Township of Upper Allen, PA
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Allen 5-10-2004 by Ord. No. 584. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Manager/Fire Prevention Officer — See Ch. 26.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Upper Allen Township and to conform to the requirements of the PCCA and regulations to the PCCA promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the PCCA, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 et seq., as amended from time to time, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
The Uniform Construction Code (UCC), contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the Municipal Building Code of the Township.
Township Ordinance No. 548 and any amendments thereto, and all other existing ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith, be and they are hereby repealed; provided that ordinances or those parts of same not expressly named in this section which impose building specifications or requirements more restrictive than adopted hereby shall not be considered in conflict with this chapter.
Administration and enforcement of the PCCA and UCC within the Township shall be undertaken by the designation of an employee of the Township to serve as the municipal Building Code Official (BCO) to act on behalf of the Township. The BCO may delegate duties to other construction code officials and current code administrators, either employed by the Township or retained by the Township through contracts with qualified individuals and/or third party agencies.
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Upper Allen Township in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the UCC, 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.
Fees assessable by the Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the UCC shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
Pursuant to UCC Section 403.102 (l), the following regulations are hereby enacted to facilitate municipal administration and enforcement of the UCC, including insertion of local climatic and geographic information.
A. 
The text of the 2003 International Building Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 1612.3 is amended to insert "Upper Allen Township," and "February 15, 1980."
(2) 
Section 1805.2.1.1 shall be deleted and replaced with the following text:
1805.2.1.1 Frost Protection. Extending below the frost line of Upper Allen Township, which shall extend a minimum of 36 inches in depth, measured from the bottom of the footing to the surface.
(3) 
Section 3410.2 shall be amended by inserting "July 9, 1973," as the date that building codes first became effective in Upper Allen Township.
B. 
The text of the 2003 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby revised as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, is amended to insert "Upper Allen Township."
(2) 
Section 103 is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
R103.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies.
(3) 
Table R301.2 (1) is amended to insert the appropriate climatic and geographic design criteria, as follows:
(a) 
Ground snow load: 25 psf.
(b) 
Wind speed: 90 mph.
(c) 
Seismic design category: B.
(d) 
Weathering of concrete probability: severe.
(e) 
Frost line depth: 36 inches.
(f) 
Termite probability: moderate to heavy.
(g) 
Decay probability: slight to moderate.
(h) 
Winter design temperature: = 10° F.
(i) 
Ice shield underlayment required: yes.
(j) 
Flood hazards: Consult February 15, 1980, FIRM and FBFM.
(k) 
Air freezing index: 784.
(l) 
Mean annual temperature: 53.1° F.
(4) 
Section P2603.6.1 shall be deleted and replaced with the following:
P2603.6.1 Sewer Depth. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 36 inches below grade.
(5) 
Section P3103.1 shall be amended by inserting "12" as the number of inches that a vent pipe shall extend above a roof through which it penetrates, and inserting "12" as the number of inches that a roof-penetrating vent pipe shall extend above anticipated snow accumulation.
(6) 
Building permits shall be required for all residential accessory utility and miscellaneous structures larger than 400 square feet.
[Added 4-18-2007 by Ord. No. 636]
(7) 
Building permits shall be required for all decks attached to the foundation of a residence and shall require footers to be installed in accordance with the UCC.
[Added 4-18-2007 by Ord. No. 636]
(8) 
Building permits shall be required for all residential alterations and renovations, subject only to certain established exceptions set forth in the UCC.
[Added 4-18-2007 by Ord. No. 636]
C. 
The text of the 2003 International Plumbing Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, is amended to insert "Upper Allen Township."
(2) 
Section 103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
103.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies.
(3) 
Section 106.6.2 Fee schedule. Fees assessable by the Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the UCC shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
(4) 
Section 106.6.3.2 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced by the following:
106.6.3.2 One hundred percent of permit fees will be refunded. Applicant will be charged for plan reviews as indicated on a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
(5) 
Section 106.6.3.3 shall be deleted in its entirety.
(6) 
Section 108.4, Violation penalties, shall be amended by inserting "summary offense" and "1,000" in the appropriate spaces, and by deleting "...or by imprisonment not exceeding [NUMBER OF DAYS], or both such fine and imprisonment."
(7) 
Section 108.5, Stop work orders, shall be amended as follows: "...condition, shall be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000."
(8) 
Section 305.6.1 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
305.6.1 Sewer depth. Building sewers shall be a minimum of 36 inches below grade.
(9) 
Section 904.1 shall be amended by inserting "12" as the number of inches that a vent pipe must extend beyond a roof through which it penetrates.
D. 
The text of the 2003 International Code Council Electrical Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, is amended to insert "Upper Allen Township."
(2) 
Section 301 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
303.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies.
(3) 
Section 404.2 is amended by replacing the last sentence of this section with "The fees for electrical work shall be as indicated on a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Commissioners."
E. 
