[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of North Versailles 4-19-2004 by Ord. No. 1015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The "whereas" clauses are incorporated and made a part of this chapter.
Editor's Note: The full text of Ord. No. 1015 is on file in the Township offices.
North Versailles Township does hereby elect to adopt, administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq., as amended from time to time, and the regulations promulgated thereunder by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The Uniform Construction Code published in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 to 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the North Versailles Township Building Code.
North Versailles Township shall enforce the Uniform Construction Code through an official, duly appointed by resolution, to be known as the "Code Enforcement Officer," and/or by retention of code officials, and/or by third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township and/or by intermunicipal agreements with local governments or with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry as the Board of Commissioners sees fit from time to time.
In lieu of the International Plumbing Code, North Versailles Township adopts the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Code as its standard plumbing code, as permitted by 35 P.S. § 7210.503(a).
Enforcement. North Versailles Township does hereby designate the Allegheny County Health Department, Plumbing Section, through its contractual relationship with the Township, to be the duly certified and authorized plumbing inspection third-party agency, meeting all of the statutory requirements set forth in the Uniform Construction Code Act, 35 P.S. § 7210.701 et seq., as amended.
Appeals from a decision of the Code Enforcement Officer shall be made to a Board of Appeals which shall be established by simple resolution in conformity with the requirements of the applicable provisions of the code, as amended from time to time, and for the purposes set forth therein. If enforcement and administration is undertaken jointly with one or more other local governments, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating local governments.
Editor's Note: By Ord. No. 1067, adopted 3-15-2012, the Township authorized participation in the Joint UCC Construction Code Construction Appeals Board. Said ordinance is on file in the Township offices.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were heretofore adopted on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the code, as amended from time to time.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect on the effective date of this chapter the requirements of which are less than the minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the code.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of North Versailles Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees and charges assessable for the administration and enforcement of this chapter and the code shall be established by resolution from time to time.
[Added 7-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1084]
Definitions. Whenever used herein, the following words and phrases shall have the meaning prescribed as follows:
- ABUTTING LAND OR STRUCTURE
- Real estate not within the affected site but in such close proximity as to be affected by the demolition activities.
- AFFECTED SITE
- Any parcel of land upon which a structure exists and shall be inclusive of all the real estate under common contiguous ownership as the land where the structure is situate, and which land is the subject of demolition as used herein.
- BUILDING INSPECTOR
- The person occupying that office at the Township of North Versailles.
- CALL ONE
- Pennsylvania One-Call System, Inc., which implements the Pennsylvania Line Protection Act.
- That person, persons or entities who or which are actually carrying out and performing demolition on an affected site as used herein.
- The razing, removal and disposal of any improvement on land or on an affected site, including a building or structure.
- DUG OUT HOLES
- Voids which develop in the foundation area due to the demolition process.
- The engineer of North Versailles Township.
- The person or entity having title to the affected site.
- All public rights-of-way including sidewalks, alley and streets.
- SANITARY SEWERS
- Those sewer lines and accouterments used for the conveyance of domestic, commercial or industrial sanitary waste.
- Any man-made improvement on a parcel of land.
- SURFACE WATER SEWERS
- Non-sanitary sewer lines used for the purpose of carrying surface and rainwater.
- The supporting portion of a structure which support a building or other structure or which supply lateral support to abutting land.
Whenever any structure or improvement on land in the Township is razed, demolished or otherwise removed, the work must be carried out in compliance with the standards set forth herein. Such land shall then be deemed to be an affected site. It shall be unlawful for any razing, demolition or removal work to be undertaken except in compliance with this section.
The following rules are established to govern demolition activities on an affected site or elsewhere in the Township of North Versailles.
It shall be the sole responsibility of the owner of the land and contractor performing the demolition on an affected site to first disconnect all utilities including the plugging of surface water sewers and sanitary sewers. Prior to commencement of work, the owner and contractor must utilize Call One services to ascertain the presence of easements and utility lines and to take measures to assure that such lines, easements and utilities are not disturbed or damaged. All holes, pits and cavities on an affected site resulting from demolition must be filled and the affected site put back as nearly as possible to its natural state.
Material used for backfill must be clean fill and free from organic and animal matter. Four inches of topsoil must be placed on the surface of the land on the entire affected property and seeded with grass seed - Lesco Fine Fescue Links Blend sown at a rate of four to five pounds per 1,000 square feet. For subsurface fill no masonry or other materials larger than eight inches in any dimension is permitted; no combustible material of any kind is permitted. Backfilling shall be compacted in layers no greater than eight inches in depth.
All trees, trash, tires, weeds, rubbish, garbage and other material shall be removed from the entire premises of the affected site. Owner and contractor shall be responsible for the removal of these items until final inspection and approval by the Building Inspector or Engineer. Owner and contractor are responsible to determine perimeter boundaries of the subject property.
If "dug out" holes are to be utilized, the owner and contractor must obtain approval from the Township Engineer or Building Inspector, or their representative, prior to putting in place any backfill material so that the Inspector or Engineer can be present at the time the dug out hole is used. In the event an owner or contractor should fail to notify the Engineer or Building Inspector in advance of intent to backfill, they shall be responsible to reexcavate to the basement floor for proper inspection.
In order to cap a sanitary sewer or surface water sewer, the owner and contractor are obligated to first notify the North Versailles Township Sanitary Authority whose representative must be present at the time of capping. In addition owner and contractor shall be obligated to notify the Allegheny County Health Department, Plumbing Division, prior to commencement of work and  obtain a permit, if applicable,  obtain plan approval and  arrange for final inspection for the permanent sealing of a sanitary sewer service line and all water service connections.
In regard to waterlines, the owner and contractor are obligated to first notify the entity supplying water to the affected site and locate all lines and take precaution to see that the same are capped; approval must first be obtained by the entity suppling water to the affected site.
Owner and contractor must obtain a demolition permit from the Building Inspector for each structure to be demolished prior to the start of work at the prevailing fee schedule. Permits shall be valid for a period of six months.
Final grade of the affected site shall be sloped and configured to direct drainage away from abutting properties.
All materials, debris, etc., removed from an affected site may only be deposited at a landfill approved by Department of Environmental Protection.
Owner and contractor shall confine all work operations to the limits of the affected site and shall not deposit any debris, rubbish, materials onto a public right-of-way or private property.
At no time and under no circumstances shall any structure or parts thereof be set on fire.
All public sidewalks and rights-of-way must remain undisturbed and free of obstructions.
Blasting or explosives may not be utilized.
Metal track equipment may not be operated on paved streets unless approved protection is utilized and only with the approval of the Township Engineer.
The exterior walls (supporting walls) of any structure which abut a public right-of-way shall be left in place to assure continuing lateral supporting to such street or alley. Such walls shall be removed to the elevation of the public right-of-way. Walls (nonsupporting walls) parallel to a public right-of-way shall be removed to an elevation of 18 inches below the abutting right-of-way. Walls (bracing walls) perpendicular to and directly connected to a supporting wall shall be left in place at the same height as the supporting wall and sloped away on a two-to-one slope.
The Engineer or designated representative shall have the authority to stop work if the owner or contractor fails to comply with the standards herein or if a condition is found to exist which poses a threat to public safety.
Owner and contractor must comply with all prevailing federal, state and/or local laws and regulations pertaining to work on and disposal of asbestos or other hazardous or toxic materials. This includes the obligation to be duly licensed by the Allegheny County Health Department.
The owner and contractor are responsible for safety on the affected site and in the immediate environment and to that end shall furnish, erect and maintain barricades, lights and/or warning "Keep Out" signs at places and locations where the placing of such protective devices are warranted or as directed by the Township representative.
The owner and contractor shall be responsible for all demolition activities and to make certain that such activities do not create dangerous conditions to abutting structures or members of the public. Owner and contractor shall not deface, mar or damage any abutting land or structures, and shall be obligated to repair any such damage within a reasonable time.
All obligations set forth herein are the joint responsibilities of the owner and the contractor.
If an interested party is aggrieved by a decision of the Township representative or the application of the within standards, that person may file for a variance from the Township Building Inspector. If the Building Inspector refuses the relief sought, the interested person may file an appeal with the North Versailles Township Zoning Hearing Board within 30 days of the date when the Building Inspector made the decision.
Violations of this section shall be deemed to be civil in nature. For each violation of this section, any person or entity found guilty shall be subject to a civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation. Every day for which a violation exists shall be a separate violation.
If any provision of this section shall be in conflict with any pre-existing ordinance, the more restrictive provision shall govern.