Borough of Trappe, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Trappe 12-9-2008 by Ord. No. 407. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction codes — See Ch. 135.
Grass, brush and weeds — See Ch. 184.
Nuisances — See Ch. 223.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 286.
The International Property Maintenance Code, 2006 Edition, is adopted as the Property Maintenance Code for the Borough of Trappe, for the purpose of regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all properties, buildings and structures situate in the Borough, by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical conditions essential to ensure that properties, buildings and structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; the conduction of inspections to ensure compliance with the provisions set forth in the above-noted Code; issuance of associated permits and licenses as may be required by the Borough; the issuance of fines, penalties and other remedies as set forth and as otherwise permitted by Borough, state and federal law.
The following revisions and addenda to the International Property Maintenance Code, 2006 Edition, are hereby adopted:
A. 
Section 101.1 Title. Insert "the Borough of Trappe".
B. 
Section 102.3 Application of other codes. Delete "... the International Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, and the ICC Electrical Code.", and insert "... the Uniform Construction Code, as adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Trappe, and all other Codes as adopted by the Borough of Trappe."
C. 
Section 102.3 Application of other codes. Delete "... the International Zoning Code.", and insert "... the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Trappe."
D. 
Section 102.6 Historic Buildings. Delete "... for existing buildings or structures designated as historic buildings when such buildings...", and insert "... for existing buildings or structures designated as historic buildings by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or by the Federal Government when such buildings...".
E. 
Section 103.5 Fees. Delete "... shall be indicated in the following schedule.", and insert "... shall be set forth by Resolution of the Borough of Trappe.".
F. 
Section 104.7 Department Records. This section is stricken in its entirety, and in lieu thereof this section shall read: "The code official shall keep official records of all business and activities of the department specified in the provisions of this Code. Records shall be retained in accordance to the 'Retention and Disposition Schedule for Records of Pennsylvania Municipal Government'.".
G. 
Section 107.2.5 Form. This section is stricken in its entirety, and in lieu thereof this section shall read "Inform the property owner of the right to appeal pursuant to Local Agency Law, 2 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 751 and 752.".
H. 
Insert a new subsection 108.2.1 to read as follows: "108.2.1 Vacant Buildings. It shall be unlawful for an owner or operator to allow a building to remain vacant for a period in excess of six months unless during said period the owner or operator thereof shall provide documentation to the code official of a bona fide attempt to sell or let the property.".
I. 
Add to Section of 108.4.1 Placard Removal as follows: "No person shall occupy a placarded premises nor operate placarded equipment until written approval is secured from and such placards removed by the code official.".
J. 
Section 111 Means of Appeal. This section is stricken in its entirety, and in lieu thereof this section shall read "The property owner possesses the right to appeal decisions of the code official in accordance with Local Agency Law, 2 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 751 and 752.".
K. 
Section 201.3 Terms Defined in Other Codes. Delete "... the International Building Code, International Fire Code, International Zoning Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, or the ICC Electrical Code," and insert "... Uniform Construction Code, as adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Borough of Trappe, and all other Codes as adopted by the Borough of Trappe,".
L. 
Section 202 General Definitions. Amend to include the following definition: "Vacant Buildings — A building which, if residential, has ceased to be occupied as a residence by any person for a period in excess of six months and, if nonresidential, has ceased to be occupied by any person, firm or corporation for a period in excess of six months or is empty by the removal of all machinery, equipment, inventory or merchandise, unless said residential or nonresidential building is in the process of undergoing repair or renovation, which repair or renovation necessitates the activity of persons in and about the building on at least a weekly basis. A vacant nonresidential space normally occupied within a building does not apply.".
M. 
Section 202 General Definitions. Amend the definition of Inoperable Motor Vehicle from "... to being unlicensed, wrecked, abandoned..." to "... to being unlicensed, unregistered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, wrecked, abandoned..".
N. 
Section 302.4 Weeds. Delete "... in excess of (jurisdiction to insert height in inches)," and insert "... in accordance to the Code of Trappe Borough.".
O. 
Section 302.4 Weeds. Amend to add the following: "Weed and plant growth shall include that situate within any easement upon the property and/or within any road or other right-of-way upon and/or fronting the property, even if said right-of-way is dedicated to the Borough. Property owners are likewise responsible to remove all weed and plant growth situate between a curb and the roadway, even if said roadway is a public roadway, and property owners shall keep that portion of the roadway fronting his/her property free from glass clippings, leaves, and all other debris at all times.".
P. 
Section 302.8 Motor Vehicles. Add a second exception, as follows: "Exception: An Inoperative Motor Vehicle may be stored inside a permanent structure.".
Q. 
Section 303.2 Enclosures. Amend to add the following: "The fence or barrier shall not have openings, holes or gaps that would permit the passage of a four-inch diameter sphere.".
R. 
Section 304.14 Insect Screens. Amend to include the dates "June 1" to "November 1."
S. 
Section 602.3 Heat Supply. Amend to include the dates "October 1" to "May 1."
T. 
Section 602.4 Occupiable Work Spaces. Amend to include the dates "October 1" to "May 1."
U. 
Section 606 Elevators, Escalators and Dumbwaiters. Deleted in its entirety.
The Borough Manager is appointed to the position of Code Official, and for a term to run concurrent to his/her tenure as Borough Manager, or until such time as Council appoints another individual to said position.
Nothing in this chapter, and nothing in the International Property Maintenance Code hereby adopted, shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby, nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character by lost, impaired to affected by his chapter.
In the adoption of this chapter, the Borough of Trappe hereby adopts all revisions, updates and amendments and subsequently adopted versions hereinafter made to the International Property Maintenance Code, 2006 Edition, unless the Borough of Trappe exempts and/or amends same.