City of Lebanon, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. No. 22-2014, 15, passed 10-26-2015]
As used in this article, certain terms are defined as follows:
(a) 
A single- or multiple-station carbon monoxide alarm listed as complying with the Approved American National Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms (ANSI/UL2034) or a carbon monoxide detector listed as complying with the Approved American National Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors (ANSI/UL2075) installed in accordance with this article.
(b) 
A device that may be combined with a smoke alarm or smoke detector and meets all of the following:
(1) 
Complies with either of the following:
A. 
The Approved American National Standard for Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarms (ANSI/UL2034) for carbon monoxide alarms and the Approved American National Standard for Single and Multiple Station Smoke Alarms (ANSI/UL217) for smoke alarms.
B. 
The Approved American Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors (ANSI/UL2075) for carbon monoxide detectors and the Approved American National Standard for Safety for Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems (ANSI/UL268) for smoke detectors.
(2) 
Emits an alarm in a manner that clearly differentiates between detecting the presence of carbon monoxide and the presence of smoke.
(c) 
A carbon monoxide detection system that includes carbon monoxide detectors and audible notification appliances that are installed and maintained in accordance with the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code (NFPA 72) and the Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment (NFPA 720) and are in compliance with the Approved American National Standard for Gas and Vapor Detectors and Sensors (ANSI/UL 2075).
BOARDINGHOUSE
A building or part therein, other than a hotel, motel or rooming house, where meals, linen service, and/or lodging are provided for compensation, whether direct or indirect.
DETACHED SINGLE-FAMILY HOME
An owner-occupied building including only one dwelling unit, which is freestanding and unattached to or abutting any other building by a common or party wall or other physical connection.
DWELLING
A building including one or more dwelling units, including those units as set forth in Article 1303.19 of the Zoning Code, but shall not include a detached single-family home.
DWELLING UNIT
A residential living area for one household that is used for living and sleeping purposes, and that has its own cooking facilities, and a bathroom with a toilet and a bathtub and/or a shower.
FOSSIL FUEL
Coal, kerosene, oil, wood, fuel gases and other petroleum or hydrocarbon products which emit carbon monoxide as a by-product of combustion.
GROUP HOME
A home licensed and approved for use by individuals who are physically, developmentally or behaviorally disabled. Such disability shall include those which substantially limit one or more of such person's major life activities, a record of having such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment, but such term does not include the use of or addiction to a controlled substance.
HOTEL
An establishment where the public may, for a consideration, obtain sleeping accommodations with meals, having at least six permanent bedrooms for the use of guests, a public dining room or rooms operated by the same management, and a kitchen, apart from the dining room or rooms, in which food is regularly prepared for the public.
INSTALLED
A carbon monoxide alarm that is hardwired into the electrical wiring, directly plugged into an electrical outlet without a switch, other than a circuit breaker, or, if the alarm is battery-powered, attached to the wall or ceiling of a dwelling, multi-unit building, hotel, motel, rooming house, or boardinghouse, in accordance with the Standard for the Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment (NFPA 720).
MOTEL
A series of attached rental units, normally one- or two-story structures, with individual entrances from the exterior of the building to each unit, operated as a business for the purpose of providing lodging to transient guests. An office and single dwelling unit may be included as secondary uses in conjunction with the operation of a motel. The term "motel" includes buildings designated as tourist courts, tourist cabins, motor lodges and similar terms.
MULTI-UNIT BUILDING
A building containing two or more dwelling units that are not completely separated from each other by vertical party walls.
OPERATIONAL
Working and in service.
(a) 
A dwelling unit or rooming house unit that is occupied for residential purposes and is not:
(1) 
An owner-occupied dwelling unit; and
(2) 
Exempted from this article from needing a residential rental license.
(b) 
A college fraternity or sorority used for residential purposes shall be considered regulated rental units, unless it is within a dormitory that is owned by a college.
ROOMING HOUSE
A building or part therein, other than a hotel, motel or boardinghouse, in which sleeping rooms are available for hire as lodging but without meals and linen service.
[Ord. No. 22-2014, 15, passed 10-26-2015]
(a) 
Dwellings. Upon the sale of a dwelling building, including a detached single-family home, the seller shall disclose information regarding the installation of carbon monoxide detectors on the property disclosure statement required by 68 Pa.C.S.A. Ch. 73 (relating to seller disclosures).
(b) 
Dwellings, group homes, hotels, motels, multi-unit buildings, rooming houses, and boardinghouses. Each unit in a dwelling, group home, hotel, motel, multi-unit building, rooming house, and boardinghouse that uses or is served by a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace or an attached garage must have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm installed in accordance with the installation instructions of the manufacturer in the vicinity of the bedrooms and in the vicinity of the fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance. This requirement shall not apply to detached single-family homes.
[Ord. No. 22-2014, 15, passed 10-26-2015]
(a) 
Owner responsibilities. The owner of a dwelling, multi-unit building, group home, hotel, motel, rooming house, and boardinghouse that uses or is served by a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage used for rental purposes and required to be equipped with one or more approved carbon monoxide alarms shall:
(1) 
Provide and install, in accordance with the installation instructions of the manufacturer, an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm in the vicinity of the bedrooms and in the vicinity of the fossil-fuel-burning heater or fireplace.
(2) 
Replace, in accordance with this article, an approved carbon monoxide alarm that has been stolen, removed, found missing or rendered inoperable during a prior occupancy of the rental property and which has not been replaced by the prior occupant before the commencement of a new occupancy of the rental property.
(3) 
Ensure that the batteries in each approved carbon monoxide alarm are in operating condition at the time the new occupant takes residence in the rental property.
(b) 
Maintenance, repair, or replacement. Except as provided in Subsection (a), the owner of a dwelling, group home, multi-unit building, rooming house, or boardinghouse used for rental purposes is not responsible for the maintenance, repair or replacement of an approved carbon monoxide alarm or the care and replacement of batteries while the building is occupied. Responsibility for the maintenance and repair of carbon monoxide alarms shall revert to the owner of the building upon vacancy of the rental property.
(c) 
Occupant responsibilities. The occupant of each dwelling and multi-unit building used for rental purposes in which an operational and approved carbon monoxide alarm has been provided must:
(1) 
Keep and maintain the device in good repair.
(2) 
Test the device.
(3) 
Replace batteries as needed.
(4) 
Replace any device that is stolen, removed, missing or rendered inoperable during the occupancy of the building.
(5) 
Notify the owner or authorized agent of the owner in writing of any deficiencies pertaining to the approved carbon monoxide alarm.
[Ord. No. 22-2014, 15, passed 10-26-2015]
Willful failure to install or maintain in operational condition any approved carbon monoxide alarm required by this article is a summary offense punishable by a fine of $50 for the first offense and a doubling of the fine for every offense thereafter.
[Ord. No. 22-2014, 15, passed 10-26-2015]
This article shall become effective January 1, 2016.