[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Bradford 4-13-2004 by Ord. No. 2-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Soil erosion and sediment control — See Ch. 90.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 95.
Zoning — See Ch. 115.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 45, Building Construction, adopted 10-11-1994 by Ord. No. 156-1994, as amended.
East Bradford Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 through 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of East Bradford Township.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less then the minimum requirements of the Code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Code.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of East Bradford Township not governed by the Code shall remain in full force and effect.
All construction performed pursuant to this chapter shall comply with applicable design standards in Chapter 95, Subdivision and Land Development.
[Added 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 2-2010]
The 2015 International Fire Code, including Appendix D, Fire Apparatus Access Roads, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as part of the Municipal Code of East Bradford Township.
[Added 6-9-2020 by Ord. No. 02-2020]
Administration and enforcement of the Code within East Bradford Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Supervisors of East Bradford Township from time to time:
By the designation of an employee of East Bradford Township to serve as the East Bradford Township code official to act on behalf of East Bradford Township;
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of East Bradford Township;
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement;
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of East Bradford Township;
By entering into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for plan review, inspections and enforcement of structures other than one-family or two-family dwelling units and utility and miscellaneous use structures.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the East Bradford Township in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Code, as amended from time to time, and for the purposes set forth therein. If at any time enforcement and administration is undertaken jointly with one or more other municipalities, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by East Bradford Township on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Code, as amended from time to time. The following will continue in effect:
Frost protection. Except when erected upon solid rock or otherwise protected from frost, foundation walls, piers and other permanent supports of all buildings and structures larger than 100 square feet in area or 10 feet in height shall extend below the frost line of the locality, and spread footings of adequate size shall be provided when necessary to properly distribute the load within the allowable bearing value of the soil, or not available. Footings shall not be founded on frozen soils. For purposes of this chapter, the frost line shall be 36 inches below ground surface level.
Plain concrete. Concrete footings for load-bearing walls shall be of adequate dimensions to distribute the load and, unless otherwise required by local conditions, shall be not less than 16 inches wide and eight inches thick. Footings shall also be at least twice as wide as the wall they support.
Foundation drainage. Foundation walls shall be drained by the installation of four-inch perforated plastic pipe in crushed stone, enveloped around the entire perimeter of below-grade cellars, inside or outside of foundation wall. The invert of pipe should be below cellar floor levels. Pipe should be extended to a sump pit in the cellar or to grade where conditions permit.
Bearing course. The bearing or top course of all hollow masonry walls shall be solid. Grout-filled hollow masonry units may be used.
Fees assessable by East Bradford Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the Code shall be established by East Bradford Township by resolution from time to time.
There shall be no refunds of any fees for any reason whatsoever once a permit has been issued without an express waiver of the Board of Supervisors.
A permit application pursuant to this chapter shall not he considered complete and accepted by the Code Administrator unless and until all prerequisite approvals have been submitted as approved, including zoning pursuant to Chapter 115, soil erosion and sediment control permit pursuant to Chapter 90, as applicable, satisfaction of prerequisite agreements with East Bradford Township and any applicable jurisdictional requirements of local, state and federal agencies.