Borough of Green Tree, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Green Tree 4-1-1985 by Ord. No. 1042 (Ch. 1610 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building Codes Board of Appeals — Ch. 14, Art. VII
Construction codes — See Ch. 144.
Gas heaters and appliances — See Ch. 176.
Cleanup of hazardous materials — See Ch. 186, Art. I.
Proceeds from fire-damaged buildings — See Ch. 197, Art. I.

§ 165-1 Adoption; conflicts of laws; file copies.

Pursuant to § C-514 of the Borough Charter and after the public hearing held by Council on April 1, 1985, the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, hereinafter referred to as the "Fire Prevention Code," promulgated by Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., the 1984 edition, is hereby adopted as fully and completely as though it were set forth herein at length, unless otherwise provided to the contrary in the applicable statutes, rules and regulations of the commonwealth and the county or the provisions of this chapter, in which event the contrary provision of such statutes, rules, regulations or provisions shall control. Copies of such code may be examined during regular business hours at the Borough Building.

§ 165-2 Amendments.

[Amended 4-7-1986 by Ord. No. 1066; 11-6-1989 by Ord. No. 1151]
The following are amendments to the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in § 165-1:
Section F-101.3 shall be amended to read as follows:
When any portion of this code is found to be in conflict with any building, zoning, safety, health or other applicable law, ordinance or code of the Borough or any rule or regulation of the County Health Department, including the bureau of air pollution control, existing on the effective date of this code or hereafter adopted, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the safety and welfare of the public shall prevail.
Section F-102.7 shall be amended by adding the following at the end thereof:
A copy of such rules and regulations is hereby declared to be a public record and may be examined during regular business hours at the office of the Borough Manager.
Section F-103.2.1 shall be amended by adding the following:
Drawings shall be to a minimum scale of 1/8 inch equals one foot, except that plot plans or site plans shall be to a minimum scale of one inch equals 50 feet.
Section F-103.7 shall be amended to read as follows:
A permit shall not be issued until the fees designated by Council by resolution from time to time have been paid.
Section F-104.1 shall be amended to read as follows:
Appeals to a board of appeals may be taken by any person aggrieved by any decision or interpretation made by the Fire Official under the provisions of this code. Such a board of appeals is hereby established and shall consist of three residents of the Borough of Green Tree, who shall be appointed by Borough Council. The Board shall adopt reasonable rules and regulations for conducting hearings on appeals, which hearings shall be public and a public record made and kept. The Board of Appeals under the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, 1984 Edition, shall be the same Board appointed under the BOCA Basic/National Building Code, 1984 Edition.
Section F-105.5 shall be amended to read as follows:
If the notice of violation is not complied with within the time specified by the Fire Official, he or she shall request the legal counsel of the municipality to institute the appropriate legal proceedings to restrain, correct or abate such violation or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful use of the building or structure in violation of this code or of any order or direction made pursuant thereto. The Fire Official or his or her duly authorized representative (designated in writing and filed with the Borough Manager) shall have the authority to institute appropriate proceedings for any offense against this code or any orders of the Fire Official affecting the immediate safety of the public and to file complaints or other documents with the minor judiciary or any court of record of the commonwealth to institute proceedings against any person for any violation of this code or such orders of the Fire Official or his or her designee or to otherwise enforce this code or any such orders of the Fire Official or his or her designee.
Section F-105.5.1 shall be amended to read as follows:
Any person, partnership, corporation or association who or which violates any of the provisions of this code, or who or which fails to comply therewith, shall, severally, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be fined not more than $500. In default of the payment of the fine, such person, the members of such partnership or association or the officers of such corporation shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than 30 days in the county jail. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day a violation is permitted to exist after written notification thereof.
The penalties and remedies set forth above shall not act as a bar to any action that may be taken pursuant to applicable law or to any civil or equitable remedy.
In the case of partnerships or associations, penalties may be imposed upon the partners or members thereof and, in the case of corporations, upon the officers thereof.
Section F-301.2 shall be amended to read as follows:
No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained on any premises without having first obtained a permit from the County Bureau of Smoke Control, which permit shall then be presented to the Fire Official and the Borough Manager and shall be countersigned and approved by them before any fire is permitted to be started. It shall be the duty and function of the Manager in this regard to determine if a fire is prohibited on the land proposed for the fire by other ordinances of the Borough, including the Zoning Code. All permits shall be requested by and issued to the owner of the land upon which the bonfire is to be kindled.
