Township of Cranberry, PA
Butler County
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[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 1]
This municipality hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 through 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 2]
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa.Code, Chapters 401 through 405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the municipal building code of Cranberry Township.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 3]
Administration and enforcement of the code within Cranberry Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of Cranberry Township from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of Cranberry Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of Cranberry Township.
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Cranberry 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 Cranberry 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.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 4]
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of Cranberry Township 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, said Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 5]
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by this Municipality 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. Provisions continuing in effect which exceed the requirements of the code include the following:
A. 
Each sleeping room shall have at least one door with a minimum width of two feet, six inches, which shall lead to a corridor not less than 36 inches in width or to an unobstructed area providing access to an exterior door. In no case shall access to an exit be through a bathroom, bedroom, or other room subject to locking (Ord. 292, 3/25/1999, Chapter 3, § 310[1]).
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Editor's Note: Ord. 292, 3/25/1999, adopted the International One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, 1998 edition, by reference, and added § 310.4, “Sleeping Room,” to Chapter 3, § 310, thereof.
B. 
All doors exiting from a room shall not be less than two feet, six inches in width. Exception: Lavatory rooms shall be a minimum of two feet, four inches in width (Ord. 292, 3/25/1999, Chapter 3, § 311[2]).
[Amended by Ord. 2006-372, 5/4/2006, § 1]
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Editor's Note: Ord. 292, 3/25/1999, adopted the International One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, 1998 edition, by reference, and added § 311.5, “Doors,” to Chapter 3, § 311, thereof.
C. 
All new and proposed buildings or structures shall have at least one fire hydrant located and/or installed within 50 feet of the fire department connections on the building. All hydrants shall be in accordance with the technical specifications for hydrants as provided within the rules and regulations of the Cranberry Township Sewer and Water Department and the Fire Department. All Fire Department connections shall be four "STORZ" type connectors. All Fire Department connections shall be located within 50 feet of a fire hydrant (Ord. 290, 3/25/1999, Chapter 9, §§ 917.3, 917.4[3]).
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Editor's Note: Ord. 290, 3/25/1999, adopted by the BOCA National Building Code, 1999, 14th Edition, by reference, and added § 917.3, “Fire Hydrants,” and § 917.4, “Fire Department Connections,” to Chapter 9, § 917, thereof.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 6]
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this part and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the code.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 7]
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of Cranberry Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
[Ord. 2004-348, 3/30/2004, § 8]
Fees assessable by Cranberry Township for the administration and enforcement, and any appeals undertaken pursuant to this part and the code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time. Fees assessable by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be collected as provided for by law.
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Editor's Note: The preamble to Ord. 2005-359, 7/7/2005, provides: "WHEREAS, the purpose of this ordinance is to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Cranberry Township and to conform to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101-7210.1103, and regulations to the Act promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, as amended, 34 Pa.Code, Ch. 401-405 (hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as the "UCC Code"); and; "WHEREAS, by Ord. 2004-348, the Township of Cranberry adopted the UCC Code as the municipal building code of Cranberry Township, subject to the continuing applicability of certain portions of Township building code ordinances which were adopted on or before July 1, 1999, and as set forth in Ordinance 3004-348; and; WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act was amended to provide that municipality or municipal authority standards for lateral connections located on private property and connecting to public infrastructure owned by a municipality or municipal authority that were in effect on January 1, 2005, and contain provisions that equal or exceed the requirements of the regulations promulgated under the UCC Code shall remain in effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the requirements of the UCC Code, Act 239 of 2004, 35 P.S. § 7210.305; and; WHEREAS, the Township desires to identify those standards for lateral connections which will continue in effect pursuant to 35 P.S. § 7210.305; and; WHEREAS, the UCC Code authorizes a municipality may establish fees for the administration and enforcement of the Code and may establish a fee refund policy and the Township desires to establish a fee refund policy."
[Ord. 2005-359, 7/7/2004, § 1]
All Township standards for lateral connections located on private property and connecting to public infrastructure owned by the Township that were in effect on January 1, 2005, and contain provisions that equal or exceed the requirements of the regulations promulgated under the UCC Code shall remain in effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the requirements of the UCC Code, as amended from time to time. Provisions continuing in effect which exceed the requirements of the Code include the following. These standards were originally promulgated by the Municipal Sewer and Water Authority of Cranberry Township and enacted by Cranberry Township by Ord. 2002-325, 1/13/2002:
A. 
