Township of Upper Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton 6-15-2004 by Ord. No. 363; amended in its entirety 1-19-2010 by Ord. No. 397. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass and weeds — See Ch. 52.
Building construction — See Ch. 56.
Residential building construction — See Ch. 57.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 88.
Energy conservation — See Ch. 90.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 96.
Fuel gas — See Ch. 105.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 117.
Plumbing — See Ch. 130.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 132.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 160.
Zoning — See Ch. 185.
The Township of Upper Southampton hereby continues to elect to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
A. 
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401-405, as amended from time to time, continues to be adopted and incorporated hereby by reference as the municipal building code of the Township of Upper Southampton with permissible amendments set forth below.
B. 
Portions of said Uniform Construction Code require certain information to be provided which is unique to individual municipalities. Accordingly, the following information is provided in order to complete the Codes:
(1) 
International Building Code, 2009 Edition.
(a) 
In Section 1612.3, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 1612.3, insert "May 18, 1999."
(c) 
In Section 3412.2, insert "May 2, 1961."
(2) 
ICC Electrical Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 404.2, insert "in accordance with the latest fee schedule adopted by resolution."
(3) 
International Mechanical Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 106.5.2, insert "latest fee schedule as adopted by resolution by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton."
(c) 
In Section 106.5.3, insert "80% to 90%."
(d) 
In Section 108.4, insert "summary offense," "$1,000," "not to exceed 90 days."
(e) 
In Section 108.5, insert "$500," "$1,000."
(4) 
International Fuel Gas Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 106.6.2, insert "to be set by resolution by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton."
(c) 
In Section 106.5.3.1, insert "0%," "0%."
(d) 
In Section 108.4, insert "summary offense," $1,000," "90 days."
(e) 
In Section 108.5, insert "$500," "$1,000."
(5) 
International Plumbing Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 106.6.2, insert "latest fee schedule as adopted by resolution by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton."
(c) 
In Section 106.6.3, insert "80% to 90%."
(d) 
In Section 108.4, insert "summary offense," "$1,000," "not to exceed 90 days."
(e) 
In Section 108.5, insert "$500 to $1,000."
(f) 
In Section 305.6.1, insert "30 inches" to "30 inches."
(g) 
In Section 904.1, insert "36 inches."
(6) 
International Fire Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 109.3, insert "summary offense," "$1,000," "90 days."
(c) 
In Section 111.4, insert "$500," $1,000."
(d) 
Insert: Smoke and/or Heat Detector Regulations for Use Groups other than Residential. A listed and labeled smoke and/or heat detection system, which shall be approved by the Code Enforcement Officer, shall be installed and maintained to protect every room of the entire premises in all places of public assembly, including, inter alia, restaurants, bowling lanes, shopping malls, shopping centers, including merchandising marts, indoor places of amusement, including sport arenas or rinks, clubs, lodges or fraternal organizations, YMCAs or similar occupancies, lumber yards and builder's supply, and all other office, commercial or industrial property and associated occupancies within the same structure, having a total floor area greater than 200 square feet and for which an occupancy permit is required. All detectors in the system shall be interlocked and coupled to means for producing an alarm of at least 85 dbA throughout the entire premises. The provisions of this section shall not apply to those structures encompassed by this section, which are protected throughout by a sprinkler system approved by the Code Enforcement Officer.
(7) 
International Energy Conservation Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 108.4, insert "$500," "$1,000."
(8) 
International Existing Building Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 1301.2, insert "May 2, 1961."
(9) 
International Urban- Wildland Interface Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section 101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Section 103.1, insert "Licenses and Inspections."
(c) 
In Section 109.4.7, insert "summary offense," "$1,000," "90 days."
(d) 
In Section 114.4, insert "$500," "$1,000."
(10) 
International Residential Code 2009.
(a) 
In Section R101.1, insert "Township of Upper Southampton."
(b) 
In Table R301.2(1), insert "301b/sq2," "exposure C," "D1," "severe," "36 in.," "Mod. To Heavy," "Slight to Mod.," "12," "May 9, 1972," "September 7, 1999," "1,000," "50."
(c) 
In P2603.6.1, insert "36 inches," "36 inches."
Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary established in the Uniform Construction Code and as permitted by Section 403.102(1) in its entirety, permits shall be required for:
A. 
Replacement of existing siding [403.62(c)(1)(XIII)]; and
B. 
Installation of an uncovered deck where the floor of the deck is no more than 30 inches above grade [403.62(c)(1)(XVII)].
Administration and enforcement of the Code within the Township of Upper Southampton shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of the Township of Upper Southampton from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of the Township of Upper Southampton to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of Upper Southampton Township;
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Upper Southampton Township;
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 Upper Southampton 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 shall be established by resolution of the governing body of the Township of Upper Southampton in conformity with the requirements of the relevant provisions of the 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 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 the Township of Upper Southampton on or before July 1, 1999, and which equal or exceed the requirements of the code, shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the code, 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 code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the code.
C. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Township of Upper Southampton not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fees assessable by the Township of Upper Southampton for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.