City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
The following words and terms, when used in this part, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY BOARD
The Department's Accessibility Advisory Board created under Section 106 of the Act (35 P. S. § 7210.106).
ACCREDITED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION
A high school, technical, or vocational school, private school licensed or registered with the Department of Education, junior college, community college or university.
ACT
The Pennsylvania Construction Code Act (35 P. S. §§ 7210.101-7210.1103).
ALI
The Automatic Lift Institute, P.O. Box 33116, Indialantic, Florida, 32903-3116.
ANSI
The American National Standards Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, New York 10036.
ASME
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Three Park Avenue, New York, New York 10016-5990.
BOARD OF APPEALS
A body established by The City of Erie to hear requests for variances or extensions of time, and appeals from code administrator decisions.
BUILDING
A structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any occupancy.
BUILDING CODE OFFICIAL
A construction code official, or the building code official's designee, who manages, supervises and administers the building code enforcement activities under § 401.7(a)(18) (relating to certification category specifications). Duties include but are not limited to: management of building code enforcement activities; supervision of building inspectors or plan examiners; authorizing issuance of certificates of occupancy; issuance of building permits, violation notices and orders to vacate; and the initiation of prosecutions.
CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY
A certificate issued by a Building Code Official allowing occupancy of a building or structure under the Uniform Construction Code.
CERTIFIED BUILDING OFFICIAL
A classification administered by the International Code Council or its predecessor organization.
CHAPTER 11
Chapter 11 of the International Building Code relating to accessibility requirements adopted as part of the Uniform Construction Code.
CODE ADMINISTRATOR
A municipal code official, construction code official or third-party agency certified with the Department under the act or the Department under Section 103 of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.103). The term includes an individual certified in a category established under this chapter to perform plan review of construction documents or administer and enforce codes and regulations in that category under the Act or related acts.
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION
A building, structure or facility that is not a residential building.
CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL
An individual certified by the Department in an appropriate category established under Section 701 (b) of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.701(b)) to perform plan review of construction documents, inspect construction or administer and enforce codes and regulations in that category under the Act or related acts under Section 103 of the Act. Except that this definition shall not include Fire Code Inspectors, who are to be specifically trained members of the Erie Firefighters Union and under the supervision of the Fire Chief.
CONVEYOR
A horizontal, inclined or vertical device for moving or transporting bulk material, packages or objects in a path predetermined by the design of the device and having points of loading and discharge, fixed or selected, and related equipment and devices described in and governed by the ASME standards adopted in this chapter.
CURRENT CODE ADMINISTRATOR
An individual who performed plan review of construction documents, inspections of one-family or two-family residential property or other buildings, structures and equipment or administered and enforced a construction code program, and who was employed by or under contract with the Commonwealth or a municipality prior to the effective date of adoption of the final-form regulations for the Uniform Construction Code. The term includes an individual who performed these duties as an employee, contractor or agent of a person employed by or under contract with the Commonwealth or a municipality of this Commonwealth prior to the effective date of the final-form regulations for the Uniform Construction Code.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Labor and Industry of the Commonwealth.
ELEVATOR
Hoisting and lowering devices governed by ASME standards adopted by the Department under the Uniform Construction Code and other lifting devices subject to the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code.
FACILITY
All or any portion of a building, structure, site improvement, elements and pedestrian or vehicular route located on a site.
FILING DATE
The date that the Building Code Official receives the completed permit application.
FIRE AND PANIC ACT
The act of April 27, 1927 (P.L. 465, No. 299) (35 P.S. §§ 1221—1235), known as the Fire and Panic Act.
FIRE CODE INSPECTORS
A member of the Erie Firefighters Union who holds the specific position of fire inspector and who is specifically trained in fire inspection. Inspector training shall be determined by the Fire Chief, based on recommendations by the most senior inspector, to ensure a level of competency that will best provide for the citizens of the City of Erie.
HEALTH CARE FACILITIES ACT
The Health Care Facilities Act (35 P.S. §§ 448.101—448.904b).
HEALTH CARE FACILITY
A facility licensed under the Health Care Facilities Act.
ICC
The International Code Council, 5203 Leesburg Pike, Suite 708, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3401.
ICC ELECTRICAL CODE
The "ICC Electrical Code-Administrative Provisions 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
ICC EVALUATION SERVICES, INC
The ICC Evaluation Services, Inc., 5360 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California 90601.
INDUSTRIAL BOARD
The Department's Industrial Board established under Sections 445 and 2214 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §§ 155 and 574), which hears requests for variances and extensions of time and appeals of decisions of the Department under the Uniform Construction Code.
INDUSTRIALIZED HOUSING
Under Section 3 of the Industrialized Housing Act (35 P. S. § 1651.3), means a structure designed primarily for residential occupancy which is wholly or in substantial part made, fabricated, formed or assembled in manufacturing facilities for installation, or assembly and installation, on the building site. The term does not include housing units defined as mobile homes.
