[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Norristown 4-6-1982 as Ch. 120 of the 1981 Code. Sections 172-9 and 172-10 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- GAS-BURNING EQUIPMENT
- Any device designed and arranged for the purpose of burning gas and all piping, control devices and accessories connected to the burner.
- OIL-BURNING EQUIPMENT
- 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 or storage tanks, piping, wiring and all accessories.
It shall be unlawful for any person to install, erect or enlarge any gas- or 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 without first having obtained a permit from the Building Inspector to do so pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
All persons who desire to make application for a permit to do any work under this chapter, as required by § 172-2, shall file in the office of the Building Inspector written answers to the questions propounded by a questionnaire, in form approved by the Committee on Public Safety, to be furnished by the Building Inspector.
Applications for permits required by § 172-2 of this chapter shall be made to the Building Inspector of the borough 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 the blueprint, 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 Building Inspector.
The applicant for a permit required by § 172-2 of this chapter shall, at the time of making application, pay to the Borough Treasurer the sum of five dollars ($5.), provided that the cost of the proposed work shall not exceed the sum of five hundred dollars ($500.). If the cost of the proposed work shall exceed this sum, the applicant shall pay two dollars ($2.) for each additional five hundred dollars ($500.), or fraction thereof, of the cost. An application for a permit for gas-fired units must be made, and the permit fee for each unit shall be two dollars ($2.), regardless of the estimated cost of the installation.
All installations, repairs or enlargements of oil-burning equipment shall be made only by persons who shall be registered with the office of the Building Inspector. For such registration, each applicant shall pay a fee of five dollars ($5.) annually.
Upon being properly registered with the Building Inspector as required by the preceding section, the applicant shall furnish to the borough a surety bond marked "for oil burner work only," acceptable to the Borough Solicitor, to be approved by the Borough Council, in the amount of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.) for the purpose of indemnifying the borough against any liability for any personal injury or property damage or loss caused by the person 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 Borough Council.
All mechanics shall familiarize themselves with the regulations of the National Board of Fire Underwriters on oil burners, and those mechanics that install the electric wiring on oil- or gas-burning equipment shall be registered with the Building Inspector as required by Chapter 143, Electrical Standards.
Before the installation of any oil- or gas-burning equipment, there shall first be filed with the Building Inspector a written and signed application, on the form of the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters or other appropriate agency, by those qualified to sign such application. All electrical work must be inspected and certified by the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters or another appropriate agency.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.) for each offense, plus costs of prosecution, to be collected as fines and penalties are by law collectible, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days.