Municipality of Bethel Park, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 3-9-1998 by Ord. No. 3-9-98A[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Article I, Driveways, Basements and Drains, adopted 9-8-1975 by Ord. No. 9-8-75D, as amended.
[Amended 11-12-2012 by Ord. No. 11-12-12B]
31.1.1. 
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation who shall engage in activities associated with the construction or paving (hard surface) of driveways, the waterproofing of basements, the construction or alteration of interior or exterior french drains/seepage drains, sump pumps or similar subsurface drains utilized to convey uncontaminated water, including, but not limited to, subsurface drains, shall secure a permit for such activities from the Code Official before beginning work. The cost of said permit shall be set in accordance with a schedule of fees, charges, or expenses as determined by Municipal Council.
31.2.1. 
When required by the Code Official, plans shall be drawn to scale and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work proposed and shall show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of all building codes and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. Plans shall include a plot plan, prepared by a licensed engineer or registered surveyor, drawn to scale, showing the location of all easements, drainage facilities, adjacent grades, property lines and the proposed driveway, drainage system and/or sump pump location, including the point of termination. Where the proposed drainage system will be connected to an existing drainage/downspout system, the point of termination for the existing system shall be verified prior to introducing any additional flow.
31.2.2. 
A copy of approved plans, when required by the Code Official, shall be kept on the site of the building or work at the time of inspection.
31.3.1. 
All downspouts, roof drains, private storm sewer facilities and their appurtenances shall be installed according to the municipality's building codes and all relevant laws, ordinances, rule and regulations.
31.3.2. 
Sump pumps and/or drains utilized to convey uncontaminated water which flows on a frequent basis shall discharge into one of the following:
1. 
Storm sewer.
2. 
Storm sewer facility, such as a catch basin or storm manhole.
3. 
Running streams or watercourses.
4. 
Sump (dry) which has been approved by the Code Official.
31.3.3. 
If none of the above facilities are available and a sump (dry) is determined by the Code Official to be impractical, the Code Official will specify the method of discharge. When the sump pump is to be discharged into a municipal-owned facility, the work performed and the connections made shall be as directed by agents of the municipality, which agents shall supervise and inspect the work.
31.4.1. 
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation who shall engage in activities regulated by this ordinance shall perform such activities in such a way as to prevent the illegal entry of storm, ground, drain, surface or seepage water or any other uncontaminated water into the sanitary sewer system resulting from the arrangement, construction, modification or relocation of facilities involving the collection, conduction, transfer, containment or discharge of storm, ground, drain, surface or seepage water or any other uncontaminated water. All work shall be completed in a professional manner and comply with all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations and typical construction practices.
31.5.1. 
When activities regulated by this ordinance have been performed by a paid contractor or artisan, the responsibility for compliance with the terms of this ordinance shall rest with said paid contractor or artisan for a period of one year from the completion of said activities, after which time the responsibility shall rest with the homeowner or his heirs and assigns. When the homeowner has performed activities regulated by this ordinance, the responsibility for compliance with the terms of this ordinance shall rest with the homeowner or his heirs and assigns.
31.6.1. 
Any contractor or artisan who engages in the activities set forth in Section 31.1.1 of this ordinance and who violates any or all of the sections of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fines and costs, to undergo imprisonment in the County jail for not more than 10 days, provided that each day the violation continues after proper notice shall be a separate offense.
31.7.1. 
Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this ordinance be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.