City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton 9-23-1998 by Ord. No. 87-1998. (This ordinance superseded former Ch. 313, Mechanical Standards, adopted as Ord. No. 86-1980 (Ch. 7, Art. VI, of the 1979 Code), as amended.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
Electrical standards — See Ch. 215.
Heating and air-conditioning standards — See Ch. 290.
A certain document, one copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Scranton, being marked and designated as the "The International Mechanical Code, 1998 Edition," as published by the International Code Council, is hereby adopted as the Mechanical Code of the City of Scranton in the State of Pennsylvania for the control of buildings and structures as herein provided, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the International Mechanical Code, 1998, are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this chapter.
The following sections of the International Mechanical Code, 1998 Edition are amended to read as follows:
Section 107.1.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:
107.1.1 Approved inspection agencies.
The code official shall accept reports of approved inspection agencies, provided that such agencies satisfy the requirements as to qualifications and reliability as stated in § 313-4, Requirements for mechanical underwriters.
Before any mechanical contractor or other person doing mechanical work for which he has received a permit shall complete such work, he shall make application for inspection on the form used by the approved mechanical underwriters inspections agency specifying the premises wherein the installation or construction is being done and the extent, specification and classification of such work and shall pay the fees for all inspections.
The mechanical underwriters inspection agencies shall, upon receipt of inspection application, make or cause to be made inspection of such work and conduct such tests as may be necessary. If the work is done in accordance with the requirements of this mechanical code, the mechanical underwriters inspection agency shall thereupon issue a rough or final certificate of approval, as the case may be, to the applicant and the Mechanical Inspector.
When the mechanical installation is not approved by the mechanical underwriters inspector or the City Mechanical Inspector, such inspector shall send a notice of noncompliance to the applicant and to the city code official.
No certificate of occupancy shall be issued until a final certificate is issued by the mechanical underwriters agency.
Section 108.4 is hereby amended to read as follows:
108.4 Violation penalties. Any person who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair mechanical equipment or systems in violation of an approved plan or directive of the code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $600, plus costs, or imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, in default of payment. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense. Any person found violating this chapter shall be responsible for payment required to bring the property affected by said violation into compliance with said code.
Section 108.5 is hereby amended to read as follows:
108.5 Stop-work orders. Upon notice from the code official that mechanical work is being done contrary to the provisions of this code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner, such work shall immediately cease. Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property or to the owner's agent or to the person doing the work. The notice shall state the conditions under which work is authorized to resume. Where an emergency exists, the code official shall not be required to give written notice prior to stopping the work. Any person who shall continue any work on the system after being served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $10,000.
Certification. A mechanical underwriter inspector must possess certification in each of the following levels of BOCA examination: mechanical one-family and two-family dwellings, mechanical general and mechanical plan review. Inspectors not possessing plan review certification shall have a period of 18 months from the date of enactment of this chapter to complete this certification process. During this grace period, an inspector must possess mechanical one-family and two-family dwellings and mechanical general BOCA certifications in order to perform work as an underwriter. Any person not successfully completing certification in mechanical plan review at the end of the eighteen-month grace period shall not be eligible for licensure until successful completion of the mechanical plan review specified.
Insurance coverage. Any person performing work as a mechanical underwriter inspector shall show proof of:
Professional liability insurance: at least $500,000.
Errors and omissions insurance: at least $500,000.
Proximity. In order to facilitate efficient inspections, any person performing work as a mechanical underwriter inspector shall perform said work from a fully staffed office within the City of Scranton.
Any person performing work as a mechanical underwriter inspector shall possess a current city license. A license may be obtained by showing proof of current BOCA certification and payment of $150 to the City Treasurer.
Mechanical underwriters shall have a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education units (CEU) every three years.
Mechanical underwriters shall not inspect any work where a permit has not been posted.
Mechanical underwriters shall not inspect any work which has been performed by a nonlicensed contractor.
Mechanical underwriters agencies shall provide the city with the names of all qualified inspectors along with their certification of the required CEU on an annual basis.
The code official, with the approval of the Director of the Department of Community Development, reserves the right to terminate only the mechanical underwriter inspector and/or the underwriter for cause, after full opportunity to be heard on specific and relevant charges by the Building Appeals Board.
A mechanical underwriter inspection is not required for residential buildings.
The code official shall be authorized to permit the temporary use of equipment required for heating, ventilating or providing air-conditioning equipment or any equipment for which a permit has been procured from the bureau before such installation has been completed and the final certificate of inspection has been issued. Any work performed under the temporary certificate shall be in compliance with the International Mechanical Code.