[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Butler as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Adoption of International Property Maintenance Code
[Adopted 4-23-2015 by Ord. No. 1711.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 203, Property Maintenance, adopted 4-22-2004 by Ord. No. 1550, as amended.
Pursuant to Third Class City Code § 1014 (53 P.S. § 36014), there is hereby adopted by the City of Butler for the purpose of prescribing minimum safety and sanitary maintenance standards for all buildings, structures and premises for basic equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, means of egress and fire-protection systems, the International Property Maintenance Code 2012 and Appendix A thereof, subject to amendments in this chapter. Not fewer than three copies of such code shall be on file in the office of the City Clerk for public inspection during regular business hours for at least three months after adoption, and printed copies thereof shall be supplied upon demand at cost.
Editor's Note: Sections 36006 to 36014.1 were repealed March 19, 2014, by P.L. 52, No. 22, §§ 62 to 66, effective May 19, 2014.
The following sections of the adopted International Property Maintenance Code are hereby revised:
Section 101.1, insert "City of Butler."
Section 103.5, insert "City of Butler Administrative Fee Schedule, as amended from time to time by resolution."
Section 112.4, insert "$500" and "$2,500."
Section 302.4, insert "six inches."
Section 304.14, insert "April 1 to September 30."
Section 602.3, insert "October 1 to March 31."
Section 602.4, insert "October 1 to March 31."
The adopted International Property Maintenance Code is hereby amended and changed in the following respects:
International Property Maintenance Code Section 202, entitled "General Definitions," is hereby amended to add the following definitions:
- BOARD OF APPEALS
- The City of Butler Code Management Appeals Board.
- CODE OFFICIAL
- The City of Butler Code Enforcement Officer or his/her designee.
- Any rubbish or scrap material, including all paper cartons, boxes, barrels, wood, excelsior, bedding, rags, sacks, cans, metal, glass, crockery, mineral refuse, ashes and any similar substances, scrapped or used appliances, fixtures, automobile parts, machinery and machinery parts or other similar material or any other form of discarded, unused or unusable materials, including building materials.
- STORAGE, EXTERIOR
- The keeping, in an unenclosed area, of any goods, junk, material, merchandise, or vehicles in the same place for more than 48 hours.
International Property Maintenance Code Section 302, entitled "Exterior Property Areas," is hereby amended to add the following:
Section 302.10 Furniture.
Other than furniture contained within a structure, use or storage of furniture which is not designed or constructed for exterior use is prohibited in exterior property areas.
Section 302.11 Nuisance and dangerous trees, shrubs, or evergreens.
The Code Enforcement Officer may require the owner or occupants of property having any shade trees, shrubs, or evergreens which are or which appear to threaten to be a public nuisance or danger to children, traffic, or the public to remove or prune the same so as to abate the actual or threatened nuisance or dangerous condition, and on failure of the property owner or occupant to do so after reasonable notice, the Code Enforcement Officer may cause the same to be done with percentage and costs added as hereinafter provided.
Section 302.12 Sump pump discharge.
Sump pump discharge and other groundwater from a premises shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a nuisance or a safety hazard.
Section 302.13 Exterior storage.
All exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a neat and orderly condition. Exterior storage of items, including but not limited to scrap metals, construction materials, appliances, electronics, interior furniture, automobiles, automobile parts and accessories, tires, perishables, animal carcasses, etc., is prohibited.
International Property Maintenance Code Section 704, entitled "Fire Protection Systems," is hereby amended and changed as follows:
Section 704.4 Interconnection is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
Section 704.4 Carbon monoxide alarm standards and requirements.
In addition to the state Standards (Act of Dec. 18, 2013, P.L. 1229, No. 121), the City of Butler requires carbon monoxide alarms in one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses. They are to be installed per manufacturers' recommendations, but not less than one alarm per occupied level of the building. This requirement only applies to homes that burn "fossil fuel," including coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products which emit carbon monoxide as a by-product of combustion.
Section 704.5 Tampering.
Anyone tampering or interfering with the effectiveness of a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector shall be in violation of this code.
Section 704.6 Key boxes: where required.
Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or firefighting purposes, the Fire Code Official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the Fire Code Official.
If any provisions of the adopted International Property Maintenance Code conflict with any Pennsylvania law, statute or regulations, the latter shall take precedence and control.
If any provision of the adopted International Property Maintenance Code conflicts with any City of Butler ordinance or any other provision of any technical code adopted by the City of Butler, the more restrictive provision shall take precedence and control.
The City of Butler Code Enforcement Officer shall be responsible for the administration of the International Property Maintenance Code and this chapter.
Whoever violates any provision of the adopted International Property Maintenance Code or this chapter or fails to comply with any such provision shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be subject to a fine of up to $500 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for up to 90 days. Where such violation is of a continuing nature, each day of violation or failure to comply with any such provision shall constitute a separate offense.