Township of Hatfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[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.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 92.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 250.
Zoning — See Ch. 282.
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:
A. 
2006 International Residential Building Code.
Appendix F (Radon Control Methods)
Appendix H (Patio Covers)
Appendix J (Existing Building and Structures)
Appendix M (Home Day Care - R-3 Occupancy)
B. 
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]
(1) 
Section 101 is amended to insert "Hatfield Township" as the Name of Jurisdiction.
(2) 
Section 103.1 is amended to read "Intentionally Left Blank."
(3) 
Section 103.2 is amended to read as follows:
103.2 Appointment. The Fire Marshal shall serve as the fire code official; and the fire code official shall not be removed from office except for cause and after full opportunity to be heard on specific and relevant charges by and before the Board of Commissioners.
(4) 
Section 103.3 is amended to read as follows:
103.3 Deputies. The Fire Marshal shall have the authority to appoint one or more Deputy Fire Marshals, each of which has the authority to enforce this Code. In addition, any Code Official of Hatfield shall have authority to enforce the provisions of this Code.
(5) 
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."
(6) 
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."
(7) 
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.
(8) 
Section 110.1 is amended to replace the words "building department" with the words "Code Official."
(9) 
Section 111.4 is amended to insert "$300" for the first amount and "$600" for the second amount.
(10) 
Section 311.2.2(2) is amended to replace the words “fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
(11) 
Section 501.3 is amended to replace the words "fire department" with the words "fire code official."
(12) 
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."
(13) 
Section 503.4 is amended to read as follows:
503.4 Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads and fire lanes. Fire apparatus access roads and fire lanes shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking, stopping or standing of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in Section 503.2.1 shall be maintained at all times. The fire code official shall have the authority to issue citations on the spot for obstruction of fire apparatus access roads and fire lanes. Obstruction of a fire apparatus access road or fire lane is punishable by a fine as established by the Board of Commissioners and set forth in the Hatfield Township Fee Schedule,[1] which fine may be amended from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners."
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A287, Fee Schedules.
(14) 
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)."
(15) 
A new Section 505.1.1 is added as follows:
505.1.1 Addresses and suite numbers. The fire code official shall have the authority to assign addresses and suite numbers, as needed, to insure for appropriate and consistent identification of buildings for emergency services. Address and suite numbers shall be located as directed by the fire code official.
(16) 
Section 912.2.1 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
(17) 
Section 912.3 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
(18) 
Section 912.3.2 is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
(19) 
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."
(20) 
Section D103.2 of Appendix D is amended to replace the words "fire chief" with the words "fire code official."
(21) 
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.
(22) 
A new Appendix K is added to the Hatfield Fire Code as follows:
Appendix K. Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program.
K101. A Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program is hereby established.
K102. The Fire and Safety Inspection Program is designed to increase the level of the health and safety of building occupants through a comprehensive program of education, inspection and enforcement.
K103. All nonresidential facilities/buildings, multifamily residential buildings and all rental units shall be inspected under this program.
K104. Inspections shall be based on the fire, health and safety code requirements established within the current versions of the International Fire Code and International Property Maintenance Code.
K105. All nonresidential facilities/buildings shall be inspected on a biannual (every two years) basis by employees of the Safety and Code Enforcement Department, although certain facilities/buildings that pose a higher hazard due to the use or occupancy type may be inspected more frequently. All multifamily residential buildings and all rental units shall be inspected annually by employees of the Safety and Code Enforcement Department.
K106. The inspector shall provide the owner/occupant with a written list of code violations (if any) and a date by which all violations must be corrected.
K107. Fees for the Fire and Life Safety Inspection Program shall be established by the Board of Commissioners and shall be set forth in the Hatfield Township Fee Schedule.[2] Said fees may be amended from time to time by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
K107.1 The inspection fee shall cover the initial inspection and one follow-up inspection (if needed) for each inspection cycle.
K107.2 Each additional inspection required beyond the first follow-up inspection shall be subject to an additional inspection fee until code compliance is achieved.
K108. Failure to allow access for the inspector to perform the inspection within 30 calendar days of notification of the inspection may result in an enforcement action initiated by the Township.
K109. Failure to correct all code violations within an established time frame may result in an enforcement action initiated by the Township.
K110. Failure to pay the required inspection fee(s) within 30 days of the receipt of an invoice therefor may result in an enforcement action initiated by the Township.
K111. Violations and penalties. Failure to adhere to the requirements of this Appendix K may result in an enforcement action initiated by the Township. If a person or entity is found guilty of violating this Appendix K, a fine shall be levied in the maximum amount of $600 per offense, plus court costs and attorneys' fees. In default of payment thereof, a violator shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation continues after the expiration of the initial period to correct such violation(s) shall constitute a separate offense.
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A287, Fee Schedules.
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:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of Hatfield Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Township;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Hatfield Township;
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of the code through an intermunicipal agreement;
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of Hatfield Township;
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.
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.
A. 
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.
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 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.
C. 
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:
A. 
Chapter 4.
(1) 
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."
(2) 
Delete No. 3.
B. 
Chapter 7.
[Amended 10-8-2014 by Ord. No. 652]
(1) 
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.
C. 
Chapter 9, Fire Protection Systems (automatic sprinkler systems). Amend this chapter to include the following:
[Amended 5-25-2016 by Ord. No. 664]
903.2 Where required. Automatic sprinkler systems shall be installed and maintained in full operating condition, as specified by this code, in the locations indicated in this section, with the following modifications:
903.2.1 Use Group A. In all buildings or structures with an occupancy load of 100 or more.
903.2.2 Use Groups H, I, R-1, R-2. In all buildings or structures or portions thereof.
903.2.3 Use Groups B, E, F, M, S, U. In all buildings or structures or portions thereof when more than 5,000 square feet in area or 35 or more feet in height.
903.2.4 All use groups. In any portion of a structure below a residential occupancy. Exception: R-3 and R-4 occupancies.
903.2.5 All use groups. In any below-grade area of 500 square feet or more. Exception: R-3 and R-4 occupancies, where the area limit shall be 2,000 square feet.
903.2.6 Painting rooms. In spray-painting rooms or shops where painting, brushing, dipping or mixing is regularly conducted using flammable materials.
903.2.7 Trash rooms and chutes. In rooms or areas used for incineration, trash and laundry collection and similar uses; and at alternate floor levels and at the top of all chutes used in conjunction with these rooms or areas.
903.2.8 Furnace rooms. In furnace rooms, boiler rooms and rooms for similar uses. Exception: one- and two-family dwellings.
D. 
Chapter 33. Add new Section 3303.7 as follows:
3303.7 Certificate of rodent exterminator. Prior to the issuance of a demolition permit, the applicant shall furnish to the Township a certificate from a reputable rodent exterminator which states that the building or structure to be demolished has been inspected and found to be free of rodents, or that the building or structure to be demolished has been properly treated for the eradication of all rodents in and about the premises.
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.