[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Easton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-14-1976 by Ord. No. 2342 (Art. 1723 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
The Chief Code Administrator or his authorized representative shall be authorized to enter any building, dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming house, rooming unit or premises at any reasonable time during business hours or at such other time as may be necessary in an emergency for the purpose of performing his duties under the City's Electrical Code, Building Code, Plumbing Code, Health Code, Fire Code or any other City ordinance requiring City personnel to make inspections.
If permission to enter is refused or delayed by any person, the Chief Codes Administrator may obtain a search warrant in accordance with the procedure established for obtaining search warrants.
[Amended 2-11-2009 by Ord. No. 5163]
No officer, agent or employee of the City shall render himself personally liable for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of his duties under the City's Electrical Code, Building Code, Plumbing Code, Health Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Zoning Code or any other City ordinance requiring City personnel to make inspections. Any suit brought against any officer, agent or employee of the City as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of his duties under any of the above-cited ordinances shall be defended by the City Solicitor until the final determination of the proceedings therein.
[Adopted 6-9-2004 by Ord. No. 4513 (Art. 1701 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances)]
The purpose of this article is to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Easton and to conform to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and regulations to the Act promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as the "code").
The City hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 through 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, 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 the City, governing the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of all property, buildings and structures, also providing for the issuance of permits. Each and all of the regulations, provisions, conditions, and terms of the Pennsylvania UCC, as amended, are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof as if fully set forth in this article, with the changes and amendments noted hereinafter.
Administration and enforcement of the code within the City of Easton shall be undertaken in the following way:
Nothing herein shall be construed to affect, modify or repeal any provisions of this article regulating streets and sidewalks or plumbing installation, or any provision of any zoning, housing, mechanical, electrical, subdivision, health, fire prevention, or similar ordinance. Where any provision of this code imposes greater restrictions than any other ordinance, law or regulation, the provisions of this code shall control. Where any other provision of any other ordinance, law or regulation imposes greater restrictions than this code, the provisions of such ordinance, law or regulation shall control.
If any section, subsection, sentence or clause of this article is held, for any reason, to be invalid, such decision or decisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this article.
On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical and plumbing systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the schedule as established in Chapter 285, Fees.
Any person who commences any work, with the exception of emergency repairs or replacement, before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to 100% of the usual permit fee in addition to the required fee. Emergency repairs or replacement of equipment may be made without first applying for a permit if a permit application is submitted to the Building Official within three business days of the repair or replacement.
The Building Official is authorized to establish a refund policy.
The Uniform Construction Code, adopted herein, is hereby amended and changed in the following respects:
UCC 403.1(b)(3) Exclusions (amended).
UCC 403.3(a) Building Code Official Delegation (amended).
UCC 403.3(b) Building Code Official Delegation (amended).
UCC 403.21(3) International Mechanical Code (amended). IMC 1305.6 Fill Piping.
UCC 403.21(5) International Plumbing Code (amended). IPC 904.1 Roof Extensions.
UCC 403.21(7) International Fire Code (amended).
IFC 503.1.2.1 Temporary access (added).
IFC 905.3 Required installations (amended).
IFC 906.5 Conspicuous location (amended).
IFC 907.2.2 Group B (amended).
IFC 907.2.9 Group R-2 (amended).
IFC 907.2.10.1.5 Mixed occupancy (added).
IFC 3301.2.3 Permit restrictions (amended).
IFC 3404.2.13.1.4.6 Tanks abandoned in place (added).
IFC 3404.2.9 Aboveground tanks (amended).
IFC 3406.4.5 Storage (bulk plants or terminals) (amended).
IFC 3804.02 Maximum capacity within established limits (liquefied petroleum gas containers) (amended).
UCC 403.21 (8) International Energy Conservation Code (amended). IECC Table 302.1 Exterior Design Conditions.
UCC 403.21(c) Uniform Construction Code — Standards (added).
UCC 403.21(d) Stairway specifications: delete in its entirety.
UCC 403.42(c)(xiii) Commercial exemption (window replacement): delete in its entirety.
UCC 403.62(c)(x) Residential exception (window replacement, etc.): delete in its entirety.
UCC 403.62(c)(x)(xvii) Residential exception (deck): delete in its entirety.