City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
The Uniform Construction Code applies to the construction, alteration, repair, movement, equipment, removal, demolition, location, maintenance, occupancy or change of occupancy of every building or structure which occurs on or after July 8, 2004, and all existing structures that are not legally occupied.
(b) 
The Uniform Construction Code does not apply to:
(1) 
New buildings or renovations to existing buildings for which an application for a permit was made to the City of Erie before July 8, 2004.
(2) 
New buildings or renovations to existing buildings on which a contract for design or construction was signed before July 8, 2004.
(3) 
One shed with a building area 100 square feet or less, less that 13 feet in height, and is accessory to a detached one family dwelling.
(4) 
An agricultural building defined under Section 103 of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.103).
(5) 
Manufactured or industrialized housing shipped from the factory under Section 901(a) of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.901(a)) as provided in Section 1503.25 (relating to manufactured and industrialized housing).
(6) 
Installation of tubing, piping, propane gas burning appliances, equipment or fixtures related to liquefied petroleum gas under the propane and liquefied petroleum gas act (35 P.S. §§ 1329.1-1329.19).
(7) 
Construction of individual sewage disposal systems under 25 PA. Code, Chapter 73 (relating to on lot sewage treatment facilities).
(c) 
Prior permits and construction.
(1) 
A permit issued under construction regulations before July 8, 2004 remains valid and the construction of the building or structure may be completed in accordance with the approved permit.
(2) 
The legal occupancy of a structure existing on July 8, 2004 may continue without change except where the Uniform Construction Code provides otherwise.
(d) 
The Uniform Construction Code applies to the construction of a residential building or structure governed by a homeowner's or community association under Sections 104(d)(2)(ii) of the Act (35 P.S. §§ 7210.104(d)(2)(ii).
(e) 
An electrical provision of the Uniform Construction Code does not apply to a dwelling unit utilized by a member of a recognized religious sect if a code administrator grants an exemption under Section 901(b) of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.901(b)) as follows:
(1) 
Permit applicant shall file an application with the code administrator stating the manner in which an electrical provision of the Uniform Construction Code conflicts with the applicant's religious beliefs. The application shall also contain an affidavit by the applicant stating:
A. 
The permit applicant is a member of a religious sect.
B. 
The religious sect has established tenets or teachings which conflict with an electrical provision of the Uniform Construction Code.
C. 
The permit applicant adheres to the established tenets or teachings of the sect.
D. 
The dwelling unit will be used solely as a residence for the permit applicant and the applicant's household.
(2) 
The code administrator shall grant the application for the exemption if made in accordance with Subsection (e)(1) hereof.
(3) 
If the permit applicant receives an exemption for a dwelling unit under Section 901 (b) of the Act and the applicant subsequently sells or leases the dwelling unit, the applicant shall bring the dwelling unit into compliance with the provision of the Uniform Construction Code from which it was exempted prior to the dwelling unit being sold or leased unless the prospective subsequent owner or lessee files an affidavit in compliance with Subsection (e)(1) hereof.
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
Under Section 104(d)(1) of the Act (35 P.S. § 7210.104(d)(1), the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code listed in Section 1503.21 (relating to Uniform Construction Code) preempt and rescind construction standards provided by a statute, local ordinance or regulation.
(b) 
The Department will enforce Chapter 11 (Accessibility) of the Uniform Construction Code and other accessibility requirements contained in or referenced by the Uniform Construction Code until the City of Erie employs or contracts with a Code Administrator certified as an Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner.
(c) 
The City Engineer will administer storm water management under the regulations provided for in Article 946 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Erie.
(d) 
The City Engineer will administer the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance and any other storm water requirements.
(e) 
The City Zoning Office will administer the Zoning regulations as provided in the City of Erie Zoning Ordinance.
(f) 
The Erie Fire Department Inspectors will administer all aspects of the City of Erie Fire Code.
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
The City of Erie adopts Chapter 401 of 34 Pa. Code, as amended from time to time, for the training and certification of Code Administrators.
(b) 
The City of Erie may contract with a third-party agency to enforce any or all parts of this code, except Fire Code inspections and permitting.
(c) 
A Building Code Official may delegate his duties to a construction code official or current code administrator.
(d) 
A Fire Inspector may not delegate his duties for inspections and permitting to any other person, other than another City of Erie Fire Inspector who meets the qualifications defined herein.