[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Hatfield 6-9-2004 by Ord. No. 528 (Ch. 5 of the 1994 Code); amended in its entirety 3-28-2007 by Ord. No. 557. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Hatfield Township 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, and its regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 to 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of Hatfield Township, together with the 2006 International Building Codes with the following appendixes attached:
2006 International Residential Building Code.
2009 International Fire Code. The 2009 International Fire Code is adopted by reference as the Hatfield Township Fire Code, with the following amendments:
[Amended 12-21-2009 by Ord. No. 593]
Section 101 is amended to insert "Hatfield Township" as the Name of Jurisdiction.
Section 103.1 is amended to read "Intentionally Left Blank."
Section 103.2 is amended to read as follows:
Section 103.3 is amended to read as follows:
The first sentence of Section 104.10 is amended to read as follows: "The Fire Marshal shall have the authority to investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of any fire, explosion or other hazardous condition."
The second sentence of Section 105.4.1 is amended to read as follows: "The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional as required by the fire code official."
Section 109.3 is amended to insert "summary offense" as the offense, to insert "$600" as the amount and to insert "30 days" as the number of days.
Section 110.1 is amended to replace the words "building department" with the words "Code Official."
Section 111.4 is amended to insert "$300" for the first amount and "$600" for the second amount.
Section 311.2.2(2) is amended to replace the words “fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
Section 501.3 is amended to replace the words "fire department" with the words "fire code official."
The first sentence of Section 503.3 is amended to read as follows: "Where required by the fire code official, approved signs or other approved notices or markings that include the words NO PARKING — FIRE LANE shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads, fire lanes, fire department connections or other locations to identify such locations or prohibit the obstruction thereof."
The fourth sentence of Section 505.1 is amended to read as follows: "Numbers shall be a minimum of six inches (152.4 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.75 inch (19.05 mm)."
A new Section 505.1.1 is added as follows:
Section 912.2.1 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
Section 912.3 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
Section 912.3.2 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
Section 912.4 is amended to add the following language to the end of the existing text: "Additional signage shall be provided as required by the fire code official."
Section D103.2 of Appendix D is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
The following appendixes are adopted and shall be enforced at the discretion of the fire code official: Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix D, Appendix E, Appendix F, Appendix H, Appendix I and Appendix J.
Administration and enforcement of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, within Hatfield Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Commissioners from time to time by resolution:
By the designation of an employee of Hatfield Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township;
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Hatfield Township;
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of the code through an intermunicipal agreement;
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of Hatfield Township;
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.
A board of appeals has been established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, 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.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by Hatfield Township on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, as amended, and its regulations, shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and its regulations, as amended, from time to time.
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 Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, and its regulations, are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, and its regulations.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of Hatfield Township not governed by the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and its regulations shall remain in full force and effect.
Technical modifications to the International Building Code 2006 are as follows:
Section 406.1.4. Amend No. 1 as follows: "Private garages located beneath rooms of Use Groups R-1, R-2, R-3, or I-1 shall be separated from adjacent interior spaces by fire partitions, floors and ceilings which are constructed with not less than a one-hour fire-resistance rating. Attached private garages shall be completely separated from the adjacent interior spaces and the attic area by means of five-eighths-inch fire code gypsum wallboard or the equivalent applied to the garage side. The sills of all door openings between the garage and adjacent interior spaces shall be raised no less than four inches (102 mm) above the garage floor. The door opening protectives shall be one-and-three-fourths-inch solid core wood doors or approved equivalent."
Delete No. 3.
[Amended 10-8-2014 by Ord. No. 652]
Section 705.1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this code, the requirements for fire separations in multifamily dwellings shall be as follows: Dwelling units located adjacent to other dwelling units shall be completely separated from the adjacent dwelling units by wall assemblies of not less than two-hour fire-resistant construction. Dwelling units located above other dwelling units shall be completely separated from the other dwelling units by floor/ceiling assemblies of not less than two-hour fire-resistant construction. The construction methods and materials associated with these fire-resistance assemblies shall be in accordance with the Building Code. Note that the term "multifamily dwelling" shall include any configuration in which dwelling units share common wall or floor/ceiling construction.
Chapter 9, Fire Protection Systems (automatic sprinkler systems). Amend this chapter to include the following:
[Amended 5-25-2016 by Ord. No. 664]
Chapter 33. Add new Section 3303.7 as follows:
Fees assessable by Hatfield Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and its regulations shall be established by the Board of Commissioners by resolution from time to time.
In the event that there is any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other duly enacted ordinance of the Township, the provisions in this chapter shall prevail. Any other terms and provisions of the ordinances of the Township that are unaffected by this chapter are hereby reaffirmed and ratified.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court, or any rights acquired or liability incurred, or any permit issued, or any cause or causes of action existing under the ordinances of the Township of Hatfield prior to enactment of this chapter.
Any person who fails to correct a violation or institute a remedial action as ordered by the Code Enforcement Office or who violates a provision or fails to comply with any requirements of this chapter or of the other applicable provisions of the Township Code shall be subject, upon summary conviction, for each violation, to a fine not exceeding $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and cost, to imprisonment not exceeding 30 days. Each day's failure to comply herewith shall constitute a separate offense.