[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Crescent 10-21-2010 by Ord. No. 527. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, business, or corporation to undertake or cause to be undertaken the construction, reconstruction, enlargement, alteration or relocation of any building or structure unless an approved building permit has been obtained from Building Code Official (BCO).
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- A combination of materials to form a permanent structure having walls and a roof. Included shall be all mobile homes and trailers to be used for human habitation, subject to applicable Pennsylvania law.
- BUILDING PERMIT
- A permit required for construction under the provisions of this chapter and/or applicable Pennsylvania law, as is considered within normal procedure and nomenclature.
- Any person, persons, partnership, business or corporation.
- A combination of materials to form anything constructed or erected on the ground or attached to the ground, including, but not limited to, buildings, factories, mobile homes, to the extent permissible under applicable Pennsylvania law including 34 Pa. Code 5403.25, swimming pools, decks, regardless of height, accessory structures greater than 250 square feet.
- ZONING PERMIT
- A permit required for the construction of retaining walls equal to or less than four feet in height; fences equal to or less than six feet in height; structures equal to or less than 1,000 square feet.
Application for such a building permit or zoning permit shall be made in writing to the BCO on forms supplied by the municipality. Such application shall contain as least the following:
The BCO shall issue a building permit or zoning permit only after it has been determined that the proposed construction will be in conformance with all applicable requirements and regulations. The duration of the validity of a building permit issued by the BCO shall be limited to 180 days from the date of issuance. Extension of a building permit whose validity has expired shall be subject to approval by the BCO.
After the issuance of a building permit or zoning permit by the BCO, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit or any of the plans, specifications or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent or approval of the BCO.
In addition to the building permit, the BCO shall issue a placard which shall be displayed on the premises during the time construction is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the building permit, the date of its issuance and be signed by the BCO.
Work on the proposed construction shall begin within 180 days after the date of issuance of the building permit, or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted in writing by the BCO. Construction shall be considered to have started with the first placement of permanent construction on the site, such as the pouring of slabs or footings or any work beyond the stage of excavation. For a structure without a basement or poured footings, the start of construction includes the first permanent framing or assembly of the structure or any part thereof on its pilings or foundation, or the affixing of any prefabricated structure or mobile home to its permanent site. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, land clearing, grading, filling, excavation for basement, footings, piers, or foundations; or the installation of sewer, gas and water pipes, or electric or other service lines from the street.
During the construction period, the BCO or other authorized official may inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the permit application and with all applicable municipal law, building codes, and ordinances. In the event the BCO discovers that the work does not comply with the permit application or any applicable laws, building codes, and ordinances, or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant, the BCO shall revoke the building permit and report such fact to the Board of Commissioners for whatever action is considered necessary.
The zoning permit fee shall be $50.
All other fees, including building permit fees, shall be established by the Township and its third party inspector, Building Inspection Underwriters of Pennsylvania, Inc., as exhibited in the attached fee schedule; or any other party assigned as inspector by the Township Board of Commissioners. The Township Board of Commissioners may from time to time, by resolution, change or increase the fees for Building and Zoning permits.
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the Township Offices.
Any person aggrieved by the building permit officer's estimate of the cost of the proposed construction may appeal to the Board of Commissioners. Such appeal must be filed, in writing within 30 days after the determinations by the building permit officer. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Board of Commissioners shall set a time and place not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days for the purpose of hearing the appeal. Notice of the time and place of the hearing of the appeal shall be given to all parties at which time they may appear and be heard. The determination of the estimated cost by the Board of Commissioners shall be final in all cases.
Any person who fails to comply with any or all of the requirements or provisions of this chapter or who fails or refuses to comply with any notice, order or direction of the BCO or any other authorized employee of the Township shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, shall pay a fine to the Township of Crescent of not less than $25 nor more than $300, plus all costs of prosecution and/or enforcement. In default of such payment, such person shall be imprisoned in the county prison for a period not to exceed 10 days. Each day during which any violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to the above penalties, all other actions are hereby reserved, including an action in equity for the proper enforcement of the chapter. The imposition of a fine or penalty for any violation of or noncompliance with this chapter shall not excuse the violation or noncompliance or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violation or noncompliance with a reasonable time. Any structure or building constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, altered, or relocated, in noncompliance with this chapter may be declared by the Board of Commissioners to be a public nuisance and abatable as such.
If any section, paragraph, sentence or phrase or provision of the chapter should be declared or determined to be invalid for any reason, then only that provision shall be deemed stricken and invalid, and in all other respects the provisions of this chapter shall be considered valid and shall remain in full force and effect, the provisions of this chapter being considered severable as the same is considered under applicable Pennsylvania law.