Township of Springfield, PA
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Springfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-6-2004 by Ord. No. 1-2004]
Springfield Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999,[1] as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq.
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 Municipal Building Code of Springfield Township.
Administration and enforcement of the code within Springfield Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of Springfield Township from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of Springfield Township to serve as the Municipal Code Official to act on behalf of Springfield Township;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Springfield Township;
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement;
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of Springfield 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.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of Springfield Township 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, the 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 Springfield 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.
B. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this article 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 Springfield Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees assessable by Springfield Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this article and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
This article shall be effective July 8, 2004.
[Added 8-8-2006 by Ord. No. 2-2006]
A. 
Springfield Township shall amend its adoption of the Pennsylvania Construction Code as it pertains to the use and occupancy of a building that existed prior to April 9, 2004, and was not approved for use and occupancy by the Department of Labor and Industry and does hereby adopt Senate Bill No. 736, now known as Act 95 of 2005, particularly Section 902(b) of said Act as it pertains to uncertified buildings.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.902(b).
B. 
Springfield Township shall utilize the standards of Section 902(b) of said Act for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy to an uncertified building and does hereby adopt the standards of issuance pursuant to the procedures delineated in Section 503 of said Act as is required by Section 902(c)(3) of Act 95 of 2005.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Section 902(c)(3) of Act 95 of 2005 [35 P.S. § 7210.902(c)(3)] was repealed by Act 2017-36.
C. 
Nothing in this article shall be construed so as to affect the applicability of all other provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code as adopted by Springfield Township.
D. 
Nothing in this article shall be construed so as to affect the applicability of the Uniform Construction Code as it applies to the renovation, or the additions, alterations, or a change in the use and occupancy of any building as described by Act 95 of 2005, specifically Section 902(b).