Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 692, 1/14/2010, § II; amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017; Ord. 743, 4/19/2018; Ord. 754, 2/21/2019]
The 2015 International Property Maintenance Code is hereby adopted by reference and deemed incorporated into the Code as the "Warminster Township Property Maintenance and Housing Code" with the following amendments and additions:
1. 
Section 101.1 is amended to insert "Warminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania."
2. 
Section 101.5 is added and shall read as follows:
101.5. Compliance with Other Regulations. No license, permit or other certification of compliance with this Part 3 shall constitute a defense to any violation of any other ordinance of the Township of Warminster applicable to any structure or premises, nor shall any provision herein relieve any owner, operator or occupant from complying with any such other provision, nor any official of the Township from enforcing such other ordinance or provision.
3. 
Section 102.3 is amended to read as follows:
102.3 Application of other codes. Repairs, additions, or alterations to a structure, or changes of occupancy, shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical codes as adopted by the Township of Warminster. Nothing in this code shall be construed to cancel, modify, or set aside any provisions of Chapter 27, Zoning, of the Code of Warminster Township. The International Residential Code shall apply to one- and two-family dwellings.
4. 
Section 102.7 is amended to read as follows:
102.7 Referenced codes and standards. The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be those that are listed in Chapter 9 and considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Where differences occur between provisions of this code and the referenced standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
Exceptions: Shall remain unchanged.
5. 
Section 103.5 is amended to read as follows:
103.5 Fees. The fees for activities and services performed by the Department in carrying out its responsibilities under this code shall be as set forth in the Warminster Township Fee Schedule, as adopted by the Board of Supervisors and which may be amended from time to time by resolution of same.
6. 
Section 104.7 is added and shall read as follows:
104.7 Coordination of inspections. Whenever, in the enforcement of this code or another code or ordinance, the responsibility of more than one code official of the jurisdiction is involved, it shall be the duty of the code officials involved to coordinate their inspections and administrative orders as much as practical so that the owners and occupants of the structure shall not be subjected to visits by numerous inspectors or multiple or conflicting orders. Whenever an inspector from any agency or department observes an apparent or actual violation of some provision of law, ordinance or code not within the inspector's authority to enforce, the inspector shall report the findings to the code official having jurisdiction.
7. 
Section 106.4 is amended to read as follows:
106.4 Violation penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or who shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do any work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a summary offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment not exceeding 30 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense. In addition to the above penalties, any person who shall violate a provision of this code or fail to comply therewith or with any of the requirements thereof shall be subject, in addition to the penalties imposed above, to monetary penalties for all court costs, legal costs, attorneys' fees and other miscellaneous costs incurred by Warminster Township during successful prosecution of that person by Warminster Township.
8. 
Section 108.1.3.1 is added and shall read as follows:
108.1.3.1 Service, facility, equipment or utility. No owner, operator, or occupant shall cause any service, facility, equipment, or utility which is required by this code to be removed, shut off or discontinued, except for such temporary interruption as may be necessary while actual repairs or alterations are in process or during temporary emergencies when discontinuance of service is approved by the appropriate authority.
9. 
Section 110.1.1 is added and shall read as follows:
110.1.1 Extermination. All demolition shall be preceded by an inspection of the premises by a certified exterminator to determine whether or not extermination procedures are necessary. If the premises are found to be infested, appropriate extermination shall take place in accordance with Section 309 of this code before, during and after demolition. Certification of extermination must be submitted by a certified exterminator to the Code Official. Demolition shall commence within 10 days of certification.
10. 
Section 111.9 is added and shall read as follows:
111.9 Other circumstances. Should no Board of Appeals be appointed, the first level of appeal shall be to the Director of Licenses and Inspections. The next level of appeal shall be to the Township Manager. The final level of appeal shall be to the Board of Supervisors. All appeals beyond this level shall be to the Pennsylvania Court System.
11. 
Section 201.3 is amended to read as follows:
201.3 Terms defined in other codes. Where terms are not defined in this code and are defined in the International Building Code, International Fire Code, Chapter 27, Zoning, of the Code of Warminster Township, International Plumbing Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, International Existing Building Code, International Electric Code, or NFPA 70, such terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them as stated in those codes.
12. 
Section 302.4 is amended to insert "8 Inches".
13. 
Section 302.5.1 is added and shall read as follows:
302.5.1 Storage. No material that may provide for rodent harborage or infestation on a property or in a building shall be stored against the side of the building. In dwelling units, no materials shall be stored within 18 inches of the dwelling unit, and all stored materials shall be stored at least 18 inches above ground level.
14. 
Section 303.2 is amended to read as follows:
303.2 Enclosures. Private swimming pool, hot tub, and spa enclosures shall be maintained in accordance with Pennsylvania Code Title 34, Part 14, Uniform Construction Code.
15. 
