The following codes shall be on file in the Township office, and the same are adopted and incorporated herein as if they were set forth herein at length. From the date upon which this chapter shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the fabrication, erection, construction, reconstruction, enlargement, alteration, addition to, repair, location and use of all buildings, structures and their appurtenances within the corporate limits of Tobyhanna Township. In the event that any revision of any of the aforesaid codes is hereafter issued by the body or bodies that issued said codes, such revision or revisions shall be deemed to be automatically adopted by Tobyhanna Township pursuant to this article. Tobyhanna Township hereby adopts the following codes of the International Code Council, whether promulgated by it or any predecessor or successor body:
The 2000 edition of the International Residential Code, known as the "IRC," including, without limitation, Appendix G, entitled "Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs," as amended;
The 2000 edition of the International Building Code, known as the "IBC," as amended;
The 2000 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code, as amended;
The 2002 edition of the National Electrical Code, known as the "NEC," as amended;
The 2000 edition of the International Mechanical Code, known as the "IMC," as amended;
The 2000 edition of the International Plumbing Code, known as the "IPC," as amended; and
The 2003 edition of the International Fire Code, known as the "IFC," including the following Appendices, as amended:
The office of the Building Code Official is hereby created, and the executive official in charge shall be known as the "Building Code Official."
The Building Code Official shall be appointed by the Supervisors of the Township and shall serve at the pleasure of the Supervisors.
During temporary absence or disability of the Building Code Official, the appointing authority shall designate an acting Building Code Official. The Building Code Official is hereby authorized and directed to administer and enforce all of the provisions of this chapter.
The Building Code Official shall devote his/her time to the duties of this office. He/she shall receive applications required by this chapter, issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates. The Building Code Official shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make necessary inspections to see that the provisions of law are complied with and that construction is prosecuted safely. He/she shall enforce all provisions of the Township-adopted Building Code. The Building Code Official shall, when requested by proper authority, or when the public interest so requires, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the Building Code and render written reports on same. To enforce compliance with the law, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to secure the necessary safeguards during construction, or to require adequate exit facilities in buildings and structures, the Building Code Official shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary.
Inspections required under the provision of the Building Code shall be made by the Building Code Official or his/her duly appointed inspectors. The Building Code Official may accept reports of inspectors of the recognized inspection services after investigation of their qualifications and reliability. No certificate called for by any provision of the Building Code shall be issued on such reports unless the same are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of such service.
The Building Code Official shall keep comprehensive records of applications, of permits issued, of certificates issued, of inspections made, of reports rendered, and of notices or orders issued, as required by law. He/she shall retain on file copies of required plans and all documents relating to building work as required by law and/or as otherwise required by the Township.
Upon presentation of proper credentials, the Building Code Official or his/her duly authorized representatives may enter at reasonable times any building, structure or premises in the jurisdiction to perform any duty imposed upon him/her by this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, whether an owner, lessee, sublessee or occupant, to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building and its accessory structures in the jurisdiction, or cause or permit the same to be done, contrary to or in violation of the provisions of this chapter.
General: In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the Building Code Official relative to the application and interpretation of this chapter, there shall be a Board of Appeals established in accordance with the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code as set forth in this chapter.
The Township, its elected officials, appointed officials, employees or agents shall not be liable for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of the Building Code Official's duties.