Township of Falls, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Falls Township 12-27-1984 by Ord. No. 84-6; amended in its entirety 5-13-1998 by Ord. No. 98-8. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Code Enforcement Officer — See Ch. 19.
Building construction — See Ch. 109.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 129.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 148.
Manufactured homes and communities — See Ch. 150.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 162.
Plumbing — See Ch. 177.

§ 138-1 Adoption of standards.

[Amended 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-12-A; 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
A certain document, known as the “International Property Maintenance Code/2006,” is adopted and incorporated by reference as the Property Maintenance and Housing Standards Code of the Township of Falls, as it may be amended in the future.

§ 138-2 Amendments.

[Amended 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-12-A; 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
The following information shall be included in and as part of the text of the aforesaid International Property Maintenance Code:
A. 
"The Township of Falls" shall be the name and jurisdiction in Section 101.1.
B. 
(Reserved)
C. 
The penalty Section 106.4 shall be replaced with:
106.4 Violation penalties: Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before any District Justice of Bucks County, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution for each and every offense or, upon default in payment of the fine and costs not caused by indigence or lack of sufficient assets, by imprisonment in the Bucks County prison for a period not to exceed 30 days. Each day that such violation is continued after notice shall constitute a new and separate offense, punishable by like fine, penalty or imprisonment, and further notices to the offender shall not be necessary in order to constitute such continuance as an additional offense or offenses.
D. 
Section 111.2, relating to the Appeals Board, shall be modified by deleting the words: "A minimum of three members who are qualified by experience and training to pass on matters pertaining to property maintenance and who are not employees of the jurisdiction. The Code Official shall be an ex-officio member but shall have no vote on any matter before the Board. The Board shall be appointed by the chief appointing authority and shall serve staggered and overlapping terms," and substituting the words "the Board of Supervisors."
E. 
Section 111.2.1, entitled "Alternate members," shall be deleted in its entirety.
F. 
Section 302.4, entitled "Weeds," shall be amended to not allow weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches.
G. 
Section 302.8, entitled "Motor vehicles," shall be amended to allow no more than one inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle to be parked, kept or stored on any premises for a period not to exceed six months from date of notice from an authorized Township official indicating the presence of such vehicle.
[Amended 12-21-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-08]
H. 
Section 304.14, entitled "Insect screens," shall be amended to include the dates of April 1 to November 1 for the installation of tightly fitting screens on every door, window and other outside opening.
I. 
Section 602.3, entitled "Heat supply," shall be amended to include the dates of October 1 to June 1 for the supply of heat.
J. 
Section 602.4, entitled "Occupiable work spaces," shall be amended to include the dates of October 1 to June 1 for the supply of heat.
K. 
The Township of Falls Fee Schedule shall be attached as an addendum to Section 103.5, entitled "Fees."

§ 138-3 Inspections.

Notwithstanding any inspection or inspections mandated by the code, and in addition thereto, the Code Official shall make the following inspections:
A. 
Single-family dwelling: prior to the dwelling unit's being occupied by a new owner or being rented to a new tenant. These inspections shall include a housing, electrical and fire (if needed) inspection. In addition, the new owner shall be provided a copy of Chapter 157 of the Falls Township Code of Ordinances related to noxious plants and weeds.
[Amended 5-5-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-04]
B. 
Multiple-family dwelling: each unit, prior to the dwelling unit being occupied by a new owner or being rented to a new tenant.
C. 
Multiple-family dwelling: common areas, including but not limited to hallways, corridors, stairways, laundry rooms and common rooms, annually.
D. 
Commercial/industrial: prior to the building or portion thereof being occupied by a new owner or tenant. Inspections shall include housing, fire and electrical.
E. 
Vacant structures: Each vacant structure shall be inspected on a regular basis.
[Added 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]

§ 138-4 Fees.

[Amended 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
A. 
The fee for the aforesaid multiple-family dwelling annual common area inspection shall be in accordance with a Fee Schedule passed by the Board of Supervisors from time to time.
B. 
The fee for a vacant structure shall be in accordance with a Fee Schedule passed by the Board of Supervisors from time to time.

§ 138-5 Enforcement.

The Township Manager, the Code Enforcement Officers and the Fire Marshal of Falls Township shall be Code Officials for purposes of the code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §  138-6, Construal of provisions, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-6-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-12-A.