Section 304.3.1 is added and shall read as follows:
304.3.1 Business identification. In addition to the requirements of Section 304.3, in every building in which more than one occupant exits to the exterior, each exit door, except the main entrance, shall be labeled with both the occupant's name and address. Numbers and letters shall be a minimum of four inches (102 mm) high, with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm), and shall be constructed of a durable material.
16. 
Section 304.13.3 is added and shall read as follows:
304.13.3 Insulated glazing. Insulated glass doors and windows shall be free of fogged glass (condensation on the interior sections of the pane) that would indicate the insulation seal(s) are damaged or broken.
17. 
Section 304.14 is amended to read as follows:
304.14 Insect screens. Every door, window, and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable spaces, food preparation, food service, or other area where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged, or stored shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every screen door used for insect control shall open in the direction of egress and shall be equipped with a self-closing device in good working condition.
Exception: Screen shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect repellant fans, are utilized.
18. 
Section 305.6.1 is added and shall read as follows:
305.6.1 Garage doors. Doors that open from a garage or carport into a dwelling shall comply with the International Residential Code.
19. 
Section 307.2 is added and shall read as follows:
307.2 Ramps. Handrails shall be provided on at least one side of all ramps exceeding a slope of one unit vertical to 12 units horizontal (8.33% slope).
20. 
Section 307.3 is added and shall read as follows:
307.3 Construction. Handrails and guards shall be constructed and installed in accordance with the International Building Code or International Residential Code.
21. 
Section 309.2 is amended to read as follows:
309.2 Owner. The owner of any structure shall be responsible for extermination within the structure prior to renting, leasing, selling, or transferring the structure.
22. 
Section 310 is added and shall read as follows:
310 Other Health and Safety Requirements.
310.1 Anti-tip device. All freestanding ranges, regardless of fuel, shall have an approved anti-tip device installed to prevent the range from tipping over.
310.2 Floor service. All toilet and bathroom floor surfaces shall be of a smooth, hard, nonabsorbent surface to permit such floor to be easily kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
310.3 Kitchen floors. Every kitchen floor surface shall be constructed and maintained so as to be reasonably impervious to water and so as to permit such floor to be easily kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
310.4 Minimum kitchen standards. Every dwelling shall contain a kitchen with the following equipment and shall be maintained in a clean, safe, and sanitary condition:
1.
A sink.
2.
Cabinets or shelves.
3.
Stove or similar cooking device.
4.
Refrigerator capable of temperatures between 44° F. and 33° F.
310.5 Carbon monoxide alarms. Every dwelling shall be equipped with a carbon monoxide alarm that is listed as complying with UL 2034 and is installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms in dwellings that contain fuel-fired equipment or attached garages.
23. 
Section 602.3 is amended to read as follows:
602.3 Heat supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases, or lets one or more dwelling units or sleeping units on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from October 15 to April 15 to maintain a temperature of not less than 68° F. in all habitable rooms, bathrooms, and toilet rooms.
Exceptions: Remains unchanged.
24. 
Section 602.4 is amended to read as follows:
602.4 Occupiable work spaces. Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from October 15 to April 15 to maintain a temperature of not less than 65° F. during the period the spaces are occupied.
Exceptions: Remains unchanged.
25. 
Section 603.7 is added and shall read as follows:
603.7 Gas pipe bonding. Each aboveground portion of a gas piping system that is likely to become energized shall be electrically continuous and bonded to an effective ground-fault current path. Gas piping shall be considered to be bonded where it is connected to gas-utilization equipment that is connected to the equipment-grounding conductor of the circuit supplying that equipment.
26. 
Section 606 is deleted in its entirety and shall read "Intentionally Left Blank."
27. 
Section 702.1 is amended to read as follows:
702.1 General. A safe, continuous, and unobstructed path of travel shall be provided from any point in a building or structure to the public way. Means of egress shall comply with Chapter 5, Part 4, Fire Prevention and Life Safety Standards, of the Code of Warminster Township.
28. 
Section 702.2 is amended to read as follows:
702.2 Aisles. The required width of aisles shall be in accordance with Chapter 5, Part 4, Fire Prevention and Life Safety Standards, of the Code of Warminster Township.
29. 
Section 702.3 is amended to read as follows:
702.3 Locked doors. All means of egress doors shall be readily openable from the side from which egress is to be made without the need for keys, special knowledge, or effort, except where door hardware conforms to that permitted by Chapter 5, Part 4, Fire Prevention and Life Safety Standards, of the Code of Warminster Township.
30. 
Appendix A is adopted in whole as published by ICC.
31. 
Section A101.2 is added and shall read as follows:
A101.2 Boarding required. Any residential property that shall sit vacant for more than 365 days or shall remain vacant for more than 30 days as a result of a fire or natural disaster shall be boarded up in accordance with the following procedures set forth in this Appendix.
32. 
Section A101.3 is added and shall read as follows:
Other requirements. Any dwelling that is boarded up shall have all utilities disconnected prior to the property being boarded up.