The text of the 2003 International Mechanical Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
(2) 
Section 103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
103.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies.
(3) 
Section 106.5.2 Fee schedule. Fees assessable by the Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the UCC shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
(4) 
Section 106.5.3.2 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced by the following:
106.5.3.2 One hundred percent of permit fees will be refunded. Applicant will be charged for plan reviews as indicated on a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
(5) 
Section 108.4, Violation penalties, shall be amended by inserting "summary offense" and "1,000" in the appropriate spaces, and by deleting "...or by imprisonment not exceeding [NUMBER OF DAYS], or both such fine and imprisonment."
(6) 
Section 108.5, Stop work orders, shall be amended as follows: "...condition, shall be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000."
F. 
The text of the 2003 International Fire Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
(2) 
Section 103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
103.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies. Police officers and law enforcement officers of the Township are hereby authorized to institute appropriate action for violations of Section 104.11.2 pertaining to obstructions of Fire Department operations, and Section 503.4, when the obstruction of a fire apparatus access road or fire lane is a vehicle.
(3) 
Section 109.3, Violation penalties, shall be amended by inserting "summary offense" and "1,000" in the appropriate spaces, and by deleting "...or by imprisonment not exceeding [NUMBER OF DAYS], or both such fine and imprisonment."
(4) 
A new section shall be added after Section 109.3.1 as follows:
109.3.2 Penalty for obstruction of fire apparatus. Any person or persons who obstruct or cause to be obstructed a fire lane or fire apparatus access road with a vehicle shall be guilty of a violation of Section 503.4 of this code. A police officer or law enforcement officer shall issue a violation notice of said violation as set forth in § 233-18 of the Code of the Upper Allen Township, and the person or persons responsible for this violation shall pay a fine as set forth in the fee schedule. Any person or persons who obstruct or cause to be obstructed a fire lane or fire apparatus access road in a manner not involving a vehicle shall be guilty of a violation of Section 503.4 and, upon conviction thereof, shall be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. Each and every day or portion thereof during which any violation of the provisions of the Upper Allen Township Fire Code is committed or continued shall constitute a separate offense.
(5) 
Section 111.4 shall be amended as follows: "...condition, shall be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000."
(6) 
Section 3204.3.1.1 is amended by adding the following sentence at the end of this section: "The geographic limits in which the storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is prohibited shall be within any zoning district depicted on the Zoning Map of Upper Allen Township except the IC, IP and IN Districts."
(7) 
Section 3404.2.9.5.1 is amended by adding the following sentence at the end of this section: "The geographic limits in which the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited shall be within any zoning district depicted on the Zoning Map of Upper Allen Township except the IC, IP and IN Districts."
(8) 
Section 3406.2.4.4 is amended by adding the following sentence at the end of this section: "The geographic limits in which the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in aboveground tanks is prohibited shall be within any zoning district depicted on the Zoning Map of Upper Allen Township except the IC, IP and IN Districts."
(9) 
Section 3804.2 is amended by adding the following sentence at the end of this section: "The geographic limits in which the storage of liquefied petroleum gas is restricted for the protection of heavily populated or congested areas cannot be established by Upper Allen Township because the Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act (35 P.S. §§ 1329.1 through 1329.19) does not permit municipalities to prohibit or regulate storage of these materials."
G. 
The text of the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
H. 
The text of the 2003 International Existing Building Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
(2) 
Section 1201.2 is amended by inserting "July 9, 1973," as the date that building codes first became effective in Upper Allen Township.
I. 
The text of the 2003 International Fuel Gas Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
(2) 
Section 103 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
103.1 Enforcement agency. The Community Development Department shall be charged with the task of administering this code. The executive official in charge thereof shall be known as the Building Code Official. The Board of Commissioners shall appoint the Building Code Official and his deputies.
(3) 
Section 106.5.2 Fee schedule. Fees assessable by the Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the UCC shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
(4) 
Section 106.5.3.2 shall be deleted in its entirety and replaced by the following:
106.5.3.2 One hundred percent of permit fees will be refunded. Applicant will be charged for plan reviews as indicated on a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
(5) 
Section 106.5.3.3 shall be deleted in its entirety.
(6) 
Section 108.4, Violation penalties, shall be amended by inserting "summary offense" and "1,000" in the appropriate spaces, and by deleting "...or by imprisonment not exceeding [NUMBER OF DAYS], or both such fine and imprisonment."
(7) 
Section 108.5, Stop work orders, shall be amended as follows: "...condition, shall be liable to pay a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,000."
J. 
The text of the 2003 International Urban-Wildland Interface Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Section 101.1, Title, shall be amended by inserting "Upper Allen Township" in the relevant space.
K. 
The text of the 2003 International Code Council Performance Code, adopted as a referenced standard by the UCC, is hereby amended as follows:
(1) 
Add the following new section after Section 101.1, Purpose:
101.1.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the "Performance Code of Upper Allen Township," hereinafter referred to as "this code.”