[Ord. 1200, 2/14/2005]
That a certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Borough Inspector of the Borough of Bristol, being marked and designated as International Property Maintenance Code, 2003, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Bristol, in the State of Pennsylvania; for the control of buildings and structures as herein provided; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said International Property Maintenance Code, 2003, are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out of this Part, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 5-202 of this Part.
[Ord. 1200, 2/14/2005; as amended by Ord. 1254, 11/10/2008; by Ord. 1257, 12/8/2008; and by Ord. 1305, 11/10/2014]
The International Property Maintenance Code, 2003, is amended and revised in the following respects:
Section PM-101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the "Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Bristol," hereafter referred to as "this code."
Section PM-103.5 Fees. The fees for activities and services performed by the Department in carrying out its responsibilities under this code shall be as set forth by resolution of the Bristol Borough Council.
Section PM-106.4 Penalty. Any person who shall violate a provision of this code shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, or not less than $100, or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the court. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
Section PM-304.14 Insect Screens. During the period from June 1 to September 15, every door, window and other outside opening utilized or required for ventilation purposes serving any structure containing habitable rooms, food preparation area, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored, shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch and every swinging door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.
Exception. Screen doors shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect-repellent fans are employed.
Section PM-602.2.1 Heat Supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guest room on terms, either express or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants there of shall supply sufficient heat during the period from October 15, to April 15 to maintain the room temperatures specified in Section PM-602.2 during the hours between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. of each day and not less than 60° F. (16° C.) during other hours.
Section PM-602.3 Heat Supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guest room on terms, either express or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply sufficient heat during the period from November 1 to March 30 to maintain the room temperature specified in § 602.2 during the hours between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. of each day and not less than 60° F. (16° C.) during other hours.
Section PM-602.4 Occupiable Work Space. Indoor occupiable workspaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from November 1 to March 30 to maintain a temperature of not less than 65° F. (18° C.) during the period the spaces are occupied.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Alarms. Carbon monoxide detectors and alarms shall be required to be installed in all dwelling units which utilize fossil fuel including coal, natural gas, kerosene, oil, propane and wood. A dwelling unit heated by steam, hot water, or electric is exempt from this requirement. In one- and two-family dwellings, the detectors shall be installed in hallways no more than 15 feet from each bedroom of every floor or level where bedrooms are located. In multiple dwellings, detectors shall be installed on every floor or level within 40 feet of all doors to dwelling units or sleeping areas in a corridor which serves as access to the dwelling units. All detectors and alarms shall either be directly connected to the electrical system of the dwelling with no intervening wall switch or shall be battery powered. Each detector and alarm shall be mounted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and shall not be installed in areas of low air movement. Batteries shall be maintained in operable condition.
[Ord. 1200, 2/14/2005; as added by Ord. 1288, 5/14/2012]
Prohibited Furniture. Interior type furniture which would be adversely affected by the elements and/or susceptible to infestation by insects, rats, or other vermin is prohibited from being placed in certain exterior areas, including, but not limited to, yard areas, both pervious and impervious, roofed and unroofed porches; and roofed and unroofed patios and decks. Such prohibited furniture shall include, but is not limited to, upholstered couches and chairs or other fabric-covered articles not designed or intended for exterior use.
Removal of Abandoned or Prohibited Furniture. When the Code Enforcement Officer determines that the prohibited or abandoned furniture is located in a prohibited exterior property area, the Code Enforcement Officer shall cause the owner or other responsible person to be notified in accordance with the Borough Code. If the prohibited or abandoned furniture is not removed within the time set forth in such notice, the Borough of Bristol may cause the abandoned or prohibited furniture to be removed and the owner to be billed for the cost thereof in accordance with the provisions of the Borough Code. If the cost of removal is not paid within 15 days, the Borough of Bristol may impose a lien for the costs of said removal in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Borough Code.