Installation. Prior to excavation of any trench, the contractor should expose the building sewer connection and the building drain. The trench width shall be kept to minimum width and have a uniform slope at approved grade, and as near as possible at right angles to the street. All trenches must be excavated at least six inches below the invert of the pipe. Granular backfill (maximum 3/4 inch gravel size) shall be placed in the trench to grade of pipe and after providing bell holes and laying pipe, backfill to a minimum height of 12 inches over the top of the pipe. Granular backfill must be carefully tamped along both sides of the pipe. Remaining backfill, if satisfactory, may be material from the original excavation. Backfilling shall not be accomplished prior to inspection. A test tee shall be installed in the building sewer immediately before the wye. If unusual trench conditions exist, such as excessive depth, unstable soil, under a stream or other water course, the Township may require the owner, at his own expense, to encase the building sewer in concrete or take such other steps which, in the opinion of the Township, are necessary for proper installation. The Township may refuse a permit to allow a connection directly to the main intercepting sewer and require extensions and connections to a manhole, the manhole, sewer and other work to be accomplished at the expense of the owner. In no event will a connection be made through a hole cut in the sewer. (Ord. 2002-325, § 6.40)
B. 
The applicant for the building sewer permit shall notify the Township when the building drain, building sewer and related facilities are ready for inspection and connection to the public sewer but prior to connection to the trap, and prior to backfilling. Final inspection will not be scheduled until all applications for service have been submitted and approved, and all tapping fees or other charges due and payable have been remitted to the Township. The inspection of the building drain, building sewer and related facilities shall include but may not be limited to the following:
(1) 
Inspection of installation to ensure that proper bedding and embedment of the pipe has been accomplished. Concrete encasement has been placed where required. An air pressure test of the lines at a pressure of five psi for 15 minutes without any loss of pressure. (Ord. 2002-325, § 6.41)
C. 
Installation. Before digging the trench, the installer should expose the lateral connection and the building drain. Trench width shall be kept to a minimum width and have uniform slope as near as possible at right angles to the street. Excavate all trenches at least six inches below the bottom of the pipe. Place an aggregate backfill, maximum of three-fourths-inch gravel size, in the trench to grade of the pipe. Install the pipe keeping any gravel, dirt or water from entering the pipe. Place 12 inches approved aggregate on top of the pipe ensuring uniform bedding to all sides of the pipe. The remainder of the trench may be backfilled with material from the original excavation. The sewer line trench shall have a minimum three-foot horizontal separation and eighteen-inch vertical separation from other pipelines such as water service lines, gas lines, french drains or storm sewers. A Township inspector must be present to visually inspect the backfilling of the sewer lateral trench. (Ord. 2002-325, App, § 6)
D. 
Materials and Size. The material for all service lines two inches in size and under shall be Type K soft copper tubing per Fed Spec WW-T-799 with mechanical coupling joints, and the service lines for all service lines over two inches in size shall be double cement lined ductile iron pipe per ANSI A21.6 with push on or mechanical joints. The Township shall have the right at any time to revise these requirements and to specify the size and weight per foot of pipe, kind and quality of material laid between the curb stop and the premises which are to be furnished and installed by the owner of the property. The service line shall be not less than 3/4 inch in size and shall be in keeping with the service for the larger size. All water pressure reducing valves will be suitable for maximum line pressure of 300 psi with built in bypass manufactured in accordance with ASSE 1003-1 with a pressure delivery of 45 to 55 psi. (Ord. 2002-325, § 6.11)
E. 
Water Meter. The Township requires 24 hours advance notice prior to scheduling meter installations. All necessary applications for service and required deposits must be completed prior to scheduling meter installations. The meter set shall conform to the diagram as shown on the attached meter installation detail (SD-31). Under no circumstances shall water service be initiated prior to installation of the water meter. (Ord. 2002-325, App. II, § 7)
F. 
