Borough of West Grove, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Grove 7-7-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 138.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 143.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 350.
Zoning — See Ch. 400.
The purpose of this chapter is to conform the Borough's current regulations to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 to 7210.1103, as amended (the "Act"), and the regulations (the "regulations") applicable to the Act, as promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (the "Department"), at 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time; and to elect to administer and enforce the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code (the "Code"), pursuant to the Act and the regulations.
The Borough hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Code, as amended from time to time, by amendments to the Act and/or the regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code (the "code") is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the Borough Building Code and as an ordinance of the Borough.
Administration and enforcement of the code within the Borough shall be undertaken in any of the following ways, as determined by the Borough Council from time to time by resolution:
By the designation of a Borough employee to serve as the Borough code official and to act on behalf of the Borough;
By the retention of one or more construction code officials and/or third-party agencies to act on the Borough's behalf;
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of the Code through an intermunicipal agreement;
By contracting with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of the code on behalf of the Borough; and/or
By entering into an agreement with the Department for plan review, inspections and enforcement with respect to structures other than one-family or two-family dwelling units and utility and miscellaneous use structures.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of Borough Council, in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the code, the Act and the regulations, as they may be amended from time to time, and for the purposes set forth therein. If, at any time, enforcement and administration of the code hereby adopted is undertaken jointly with one or more other municipalities, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by the Borough on or before July 1, 1999, which are in effect 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, at which time they shall be superseded by the applicable code provision(s), provided that the code is then in effect in the Borough;
All Borough building code ordinances or provisions of such ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform with the code's provisions;
The following codes, adopted by Borough Ordinance 99-3, are repealed specifically:
The BOCA National Plumbing Codes 1995, as amended;
The BOCA National Mechanical Code 1996;
The BOCA National Fire Prevention Code 1996;
The CABO One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code 1995; and
The National Electric Code 1996.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Borough not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Fees assessable and penalties which may be imposed by the Borough for the administration and/or enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code may be established by Borough Council from time to time.