Township of Franconia, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia 6-14-2004 by Ord. No. 327. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 47.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 68.
Plumbing — See Ch. 104.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 122.
Zoning — See Ch. 145.
Franconia Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101-7210.1103, as amended, 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 Franconia Township.
Administration and enforcement of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, within Franconia Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Supervisors from time to time by resolution:
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By the designation of an employee of Franconia Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township;
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By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Franconia Township;
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By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of the Code through an intermunicipal agreement;
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By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of Franconia Township;
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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 Board of Supervisors in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, 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.
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All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by Franconia Township on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and its regulations, as amended from time to time.
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All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations.
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All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of Franconia Township not governed by the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees assessable by Franconia Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this ordinance and the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations shall be established by Board of Supervisors by resolution from time to time.