The corporation stops designed for insertion into water mains under pressure shall be the Mueller Type B-25008 as manufactured by the Mueller Company or approved equal. The stops shall be constructed with an inlet thread and outlet fitting thread in accordance with the "Standard Specifications for Threads for Underground Service Line Fittings," as prepared by the American Water Works Association and designated C800, specifically in accordance, respectively, with Figure 1 — Standard Corporation Stop Thread and Figure 2 — Fitting Thread for Use with Compression Copper Service Tube, Type K.
The stop shall be of all bronze construction. Full port ball valve with blow-out proof stem, double o-rings and a 300 psig working pressure rating. Meets the ANSI/AWWA Standard C-800 as the AWWA taper thread. The stops shall be furnished with a straight coupling nut, the nut to have an extra long skirt to give added support to the pipe and prevent leaky joints. The concave surface of the nut shall oppose the convex surface of the body uniformly to permit a tight and smooth joint. The opposed convex surfaces shall not compress the end of the flange. Each corporation stop shall be fully tested in both open and closed position.
The curb stops shall be Type B25209 by the Mueller Company or approved equal. All stops shall be 1/4 turn. The stops shall be constructed with an inlet and outlet having fitting threads for use with compression copper service tubes, Type K. The curb stop bodies shall be precision fitted. The taper on the key shall be steeper than average to permit easier operation. The stops shall be of all bronze construction. Full port ball valve with blow-out proof stem, double o-rings and a 300 psig working pressure rating with a true bi-directional (two-way) flow. Meets the ANSI/AWWA 0-800 standard.
Each curb stop shall be fully tested in both the open and closed position.
The curb boxes shall be the Buffalo Type and shall be as manufactured by Tyler Pipe, or approved equivalent. The curb boxes shall be size 94-E, having an extension of 40 inches to 60 inches. The curb boxes shall be constructed of cast iron. The screw for the curb box lid shall be pentagonal and made of red brass, be 17/32 inch in diameter, and 1 12/32 inches long, and have 12 threads to the inch. The curb box lid shall be furnished with the word "WATER" cast thereon. The curb stop and curb box shall not be located within three feet of perpendicular utility lines or other underground appurtenances, and shall not be located in driveways, walkways, parking lots, or other finished surfaces.
Service saddles shall be made with a double strap of brass or stainless steel construction.
Pipe coupling used for service line connections up to two-inch shall be brass and as manufactured by Mueller Company, or approved equal. (Ord. 2002-325, App. A, Part III, § 19)
G. 
All sewers below floors of buildings and five feet outside the building shall be Schedule 40 PVC or ABS. A running trap with vent shall be installed at the end of the building drain. Vents may not be located in driveways or other impervious surfaces. (Ord. 2002-325, § 6.37)
H. 
Outside Sewer Size. Residential: four-foot minimum diameter pipe that is installed to a minimum slope of 1/4 inch per foot; nonresidential: six-inch minimum diameter pipe that is installed to a minimum slope of 1/8 inch per foot. (Ord. 2002-325, App. III, § 2)
I. 
Materials All sewers below floors of building and to a maximum of five feet outside the building wall and the sewer service line shall be Schedule 40 PVC or ABS. A running trap with a vent pipe and Pittsburgh pattern vent cap shall be installed at the end of the drain as shown. All pipe under the floor and passing through the floor shall be a minimum of four-inch unless prior approval is granted by the Township. The pipe as it exits the building wall shall be installed at a minimum depth of 36 inches. From the trap to the main line connection, the pipe shall be the same as listed above or PVC SDR 35. Vent pipes and clean-outs are not permitted to be located in driveways, cart paths, walkways or other finished surface areas unless prior approval is granted by the Township. The vent cap shall be installed six inches above grade to prevent the inflow of water into the sewer line. (Ord. 2002-325, App. III, § 3)
[Ord. 2005-359, 7/7/2004, § 2]
In the case of the revocation of a building permit or the abandonment and/or discontinuance of a building project, the portion of the work actually completed shall be computed and any excess fee for the incomplete work shall be returned to the permit holder upon written request. All plan examination and permit processing fees and all penalties that have been imposed on the permit holder under the requirements of this code shall first be collected.