[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Union 7-14-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Union Township Building Code Ordinance."
Union Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 to 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
The Uniform Construction Code, contained in 34 Pa. Code, Chapters 401-405, as amended from time to time, is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference as the Union Township Building Code.
Administration and enforcement of the code within Union Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways, as determined by the Board of Supervisors of Union Township from time to time by resolution:
By the designation of an employee of Union Township to serve as the code enforcement officer on behalf of Union Township.
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Union Township.
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through intermunicipal agreement.
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Act on behalf of Union 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 shall be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors of Union 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.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by Union Township on or before July 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.
All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this chapter, and whose requirements are less then 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 Union Township not governed by the code shall remain in full force and effect.
Fee assessable by Union Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this chapter and the code shall be established by the Board of Supervisors by resolution from time to time.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.