Borough of Pottstown, PA
Montgomery County
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[Ord. 2011, 11/14/2005, § 1; as amended by Ord. 2159, 12/12/2016]
A certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Licensing and Inspections Director of the Borough of Pottstown, being marked and designated as the International Residential Code, 2009 Edition, including Appendix Chapters B, C, E, F, G, J and Q, as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Residential Code of the Borough of Pottstown, in the State of Pennsylvania, for regulating and governing the construction, alteration, movement, enlargement, replacement, repair, equipment, location, removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories in height with separate means of egress as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Residential Code on file in the office of the Borough of Pottstown are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this Part, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 1302 of this Part.
[Ord. 2011, 11/14/2005, § 2]
1. 
Revisions. The following sections are hereby revised:
A. 
Section R101.1. Borough of Pottstown.
B. 
Table R301.2(1) Insert appropriate design criteria as follows:
Ground snow load = 30
Wind speed (mph) = 90
Seismic Design Category = B
Weathering = severe
Frost line depth = 36"
Termite = moderate to heavy
Decay = Slight to moderate
Winter design temp = 14°
Ice shield under-layment required = YES
Flood hazards = as amended 4/12/2005 by Ord. No. 1981
Air freezing index = 1,000
Mean annual temp = 50°
C. 
Section P2603.6.1 Insert: A minimum of 36 inches, not less than 36 inches (variable).
[Amended by Ord. 2159, 12/12/2016]
D. 
Section P3103.1 Insert: 15 inches, 15 inches.
2. 
Additions. The following sections are hereby added:
[Added by Ord. 2121, 4/14/2014]
A. 
Section R105.1.1.
(1) 
All repairs, alterations, renovations, and additions to residential buildings as defined in Act 45 and the Borough of Pottstown Building Code shall comply with Ord. 2011, adopted on November 14, 2005, and any successor code adopted by the Borough of Pottstown pursuant to Act 45.
(2) 
In addition to all types of construction, placement of structures, repairs and alterations for which the Uniform Construction Code requires a permit, the Borough, pursuant to the authorization of Act 92 of 2004, shall require persons to obtain permits under the Borough of Pottstown Building Code for all of the following:
(a) 
The construction, erection or placement of any accessory structure which is greater than 200 square feet, whether or not such accessory structure is connected to any utility.
(b) 
The construction, erection or placement of any accessory structure which is less than 200 square feet if such structure is provided with any utility service. The applicant shall obtain a permit only for the purpose of inspection for the utility or utilities being installed or provided to the accessory structure.
(c) 
The construction, alteration or repair of sewer and water laterals, plumbing, supply, waterline, sanitary drainage and venting systems.
(d) 
All alterations or repairs to residential buildings which are exempt from the UCC by Act 92 of 2004; provided, however, that the following types of alterations and repairs shall continue to be exempt and no permit will be required:
1) 
Replacement of windows and doors when there is no change in the size of the existing opening.
2) 
Reroofing of less than 25% of the total existing roof square footage.
3) 
Addition or replacement of siding of less than 25% of the total existing siding square footage.
[Amended by Ord. 2159, 12/12/2016]
4) 
Repair or replacement of any nonstructural portion of a deck or porch stoop.
5) 
Replacement of an appliance switch or receptacle with a switch or receptacle which is the same or has the same rating.
6) 
The repair or replacement of any nonstructural member.
7) 
The repair or replacement of any sink, toilet, tub, shower or similar plumbing fixture without relocation of any drain or venting device.
[Ord. 2011, 11/14/2005, § 6; as amended by Ord. 2159, 12/12/2016]
It is the intent of the Burgess and Town Council of the Borough of Pottstown to adopt the 2009 Edition of the International Residential Code. However, as amended and modified by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (Act 45), 34 Pennsylvania Code Part XIV, that most recent edition of the Code, as adopted by the Act, shall become part of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Pottstown without the need for the adoption of any future amending ordinance.