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Township of West Goshen, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Goshen as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Existing buildings — See Ch. 29.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 32.
Energy conservation — See Ch. 38.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 39.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 41.
Fuel gas standards — See Ch. 43.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 49.
Mobile home parks — See Ch. 51.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 54.
Plumbing — See Ch. 62.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 63.
Zoning — See Ch. 84.
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Editor's Note: Former Ch. 28, Building Construction, adopted 5-13-1998 by Ord. No. 7-1998, was repealed as follows: Art. I, Building Code was repealed 5-26-2004 by Ord. No. 7-2004 (For current provisions, see Ch. 32, Construction Codes, Uniform.); Art. II, One and Two Family Dwelling Code, was repealed 5-26-2004 by Ord. No. 9-2004 (For current provisions, see Art. II, Residential Code, of this chapter.).
[Adopted 5-26-2004 by Ord. No. 9-2004]
The Board of Supervisors of West Goshen Township hereby adopts the International Residential Code, 2003 Edition, including Appendix Chapters A, B, D, F, as now and as hereafter supplemented, reissued, amended and revised, as published by the International Code Council, Inc. Not fewer than three copies of the International Residential Code, 2003 Edition, have been and now are filed in the Office of the Secretary of West Goshen Township, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein.
The following amendments, additions, deletions, and changes are hereby made to the International Residential Code, 2003 Edition:
A. 
Section R101.1 shall be amended by the deletion of the words, "[NAME OF JURISDICTION]" and the replacement thereof with "West Goshen Township."
B. 
Section R103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following: "SECTION R103 ENFORCEMENT."
C. 
Section RI 03.1 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
R103.1. General. The Board of Supervisors shall, by resolution, appoint a Building Code Official who shall be certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Act. The Building Code Official shall be responsible for administration and enforcement of this Code. The Building Code Official shall be assisted by one or more building officials who shall also be appointed by the Board of Supervisors and certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Act. The Building Code Official and building officials shall be referred to in this Code as "Code Officials."
D. 
Section R108.2 shall be amended to state as follows:
R108.2 Fee schedule. Fees for each plan examination and building permit, including the moving or demolition of buildings and structures, shall be paid in advance in accordance with the fee schedule established by resolution duly adopted by the Board of Supervisors of West Goshen Township, as the same may from time to time be amended.
E. 
Section R112, Board of Appeals, shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
[Amended 7-2-2012 by Ord. No. 05-2012; 8-12-2015 by Ord. No. 5-2015; 12-9-2015 by Ord. No. 8-2015]
SECTION R112
BOARD OF APPEALS
R112.1 General. The West Chester Area Council of Governments (WCACOG) has formed a Board of Appeals, which shall hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Official relative to the application and interpretation of this Code. The Board of Appeals shall be appointed by the WCACOG and shall be governed by the rules and regulations adopted by the WCACOG. The Board of Appeals shall adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business and shall render all decisions and findings in writing to the appellant with a duplicate copy to the Building Official.
F. 
Table R301.2(1) shall be amended by inserting the following:
Ground Snow Load
Wind Speeds
(mph)
Seismic Design Category
Weather-
ing
Frost Line Depth
Termite
Decay
Winter Design Temp.
Ice Shield Underlay-
ment Required
Flood Hazards
Air Freezing Index
Mean Annual Temp.
30
90
B
Severe
36
M-H
S-M
10
Yes
11/20/96
1,000
52.6
G. 
A new Section 304.5 shall be added which shall read as follows:
304.5 Minimum residential living area. No one-story dwelling hereafter erected on any lot shall have a projected first floor living area of less than 1,100 square feet; and no one-and-one-half-story dwelling hereafter erected on any lot shall have a projected first floor living area of less than 950 square feet; and no two-story dwelling hereafter erected on any lot shall have a projected living area of less than 700 square feet. In determining square footage of living area, there shall be excluded all porches (whether enclosed or unenclosed), garages, breezeways, utility rooms or similar areas.
H. 
Section P2603.6.1 shall be amended by replacing the words, "[NUMBER]" with "36 inches" in both blanks.
I. 
Section P3103.1 shall be amended by replacing the words "[NUMBER]" with "12 inches" in both blanks.