[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township 8-4-1970 by Ord. No. 14-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-7-1977; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
No house, mobile home, building, structure, additions thereto, or improvements to real estate whatsoever shall henceforth be commenced, constructed, placed or erected until an application for a building permit in proper form has been filed with the Secretary of the Township Supervisors and a building permit for the same issued by the Township Supervisors.
[Amended 6-7-1988 by Ord. No. 69-1988; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Application for a building permit shall be filed on Township forms, in writing, and signed by either an owner of the premises on which the construction is to be done, or the contractor, builder or other person who will perform the work. The application shall contain the names and addresses of the owners of the premises on which the construction is to be done, and the names and addresses of the contractors, builders or other persons who will perform the work. The application shall contain a brief description of the work to be done, the uses to which the proposed structure or improvement will be put, the location thereof, the type of construction, the size of the construction of improvements, estimated total floor space (if applicable), the contract price, if any, or if no contract price has been established, the estimated total cost, including labor and materials. The application may include the required or any further information deemed appropriate by plans, drawings or sketches, and may be on such form as prescribed by the Township Supervisors. A fee as set from time to time by the Township Supervisors, plus a fee per $1,000 as set by the Township Supervisors and included in the current Township Schedule of Fees.
[Added 7-26-1984 by Ord. No. 46-1984]
The Code Enforcement Officer of the Township of Carroll shall not issue a building permit for a building to be serviced by a subsurface waste disposal system and/or alternative system prior to receiving a sewerage permit from the Sewage Enforcement Officer authorizing the installation or rehabilitation of said system.
Upon receipt of such application, the Township Supervisors shall, if the application complies with this chapter and the proposed structure or improvement does not appear to violate any restrictions, regulations, ordinances, statutes or laws applicable thereto, issue a building permit to the applicant by endorsing on the application its approval of the application and the date thereof, signed by either the Township Supervisors or the Secretary thereof. If said application be refused, the refusal shall in like manner be endorsed on said application, together with a brief statement of the reasons therefor. One copy of the application, together with the endorsement of the approval or refusal of the application, shall remain as a public Township record, open to inspection by the public at all reasonable times; one copy thereof shall be returned to the applicant by mailing the same to the address of the applicant as shown in said application; one copy shall be forwarded to the local Tax Assessor; one copy shall be forwarded to the Planning Commission. Failure of the Township Supervisors to either approve or refuse the application within 60 days of receipt shall be deemed approval for purposes of this chapter.
[Amended 6-7-1988 by Ord. No. 69-1988]
Upon approval of a building permit application by the Supervisors of Carroll Township, the Township Secretary shall issue a numbered building permit and a building permit card to the applicant. The building permit shall constitute approval for the applicant to commence construction as described in the application.
A building permit card will also be issued by the Township Secretary to be displayed at the construction site. This card shall not be less than 12 inches by 18 inches, and shall display thereon the words "Building Permit" in bold print, the number of the permit, the location of the building or structure and the date upon which said permit was issued. This card shall be prominently displayed on the principal frontage of the building and shall so remain until completion of the construction. The building permit card shall be valid for a one-year period initially. If construction is not completed within the one-year period as stipulated on the permit, the permit may be extended one time for an additional six months at a flat fee as set by the Township Supervisors. At the end of the renewal period, if construction is still not completed, the applicant must apply for an extension to the Zoning Officer and must pay a fee as set by the Township Supervisors for filing said extension plus a fee per $1,000 as set by the Township Supervisors and included in the current Township Schedule of Fees.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Upon completion of any construction under a permit granted by the Carroll Township Supervisors, the holder of such a permit shall report such completion in writing, and dated, to the Township Supervisors. The Supervisors may, after receipt of notification of completion, or at any time during the course of the work for which the permit shall have been granted, cause an inspection of such building to be made. If there is evidence that any requirement of the law as of any applicable ordinance has not been complied with, the Township Supervisors shall commence prosecution under such law or ordinance to take the necessary steps to secure compliance otherwise. The fact of completion of such work shall be noted upon the original application for the permit which shall be kept on file by the Township Supervisor.
The approval of any application may be revoked by the Township Supervisors in the event said application contained false, incorrect, misleading or inaccurate information. Upon revocation, the Supervisors may notify the applicant to forthwith cease work until a correct application is filed and approved, as aforesaid. Failure to comply with such notice to cease work shall be deemed a violation of this chapter and subject to owners, applicants, and builders to any and all penalties herein contained. Any false, incorrect, misleading, or inaccurate information knowingly contained in any application shall be deemed a violation of this chapter and subject applicant to any and all penalties herein contained.
The approval of any application shall not be deemed as authorizing or granting any right, waiver, or privilege to applicant or any other persons or legal entities to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, or any other restrictions, regulations, ordinances, statutes, or laws.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
Nothing herein contained shall be construed so as to prevent the Township or any other persons from pursuing any and all other remedies allowed by law for violation of this chapter.
This chapter shall not apply to any house, structure, building or addition thereto, nor to any permanent improvements to any real estate commenced prior to the effective date of the enactment of this chapter.
The Board of Supervisors of Carroll Township are hereby invested with authority to promulgate rules and regulations implementing the provisions of this chapter.
This chapter shall become effective on the third day of September 1970.