Section F-400.0 shall be amended by adding the following subsections:
F-400.1.1 All new construction in the Borough shall be equipped with automatic detecting devices, as defined in Section F-401.0. The location of such devices shall be submitted on the plans for the approval of the Fire Official. The installation and testing of such devices shall be inspected by the Fire Official prior to issuance of an occupancy certificate by the Building Inspector.
F-400.1.2 All remodeling or renovation, whether residential, commercial or industrial, shall necessitate compliance with Section F-400.1.1.
Section F-106.5 shall be added to read as follows:
F-106.5 Unannounced drills: At least one unannounced fire drill per calendar year shall be required in all educational and institutional uses or occupancies.
Section F-2700.2 shall be amended by adding the following:
The applicant for such permit shall furnish a certificate of insurance to the Borough Manager establishing minimum liability insurance limits of $500,000 property damage coverage and $1,000,000 personal injury and/or death coverage. The certificate of insurance shall contain a provision to the effect that such coverage shall not be changed, modified, revoked or terminated without prior written notice by certified mail to the Manager. If such insurance coverage is terminated or revoked for any reason, the permit issued hereunder shall immediately become null and void.
Section F-2700.3 shall be amended to read as follows:
Before a permit is issued as required under Section F-2700.2, the applicant shall file a surety bond with the Borough Manager in such form as shall be approved by the Borough Solicitor. The amount and coverage, as determined by the Manager, shall be adequate in each case to indemnify the Borough against any damage arising from operations involving explosives and to secure the payment of such damages as may be caused either to persons or property as a result of operations involving such explosives. In any event, the amount of such surety bond shall be not less than $100,000 and in all cases shall contain a provision to the effect that such bond may not be revoked or terminated by a surety company without prior notice by certified mail to the Manager. If such bond is terminated or revoked, the permit issued hereunder shall thereupon become null and void.
Section F-2701.2 shall be amended to read as follows:
The permittee shall file a surety bond with the Borough in such form as shall be approved by the Borough Solicitor. The amount and coverage, as determined by the Borough Manager, shall be adequate in each case to indemnify the Borough against any damage arising out of the display, sale or discharge of fireworks and/or to secure the payment of such damages as may be caused, either to persons or property, by reason of the permitted display, sale and discharge of fireworks of the permittee or his or her agents, employees or subcontractors. In any event, the amount of such surety bond shall be not less than $100,000.
An applicant for a permit for the display, sale or discharge of fireworks shall furnish a certificate of insurance to the Borough Manager in such form as shall be approved by the Borough Solicitor. The amount and coverage, as determined by the Manager, shall be adequate in each case to indemnify the Borough against any damage arising from operations involving explosives and to secure the payment of such damages as may be caused, either to persons or property, as a result of operations involving such explosives. In any event, the amount of such certificate of insurance shall be not less than $100,000 and in all cases such certificate shall contain a provision to the effect that it may not be revoked or terminated by a surety company without prior notice, by certified mail, to the Manager. If such a certificate is terminated or revoked, the permit issued hereunder shall thereupon become null and void.
Section F-2800.2 shall be amended to read as follows:
A permit shall be obtained from the Fire Official for each of the following:
(1)
The installation, removal, repair or alteration in any way of a stationary tank for the storage of flammable or combustible liquids, or the modification or replacement of any line or dispensing device connected thereto;
(2)
The storage, handling or use of Class I liquids in excess of five gallons (0.0189m3) in a dwelling or other place of human habitation, in excess of 10 gallons (0.0379 m3) in any other building or occupancy, or in excess of 60 gallons (0.227 m3) outside a building. However, no permit shall be required for the following:
A.
The storage or use of flammable liquids in the fuel tank of a motor vehicle, aircraft, motorboat, mobile power plant or mobile heating plant; or
B.
The storage or use of paints, oils, varnishes or similar mixtures when such liquids are stored for painting or maintenance, or similar purposes, upon the premises for a period not exceeding 30 days.
(3)
The storage, handling or use of Class II or Class III combustible liquids in excess of 25 gallons (0.0946 m3) in a building, or in excess of 60 gallons (0.227 m3) outside a building, except for fuel oil used in connection with oil-burning equipment in single-family residential buildings;
(4)
The manufacture, processing, blending or refining of flammable or combustible liquids;
(5)
The storage of flammable or combustible liquids in stationary tanks; and
(6)
The placing of any flammable or combustible liquid stationary tank, temporarily or permanently out of service, back into service. (See Section F-2804.6.)
Appendix C is hereby deleted in its entirety.

