Township of Upper Merion, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Upper Merion Township 11-19-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-783; amended in its entirety 9-20-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-856. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Property maintenance — See Ch. 127.
Fees — See Ch. A173.
Subject to the additions, insertions, deletions, changes, and preservations set forth below, Upper Merion Township has elected to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999 and the Uniform Construction Code contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, collectively, the "Code," as the municipal building code of Upper Merion Township.
Subject to the additions, insertions, deletions, changes, and preservations set forth below, Upper Merion Township hereby adopts, as if fully set out in this chapter, the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code, 2015 International Fire Code, 2015 International Plumbing Code, 2015 International Mechanical Code, 2015 International Existing Building Code, 2014 International Electrical Code, and the 2015 International Urban-Wildland Interface Code as published by the International Code Council including, but not limited to, the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions, and terms set forth within said codes.
This chapter is intended to amend all Upper Merion Township building code ordinances or portions of ordinances with requirements that are less than the minimum requirements of the Code. This chapter shall not be intended to amend any existing Upper Merion Township building code ordinance or portion of any such ordinance that equals or exceeds the requirements of the Code.
The following amendment to the definitions set forth in Section 103 of the Code is hereby adopted by Upper Merion Township:
Amend the definition of "utility and miscellaneous structures" to read:
Buildings or structures of an accessory character and miscellaneous structures not classified by the International Code Council in any specific use group. The term includes carports, detached private garages, greenhouses, sheds and recreational structures having a building area of less than 120 square feet.
The following amendments to the 2015 International Building Code are hereby adopted by Upper Merion Township.
Add Section 117, Time restrictions, to read:
117.1 Time restrictions. Any work done pursuant to the permit issued under this Code, or ancillary thereto, and occurring in residential districts, or on any property which adjoins a residential district may proceed only between the hours of 0700 and 2100 hours (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), prevailing time. This shall include site work, approved under the subdivision or development plan, as well as building construction.
1. Work which produces no more than the hearing threshold (3 db above ambient) at the property line.
2. Work of an emergency nature.
3. On Saturdays and Sundays, such work may proceed only between the hours of 0800 and 2100 (8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.), prevailing time.
4. Upon written approval of the Board of Supervisors, these times may be modified for specific jobs and specific locations.
Add Section 402.4.2.4, Floor/ceiling assemblies to read:
402.4.2.4 Floor/ceiling assemblies and their supporting columns and beams within multilevel covered malls shall be of one-hour fire-resistant-rated noncombustible construction.
Add Section 403.7 to read:
Resource Centers.
403.7.1 In buildings greater than 75 feet in height, at five floor intervals, starting with the fifth floor, the building shall be equipped with a room comprising of a minimum of 10 square feet. This room shall be used by the fire department to store equipment that might be needed in the event of an emergency. These resource centers shall be located adjacent to a stair tower.
403.7.2 The equipment to be stored in these rooms shall be determined by the fire department and provided by the building owner.
403.7.3 The rooms shall be equipped with locksets, the key to which will be stored in a Knox Box® keybox located at the discretion of the fire department.
403.7.4 These room shall be signed "FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT USE ONLY — NO UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS"
403.7.5 These rooms shall be equipped with access alarms that will be connected to the fire alarm system required in Section 907.2.13.
Add the following definitions to Section 902.1:
A fire alarm system component with discrete identification that can have its status individually identified or that is used to individually control other functions.
A fire alarm system where each alarm device is indicated individually on the annunciator panel(s).
Clearing all indicators of an alarm system such that all alarm and trouble signals are cleared and the system is returned to normal operating condition.
Shutting down the audible alarm devices connected to a fire alarm system, but leaving the annunciator panels in such condition that the zone from which the alarm is received still indicates the problem.
Amend Section 903.2 to read:
903.2 Automatic fire suppression systems shall be installed and maintained in full operating condition in the locations indicated in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.3.
Amend Section 903.2.1 to read:
Use Groups A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R, S and U:
In all buildings or structures or portions thereof when more than 2,000 square feet or more than 35 feet in height.
