Township of Kidder, PA
Carbon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Kidder as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-15-2004 by Ord. No. 116]
The Township of Kidder hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. § 7210.101 through 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401-405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the Municipal Building Code of the Township of Kidder.
Administration and enforcement of the Code within the Township of Kidder shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of the Township of Kidder from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Township of Kidder to serve as the Municipal Code Official to act on behalf of the Township of Kidder.
B. 
By the retention of one or more Construction Code Officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township of Kidder.
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 the Township of Kidder.
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 the Township of Kidder 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, said 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 the Township of Kidder 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 the Township of Kidder not governed by the Code shall remain in full force and effect.
D. 
Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of this Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this Code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the following:
(1) 
Building.
(a) 
One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15 m2).
(b) 
Fences not over six feet (1,829 mm) high.
(c) 
Oil derricks.
(d) 
Retaining walls which are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids.
(e) 
Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,924 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.
(f) 
Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade and not over any basement or story below and which are not part of an accessible route.
(g) 
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work.
(h) 
Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
(i) 
Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy, as applicable in Section 101.2, which are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,925 L) and are installed entirely above ground.
(j) 
Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes and not including service systems.
(k) 
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
(l) 
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support of Group R-3, as applicable in Section 101.2 and Group U occupancies.
(m) 
Movable cases, counters and partitions not over five feet nine inches (1,753 mm) in height.
(2) 
Electrical.
(a) 
Repairs and maintenance: Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
(b) 
Radio and television transmitting stations: The provisions of this Code shall not apply to electrical equipment used for radio and television transmissions but do apply to equipment and wiring for power supply, the installations of towers and antennas.
(c) 
Temporary testing systems: A permit shall not be required for the installation of any temporary system required for the testing or servicing of electrical equipment or apparatus.
(3) 
Gas.
(a) 
Portable heating appliance.
(b) 
Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
(4) 
Mechanical.
(a) 
Portable heating appliance.
(b) 
Portable ventilation equipment.
(c) 
Portable cooling unit.
(d) 
Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code.
(e) 
Replacement of any part which does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.
(f) 
Portable evaporative cooler.
(g) 
Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant and actuated by motors of one horsepower (746 W) or less.
(5) 
Plumbing.
(a) 
The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this Code.
(b) 
The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
(6) 
Emergency repairs: Where equipment replacements and repairs must be performed in an emergency situation, the permit application shall be submitted within the next working business day to the Building Official.
(7) 
Repairs: Application or notice to the Building Official is not required for ordinary repairs to structures, replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles. Such repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load-bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include 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 or other work affecting public health or general safety.
(8) 
Public service agencies: A permit shall not be required for the installation, alteration or repair of generation, transmission, distribution or metering or other related equipment that is under the ownership and control of public service agencies by established right.
E. 
Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from the permit requirements of this Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
(1) 
Building.
(a) 
One-story detached accessory structures, provided the floor area does not exceed 500 square feet (18.58 m2).
(b) 
Fences not over six feet (1,829 mm) high.
(c) 
Retaining walls that are not over four feet (1,219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge.
(d) 
Water tanks supported directly upon grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons (18,927 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed two to one.
(e) 
Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade and not over any basement or story below.
(f) 
Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops and similar finish work.
(g) 
Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep.
(h) 
Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling.
(i) 
Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches (1,372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
(2) 
Electrical.
(a) 
Repairs and maintenance: A permit shall not be required for minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
(3) 
Gas.
(a) 
Portable heating, cooking and clothes drying appliances.
(b) 
Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
(c) 
Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
(4) 
Mechanical.
(a) 
Portable heating appliance.
(b) 
Portable ventilation appliances.
(c) 
Portable cooling unit.
(d) 
Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by this Code.
(e) 
Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
(f) 
Portable evaporative cooler.
(g) 
Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds (4.54 kg) or less of refrigerant or that are actuated by motors of one horsepower (746 W) or less.
(h) 
Portable fuel cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
(5) 
Plumbing.
(a) 
Stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste or vent pipe; provided, however, that if any concealed trap, drainpipe, water, soil, waste or vent pipe becomes defective and it becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in this Code.
(b) 
The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves or fixtures, and the removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes or fixtures.
Fees assessable by the Township of Kidder 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.