[Ord. 845, 6/17/2004, § 1]
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code Ordinance.
[Ord. 845, 6/17/2004, § 1]
By Act 45 of 1999, the Pennsylvania Legislature provided for the adoption of a Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and directed the Department of Labor and Industry to promulgate regulations for the Uniform Construction Code. In 2002, the Department of Labor and Industry adopted final regulations governing certification and training of persons to administer the Uniform Construction Code, and on January 10, 2004, the Department issued final regulations for the administration of the Uniform Construction Code. The Uniform Construction Code incorporates the International Building Code, 2003, the International Residential Code, 2003, the International Existing Building Code, 2003, the standards incorporated into such publications by reference, and other publications as set forth in the L & I Regulations. Borough Council desires to adopt and administer the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code and establish administrative and enforcement regulations.
In accordance with § 302(a) of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, this Part does not adopt the International Property Maintenance Code and shall not be considered as a property maintenance code. All Borough regulations governing the maintenance of properties shall be in ordinances separate and distinct from the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code.
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The Borough hereby adopts the standards which the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has made part of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code identified in § 403.21 of the L & I Regulations as the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code with the following additions to the International Building Code, 2003:
Section 202, Definitions, shall be amended by inserting the following definitions in alphabetical order:
- The Borough of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- BOROUGH COUNCIL
- The governing body of the Borough.
- BUILDING CODE OFFICIAL
- A Borough official certified by L & I under § 103 of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act. The term includes an individual certified in a category established under Chapter 401 of the L & I Regulations to manage building code enforcement activities, supervise building inspectors or plans examiners, issue building permits, occupancy permits, notice of violations and orders to vacate, and initiate prosecutions.
- CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL
- A Borough official or a third party agency appointed by the Borough certified by L & I under Section 103 of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act in an appropriate category established under Section 701(b) of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act to perform plan review of construction documents, inspect construction or administer and enforce codes and regulations in that category under the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act or related statutes.
- The Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT
- The agreement among Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Marietta Borough, Mount Joy Township and West Donegal Township dated as of July 1, 2002, establishing, inter alia, the Donegal-Elizabethtown Area Appeals Board.
- L & I
- The Department of Labor and Industries of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- L & I REGULATIONS
- All regulations adopted by L & I to implement the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act.
- PENNSYLVANIA CONSTRUCTION CODE ACT
- Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. § 7210.101 et seq., as amended.
- THIRD PARTY AGENCY
- A person or firm duly appointed by Borough Council to act as the Construction Code Official in the administration of this Construction Code.
- UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE
- The Code adopted pursuant to the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and the L & I Regulations.
Section 1612.3 is amended by inserting "Elizabethtown Borough" and "October 1977, as revised in 2004-2005" in the respective blanks.
Section 3410.2 is amended by inserting the date of July 8, 2004, for residential dwellings and July 8, 2004. for nonresidential structures.
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The Borough hereby adopts the provisions of Chapter 1, Administration, of the International Building Code, 2003 and the provisions of the L & I regulations set forth below to govern administration and enforcement of the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code. The administrative provisions of other codes which L & I has made part of the DCC, including but not limited to the International Residential Code, 2003, are not part of the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code. The provisions of this Construction Code govern if there is a conflict with the provisions of the Codes set forth in § 403.21 of the L & I Regulations or the L & I Regulations relating to administration or enforcement. Changes from the International Building Code, 2003, Chapter 1, and the L & I Regulations to the Elizabethtown Borough Construction Code are as follows:
Section 101.1. Insert "Borough of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania."
Section 101.2 shall provide as follows:
101.2. Scope. These regulations shall control all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, location, occupancy and maintenance of all buildings and structures and shall apply to existing or proposed structures except as such matters are otherwise provided for in other ordinances or statutes, including but not limited to the Borough Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Stormwater Management Ordinance or in the rules and regulations authorized for promulgation under the provisions of this Construction Code. Whenever there is a conflict between the provisions of this Construction Code and any other Borough Ordinance, including but not limited to the Zoning Ordinance, it is the intent of Borough Council that the more stringent requirement shall apply. All construction which the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act or the L & I Regulations exempt from compliance with the Uniform Construction Code are exempt from the provisions of this Construction Code. Items exempted from compliance with the Uniform Construction Code by Sections 403.1(b) and 403.1(e) of the L & I Regulations do not have to comply with the Construction Code but shall comply with all other applicable Borough Ordinances.
