Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 194, 9/21/1989, § 1]
The Township of Cranberry hereby establishes a board of the Township to be known as the "Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board of Cranberry Township," hereafter referred to as the "Board" who shall decide appeals concerning the Building and Fire Codes.
[Ord. 194, 9/21/1989, § 2]
The membership of the Board shall consist of five members who shall be qualified by experience and training to rule on matters pertaining to building construction and fire prevention. The terms of office shall be three years, except that of the membership of the Board first appointed: two members shall serve until the 31st day of December following adoption of this chapter; two members shall serve until the 31st day of the second December following the adoption of this chapter; and one member shall serve until the 31st day of the third December following the adoption of this Part 4B.
[Ord. 194, 9/21/1989, § 3]
1. 
The Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board shall be responsible for hearing appeals on rulings by the Building Official or Fire Official in enforcing the Building and Fire Codes of the Township.
2. 
The Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board shall perform the following duties:
A. 
Duties Relative to Errors. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Building Official or the Fire Official in the enforcement of the Building and Fire Codes.
B. 
Duties Relative to Code Modification. The Board may vary or modify the application of the Building and Fire Codes when it has been demonstrated by a fair preponderance of evidence or evidence that the provisions of the code in question should not fully apply due to unusual conditions or circumstances (provided, however, that financial hardship shall not constitute unusual conditions or circumstances) or that an equally good or better form of construction or method of construction can be used.
C. 
Upon request of the Board of Supervisors, or upon its own initiative, make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning amendments to the Building and Fire Codes.
D. 
Upon request of the Board of Supervisors, or upon its own initiative, prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors proposed amendments to the Building and Fire Codes.
3. 
The Local Agency Law, 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 105 et seq., shall govern the practice and procedure of the Building and Fire Code Appeals Board; provided, however, nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the Appeals Board from adopting reasonable rules of practice and procedure.
[Ord. 194, 9/21/1989, § 4]
Appeals to the Building and Fire Codes Appeals Board shall be heard by the Board and shall be contingent upon payment of the required fees at the time an appeal is taken. Fees are established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.