Borough of West View, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Borough of West View as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Building construction — See Ch. 116.

Outdoor burning — See Ch. 122.

Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 130.

Fire hydrants — See Ch. 160.

National Fire Code (§ 164-1 — § 164-6) 

Fees and Permits (§ 164-7 — § 164-11) 

[Adopted 3-6-1974 by Ord. No. 1159 (Ch. 70, Art. I, of the 1977 Code)]

§ 164-1
Adoption of standards; copy on file. 

§ 164-2
Fire lanes. 

§ 164-3
Fire equipment substations. 

§ 164-4
Monitored fire protection ventilation. 

§ 164-5
Removal of abandoned flammable liquid storage tanks and pumps upon notice. 

§ 164-6
Violations and penalties. 

The Borough hereby adopts in its entirety, with the exception of the section herein set forth, the standards, rules and regulations promulgated in the National Fire Protection Association Code, entitled "The National Fire Code," encompassing 10 volumes, and the revisions and amendments thereto. A complete set of copies shall be on file at the Borough Hall at all times hereafter.

It is the intent, purpose and scope of this section to provide for the designation of fire lanes whenever it appears that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding the free movement of fire-fighting equipment anywhere within the Borough on public or private property.


Definitions. As used in this section, the following words shall have the meanings set forth below:

The Borough of West View.
The Fire Marshal of the Borough of West View, or such other person appointed by said Fire Marshal for the enforcement and administration of this section. The Fire Marshal shall be appointed by the Fire Chief of the Borough of West View for a term of one year.

Designation of fire lanes. The Fire Marshal shall have the power to designate fire lanes anywhere within the Borough, on public or private property, where said Fire Marshal deems that parking congestion may create a hazard by impeding the free movement of fire-fighting equipment. The Fire Marshal shall consult the Council of the Borough of West View and the Borough Planning Commission prior to making such a designation, and must obtain the approval of the Council of the Borough of West View before making such a designation. Such fire lanes shall be marked in such a fashion as to indicate their location and shall be posted with no-parking signs. Parking shall be prohibited within the designated fire lanes.

Editor's Note: For parking restrictions generally, see Ch. 275, Vehicles and Traffic.


Enforcement. The Fire Marshal shall prescribe and issue all forms necessary for the administration of this section and may adopt and enforce regulations relating to any matter pertaining to the administration of this section, including, but not limited to, the imposition and collection of fines for violations. The Fire Marshal may designate a Fire Inspector, the Borough Police, a private property owner security force or other persons to enforce this section, either singularly or in conjunction with each other.


Special penalties for violations of this section. Any car owner who parks or permits his car to be parked within a designated fire lane zone will be prosecuted by the Fire Marshal. A fine of $5 shall be imposed for each violation and shall be collected by the Fire Marshal by a ticketing procedure whereby the fine may be paid at the Borough Municipal Building. If the fine is not paid within 10 days, the Fire Marshal shall further prosecute the violator before the Magisterial District Judge. If such further prosecution is necessary, the violator shall pay a fine of $15 plus costs imposed by the Magisterial District Judge. In default of payment of fine and costs, the violator may be sentenced to imprisonment in the Allegheny County Jail for not more than 30 days. If payment is made at the Borough Municipal Building within 24 hours, the fine shall be $2.


For new and existing buildings of five stories or 50 feet or higher, there shall be provided the following fire equipment and fire substation storage areas:


At least three self-contained units of breathing apparatus as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


At least two pick-head fire axes as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


At least 200 feet of double-jacket rubber-lined fire hose as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


At least two combination fog nozzles, 2 1/2 inches in diameter, as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


At least three fire-service hand lanterns as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


At least one forcible-entry device as set forth by the standards of this chapter.


All new or existing buildings five stories or 50 feet or higher shall provide fire equipment and fire substation storage areas at the rate of one fire substation for every three stories over four stories. All fire equipment substations shall be so located as to give access to stairway doors.

The fire protection for any new structures with exterior wall conditions, one or more stories in height, not including basements, subbasements, garages, penthouses, lofts or attics, measuring 10,000 square feet or more in floor area per floor, shall include the required installation of monitored fire and smoke ventilation devices as set forth in more particularity in this chapter.

The purpose of this section is to provide for the proper removal of abandoned flammable liquid pumps or flammable liquid storage tanks.


Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

Failure to conduct business or use flammable liquid distribution pumps or storage tanks for a period of 30 days or more.
That apparatus used to distribute or store flammable liquids.

No individual, corporation, unincorporated association, nonprofit corporation, joint-venture, partnership or sole proprietorship shall abandon or otherwise leave unattended or unmaintained for more than 30 days any flammable liquid distribution pump or storage tank.


If said flammable liquid distribution pump or storage tank is so abandoned, the parties so abandoning said apparatus must remove same upon notice by the Fire Marshal.


Extension of time for removal.


Upon written notice to the Fire Marshal, the parties may request an extension of time for removal if:


It appears that the parties intend to cease said abandonment and reopen said business, or to return said equipment to functional use.


Presentation of modified evidence indicates that said removal cannot be obtained for a stated period of time, which shall not be in excess of 90 days.


