Borough of Bridgeport, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 5-6-1958 by Ord. No. 227, approved 5-8-1958 (Ch. 101 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Air pollution control — See Ch. 137.
Building construction — See Ch. 200.
Licensing of contractors — See Ch. 212.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 240.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 275.
Gasoline and fuel pumps — See Ch. 293.
Zoning — See Ch. 560.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Any device designed and arranged for the purpose of burning or preparing to burn fuel, range or other oils, and all equipment connected thereto, including internal and external supply storage tanks, piping, wiring and all accessories.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm or firms or corporation or corporations to install, erect or enlarge any oil-burning equipment or to make repairs to any oil-burning equipment, if such repairs substantially alter the construction or installation thereof, in the Borough of Bridgeport without first having obtained a permit from the Building Inspector so to do, pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
All persons, firms or corporations who desire to make application for a permit to do any work under this chapter shall make application to the Borough Building Inspector, who shall make whatever examination of the applicant the Building Inspector deems advisable in order to ascertain the competency and qualifications of the applicant to do the proposed work as governed by this chapter.
Applications for such permits shall be made to the Borough Building Inspector of the Borough of Bridgeport and shall state the name and address of the applicant, the place where the work is to be performed, the trade name of the oil-burning equipment, the name and address of the manufacturer thereof and any other information which the Building Inspector may deem necessary. Each application shall be accompanied by a diagram, in duplicate, showing the location of the proposed equipment in the building, the location and size of the flue and the smoke pipe leading to the same and such other information as may be required by the Borough Building Inspector.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988[1]]
The applicant for a permit required by this chapter shall, at the time of making application, pay to the Borough Treasurer such sum as is set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
Editor's Note: This ordinance removed specific fees from the Borough's Code; the current fees resolution of the Borough is on file in the office of the Borough Secretary.
[Amended 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 505, approved 12-13-1988]
All installations, repairs or enlargements of oil-burning equipment shall be made only by persons, firms or corporations who shall be registered with the office of the Borough Building Inspector, and for such registration each applicant shall pay a fee annually as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council. Upon being properly registered with the Borough Building Inspector, the said applicant shall furnish to the Borough of Bridgeport a surety bond, acceptable to the Borough Solicitor and to be approved by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport, in the amount of $2,000, for the purpose of indemnifying the Borough of Bridgeport against any liability for any personal injury or property damage or loss caused by the person, firm or corporation furnishing such bond. Such bond shall be renewed as of the first day of January next in each year after the original bond has been accepted by the Bridgeport Borough Council. Any person, firm or corporation who has heretofore qualified and filed a proper surety bond with another department of the Borough of Bridgeport shall not be required to furnish a bond as stipulated in this section for work under this chapter, provided such original surety bond is in effect for the period during which the work under this chapter is to be done, and provided further that such bond by its terms covers work to be done under this chapter.
The installation, erection, enlargement or repairing of oil-burning equipment and the storage and use of fuel, range or other oils in connection therewith shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Building Inspector. The Building Inspector shall be under a duty to withhold his approval of any work done or about to be done if, in the exercise of his discretion, the work would not promote the public safety and would constitute a fire hazard or an explosion hazard.
No person shall install or use oil burners, or oil- or gas-burning equipment relating thereto, in the Borough except in conformity with the following standards, provisions and requirements:
Only approved oil burners listed as standard by the Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. of the National Board of Fire Underwriters shall be installed within the Borough.
Only approved gas central heating systems, conversion burners, floor furnaces, vented space heaters and unit heaters as recommended by the American Gas Association and approved by the Philadelphia Electric Company shall be installed. Gas-heating equipment must fully comply with the Philadelphia Electric Company recommendations and requirements.
Oil supply tanks shall not be located in buildings above the lowest story, cellar or basement unless specifically approved by the Fire Marshal.
One unenclosed, inside storage tank of 275 gallons shall not be located within 10 feet, horizontally, of any fire or flame.
Two unenclosed, inside storage tanks of 275 gallons shall not be located within 12 feet, horizontally, of any fire or flame.
Where the circumstances or conditions of any particular installation are unusual and such as to render the strict application of these standards impracticable, the inspection authority having jurisdiction may permit such modifications as will provide a substantially equivalent degree of safety.
Rooms in which oil or gas burners are located shall be provided with adequate ventilation to assure sufficient air supply for continuous complete combustion.
If the smoke pipe is within 18 inches of combustible materials, chimneys must be built down until the top of the smoke pipe is the required distance. If this cannot be done, fireproofing consisting of one-half-inch asbestos millboard shall be installed with at least one inch of air space between the millboard and combustible materials and extend a minimum of 12 inches beyond the limits of such proximity except where masonry walls interfere. In no case may the smoke pipe be less than 12 inches from combustible materials.
Commercial buildings, commercial apartments, multifamily dwellings and apartment buildings shall have metal laths with cement or gypsum plaster installed directly above oil- or gas-fired equipment in basements and extending at least two feet beyond on all sides.
Before installation of any oil- or gas-fired equipment, the chimney must be fully examined to ascertain that it is properly constructed, clear and will freely conduct the products of combustion to the outer air.
A chimney that may be or shall be found, upon inspection, to have become dangerous or unsafe due to inadequate maintenance, dilapidated or unsuitable or improper for the use to which it is put, constituting a fire or health hazard, shall be rebuilt and made safe. Approval of the Building Inspector must be given before heating equipment is installed.
[Amended 8-12-1975 by Ord. No. 419, approved 8-15-1975; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 507, approved 3-14-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for such separate offense.