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Township of Plainfield, PA
Northampton County
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[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 1]
This Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 — 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 2]
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 — 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of this Township.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 3]
1. 
Administration and enforcement of the code within this Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Supervisors of this Township, from time to time, by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township.
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township.
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Part through an intermunicipal agreement.
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of this Township.
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 use structures.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 4]
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of this municipality in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the code, as amended from time to time, and for the purposes 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 the participating municipalities.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 5]
1. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by this Township on or before July 1, 1999, 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.
2. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this Part and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the code.
3. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of this Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004, § 6]
Fees assessable by the Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this Part and the code shall be established by the Board of Supervisors by resolution from time to time.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004; as added by Ord. 358, 2/13/2013, §§ 1, 2]
1. 
Replacing shingles on a residential dwelling shall be considered an ordinary repair and residents of the Township shall not be required to obtain a permit in order to replace the shingles on a residential dwelling unit.
2. 
If, however, any of the following are found to be applicable during the replacement of said shingles, then a permit for the alteration and/or reconstruction of a roof is required:
A. 
Cutting away of a load-bearing wall, partition of portion of a wall.
B. 
The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004; as added by Ord. 362, 3/12/2014, § 1]
The following definitions shall apply when interpreting this Part:
ADDITION
An extension or increase in floor area or height of a building or structure.
ALTERATION
Any construction or renovation to an existing structure other than repair or addition.
REPAIR
Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing building for the purpose of its maintenance.
[Ord. 286, 6/10/2004; as added by Ord. 362, 3/12/2014, § 2]
1. 
The following additional permit standards shall apply:
A. 
Pursuant to and in accordance with State Act 92, § 104(B), permits are required for all residential alterations and repairs pursuant to the International Residential Code 2003 Chapter 1, § 105, or any subsequent edition thereof or amendments thereto, unless otherwise exempted by this Section.
B. 
Pursuant to and in accordance with State Act 92, § 104(B), zoning permits are required for all utility and miscellaneous use structures. Building permits are also required for utility and miscellaneous structures, that are accessory to detached one-family dwellings, in excess of 500 square feet.
C. 
Occupancy of any structure which is altered or erected without first securing the permits required by this Section is hereby declared unlawful and a violation of the UCC, unless the alteration or erection would otherwise have been exempt from permit requirements pursuant to International Residential Code 2003, § R105.2 or any subsequent edition thereof or amendment thereto, which is incorporated herein by reference as though fully set forth at length.