Borough of Fox Chapel, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Fox Chapel 6-21-2004 by Ord. No. 639 (Ch. 5, Part 1, of the 1978 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Natural resources protection — See Ch. 363.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 375.
The Borough of Fox Chapel hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 to 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations (see 34 Pa. Code Chapter 143), subject to the following changes:
A. 
Section 403.42a(b) is revised and restated as follows:
(b)
A permit applicant shall submit an application to the building code official and attach two sets of construction documents, including plans and specifications and information concerning special inspection and structural observation programs, Department of Transportation highway access permits and other data required by the building code official with the permit application. The applicant shall submit three sets of documents when the Department conducts the review.
B. 
Section 403.42a(h) is revised by adding the following:
(7)
All utilities including sanitary sewer lateral.
C. 
Section 403.43(g) is revised and restated as follows:
(g)
A permit becomes invalid unless the authorized construction work begins within 90 days after the permit's issuance or if the authorized construction work permit is suspended or abandoned for 90 days after the work has commenced. A permit holder may submit a written request for an extension of time to commence construction for just cause. The building code official may grant extensions of time to commence construction in writing. A permit may be valid for no more than five years from its issue date.
D. 
Section 403.43(h) is revised and restated as follows:
(h)
The permit holder shall keep a copy of the permit and approved construction documents on the work site until the completion of the construction.
E. 
Section 403.45(c) is revised and restated as follows:
(c)
The permit holder or an authorized agent shall notify the construction code official at least 48 hours prior to when work is ready for inspection and provide access for the inspection. The work shall remain accessible and exposed for inspection. A construction code official may inspect the construction and equipment only during normal hours at the construction site unless the permit holder or agent requests or agrees to another time. Inspections may be conducted under § 403.86 (relating to right of entry to inspect).
F. 
Section 403.46(b) is revised by adding the following:
(10)
The date of the certificate of occupancy.
G. 
Section 403.62(c)(1) is revised by deleting Item (i).
H. 
Section 403.62(c)(1)(iv) is revised and restated as follows:
(iv)
Sidewalks and driveways that are 30 inches or less above adjacent grade and not placed over a basement or story below it unless required by the NRO.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Natural Resources Ordinance in Ch. 363, Part 2.
I. 
Section 403.62(c)(1) is revised by deleting Item (vii).
J. 
Section 403.62(e) is revised and restated as follows:
(e)
The application must contain a site plan showing all utilities, including the sanitary sewer location and the size and location of the new construction and existing structures on the site and the structure's distance from lot lines. If the construction involves demolition, the site plan shall indicate construction that is to be demolished and the size and location of existing structures and construction that will remain on the site or plot. A building code official may waive or modify the site plan requirement when the permit application is for an alteration or a repair or if the waiver is warranted for other reasons.
K. 
Section 403.63(h) is revised and restated as follows:
(h)
The permit holder shall keep a copy of the permit and the approved construction documents on the work site until the completion of the construction.
L. 
Section 403.64(b) is revised and restated as follows:
(b)
The permit holder or an authorized agent shall notify the construction code official at least 48 hours prior to when work is ready for inspection and provide access for the inspection.
M. 
Section 403.64(e) is revised and restated as follows:
(e)
The construction code official may conduct other inspections to ascertain compliance with the Uniform Construction Code or municipal ordinances. Inspections must be done in accordance with the Borough of Fox Chapel required inspections list.
N. 
Section 403.65(c) is revised and restated as follows:
(c)
A building code official may issue a certificate of occupancy for a portion of a residential building if the portion independently meets the Uniform Construction Code. A building code official may issue a temporary certificate of occupancy before the completion of the entire work covered by the permit, provided that the structure can be occupied safely prior to full completion of the structure without endangering life or public welfare.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[Amended 9-15-2008 by Ord. No. 661; 5-18-2009 by Ord. No. 668]
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 to 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the Building Code of Fox Chapel Borough, subject to the aforesaid changes. In addition, all stormwater runoff shall be managed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 375, Stormwater Management.
Administration and enforcement of the code within the Borough of Fox Chapel shall be undertaken in any of the following ways, as determined by the governing body of this Borough from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Borough of Fox Chapel to serve as the municipal building code official to act on behalf of the Borough;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Borough;
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this chapter through an intermunicipal agreement, excepting that enforcement of the health and sanitation (plumbing) provisions of the code may continue to be enforced by the Allegheny County Health Department without the need for an intermunicipal agreement;
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this chapter on behalf of this Borough;
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.
A board of appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of the Borough of Fox Chapel 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.
A. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by the Borough of Fox Chapel 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.
B. 
All building code ordinances or portions of 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 comparable provisions of the code.
C. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Borough of Fox Chapel not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees assessable by the Borough of Fox Chapel for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time. Fees in effect on the date of enactment of this chapter shall continue in effect until so modified, subject to an additional surcharge for any fees imposed on the Borough by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and/or the Department of Labor and Industry in conjunction with the code.