Borough of New Hope, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of New Hope 12-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms — See Ch. 90.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 112.
Property maintenancē — See Ch. 207.
Fee Schedule — See Ch. A280.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08; 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
A. 
The New Hope Borough Fire Marshal, and all authorized designees thereof, is hereby authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of the 2009 Edition of the ICC International Fire Code for the purposes set forth in this chapter.
B. 
The New Hope Borough Fire Marshal, and all authorized designees thereof, is hereby authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of the 2003 Edition of the ICC International Property Maintenance Code for the purposes set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08; 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
The New Hope Borough Fire Marshal, and all authorized designees thereof, is hereby authorized and directed to inspect all assembly, business, educational, factory, high-hazard, institutional, mercantile, storage and miscellaneous occupancies, as defined in the 2009 Edition of the ICC International Fire Code, on an annual basis to determine compliance with requirements of such fire code.
[Amended 6-13-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-08; 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
A. 
The New Hope Borough Fire Marshal, and all authorized designees thereof, is authorized and directed to inspect on an annual basis, to determine compliance with the 2009 Edition of the ICC International Fire Code, and the 2003 Edition of the ICC International Property Maintenance Code, all areas of residential (R-1, R-2, and R-4) occupancies, as identified in Subsection B and defined in the 2009 Edition of the ICC International Fire Code, not used as private or permanent living spaces.
B. 
Residential occupancies subject to the annual inspection and permit requirements herein are as follows.
(1) 
R-1, residential occupancies where the occupants are primarily transient in nature, including, but not limited to, boarding houses, hotels, and motels.
(2) 
R-2, residential occupancies containing sleeping units or more than two dwelling units where the occupants are primarily permanent in nature, including, but not limited to, apartment houses, boardinghouses, convents, dormitories, fraternities and sororities, hotels, monasteries, motels, and vacation time-share properties.
(3) 
R-4, residential occupancies, including, but not limited to, buildings arranged for occupancy as residential care/assisted living facilities of more than five but not more than 16 occupants.
All owners and/or tenants of properties that meet the classification criteria established in §§ 150-2 and 150-3 above shall file an application annually with, and obtain an annual fire safety permit from the office of the Fire Marshal. The issuance of the annual permit shall follow an inspection by the Fire Marshal, who shall find the premises free from any violations of the codes or any other state and/or local law, rule or regulation concerning fire safety.
A. 
Issued permits shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall be readily available for inspection by the Fire Marshal.
B. 
Annual fire safety permits shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance, unless a subsequent inspection by the Fire Marshal demonstrates that a code violation exists at the premises. The Fire Marshal shall revoke the annual permit upon a finding that a violation exists and shall not reissue the permit until such time as the violation is abated.
The Council shall adopt by resolution a fee schedule for annual fire safety inspection permits.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed $1,000 and costs, or in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense. The application of this penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.
[Added 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-01]
A. 
By December 31 of the year of the issuance of a new triennial ICC International Fire Code, or its successor code, the New Hope Borough Fire Marshal shall review such edition, and may make a recommendation to the New Hope Borough Council that it should adopt the updated triennial ICC International Fire Code or exclude any provisions of such code for the purposes of this chapter.
B. 
Upon receipt of any such recommendation, or if none is issued, New Hope Borough Council may adopt by resolution the updated triennial ICC International Fire Code, with any provisions of such code excluded, as the applicable fire prevention code for the purposes set forth in this chapter.