Borough of Ephrata, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ephrata 12-9-1963 as Ord. No. 812, amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 135.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 177.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 207.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 245.
Sewers and sewage disposal — See Ch. 259.
Water — See Ch. 311.

§ 233-1 Adoption of standards by reference.

The Borough of Ephrata adopts, for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for the design and installation of plumbing systems, including administration, plumbing permits and penalties, the plumbing code known as the "BOCA National Plumbing Code, 1993, Ninth Edition," save and except such portions as are hereinafter deleted, modified or amended, of which three (3) copies have been and are now filed in the office of the Borough Secretary, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein, and from the date on which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the design and installation of plumbing systems within the corporate limits of the Borough of Ephrata.

§ 233-2 Amendments to standards.

A. 
"Borough of Ephrata" shall be inserted wherever the words "Name of Jurisdiction" appear in brackets therein.
B. 
Whenever the term "legal officer" or "legal representative" is used in this code, it shall mean the Borough Solicitor.
C. 
Whenever the term "Code Official" or "Building Official" is used in this code, it shall be held to mean the Code Enforcement Officer.
D. 
Section P-113.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-113.2 Fee schedule: For approving plans and issuing a permit therefore, to include inspection of the work during its progress and for final inspection and supervision of the rest of the work to be made by the plumber on plumbing installation, the Borough of Ephrata shall be entitled to receive the fees established pursuant to a resolution of the Borough Council.
E. 
Section P-116.4 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-116.4 Violation penalties: Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter or repair plumbing work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.) and, in default of payment, by imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
F. 
Section P-117.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-117.2 Unlawful continuance: Any person who shall continue any plumbing work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.) and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
G. 
Section P-121.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-121.2 Membership of the Board: The Board of Appeals shall consist of not less than three (3) members nor more than five (5) members of the Public Health and Safety Committee of Borough Council.
H. 
Section P-121.2.1, Qualifications, is hereby deleted in its entirety.
I. 
Section P-121.2.2, Alternate members, is hereby deleted in its entirety.
J. 
Section P-121.2.3, Chairman, is hereby deleted in its entirety.
K. 
Section P-121.2.5, Secretary, is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-121.2.5 Secretary: The Borough Manager shall designate a qualified clerk to serve as Secretary to the Board. The Secretary shall file a detailed record of all proceedings in the office of the Borough Manager.
L. 
Section P-121.2.6, Compensation of members, is hereby deleted in its entirety.
M. 
The definition of "administrative authority" in Section P-202.0 is hereby amended to read as follows:
Administrative authority: The person appointed by the Borough Council to position of Building Official/Code Enforcement Officer with authority to administer and enforce the provisions of this code.
N. 
Section P-304.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-304.3 Public systems available: A public water supply system shall be deemed advisable to premises used for human occupancy if such premises is within three hundred (300) feet, measured along a street, alley or easement, of the public water supply and a connection conforming to the standards set forth in this code and the rules and regulations of the E.A.J.A. may be made thereto. A public sewer system shall be deemed available to premises used for human occupancy, if such premises is within two hundred (200) feet, measured along a street, alley or easement, of the public sewer system and a connection conforming to the standards set forth in this code may be made thereto.
O. 
Section P-309.4 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-309.4 Freezing: Water service piping and sewers shall be installed below recorded frost penetration but not less than three (3) feet six (6) inches below grade for water piping. Plumbing piping in exterior building walls shall be adequately protected against freezing by insulation or heat, or both.
P. 
Section P-403.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:
P-403.1 Water quality: Water service pipe and water distribution pipe shall be lead-free and resistant to corrosive action and degrading action from the potable water supplied by the water purveyor or individual water supply system.

§ 233-3 State law and regulations.

In all matters that are regulated by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or by regulations of departments or agencies of the commonwealth promulgated by authority of law, such laws or regulations, as the case may be, shall control where the requirements thereof are the same as or more limiting than the provisions of this chapter. The code shall control in all cases where the state requirements are not as strict as those contained in this chapter.

§ 233-4 Continuation of regulations.

The provisions of this chapter, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances and/or codes in force immediately prior to the enactment of this chapter, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and codes 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 right or penalty or to punish any offense under the authority of any of the repealed ordinances.