§ 165-3 Separability.

Should any section, paragraph, sentence or word of this chapter or of the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in § 165-11, be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, such declaration of invalidity shall not affect or impair the validity of any other part of this chapter or of the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, which shall be given effect without the invalid part. It is the intent of Council that it would have enacted and adopted all other portions of this chapter and the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code independently of the elimination of any such portion as may be declared invalid.

§ 165-4 Permits and fees.

Permits required by the various sections of the BOCA Basic/National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in § 165-1, shall not be issued until the fees designated by Council from time to time have been paid. The following fees are hereby established for permits required under the various sections of such code. The section number is set forth below in the left-hand column; a brief description of that section is set forth in the middle column; and the fee required therefor is set forth in the right-hand column.
Permits Required and Fees
F-301.2
Bonfires and outdoor rubbish fires
$5
F-303.2
Torches for removing paint
$5
F-305.2
Materials storage
$5
F-400.2
Fire protection systems
$25
F-408.5
Fire suppression systems for cooking operations
$25
F-600.2
Airports, heliports, helistops and aircraft hangers
$100
F-700.2
Spraying or dipping operations
$12
F-800.2
Bowling establishments
$12
F-900.2
Dry cleaning plants
$12
F-1000.2
Dust explosion hazards
$12
F-1100.2
Fruit or vegetable ripening or coloring processes
$12
F-1200.2
Fumigation or thermal insecticidal fogging
$12
F-1300.2
Lumberyards and woodworking plants
$12
F-1400.2
Ovens and furnaces
$50
F-1500.2
Places of assembly and education
$25
F-1600.2
Service stations and garages
$25
F-1700.1.1
Tents, air-supported structures and other temporary structures
$12
F-1800.2
Vehicle tire rebuilding plants
$18
F-1900.2
Vehicle wrecking yards, junkyards and waste material handling plants
$12
F-2000.2
Welding or cutting operations
$12
F-2003.2
Storage of cylinders or containers
$12
F-2005.1
Storage of calcium carbide
$12
F-2006.1
Acetylene generators
$12
F-2006.7
Storage of cylinders
$12
F-2100.2
Storage of nitrate motion picture film
$12
F-2200.2
Storage or manufacturing of cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastics
$12
F-2300.2
Storage and handling of combustible fibers
$12
F-2400.2
Storage, use or handling of compressed gases
$12
F-2500.2
Storage, production or sales of cryogenic liquids
$12
F-2600.2
Explosives, ammunition and blasting agents
$100
F-2700.2
Fireworks
$25
F-2800.2
Flammable and combustible liquids
$18
F-2804.6
Abandonment of tanks
$18
F-2900.2
Hazardous materials and chemicals
$18
F-3000.2
Liquefied petroleum gases
$18
F-3100.2
Magnesium
$18
F-3200.2
Matches
$18
F-3300.2
Organic coatings
$18