[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Whiteland 11-21-2000 by Ord. No. 132-2000; amended in its entirety 5-12-2004 by Ord. No. 155-2004. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 65.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 83.
Energy conservation — See Ch. 84.
Existing building regulations — See Ch. 85.
Fuel gas standards — See Ch. 96.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 116.
One- and two-family dwelling standards — See Ch. 123.
Plumbing — See Ch. 139.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 141.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 175.
Urban wildland interface standards — See Ch. 183.
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
[Amended 10-13-2010 by Ord. No. 224-2010]
There is hereby adopted by the Board of Supervisors of East Whiteland Township the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, as now and as hereafter supplemented, reissued, amended and revised as published by the International Code Council, Inc., along with Appendices B, C, D, E, F and G. Not fewer than three copies of the International Fire Code, 2003 Edition, have been and now are filed in the office of the Secretary of East Whiteland Township, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein.
The East Whiteland Township Fire Code which was adopted as part of Ordinance No. 132-2000, by adopting the NFPA 1 Fire Prevention Code, is hereby repealed and replaced with the code adopted herein.
The following amendments, additions, deletions, and changes are hereby made to the International Fire Code, 2003 Edition:
Section 101.1 shall be amended by the deletion of the words "[NAME OF JURISDICTION]" and the replacement thereof with "East Whiteland Township."
Section 103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
Section 103.2 shall be deleted.
Section 103.3 shall be amended by adding the following sentences at the end of the existing section:
Section 105.6.32 shall be amended to read as follows:
Section 108, Board of Appeals, shall be deleted and replaced with the following:
Section 109.3 shall be amended to state as follows:
Section 111.4 shall be amended to read as follows:
A new Section 2703.1.5 shall be added which shall state as follows:
[Added 10-13-2010 by Ord. No. 225-2010]
Purpose. It is the purpose of this section to regulate the types of outdoor and open burning within the Township and to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the Township.
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- An outdoor fire used for ceremonial purposes that has a total fuel area of five feet or less in diameter and three feet or less in height.
- A small outdoor fire that has a total fuel area of three feet or less in diameter and two feet or less in height, intended for recreation or cooking but not intended for disposal of waste wood or refuse.
- CLEAN WOOD
- Natural wood which has not been painted, varnished or coated with a similar material; has not been pressure treated with preservatives; and does not contain resins or glues as in plywood or other composite wood products.
- CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE
- Building waste materials, including but not limited to waste shingles, insulation, lumber, treated wood, painted wood, wiring, plastics, packaging and rubble from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition operations on a house, commercial or industrial building, or other structure.
- FUEL AREA
- The space where materials are being burned.
- NATURAL MATERIALS
- Trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves and grass clippings.
- OPEN BURNING
- The burning of materials wherein products of combustion are emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. Open burning does not include smudge pots, road flares and similar devices associated with safety or occupational uses typically considered open flames or use of patio wood-burning units.
- OUTDOOR BURNING
- Burning in an outdoor wood-fired boiler or patio wood-burning unit.
- OUTDOOR WOOD-FIRED BOILER
- A wood-fired boiler, stove or furnace that is not located within a building intended for habitation by humans or domestic animals.
- PATIO WOOD-BURNING UNIT
- A chimenea or other similar screened, stacked, enclosed portable wood-burning device with a spark- or ember-arresting device used for outdoor recreation and/or heating.
- Any waste material except trees, logs, brush, stumps, leaves and grass clippings.
- SMUDGE POT
- A receptacle in which oil or another smoky fuel is burned to protect an orchard from insects or frost.
- A dwelling unit or garage.
Applicability. This section applies to all outdoor burning and open burning within the Township with the following exceptions:
This section does not apply to grilling or cooking food using charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas in cooking or grilling appliances.
This section does not apply to burning for the purpose of generating heat in a stove, furnace, fireplace or other heating device within a building used for human or animal habitation.
This section does not apply to the use of propane, acetylene, natural gas, gasoline or kerosene in a device intended for heating, construction or maintenance activities.
This section does not apply to field fires to clear land when approved by the Fire Marshal. An operational permit shall be obtained from the Fire Marshal in accordance with the International Fire Code.
This section does not apply to demolition of the residue of a structure partially destroyed by accidental fire when approved by the Fire Marshal. An operational permit shall be obtained from the Fire Marshal in accordance with the International Fire Code.
This section does not apply to fires for training purposes for the demolition of a fire hazard under the supervision of the Fire Marshal. An operational permit shall be obtained from the Fire Marshal in accordance with the International Fire Code.
General prohibition on outdoor burning and open burning. Open burning and outdoor burning are prohibited in the Township except to the extent specifically permitted by this section.
Burning of refuse, recyclable material, construction and demolition waste. The open burning of refuse, recyclable matter, construction, and demolition waste is prohibited.
[Amended 8-12-2015 by Ord. No. 271-2015]
Burning of natural materials. The open burning of natural materials is prohibited.
Patio wood-burning units. Patio wood-burning units may be installed and used in all districts subject to the following restrictions:
Patio wood-burning units shall not be used to burn refuse.
Patio wood-burning units shall burn only clean wood.
Patio wood-burning units shall be located at least 25 feet from the nearest structure which is not on the same property as the patio wood-burning unit and at least 25 feet from any property line.
Attendance. Campfires, bonfires and the use of patio wood-burning units shall be constantly attended by a responsible adult until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 of the International Fire Code with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
Penalties and enforcement.
The Township Fire Marshal or his designee shall be charged with enforcement of this section and shall have the power to order the extinguishment of any fire found to be in violation of this section.
Within any thirty-day period, if the Township Fire Marshal is called to the same location for a violation relating to outdoor burning and/or open burning, the Township Fire Marshal shall issue a written warning for the first offense, a fine of $25 for the second offense, a fine of $75 for the third offense, and a fine of $100 for the fourth and each subsequent offense. Failure to pay any of the above referenced fines shall result in the issuance of a non-traffic citation.