Township of Upper Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton 1-17-1995 by Ord. No. 313. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 56.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 88.
Plumbing — See Ch. 130.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 160.
Zoning — See Ch. 185.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Upper Southampton Township Contractor Licensing Ordinance."
The following words and phrases as used in this chapter shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning. The masculine includes the feminine, the singular includes the plural and the plural includes the singular.
CONTRACT
An agreement, whether oral or written and whether contained in one or more documents, between a contractor and an owner or another contractor for the performance of work, including all labor, services and materials to be furnished and performed thereunder.
CONTRACTOR
Any person, other than a bona fide employee of the contractor, who undertakes or offers to perform construction, repair, re-roofing, remodeling, rehabilitation, demolition, paving, electrical and any other residential or nonresidential construction or demolition work in the Township, whether as general contractor, subcontractor, specialty contractor or home improvement contractor with respect to the property owner.
LICENSE YEAR
The twelve-month period beginning the first day of January of each year.
OWNER
Any property owner, tenant or other person who orders, contracts for, or purchases the services of a contractor, or any person entitled to the work of a contractor pursuant to a contract, gift, or otherwise.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, limited partnership, association, corporation, trust or other legally cognizable entity.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Upper Southampton.
The Code Official or his authorized representatives shall administer and enforce the provisions of this chapter.
No person shall act as a contractor in the Township except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. Any person, including an owner, who willfully aids a contractor or participates with a contractor in violating any provisions of this chapter is in violation of this chapter. The provisions of this chapter may not be waived by agreement.
A license issued pursuant to this chapter shall not be construed to authorize the licensee to perform any particular type of work or type of business which is reserved to qualified licensees under other provisions of federal, state or local law.
A. 
For the license year beginning January 1, 1995, and each license year thereafter, every person desiring to continue to engage in or hereafter to begin to engage in the business of acting as a contractor in the Township shall, on or before the first day of January of the license year or prior to commencing business in such license year, make application for a license to act as a contractor in the Township.
B. 
Such application shall be made by the completion of an application furnished by the Code Official and the payment of the prescribed license fee. Each application must contain the information required hereinafter by this chapter and must present satisfactory proof of insurance. Each application for a license shall be signed by the applicant if a natural person, and in the case of an association or a partnership, by a member or partner thereof, and in the case of a corporation, by an officer thereof.
C. 
Each authorized successful applicant shall be issued a license, which license shall be in the form of a wallet-sized card and in the form of a vehicle bumper sticker. Every licensed contractor, while actually acting as a contractor in the Township, shall carry said license card with him and shall display it to the Code Official or his representatives upon request to do so. Every licensed contractor shall at all times display his bumper sticker license on the rear bumper of the vehicle he primarily uses in his activities as a contractor.
D. 
All contractors licenses shall expire at 12:00 midnight on December 31 of each license year unless the license is revoked or suspended prior thereto under the terms of this chapter. A person with an unexpired license which has not been revoked or suspended during the current license year who makes application for a license for the following license year need not complete an application form, but must only submit the required license and, if he qualifies for the following license year, he will be issued a new license card and bumper sticker for the following license year.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the official transactions of any authorized representative of the government of the United States, any state or commonwealth of the United States, any political subdivision of any state or commonwealth or any agency or instrumentality of the foregoing governments; provided, however, that no person engaged by the representative of any of the foregoing shall act as a contractor in the Township unless such person shall first have complied with and have been licensed under the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
No contractor's license shall be required of any person when acting in a particular capacity or particular type of transaction as follows:
(1) 
A person who performs labor or services for a contractor for wages or salary.
(2) 
A person who is required by other state or local law to attain standards of competency or experience, and who must obtain licensing under such other state or local law as prerequisite to engage in a craft or profession, and who is acting exclusively within the scope of such craft or profession for which he is currently licensed pursuant to such other law.
(3) 
The provisions of this chapter shall not be interpreted as to require licensing for small repairs or other minor construction work which is not performed for compensation and is done by the owner and/or his family or friends in self-help on the owner's property.
A. 
No contractor's license shall be issued unless the applicant files a certificate of insurance with the Code Official at the time of license application. The certificate of insurance shall contain a provision that coverages afforded under the policy will not be canceled until at least 15 days prior written notice of such cancellation has been given to the Township of Upper Southampton. The certificate of insurance must evidence policies of insurance, maintained at the expense of the applicant, for public liability, property damage, products liability, completed operations and workers' compensation, each of which must have a single occurrence limit of at least $250,000. Additional liability insurance coverage may be required by the Code Official at the time of application, provided that it shall be reasonably based on the nature and the extent of the applicant's proposed operations.
[Amended 3-18-2003 by Ord. No. 356]
B. 
All types and limits of insurance for which certificates are presented at the time of application, and based upon which a license is issued, shall be maintained throughout the license year, or the license will be suspended or revoked as hereinafter set forth in this chapter. The Code Official must be advised of any change in an insurance carrier during a license year.
