City of Erie, PA
Erie County
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[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
An owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a residential building or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system regulated by the Uniform Construction Code shall first apply to the Building Code Official and obtain the required permit under Section 1503.42 (relating to permit application).
(b) 
An emergency repair or replacement of equipment may be made without first applying for a permit if a permit application is submitted to the Building Code Official within three business days of the repair or replacement.
(c) 
A permit is not required for the exceptions listed in Section 1503.11(b) (relating to scope) and the following construction if the work does not violate a law or ordinance:
(1) 
The following building construction, replacement or repairs:
A. 
"Deleted".
B. 
Retaining walls that are not over four feet in height measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall unless the wall supports a surcharge.
C. 
Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.
D. 
Sidewalks and driveways that are 30 inches or less above adjacent grade and not placed over a basement or story below it.
E. 
Exterior or interior painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, flooring, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work.
F. 
Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
G. 
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two family dwelling.
H. 
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
I. 
Replacement of glass in any window or door. The replacement glass shall comply with the minimum requirements of the International Residential Code.
J. 
Installation and replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window and storm door in the same opening if the dimensions or framing of the original opening are not altered. The installation and means of egress and emergency escape windows may be made in the same opening without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening if the required height, width or net clear opening of the previous window or door assembly is not reduced.
K. 
Replacement of existing roof material that does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any twelve-month period.
L. 
Replacement of existing siding.
M. 
Repair or replacement of any part of a porch or stoop which does not structurally support a roof located above the porch or stoop.
N. 
Installation of an additional roll or batt insulation.
O. 
Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders.
P. 
Installation of an uncovered deck not over 100 square feet, where the floor of the deck is no more than 30 inches above grade.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
(2) 
Minor electrical work for the following:
A. 
Replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
B. 
Replacement of a receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. This shall not include replacement of receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit interrupter protection is required.
C. 
Replacement of installed electrically operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems and any motor operated device.
D. 
Installation, alteration or rearrangement of communications wiring.
E. 
Replacement of dishwashers.
F. 
Replacement of kitchen range hoods.
G. 
Installation of battery-powered smoke detectors.
(3) 
The following gas work:
A. 
Portable heating, cooking or clothes drying appliances.
B. 
Replacement of a minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make this equipment unsafe.
C. 
A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to a power grid.
(4) 
The following mechanical work or equipment:
A. 
A portable heating appliance.
B. 
Portable ventilation appliances.
C. 
Portable cooling units.
D. 
Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment governed under the Uniform Construction Code.
E. 
Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make the equipment unsafe.
F. 
Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are put into action by motors one horsepower.
G. 
Portable evaporative cooler.
H. 
A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to a power grid.
(5) 
The following plumbing work:
A. 
Replacement of bib valves if the replacement hose bib valves are provided with an approved atmospheric vacuum breaker.
B. 
Refinishing of existing fixtures.
C. 
Replacement of ball cocks.
D. 
Repair of leaks.
E. 
Clearance of stoppages.
F. 
Replacement of faucets or working parts of faucets.
G. 
Replacement of valves other than shower or combination shower/bath valves.
H. 
Replacement of traps.
I. 
Replacement of a water closet, lavatory or kitchen sink.
J. 
Replacement of domestic clothes washers and dishwashers.
(6) 
The following heating, ventilation and air conditioning work:
A. 
Replacement of motors, pumps and fans of the same capacity.
B. 
Repair of heating, supply and return piping and radiation elements which do not require rearrangement of the piping system.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
C. 
Repair of duct work.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
D. 
Repair of air conditioning equipment and systems.
[Amended by Ord. 27-2019, passed 4-17-2019]
E. 
Repair and replacement of control devices for heating and air conditioning equipment.
F. 
Replacement of kitchen range hoods.
G. 
Replacement of clothes dryers if there is no change in fuel type, location or electrical requirements.
H. 
Replacement of stoves and ovens if there is no change in fuel type, location or electrical characteristics.