Said request for extension of time and the testimony thereon shall be considered by the fire prevention officers, who shall be the Fire Chief, the Fire Marshal and the Borough Solicitor. A majority vote of said officers shall control any decision regarding an extension of time.


Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, any person, firm, corporation or association who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of the National Fire Code adopted hereby, or who shall fail to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, by the Fire Marshal, Borough Council or a court of competent jurisdiction, within a fixed time herein, shall severally for each and every violation and noncompliance respectively be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine of not more than $300, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment of the fine and costs, by imprisonment for not less than five days nor more than 30 days in the Allegheny County Jail. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons, firms, corporations or associations shall be required to correct or remedy such violation or defect within a reasonable time and, when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.

[Amended 2-2-1977 by Ord. No. 1191]


The penalties and remedies set forth above shall not act as a bar to any action that may be taken pursuant to general municipal law, the Borough Code or any civil or equitable remedy.


In the case of firms or associations, the penalties may be imposed upon the partners or members thereof; and in the case of corporations, upon the officers thereof.

[Adopted 2-8-1978 by Ord. No. 1214 (Ch. 70, Art. III, of the 1977 Code)]

§ 164-7

§ 164-8
Fee schedule. 

§ 164-9
Smoke- and heat-detection systems. 

§ 164-10
Dispensing of liquids at gas stations. 

§ 164-11
Smoke-conveyance devices. 

Fees shall be paid by any applicant for permits as called for under the Fire Prevention Code of the Borough of West View. The fees and permits necessary are for new installations and remodeling of existing installations and shall be paid to the office of the Building Inspector.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).


The items set forth below and code references shall be references to the Building Officials and Code Administrators Basic Fire Prevention Code, and all parties engaging in or dealing with the items or materials set forth below shall be required to secure a permit at the fee set forth herein below:


Bonfires, Section F-301.2: $20 per occurrence (Allegheny County permit also necessary).


Cryogenic liquids, Section F-2600.2: $25.


Combustible fibers, Section F-2400.2: $10.


Fire alarm, detector or suppression system, Section F-400.2, installed, extended or enlarged: $35.


Range hood system, Sections F-406.4.1 and F-406.5, installation of each system: $10.


Flammable liquids and combustible liquids, Section F-2900.2:


Tanks and lines (repair and alter): $10 per occurrence.


Storage (25 gallons to 60 gallons): $25.


Stationary tanks: $100.


Temporary storage tanks: $100 per tank per year.


Service stations and garages, Section F-1700.2:


Flammable finishes, Section F-702.1: $50.


Dip tanks, Section F-703.1: $100.


Electrostatic apparatus, Section F-704.1: $200.


Automobile undercoating, Section F-705.1: $100.


Ovens and furnaces, Section F-1500.2: $50.


Liquified petroleum gases, Section F-3100.2: $100.


Compressed gases, Section F-2500.2: $50.


Welding, cutting, calcium carbide, acetylene generator, Section F-2100.2: $100.


Storage of cylinders, Section F-3103.1: $25.


LP gas cylinders, Section F-3103.1: $25.


Hazardous chemicals, Section F-3000.2: $300.


Fireworks, Section F-2800.3: $100 (Allegheny County permit required).


Explosives, ammunition and blasting agents, Section F-2700.2: $500.


Dust explosive hazards, Section F-1000.2: $100.


All permits listed in both the BOCA Fire Prevention Code and NFPA Code in accordance with the Code of the Borough of West View shall be by application to the Fire Marshal's office.


All permits shall be maintained on the premises.


The fee for installation and/or alteration of monitored ventilation systems shall be $25.


The fee for installation and/or alteration of fire substations shall be $25.


After installation of any hood system, sprinkler system or fire alarm system, papers of certification shall be sent to the Fire Marshal by the installer.


After inspection or servicing of all hood systems, fire alarm systems or sprinkler systems, the servicing agency shall send a copy of service and/or certification to the Fire Marshal within 10 days of said service and/or inspection.


At least one standpipe shall be installed for every 10,000 square feet of usable floor area per floor at a fee of $25. (Refer to Section F-404.1.)


The fee for automatic sprinkler systems shall be $100.


All new or remodeled structures of 3,000 square feet or greater shall be equipped with automatic smoke- and heat-detection equipment as approved by the Fire Marshal. The exception shall be residential occupancies.


All new or remodeled structures of 7,500 square feet or larger shall be equipped with smoke and heat vents as provided, with the approval of the Fire Marshal.

Gasoline service stations using automatic dispensing units shall be attended by the owner's representative or agent while Class I liquids are being dispensed into any container, tank or vehicle. This attendant shall not be further than five feet from the dispensing nozzle at any time during the dispensing of Class I liquids.

All existing chimneys, smokestacks or similar devices for conveying smoke or hot gases to the outer air and all stoves, ovens, furnaces, incinerators, boilers or any other heat-producing devices or appliances shall be constructed in accordance with the Building Code and maintained in such a manner so as not to create a fire hazard. For all residential dwellings, a permit must be applied for the installation of said devices; however, there shall be no charge to the resident of a residential area as defined by the Code of the Borough of West View for said inspection or for said permit.