Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Driveways — See Ch. 47.
Open fires — See Ch. 51.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 88.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 107.
Traffic impact fees — See Ch. 122.
Fees — See Ch. A137.
Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals — See Ch. A139.
[Adopted 4-29-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-4[1]]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that the provisions of this article, so far as they are the same as those of ordinances and regulations in force immediately prior to the enactment of this article, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and regulations and not as new enactments. The provisions of this article shall not affect any act done or liability incurred, no shall they affect any suit of prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any repealed ordinances or regulations.
Washington Township, in order to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999,[2] and pursuant to Section 501 of the Act, hereby adopts the Uniform Construction Code contained in 34 PA Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, which is incorporated herein by reference as the building code of Washington Township.
Editor's Note: Resolution No. 2004-9 also provided for the adoption of certain design criteria and appendices of the International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2003 Edition, International Existing Building Code, 2003 Edition, International Fuel Gas Code, 2003 Edition, and International Plumbing Code, 2003 Edition. A complete copy of this resolution is on file in the Township offices.
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. §7210.101 et seq.
Administration and enforcement of the code within Washington Township shall be undertaken by the retention of one or more building code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Washington Township.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of this municipality 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 Boards of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
Editor's Note: See Article II of this chapter.
[Amended 6-28-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-05]
All Building Code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by the Township of Washington on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirement of the Uniform Construction Code, as amended from time to time.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Township of Washington not governed by the Uniform Construction Code shall remain in full force and effect.
Climatic, geographic and inside/outside environmental standards for the local area as required by the respective codes are to be established by Washington Township through separate resolution.
Fees assessable by Washington Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by Washington Township through resolution from time to time.
[Added 3-24-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-1]
In addition to all types of construction, placement of structures, repairs, and alterations for which the Uniform Construction Code requires a permit, the Township, pursuant to the authorization of Act 92 of 2004, shall require persons to obtain permits under the Washington Township Construction Code for all of the following:
The construction, erection, or placement of any accessory structure which is equal to or greater than 200 square feet, whether or not such accessory structure is connected to any utility.
The construction, erection, or placement of any accessory structure which is less than 200 square feet if such accessory structure is provided with any utility service. The applicant shall obtain a permit only for the purpose of inspection for the utility or utilities being installed or provided to the accessory structure.
All alterations or repairs to residential buildings which are exempt from the UCC by Act 92 of 2004; provided, however, that the following types of alterations and repairs shall continue to be exempt and no permit will be required.
Replacement of windows and doors when there is no change in the size of the existing opening.
Reroofing of less than 25% of the total existing roof square footage.
Replacement of hot water heater, boiler, or furnace, or the replacement of any part of a hot water heater, boiler, or furnace with the same efficiency rating, electrical and plumbing requirements.
Addition or replacement of siding on the exterior of the residential structure.
Repair or replacement of any nonstructural portion of a deck, porch or stoop.
Replacement of an appliance switch or receptacle with a switch or receptacle which is the same or has a like rating.
The addition of one appliance switch or receptacle.
The repair or replacement of any nonstructural member.
The repair or replacement of any sink, toilet, tub, shower or similar plumbing fixture without relocation of any drain or venting device.
Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this code or who fails to carry out an order made pursuant to this code or who violates any condition attached to a permit, approval or certificate shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a summary offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Adopted 4-29-2004 by Res. No. 2004-15]
It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors of Washington Township that a fee be paid at the time of the filing of the appeal with the Board of Appeals in the amount of $600. The fees to be charged shall be used to cover the costs of the compensation for the Secretary and members of the Board of Appeals, notice advertising costs, and necessary administrative overhead connected with the hearing. In addition, the fee shall be used to pay for 1/2 of the appearance fee of the stenographer, if one is needed. The application fee paid by a Board of Appeals applicant shall not include legal expenses of the Board of Appeals, expenses for engineering, architectural or other technical consultants or expert witness costs. These costs shall be paid by the Township.
In the event that any initial fee paid at the time of the filing of an appeal to the Board of Appeals of Washington Township is not sufficient to cover the aforesaid expenses incurred in the proceeding, the applicant shall be responsible for all additional costs in excess of $600.
In the event that there is a balance in the account of an applicant after all of the costs and expenses are set forth, the remaining balance in the applicant's account shall be refunded to the applicant.
The Board of Supervisors of Washington Township establishes the following terms for the Board of Appeals:
One member will serve a three-year term.
One member will serve a two-year term.
One member will serve a one-year term.
Alternate will serve a three-year term.
Once terms are established, per above, thereafter appointments will be made respectively each year for one member, with the appointment to be for a three-year term.