A. 
At the time of application for a new license or for the renewal of a current license, the applicant shall pay an annual license application fee to the Township of Upper Southampton. The amount of the annual application fee shall be established, from time to time, pursuant to resolution of the Board of Supervisors. No fee or portion thereof shall be returned to a successful or unsuccessful applicant. There shall not be a prorated reduction in the license fee if application is made during the license year, or suspended or revoked during the license year.
B. 
Provided, however, that a person shall be required to pay only one license fee per year under this chapter regardless of the number of jobs or the number of trade areas in which the contractor will provide services. In addition, every person licensed in a specific construction trade such as plumbing, electrical and like trades in which the Township currently requires a license and imposes a registration or license fee shall be required to be licensed as a contractor pursuant to this chapter provided that each such person shall only be required to pay one license or registration fee per year regardless of the number of licenses required by the Township.
A. 
Upon submission of a proper application, the Code Official shall, within a period of 30 days following the receipt of the application, issue or refuse to issue the appropriate contractor's license to the applicant. If issuance of a license is denied, the Code Official shall mail to the unsuccessful applicant a written statement setting forth the reason or reasons for the denial, within the aforesaid thirty-day period.
B. 
The application for a license shall be in printed form, provided to the applicant by the Township, and shall require a written answer to all questions contained thereon. Failure to answer all questions on the application form shall mean that the applicant is not entitled to consideration of his application until he has answered all questions. The application form shall be signed by the applicant under oath. The information requested on the application form shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) 
The names of owners, partners, directors and officers of the applicant, and the business address and trade name of the applicant.
(2) 
A statement as to whether or not any municipalities have refused to issue or have revoked any similar contractors' licenses to the applicant within two years prior to the date of the application. In the event that there has been such a denial or revocation, the applicant must explain in writing the reasons for such denial or revocation.
(3) 
A listing of all jobs performed within the preceding three-month period, but at a minimum, a listing of the last 10 jobs performed by the contractor, along with a statement of the location of the jobs, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the party or parties who contracted with the applicant for such jobs. In addition, applicant shall specify in detail his areas of competence and all proposed work activities.
(4) 
A listing of all convictions within two years prior to the date of the application for any crimes or offenses under any federal or state criminal statute or common law criminal offense, or for violation of any Township ordinance, so long as such convictions were for crimes or offenses related to the applicant's work or contracts as a contractor. The term "conviction" shall include guilty pleas and pleas of nolo contendere. If any such conviction exists, the applicant shall give in writing the caption, court and term number of the proceeding leading to the conviction. The applicant shall also explain, in writing, the nature of the conviction.
Every contractor licensee shall, within 10 days after a change in ownership, directors, officers, management, address or trade name, notify the Code Official of such change.
No license shall be issued or renewed by the Code Official under the following circumstances:
A. 
If the applicant falsely answered any question or questions contained on the application form.
B. 
If the applicant has been convicted within two years prior to the date of the application for any crimes or offenses under any federal or state criminal statute or common law criminal offense or for violation of any Township ordinance so long as such convictions were for crimes or offenses related to the applicant's work as a contractor. The term "conviction" shall include guilty pleas and pleas of nolo contendere.
The Code Official shall revoke any license issued under the provisions of this chapter under the following circumstances:
A. 
If the licensee falsely answered any question or questions contained on an application for licensing or renewal of licensing previously submitted to the Code Official.
B. 
If the licensee fails to maintain, during the license year, the policies of insurance required under the provisions of this chapter.
C. 
If the licensee violates any of the terms or provisions of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Upper Southampton or any terms or provisions of this chapter.
D. 
If the licensee violates any condition or requirement of any permit issued by the Township of Upper Southampton.
E. 
If the licensee willfully deviates from or disregards any plans or specifications for any contracting job in any material respect without first obtaining the consent of the owner, in writing, to any such change and without first notifying the Code Official of any such change.
F. 
If the licensee does any business through any person who is subject to the licensing requirements of this chapter and who is not licensed as required by this chapter.
G. 
If the licensee conducts a contractor's business in the Township under any name other than that under which he is licensed.
H. 
If the licensee fails to comply with an order, demand or requirement lawfully made by the Township under the authority of this chapter or any other Township ordinance.
Appeals from any refusal to issue or renew, suspension, or revocation of a license may be made to the Board of Supervisors within 10 days after such action by the Code Official.
[Amended 3-18-2003 by Ord. No. 356; 6-19-2012 by Ord. No. 414]
Any violation of this chapter shall be enforced by action brought before a District Justice in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 10 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues, or each section of this chapter which shall be found to have been violated, shall constitute a separate offense. For purposes of this section, the doing of any act or thing prohibited by any provision of this chapter, or the failure to do any act or thing as to which any provision of this chapter creates an affirmative duty, shall constitute a violation of this chapter punishable as herein stated.