(d) 
An ordinary repair does not require a permit. The following are not ordinary repairs:
(1) 
Cutting away a wall, partition or portion of a wall.
(2) 
The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support.
(3) 
The removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
(4) 
The addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical.
(e) 
A permit is not required for the installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution, metering or other related equipment that is, by established right, under the ownership and control of a public utility as defined in 66 Pa.C.S.A. § 102 (relating to the definition of public utility).
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
Applications for a permit required under Section 1503.41 (relating to permit requirements and exemptions) shall be submitted to the Building Code Official in accordance with this section.
(b) 
A permit applicant shall submit an application to the Building Code Official and attach construction documents with plans and specifications.
(c) 
A Building Code Official may waive the submission of construction documents if the nature of the construction does not require the review of the construction documents to determine compliance with the Uniform Construction Code.
(d) 
A permit applicant for a building or structure located in a flood hazard area under the National Flood Insurance Program shall submit the following information with the construction documents:
(1) 
Delineation of flood hazard areas, floodway boundaries and flood zones and the design flood elevation, as appropriate.
(2) 
The elevation of the proposed lowest floor including basement and the height of the proposed lowest floor including basement above the highest adjacent grade is to be included in the documents if the building or structure is located in areas of shallow flooding (Zone AO).
(3) 
Design flood elevations contained on the municipality's Flood Insurance Rate Map produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Building Code Official and the applicant shall obtain and reasonably utilize design flood elevation and floodway data available from other sources if this information is not contained on the municipality's Flood Insurance Rate Map.
(e) 
The application shall contain a site plan showing the size and location of the new construction and existing structures on the site and the structures 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.
(f) 
Insurance for demolition work.
(1) 
No demolition permit shall be issued for the demolition of a building or structure within the City unless a certificate or other proof is submitted showing that public liability insurance in the amount of $300,000 has been obtained by the applicant. The certificate shall name the City as an additional insured at no cost to the City. Demolition permits for the demolition of commercial structures shall only be issued to demolition contractors.
(2) 
Exemptions. The provisions set forth in Subsection (f)(1) hereof shall not apply to the wrecking or demolition of any single family residence or garage within the City, provided the demolition is done entirely by the owner.
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
A Building Code Official shall grant or deny a permit application, in whole or in part, within 15 business days of the filing date or the application is deemed approved. Reasons for the denial shall be in writing and sent to the permit applicant. The Building Code Official and the applicant may agree in writing to extend the deadline by a specific number of days.
(b) 
A Building Code Official shall examine the construction documents and shall determine whether the construction indicated and described is in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code and other pertinent laws or ordinances as part of the application process.
(c) 
A Building Code Official shall stamp or place a notation on each page of the set of reviewed construction documents that the documents were reviewed and approved for Uniform Construction Code compliance before the permit is issued. The Building Code Official shall clearly mark any required nondesign changes on the construction documents. The Building Code Official shall return a set of the construction documents with this notation and any required changes to the applicant. The applicant shall keep a copy of the construction documents at the work site open to inspection by the construction code official or an authorized representative.
(d) 
A Building Code Official may not issue a permit for any property requiring access to a highway under the Department of Transportation's jurisdiction unless the permit contains notice that a highway occupancy permit is required under Section 420 of the State Highway Law (36 P.S. § 670-420) before driveway access to a Commonwealth highway is permitted.
(e) 
A Building Code Official may issue a permit for the construction of the foundations or other parts of a building or structure before the construction documents for the whole building or structure are submitted if the permit applicant previously filed adequate information and detailed statements for the building or structure under the Uniform Construction Code. Approval under this section is not assurance that the Building Code Official will issue a permit for the entire building or structure.
(f) 
Issuance of a permit does not bar prosecution or other legal action for violations of the Act, the Uniform Construction Code, or a construction ordinance. A Building Code Official may suspend or revoke a permit issued under the Uniform Construction Code when the owner does not make the required changes directed by the Building Code Official under Subsection (c) hereof, when the permit is issued in error, on the basis of inaccurate or incomplete information or in violation of any act, regulation, ordinance or the Uniform Construction Code.
