within the limits of the City, except as amended by the provisions of this chapter.

§ 8-111.3 Amendments.

The following sections of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2003 Edition, as adopted herein, are hereby deleted in their entirety and replaced as indicated:
A. 
Chapter 1, Administration.
(1) 
Section R101.1 is amended to read as follows:
R101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the "Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings of the City of Harrisburg," hereinafter referred to in this chapter as "this code."
(2) 
Section R103.1 is amended to read as follows:
R103.1 General. The City of Harrisburg Department of Building and Housing Development, Bureau of Codes Enforcement (also referred to in this code as "Department of Building Safety"), or any other department, bureau or division of the City designated by the Mayor, shall administer and enforce this code or any part thereof, and the executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the "Codes Administrator" (also referred to in this code as "Building Official").
(3) 
Section R105.2 is amended to read as follows:
R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:
Building:
1.
Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.
2.
Sidewalks and driveways not located within a public right-of-way, not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
3.
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work.
4.
Prefabricated swimming pools which are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.
5.
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
5.
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
(4) 
Section R105.2.2 is amended to read as follows:
R105.2.2 Repairs. Application or notice to the Building Official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles, provided that such repairs total less than $1,000 on a single project performed within a three-month period. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof; the removal or cutting of any wall, structural beam or load-bearing support; the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirement; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent, or similar piping, electric wiring, or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.
(5) 
Section R112, Board of Appeals. This section is deleted in its entirety. See § 8-111.6 of the City's Codified Ordinances for appeal procedures.

§ 8-111.4 More restrictive provisions to control.

Whenever any provision or requirement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is more stringent or stricter than a provision or requirement of the City Residential Code, the Department of Labor and Industry's provision shall supersede any such provision or requirement of the Residential Code.

§ 8-111.5 Fees.

Any person who applies for a permit for the construction, alteration or repair of a building or structure pursuant to the Residential Code shall be subject to the fee requirements and regulations provided by § 8-101.4 of these Codified Ordinances.

§ 8-111.6 Appeals.

Any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity who is aggrieved by a ruling, decision or action of any department, bureau or other division of the City in regard to the administration or enforcement of any of the provisions of the Residential Code may appeal the ruling, decision or action complained of in writing to the Building and Housing Code Board of Appeals of the City of Harrisburg in the manner and in accordance with the procedures set forth in Chapter 8-501 of the Codified Ordinances.

§ 8-111.99 Penalty.

A. 
Any person, whether individually or as a member or employee of a partnership, or any officer, agent or employee of a corporation who directs or knowingly permits any violation of any of the provisions of the sections of this Residential Code, or who aids or assists therein, either on his/her own behalf or in the interests of his/her employer or principal, or who fails to comply with any order made thereunder, or who builds in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved in accordance with this code or any certificate of approval issued thereto and from which no appeal has been taken, or who fails to comply with such order as affirmed or modified by the City shall, upon conviction thereof, severally and for each violation and noncompliance, respectively, be fined not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, plus costs, or shall be imprisoned in the Dauphin County Prison for not more than 90 days for each separate violation, or both. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all persons required to do so shall correct and remedy violations or defects within a reasonable time, and, when not otherwise specified, each five days that the prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
B. 
The application of the above penalty shall not prevent the enforced removal of the prohibited conditions or device or any other remedy at law or equity available to the City for enforcement of this chapter.