Township of Bethlehem, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Bethlehem 6-21-2004 by Ord. No. 03-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 96.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 218.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 230.
Zoning — See Ch. 275.

§ 110-1 Election to administer and enforce.

The Township of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, hereby elects to administer and enforce the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act of November 10, 1999, P.L. 491, No. 45, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 through 7210.1103, and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and industry regulations promulgated pursuant thereto at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapters 401 through 405.

§ 110-2 Adoption of Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.

The Township of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania hereby adopts and incorporates by reference as if set forth fully herein, as its municipal building code, the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, as set forth in Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as may be amended from time to time, and as completed and amended in accordance with § 110-3.

§ 110-3 Amendments to adopted codes.

A. 
In the International Building Code, adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403.21(a)(1):
(1) 
In Section 1612.3, Establishment of flood hazard areas, insert "Township of Bethlehem" in place of the bracketed phrase "[INSERT NAME OF JURISDICTION]" and insert "April 6, 2001" in place of the bracketed phrase "[INSERT DATE OF ISSUANCE]."
(2) 
In Section 3410.2, Applicability, insert "January 9, 1965, the effective date of building codes within the Township of Bethlehem" in place of the bracketed phrase "[DATE TO BE INSERTED BY THE JURISDICTION]."
B. 
In the ICC Electrical Code adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, "Labor and Industry," Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403.21(a)(2):
(1) 
In Section 404.2, Schedule of Permit Fees, insert "See Township of Bethlehem Fee Schedule as established by the Board of Commissioners" in place of the bracketed phrase "[JURISDICTION TO INSERT APPROPRIATE SCHEDULE]."
C. 
In the International Plumbing Code adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403.21(a)(5):
(1) 
In Section 305.6.1, Sewer Depth, insert "42 inches" in place of the bracketed term "[NUMBER]."
(2) 
In Section 904.1, Roof Extension, insert "18 inches" in place of the bracketed term "[NUMBER]."
(3) 
Section 1002.6, Building Traps, is amended to read as follows:
Building (house) traps shall be installed, except where specifically found to be detrimental by the Building Code Official. Each such trap must be accessible, have a cleanout on the outlet side and fresh air intake connected to the inlet side which is no less than two inches in diameter. Such relief vent or fresh air intake shall terminate above grade in a screened outlet located outside the building provided that such vent meets the requirements of Section 904.5 of the International Plumbing Code and Section P3103.5 of the International Residential Code (one- and two-family dwellings construction).
D. 
In the International Residential Code adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403.21(a)(6):
(1) 
Table R301.2(1), Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria, is completed with the following insertions.
Roof snow load: 30 psf
Wind speed: 90 mph
Seismic design category: C
Weathering: Severe
Frost line depth: 36 inches
Termite damage: Moderate to heavy
Decay damage: Moderate to severe
Winter design temperature: 10° F.
Flood hazards: See currently effective FEMA FIRM Maps
(2) 
In Section P2603.6.1, Sewer Depth, insert "42 inches" in place of the first bracketed term "[NUMBER"] and insert "42 inches" in place of the second bracketed term "[NUMBER]."
(3) 
In Section P3103.1, Roof Extension, insert "18 inches" in place of the first bracketed term "[NUMBER]" and insert "zero inches" in place of the second bracketed term "[NUMBER]."
E. 
In the International Fire Code adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403.21(a)(7):
(1) 
Section 307, Open Burning, is hereby deleted. (Note: the subject matter of open burning is governed by Chapter 101, Burning, Open, of this Code.)
(2) 
Section 912, Fire Department Connections, Subsection 912.4, Signs, is amended to read as follows:
A metal sign with raised letters as least one inch (25 mm) in size shall be mounted on all fire department connections serving fire sprinklers standpipes or fire pump connections. Such signs shall read "Automatic Sprinklers," "Standpipes," "Test Connection," or a combination thereof, as applicable. In addition, where a fire department connection is located on the exterior of a building, a sign shall be mounted on the building between 12 feet above ground level and the roof line as determined by the Building Code Official directly above the fire department connection. The sign shall be reflective with four-inch red lettering on a white background. The sign shall read "Fire Department" on the top line and "Connection" on the lower line.
(3) 
Sections 3404.2.9.5.1, 3406.2.4.4, and 3804.2, regarding the storage of various, specifically defined liquids and gases is further restricted to the use and location requirements of Chapter 275, Zoning, as amended from time to time.
F. 
In the International Existing Building Code adopted at Pennsylvania Code, Title 34, Labor and Industry, Part XIV, Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 403, Administration Standards, § 403 21(a)(10):
(1) 
In Section 1201.2, Applicability, insert "January 9, 1965" in place of the bracketed phrase "[DATE TO BE INSERTED BY THE JURISDICTION]."

§ 110-4 Violations and penalties.

Any individual, firm or corporation that violates any provision of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof, or who erects, installs, alters, repairs or does any work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Building Code Official, or of a permit or certificate used under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, or who continues construction after service of a stop-work order, except for construction work that is necessary to remove a violation or an unsafe condition, commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and costs. Each day that a violation continues shall be considered a separate violation.

§ 110-5 Administration and enforcement.

The means of administration and enforcement of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code within the Township of Bethlehem shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Commissioners from time to time:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Township of Bethlehem to serve as the Bethlehem Township Building Code Official to act on behalf of the Township of Bethlehem;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township of Bethlehem;
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 Township of Bethlehem;
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.

§ 110-6 Board of Appeals.

The membership of a Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Bethlehem in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction 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, the membership of said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.

§ 110-7 Effect on other provisions.

All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by the Township of Bethlehem on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, as amended from time to time.

§ 110-8 Amendment of certain existing provisions.

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.

§ 110-9 Continuation of existing regulations.

The provisions of this chapter insofar as they are the same as those of ordinances and/or codes in force immediately prior to the adoption hereof are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and/or codes and not as new enactments as is permitted by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code. The provisions of this chapter shall not affect any act done or liability incurred prior to the adoption hereof, nor shall they affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any right or penalty or to punish any offense under the authority of any of the repealed ordinances and/or codes.

§ 110-10 Sprinkler system offer form.

[Added 8-15-2011 by Ord. No. 06-11]
The Township shall enforce Section 901(g) of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code by requiring a form entitled "Offer to Install Automatic Sprinkler System in One- or Two-Family Home," which form shall be executed by a buyer, and submitted by a builder, of a one- or two-family dwelling at the time of application for a building permit.