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION SERVICE, INC.
The International Accreditation Service, Inc., 5360 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California 90601.
INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE
Chapters 2-29 and 31-35 of the "International Building Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
The "International Energy Conservation Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL EXISTING BUILDING CODE
The "International Existing Building Code for Buildings and Facilities 2003 (first printing) issued by The International Code Council. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE
The "International Fire Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL FUEL GAS CODE
The "International Fuel Gas Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL MECHANICAL CODE
The "International Mechanical Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE CODE
The "International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL PLUMBING CODE
The "International Plumbing Code 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE
The "International Property Maintenance 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTIAL CODE
The "International Residential Code for One-and Two-Family Dwellings 2015" (first printing) issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
INTERNATIONAL URBAN-WILDLAND INTERFACE CODE
The "International Urban-Wildland Code 2015" issued by the ICC. The term includes all errata issued by the ICC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
ISO
The International Organization For Standardization, 1, Rue De Varembe, Case Postale 56 Ch 1211, Geneva 20, Switzerland.
LEGALLY OCCUPIED
Use or habitation of a building or facility that was occupied in accordance with all valid construction statutes and ordinances in effect before this chapter took effect.
MANUFACTURED HOUSING
Under Section 901(a) of the Act (35 P. S. § 7210.901(a)), means housing which bears a label as required by and referenced in the Manufactured Housing Act (35 P. S. §§ 1656.1-1656.9), certifying that it conforms to Federal construction and safety standards adopted under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C.A. §§ 5401 — 5426).
NSPI
National Spa and Pool Institute, 2111 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314.
OCCUPANCY
Approved use of a building or a structure under the Uniform Construction Code.
PASSENGER ROPEWAY
An aerial tramway, aerial lift, surface lift, tow, conveyor or other lifting device which carries, pulls, or pushes passengers along a level or inclined path by means of a haul rope or other flexible element which is driven by a power unit remaining essentially at a single location.
PENNSYLVANIA'S ALTERNATIVE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY PROVISIONS
The "Pennsylvania Alternative Residential Energy Provisions" issued February 2015 by the PHRC.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
PERMIT
A document issued by a Building Code Official authorizing the construction, alteration, repair, demolition, location, maintenance or installation relating to a building, structure, elevator or equipment under the Uniform Construction Code.
PERSON
Includes a corporation, partnership, business trust, other association, estate, trust, foundation or natural person. The term also includes the governing authority for a county or municipality, and a government entity other than the Commonwealth.
PERSONAL DELIVERY
The date that the appeal or request for a variance or extension of time under § 1503.62 (relating to appeals, variances and extensions of time) and § 1503.71 (relating to accessibility advisory board) was delivered to a common carrier, or was received by facsimile transmission or hand-delivery at the office of the Building Code Official.
PHRC
The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, 219 Sackett Building, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802.
POSTMARK
The date of the official U.S. Postal Service postmark on the envelope containing an appeal or request for variance or extension of time under Section 1503.62 (relating to appeals, variances and extensions of time) and Section 1503.71 (relating to accessibility advisory board) or the date of a private postage meter mark on the envelope containing the appeal or request.
REPAIR
Reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing building for the purpose of its maintenance.
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
Construction that relates to detached one-family and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) that are not more than three stories in height with a separate means of egress which includes the dwellings' accessory structures.
SECRETARY
The Secretary of the Department.
STATE-OWNED BUILDING
A building owned by or to be constructed for Commonwealth entities consisting of the General Assembly, the Unified Judicial System, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, an executive agency, independent agency, and a State-affiliated entity or State-related institution as defined in 62 Pa.C.S.A. § 103 (relating to definitions).
STRUCTURE
A combination of materials that are built or constructed with a permanent location or attached to something that has a permanent location.
THIRD-PARTY AGENCY
A person, firm or corporation certified by the Department as a construction code official and contracted to perform plan review of construction documents, inspect construction or administer and enforce codes and regulations under the act or others as appointed by the Building Code Official until the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopts the UCC. Except that said third-party agencies shall not be permitted to conduct fire inspections within the City of Erie or certify fire safety, as these duties are reserved exclusively for City of Erie fire inspectors.
UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE
This Part Fifteen of the Codified Ordinances; "The International Building Code First Edition 2015" and the "International Residential Code 2015, "available from [Boca International] The International Code Council, Inc., 4051 West Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478- 5795, 1 (800) [214-4231] 786-4452; and any standards adopted by the City of Erie in this Part Fifteen of the Codified Ordinances under Section 301 of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.301).
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
VARIANCE
A modification of a Uniform Construction Code standard approved by a board of appeals or the Industrial Board and by the Secretary for accessibility requirements.