(g) 
A permit becomes invalid unless the authorized construction work begins within 180 days after the permit's issuance or if the authorized construction work permit is suspended or abandoned for 180 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.
(h) 
The permit holder shall keep a copy of the permit on the work site until the completion of the construction.
(i) 
A permit applicant may request extensions of time or variances or appeal a Building Code Official's action on the permit application to a Board of Appeals under Section 1503.62 (relating to appeals, variances and extensions of time).
(j) 
Work shall be installed in accordance with the approved construction documents. The permit holder shall submit a revised set of construction documents for approval for changes made during construction that are not in accordance with the approved construction documents.
(k) 
A permit is not valid until the required fees are collected under Article 1502 (relating to City of Erie and third-party agency fees).
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
A construction code official employed or under contract with the City of Erie shall inspect all construction for which a permit was issued. However, all inspections for Fire Code compliance and permit issuance shall be conducted by Fire Inspectors as defined in Article 1501 of this code. The permit holder shall insure that the construction is accessible for inspection. An inspection does not bar prosecution or other legal action for violation of the Uniform Construction Code.
(b) 
The permit holder or an authorized agent shall notify the construction code official and Fire Inspector when work is ready for inspection and provide access for the inspection.
(c) 
The construction code official and Fire Inspector shall notify a permit holder if construction complies with the Uniform Construction Code or fails to comply with the Uniform Construction Code.
(d) 
A construction code official shall make the following inspections and file inspection reports relating to Uniform Construction Code compliance in all of the following areas:
(1) 
Foundation inspection.
(2) 
Plumbing, mechanical and electrical system inspection.
(3) 
Frame and masonry inspection.
(4) 
Wallboard inspection.
(e) 
The construction code official may conduct other inspections to ascertain compliance with the Uniform Construction Code or municipal ordinances, except with regard to Fire Code inspections, which shall be conducted by Fire Inspectors.
(f) 
A construction code official shall conduct a final inspection of the completed construction work and file a final inspection report that indicates compliance with the Uniform Construction Code, except that any final Fire Code inspections shall be conducted by Fire Inspectors.
[Ord. 30-2004, passed 6-2-2004]
(a) 
A residential building may not be used or occupied without a certificate of occupancy issued by a Building Code Official.
(b) 
A Building Code Official shall issue a certificate of occupancy after receipt of a final inspection report that indicates compliance with the Uniform Construction Code within five business days. The certificate of occupancy shall contain all of the following information:
(1) 
The permit number and address of the residential building.
(2) 
The name and address of the owner of the residential building.
(3) 
A description of the portion of the residential building covered by the occupancy permit.
(4) 
A statement that the described portion of the residential building was inspected for compliance with the Uniform Construction Code.
(5) 
The name of the Building Code Official who issued the occupancy permit.
(6) 
The construction code edition applicable to the occupancy permit.
(7) 
If an automatic sprinkler system is provided.
(8) 
Any special stipulations and conditions relating to the building permit.
(9) 
Compliance with the City of Erie Zoning Ordinance.
(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.
(d) 
A Building Code Official may suspend or revoke a certificate of occupancy when the certificate was issued in error, on the basis of incorrect information supplied by the permit applicant, or in violation of the Uniform Construction Code. Before a certificate of occupancy is revoked, a building owner may request a hearing before the Board of Appeals in accordance with Section 1503.62 (relating to appeals, variances and extensions of time).
(e) 
A Fire Inspector shall be the only person who can issue permits or compliance notices concerning fire inspections or the Fire Code.
(a) 
A Building Code Official may authorize the temporary connection of a building or system under construction to a utility source of energy, fuel or power.
(b) 
Connection to a public electric or gas utility for the completed construction may not occur unless the permit holder provides written proof to the utility company that the building or structure passed inspections under this article.