Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Tredyffrin 10-21-1996 by Ord. No. HR-252[1]; amended in its entirety 5-3-2004 by Ord. No. HR-327. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 83.
Registration of contractors — See Ch. 96.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 149.
Sewers, utilities and sewage disposal — See Ch. 163.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 181.
Zoning — See Ch. 208.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of Ch. XIV of the 1979 General Laws of the Municipality of Tredyffrin.
The Township of Tredyffrin hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, as amended, and its regulations.[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq.
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401-405, as amended, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the construction code of the Township of Tredyffrin.
The Township's Inspections Department shall administer and enforce the Uniform Construction Code in Tredyffrin. The Township Manager or designee shall be the Building Code Official. As necessary, third-party agencies also may be retained for plan examination or inspections on behalf of the Township of Tredyffrin.
[Amended 10-18-2004 by Ord. No. HR-331; 9-26-2005 by Ord. No. HR-346; 10-22-2018 by Ord. No. HR-422]
As included in ordinances adopted before July 1, 1999, the following sections of the International Building Code, 2015 edition, the International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition, and the Uniform Construction Code, 2004 edition,[1] are hereby revised as follows:
The following language in Section 1805.4.2.3 of the International Building Code, Plain Concrete Footings, shall be deleted: "Exception: For plain concrete footings supporting Group R-3 occupancies, the edge thickness is permitted to be six inches (152 mm), provided that the footing does not extend beyond a distance greater than the thickness of the footing on either side of the supported wall."
Section 3410.2 of the International Building Code, Applicability (Existing Structures, Compliance Alternatives). Structures existing prior to April 28, 1969, in which there is work involving additions, alterations or changes of occupancy, shall be made to conform to the requirements of this section or the provisions of Sections 3403.0 through 3407.0.
Sections 301.3 and 301.4 of the International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition (Public Sanitary Sewer and Water). A public sanitary sewer system shall be considered available to a structure where the structure is located within 150 feet of the public sanitary sewer.
Section 305.6 of the International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition (Freezing). Water service piping shall be installed below recorded frost penetration but not less than three feet below grade. Plumbing piping in exterior building walls or areas subjected to freezing temperatures shall be protected against freezing by insulation or heat or both.
Section 305.6.1 of the International Plumbing Code, 2015 edition (Sewer depth). Building sewers connecting to public sanitary sewers shall be a minimum of three feet below grade.
Editor's Note: This reference is to Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code.
Applications for the construction of new buildings shall be accompanied by two site plans drawn to scale.
Costs incurred in the performance of emergency work shall be paid by the municipality, and the legal authority of the municipality shall institute any appropriate action, including the placing of a lien against the property owner of the premises, for recovery of such costs.
The Building Code Official shall grant or deny a permit application, in whole or in part, for the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of any building within the historical district which has been certified to have historical significance under Chapter 114, Historical District, of the Code of the Township of Tredyffrin within 90 business days of the application filing date. Reasons for the denial shall be in writing and sent to the applicant. The Building Code Official and the permit applicant may agree in writing to extend the deadline by a specific number of days. Within the ninety-day period, the Board of Historical Architectural Review shall recommend and the Board of Supervisors shall decide whether to issue a certificate of appropriateness authorizing the permit, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 114.
The Board of Supervisors shall establish a Board of Appeals by resolution, in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Uniform Construction Code, as amended from time to time.
The Board of Supervisors shall establish by resolution fees for the administration and enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code and this chapter. Fees shall be refunded in full only if paid or collected erroneously. Fees will not be pro-rated or partially refunded for any reason.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this code or who shall fail to comply with any of the requirements hereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the Code Official or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
Nothing in this chapter or in the construction codes hereby adopted shall be constructed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court or any rights acquired or liability incurred or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in § 80-1 of this chapter; nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this chapter.