[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Manchester 6-24-2004 by Ord. No. 04-08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 150.
This chapter shall be known as the "West Manchester Township Building Code."
The Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act (Act of November 10, 1999, P.L. 491, No. 45, 35 P.S. § 7210.101 to § 7210.1103, as amended), and its regulations, in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401 to 405 (collectively referred to as "the code").
The code is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference as the Building Code of the Township.
Editor's Note: Former § 136-3.1, Definitions, added 2-23-2006 by Ord. No. 06-05, was repealed 8-23-2007 by Ord. No. 07-05.
Administration and enforcement of the code within the Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Supervisors of West Manchester Township from time to time by resolution:
By the designation of an employee of the Township to serve as the building code official to act on behalf of the Township;
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Township;
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement;
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of the Township;
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.
A Board of Appeals is hereby established by the Board of Supervisors of West Manchester 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, the Board of Appeals shall be established by joint action of the participating municipalities.
The West Manchester Township Building Permit Ordinance (§ 150-363 et seq. of the Code of the Township of West Manchester), together with any amendments thereto, is hereby repealed for all buildings for which permits are issued after the effective date of this chapter. It shall remain in full force and effect for any permits for which complete applications were filed before the effective date of this chapter.
All other building code or building permit ordinances or portions of ordinances that are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the code are hereby amended to conform to the comparable provisions of the code.
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect, and any permits required by Township ordinances, or state or federal statutes or regulations, which are not superseded by the code, including but not limited to zoning, subdivision, driveway, sewage, highway, occupancy or NPDES permits, as applicable, shall continue to be required.
Any ordinances of the Township or parts thereof which conflict with the terms hereof are hereby repealed as of the effective date hereof.
Fees assessable by the Township for all administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the Board of Supervisors of West Manchester Township by resolution from time to time. All fees for permits and inspections required by the UCC and this chapter and all other Township ordinances shall be paid before any permits are issued, and any additional fees which shall become due shall be paid before the issuance of a use and occupancy certificate.
Final inspections and occupancy certificates as required under or issued in conjunction with the UCC shall be conducted and issued with, and at the same time as, final inspections and use and occupancy certificates required by the Township's Zoning Ordinance. No inspection shall be conducted or permit issued under either this chapter or the Zoning Ordinance separately from the other. It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to request such inspections or permits from both the Township's Building Code Official and Zoning Enforcement Officer, who shall be responsible between them for coordinating the inspections and the issuance of the required permits within the time set by the UCC and the Township's Zoning Ordinance.
Any owner or person, as those terms are defined in the code, who or which violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter or of the code shall commit a summary criminal offense, and, upon conviction by a District Justice, shall be subject to a fine of up to $1,000, plus costs, and imprisonment to the extent allowed by law for summary offenses for each violation. Each day of a violation, and each separate violation of this chapter or the code, shall be considered a separate violation.
If any section, subsection, sentence or clause of this chapter is held for any reason to be invalid, such decision or decisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this chapter, and it shall be deemed that this chapter would have been enacted without the invalid section, subsection, sentence or clause.
This chapter shall be effective July 1, 2004.