Exception: Open parking structures as defined in Section 406.
Renumber Section 903.2.11 to 903.2.2 (et al).
Amend Section 907.2.13.1:
907.2.13.1 Fire alarm systems. All high-rise buildings shall be protected with an addressable fire alarm system meeting the requirements of the current edition of NFPA Standard 72. Each individual alarm-initiating device shall annunciate to a panel in the lobby of the building.
Add Section 907.5.3 to read:
907.5.3 Where buildings are provided with both a fire alarm and an automatic fire sprinkler system, a visible alarm appliance shall be installed on the outside wall, above the fire department connection for the sprinkler system.
Amend Section 1013.2 to read:
1013.2. Floor level exit signs. In addition to the exit signs and lights required in Section 1013.1, internally illuminated exit signs shall be provided on the wall immediately adjacent to the exit, the bottom of the sign within 12 inches of the floor.
Add Section 3107.2 to read:
3107.2 Permits shall be required for all signs, unless otherwise provided for in the Zoning Code. Construction documents shall be prepared and filed in accordance with Sections 107.1 and 107.2.
The following amendments to the 2015 International Fire Code are hereby adopted by Upper Merion Township.
Add the following definition to Section 202:
OCCUPIED. As applied to a building or portion thereof, shall be construed as though followed by the words "or intended, arranged or designed to be occupied, or having a certificate of use and occupancy."
Add section 506.3 to read:
Standard box. The Standard Key Box for Upper Merion Township will be manufactured by the Knox Company and shall be of the hinged type.
Add Section 903. to read:
903. Fire Suppression Systems in High-Rise buildings. All existing high-rise buildings which contain a mix of occupancies shall be equipped with an automatic fire suppression system in those areas, other than those classified as R-1 and R-2, when such use occurs on the same floor as the residential use or on a floor beneath the residential use.
Amend Section 907. to read:
907. Corridor Smoke Detection Systems in High-Rise Buildings. All high-rise buildings, except those buildings protected throughout with an automatic fire suppression system, shall have all exit access corridors protected with an automatic fire alarm system. This system shall include smoke detectors as its primary initiating device and shall annunciate to a panel in the lobby of the building.
Insert "all residential districts" in Section 3404.
Insert "all residential districts" in Section 3406.2.4.4.
Insert "all residential districts" in Section 3506.2.
Insert "all residential districts" in Section 3804.2.
Add Section D103.6.3 to read:
D103.6.3 Placement of signs. No Parking by Order of the Fire Marshal signs shall be erected no greater than 300 feet apart on the same side of the road.
The following amendments to the 2015 International Plumbing Code are hereby adopted by Upper Merion Township.
Insert "36 inches" in Section 305.4.1.
Add Section 405.2.1 to read:
405.2.1 In all use groups, with the exception of the nonpublic areas in Use Group R, water closets and lavatories shall be supported entirely off the floor without stress or strain on the wall.
Insert "24 inches" in Section 904.1.
Add Section 1003.11 to read:
1003.11 The use of chemical/biological additives shall be prohibited. The cleaning method utilized shall be of the suction type, and flushing of traps shall be prohibited. A record of said cleaning shall be kept on file at the site of the grease trap and presented for inspection to the Code Official upon request.
The following amendments to the 2015 International Residential Code are hereby adopted by Upper Merion Township.
Amend Table 301.2(1) concerning climatic and geographic design criteria to:
Roof snow load
30 psf
Wind pressure
90 mph
Topographic effects
Seismic condition
Frost line depth
36 inches
Termite protection
Moderate to heavy
Winter design temperature
14° F.
Ice barrier required
Air freezing index
Mean annual temperature
53.1° F.
Radon resistant
Flood hazards
FEMA Map dated March 2, 2016
Amend Section R313.1 to read:
R313.1 Automatic sprinklers. An automatic residential sprinkler system shall be installed in all new One and Two Family Dwellings and Townhouses.
Exception: An automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall not be required when additions or alterations are made to existing buildings that are not already provided with an automatic residential sprinkler system.
Delete Section R313.2.