Borough of Sharon Hill, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the Borough of Sharon Hill 8-14-1951 by Ord. No. 733 (Ch. 82 of the 1972 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction codes — See Ch. 125.
Electrical installations — See Ch. 160.

§ 240-1 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following term shall have the meaning indicated:
OIL-BURNING EQUIPMENT
Any device designed and arranged for the purpose of burning or preparing to burn fuel, range or other oils, and oil equipment connected therewith, including internal and external supply of storage tanks, piping, wiring and all accessories.

§ 240-2 Permit required for installation.

On and after the approval of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to install, erect or enlarge any oil-burning equipment or to make repairs to any oil-burning equipment, if such repairs substantially alter the construction or installation thereof, in the Borough of Sharon Hill without first having obtained a permit from the Borough Superintendent so to do pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

§ 240-3 Application for permit.

Application for such permit shall be made to the Borough Superintendent of the Borough of Sharon Hill and shall state the name and address of the applicant, the place where the work is to be performed, the trade name of the oil-burning equipment, the name and address of the manufacturer thereof and any other information which the Borough Superintendent may deem necessary. Such application shall be accompanied by a plan in duplicate showing the location of the proposed equipment in the building, the location and size of the flue and the smoke pipe leading to the same, and such other information as may be required by the Borough Superintendent.

§ 240-4 Equipment, location and installation specifications.

The following specifications must be complied with in installing oil-burning equipment in the Borough of Sharon Hill:
A. 
The smoke pipe must be at least 18 inches from the unprotected woodwork.
B. 
It may be 10 inches, but not less than 10 inches, from woodwork where the woodwork is protected from the heat of the smoke pipe by a shield of asbestos board at least one-half-inch thick, supported by a nonflammable device, such as porcelain knobs, which maintains a space of at least one inch between the woodwork and the shield.
C. 
The fuel tank must be at least seven feet from the oil burner.
D. 
Not more than two two-hundred-seventy-five-gallon tanks shall be installed aboveground in any building; and not more than one two-hundred-seventy-five-gallon tank shall be installed aboveground in a building requiring 650 feet or less of standing steam radiation or its equivalent.
E. 
Where two tanks are installed, a three-way valve must be used so that only one tank can be used at a time.
F. 
No tank shall be installed more than 30 inches above the level of the cellar floor.
G. 
All tanks shall be securely supported on incombustible supports to prevent settling, sliding or lifting.
H. 
The pipe to fill a tank must be not less than one-and-one-half-inch pipe and must be run through the wall and cemented in tightly at or above the ground or pavement level.
I. 
Vent pipes must be at least one-inch pipe and must be protected by a vent cap containing an insect screen.
J. 
The vent cap must be at least three feet above the level of the ground or pavement.
K. 
The fuel line between the tank and the burner must be covered by cement.
L. 
Oil burners shall be securely installed in a workmanlike manner in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer and by qualified mechanics experienced in making such installations.
M. 
The burner and controls must bear labels showing they have been approved by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
N. 
All controls and safety devices specified in the manual of the National Board of Fire Underwriters for any particular make of burner must be used in installing that burner.
O. 
Fuel tanks shall be made of not less than No. 12B and S gauge steel and may be of the flat oval type.
P. 
All fuel tanks must bear the Underwriters' label and have a readily accessible shutoff valve of approved type installed in the feed line near the burner and close to the supply tank to shut off feed of oil when necessary.
Q. 
No pot-type or gravity-feed burners will be permitted.
R. 
All electrically driven equipment shall be equipped with two switches in the motor control supply circuit, one placed near the entrance to the room where the motor is located and one within five feet of the burner.
S. 
The location of oil switches shall be approved by the Plumbing Inspector.

§ 240-5 Permit application fee.

[Amended 5-24-2012 by Ord. No. 1359]
The applicant for a permit under the provisions of this chapter shall, at the time of making application therefor, pay to the Borough Superintendent for the Borough account the sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council. The Plumbing Inspector shall receive 1/2 of the inspection fee in the case of each permit.

§ 240-6 Work subject to approval and applicable regulations.

The installation, erection, enlargement or repairing of oil-burning equipment and the storage and use of fuel, range or other oils in connection therewith shall be subject to the inspection and approval of the Plumbing Inspector and shall conform to the "Regulations of the National Board of Fire Underwriters" as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. Copies of said regulations shall be kept by the Borough Superintendent and given to any person applying therefor.

§ 240-7 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019; 7-14-1988 by Ord. No. 1180]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both. Each day such violation continues after notice thereof by the Plumbing Inspector shall constitute a separate violation.