Township of New Britain, PA
Bucks County
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§ 4-101 Short Title.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § I]
This Part shall be known as the "Township of New Britain Use and Occupancy Ordinance."

§ 4-102 Permit Required.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § II]
1. 
Applications for an occupancy permit shall be obtained and filed with the Township in accordance with the Township's Fee Resolution, adopted and revised, from time to time, by the Board of Supervisors.
2. 
Every person, firm or corporation seeking a permit to occupy any premises shall file an application with the Township setting forth the name of the applicant, the location of the premises, the name of the owner, the address of the owner, the nature of the proposed use of the building, and if for residential purposes, the names of all occupants.
3. 
All residential structures shall be subject to inspection by authorized Township officials for compliance with the International Property Maintenance Code [Chapter 5] prior to issuance of an occupancy permit. Inspections should be held before the sale of the property or rental of property, as the owner of the property shall be responsible for any corrections or repairs necessary to satisfy Code requirements. A certificate of occupancy is required before any new occupants may occupy, or reoccupy any structure. Inspections shall be held not more than 45 days prior to the settlement or rental of said property.

§ 4-103 Occupancy Requirements.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § III]
1. 
Upon filing of the required application, and inspection by the Code Enforcement Department, the following requirements must be met:
A. 
All fire places, chimneys and wood stoves will be visually inspected and any fire safety hazards shall be noted for correction by the property owner.
B. 
All fire alarm systems shall be inspected and certified to be in proper working order by an independent inspector. An inspection report will be filed with the Township.
C. 
General compliance with the provisions of the applicable sections of the Township Building and Zoning Codes [Chapter 27].
D. 
Nothing contained in this Part shall be construed to require any owner of tangible personal property held for the purpose of manufacturing in the ordinary course of his business, or held for the purpose of sale or resale in the ordinary course of his business, to obtain a permit to transport or remove such tangible personal property from or to any storehouse, or house or usable place of business, and nothing contained in this Part shall be construed to require any hotel, lodging house or rooming house to obtain a permit for the use of transient guests to obtain a permit.

§ 4-104 Tenant Registration.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § IV]
In addition to all other provisions of this Part, it shall be the duty of any owner (or his designated agent) of an apartment complex, townhouse, PRD, multifamily dwelling or other residential structure to supply the names and addresses of new tenants in New Britain Township within 15 days of occupancy of the dwelling unit. This information shall be in writing and shall provide the names and addresses of all tenants or lessees.

§ 4-105 Annual Inspection for Fire Safety.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § V]
1. 
All commercial, institutional and industrial use groups, and all hotels, motels, boardinghouses and similar buildings and structures shall be inspected on an annual basis for compliance with the current adopted International Fire Code [Chapter 5].
2. 
Upon inspection by the Township and notice of any fire safety code requirements, the property owner and/or tenant will have 30 days to provide a plan for compliance with the Code Enforcement Department.

§ 4-106 Penalties.

[Ord. 04-06-03, 7/14/2004, § VI]
Any person, partnership or corporation who or which has violated or permitted the violation of the provisions of this Part shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, pay a judgment of not more than $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Township as a result thereof. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.