City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Monessen 6-21-2004 by Ord. No. 5-2004. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Electrical standards — See Ch. 193.
Plumbing — See Ch. 285.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 345.

§ 172-1 Election to administer and enforce.

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 to 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.

§ 172-2 Adoption of standards. [1]

The Uniform Construction Code, 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 building code of the City.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 2-2012, adopted 5-16-2012, adopted the 2012 International Existing Building Code, the 2012 International Building Code, Chapters 20.9 and 31 through 35, and the 2012 International Fire Code, all issued by the International Code Council, and including all errata issued by the ICC, as the Existing Buildings Code, the Building Code and the Fire Prevention Code of the City of Monessen.

§ 172-3 Methods of administration and enforcement.

Administration and enforcement of the code within the City shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of the City from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the City to serve as the code official to act on behalf of the City;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the City;
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of the City;
E. 
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.

§ 172-4 Board of Appeals.

A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of the City in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the code, 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.

§ 172-5 Effect on other provisions.

A. 
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by the City on or before July 1, 1999 and which equal or exceed the requirements of the code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the code, as amended from time to time.
B. 
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 code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the code.
C. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the City not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.

§ 172-6 Fees.

A. 
Fees assessable by the City for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.
B. 
State fee:
[Added 6-15-2005 by Ord. No. 6-2005]
(1) 
In addition to fees currently charged for the issuance of a construction or building permit issued under the authority of Act 13 of 2004,[1] the City's Building Code Official shall collect an additional $2 for every construction permit issued in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code;
[1]
Editor's Note: Act 13 of 2004 requires any municipality administering the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code to collect an additional fee of $2 for every construction permit issued, to be remitted to the state Department of Economic Development to be used for education and training purposes associated with the UCC.
(2) 
The City's Building Code Official shall remit the additional $2 collected for every construction permit issued to the Department of Community and Economic Development within 30 days after the end of the respective quarterly reporting period.