[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Catasauqua as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform codes — See Ch. 130.
[Adopted 5-7-1962 by Ord. No. 472 (Ch. IV, Part 2, of the 1962 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any structure used or intended to be used as a dwelling or place of business or industry, but shall not include any public building or any structure built as a place of worship, or any accessory building located on a lot where there is also a main building.
A plan for the numbering of buildings upon all the streets and alleys of the Borough of Catasauqua shall be prepared by the Borough Engineer, and, when approved by the Borough Council, shall comprise the building numbering plan for the Borough. Such plan may be altered or added to from time to time, with approval of the Borough Council, as necessitated to meet changing conditions.
It shall be the duty of the owner of every building in the Borough to affix the number assigned to such building by the official building numbering plan for the Borough of Catasauqua upon such building or upon a permanent standard, base or support located between the building and the street upon which the building faces. Each digit of such number shall be of such size, material and color as to be visible, plainly and distinctly, from the street, and every such number shall at all times be maintained by the property owner in complete and legible form. Provided, in case of buildings occupied by other than the owner thereof, the occupant, rather than the owner, shall be responsible for maintaining numbers upon such buildings as hereby required. Provided further, failure to affix or thereafter to maintain the correct and complete number upon or in front of any building shall constitute a violation of this article.
The owner or occupant of any building located in the Borough, or of any lot upon which a building may hereafter be constructed, may obtain the correct number for such building, without charge, upon application to the Borough Secretary therefor.
[Amended 4-1-2013 by Ord. No. 1288]
The owner or occupant of any property in the Borough who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, for each and every such violation, upon conviction thereof before the Mayor or any District Justice of the Borough, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $10 and costs of prosecution. Provided, each week's continuance of a violation of any of the provisions of this article, after conviction thereof, shall constitute a separate violation. Any person found guilty of violating an ordinance shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings.
[Adopted 5-2-2016 by Ord. No. 1329]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also changed the title of this chapter from "Numbering of Buildings" to "Buildings."
The purpose of this article is to protect and promote health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Borough and particularly commercial businesses.
An ordinance is necessary to require certain commercial and residential buildings to install Knox-Boxes®.
The benefits of installing Knox-Boxes® include providing immediate emergency access to firefighters leading to increasing Fire Department efficiency; preventing costly forced entry damage and allowing undamaged doors to be resecured after the emergency; and protecting property, inventory, equipment and supplies as well as firefighters against possible injury.
Knox-Box® required for new commercial buildings. All new commercial buildings shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Borough Fire Chief, in a location specified by the Borough Code Enforcement Office, prior to issuance of the permit to occupy.
Knox-Box® required for existing commercial buildings with improvements. All existing commercial buildings constructing improvements that require Planning Board approval shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Borough Fire Chief, in a location specified by the Borough Code Enforcement Office, prior to the issuance of the construction permit.
Knox-Box® required for existing commercial buildings. All existing commercial buildings equipped with automatic fire-detection and/or suppression systems shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Borough Fire Chief, in a location specified by the Borough Code Enforcement Office, within six months of the effective date of this article.
Knox-Box® required for multifamily residential structures. All multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units shall have installed a Knox-Box®, of an Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) type and size approved by the Borough Fire Chief, in a location specified by the Borough Code Enforcement Office, within six months of the effective date of this article.
All Knox-Boxes® shall contain labeled keys, easily identified in the field, to provide access into the property and/or building and to any located areas within the said building as the Borough Fire Chief may direct.
Any locked gates or driveways which allow access to a commercial business are required to place a Fire Department access lock on the said access point to allow immediate emergency access to the commercial property. All locks are to be approved by the Borough Fire Chief.
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this article, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $1,000 for each offense and the cost of prosecution and, in the event of default of payment of each fine and cost, shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense. Any person found guilty of violating this article shall be assessed court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings.