Township of Bear Creek, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Bear Creek Township 6-7-2004 by Ord. No. 1-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction permit fees — See Ch. 64, Art. I.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 109.
Zoning — See Ch. 127.
The Township of Bear Creek hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 through 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of the Township of Bear Creek.
Administration and enforcement of the Code within the Township of Bear Creek shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by governing body of the Township of Bear Creek from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By designation of an employee of the Township of Bear Creek to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township of Bear Creek.
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township of Bear Creek;
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement;
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of the Township of Bear Creek;
E. 
By entering into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for plan review, inspections and enforcement of structures other than one-family or two-family dwelling units and utility and miscellaneous structures.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of the Township of Bear Creek in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the code, as amended from time to time, and for the purpose set forth therein, if at any time enforcement and administration is undertaken jointly with one or more other municipalities, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of participating municipalities.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by this Township of Bear Creek on or before July 8, 2004, 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 as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less than minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform to the comparable provisions of the code.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Township of Bear Creek not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees assessable by the Township of Bear Creek for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
This chapter shall become effective June 14, 2004.