Section 101.3 shall be amended by adding the following sentence to the existing section:
It is the further intent of Borough Council that all construction within the Borough shall comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and all applicable regulations to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act promulgated by Federal and State regulatory agencies and with the Code Requirements for Housing Accessibility, and this Code shall be interpreted in a manner which fulfills this intent. It is also the further intent of Borough Council to comply with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and the L & I Regulations.
Section 101.4.5 shall be deleted in its entirety.
Section 103, Department of Building Safety, shall be deleted in its entirety and a new § 103, Administration, shall be inserted which shall provide as follows:
Section 104.4 shall be amended by inserting the following language after the first sentence:
The building official shall have the right to reject any report performed by any individual or agency unless the permit holder has requested and obtained the prior approval of the building official for such individual or agency to perform such inspection. Any individual or agency performing such inspection and providing such report shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the building official that such individual or agency has obtained all necessary certifications from L & I.
Section 104.8 shall provide as follows:
104.8. Liability. The Borough and the building official shall have all immunities and rights granted by the Pennsylvania Judicial Code, including but not limited to Chapter 85.
Sections 105, Permits, 106, Construction Documents, and 111, Service Utilities, of Chapter 1 of the International Building Code, 2003 shall not be a part of the Borough Construction Code. The Borough hereby adopts and incorporates §§ 403.41, 403.42, 403.42a, 403.43, 403.44, 403.47, 403.48, 403.61, 403.62, 403.62a, 403.63 and 403.66 of the L & I Regulations to govern applications for and issuance of Construction Code permits for nonresidential and residential construction with the changes set forth below:
Sections 403.42(a) and 403.62(a) shall be amended by inserting the following at the end of the existing sections:
It shall be the joint responsibility of the owner, lessee, if any, and the contractor to determine that a Construction Code permit (and all other required permits and approvals) has been obtained before performing any work. It shall be unlawful for any contractor or subcontractor to perform any work for which a Construction Code permit is required unless the owner and contractor obtain and post a Construction Code permit as required by this Construction Code.
Sections 403.42a(b) and 403.62a(b) shall be amended by inserting the following at the end of the existing Sections:
At the time of filing an application for a Construction Code permit, the applicant shall present to the building code official adequate evidence that the applicant has obtained from all governmental authorities having jurisdiction, all permits, licenses, approvals and/or variances required in connection with the proposed use, occupancy, construction, enlargement, alteration or demolition. Such agencies shall include but not be limited to the Zoning Officer, Zoning Hearing Board, Lancaster County Conservation District, public water service provider (where public water service is proposed), Sewage Enforcement Officer (where on-lot sewage disposal is proposed) or public sewage service provider (where public sewer service is proposed), State Police Fire Marshal, DEP, L & I and the Pennsylvania Departments of Community and Economic Development and Transportation. No application for a Construction Code permit is complete without a copy of any required zoning permit and proof of any required subdivision and/or land development approval, storm water management plan approval.
Sections 403.43(h) and 403.63(h) shall be amended by inserting the following at the end of the existing Sections:
The applicant shall post a copy of the Construction Code permit at a location on the property clearly visible to members of the public.
A new § 108.1.2 shall be inserted which shall provide as follows:
108.1.2. Time of payment of fees. An applicant for a permit under this Construction Code shall pay the Borough's administrative fee to the Borough at the time of application.
Prior to the issuance of a Construction Code permit, the applicant shall pay to the construction code official the plan review fee and the estimated fee for all inspections required. If additional inspections become necessary during the costs of construction, the applicant shall reimburse the construction code official for all such costs within 15 days after the date of an invoice for such costs. An applicant shall pay to the construction code official all fees and costs incurred for all inspections required during the course of construction prior to the issuance of a certificate of use and occupancy for the structure for which a Construction Code permit has been issued.
Section 108.4 shall be revised to provide:
108.4. Work commencing before permit issuance. Any person who commences any work on a building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary Construction Code permits shall be subject to an additional fee for expedited processing which shall be equal to the fee which should have been paid at permit application. The expedited processing fee shall be paid in full in addition to the normal application fee prior to the issuance of a Construction Code permit.
Section 108.6 shall be deleted in its entirety.
Sections 109.3, 109.4, 109.5, and 109.6 of the International Building Code, 2003 shall be deleted and the Borough hereby adopts §§ 403.45, 403.64 and 403.86 of the L & I Regulations governing inspections with the changes set forth below:
Sections 403.64(g) shall be deleted in its entirety.
Section 110, Certificate of Occupancy, of the International Building Code, 2003 is deleted. The Borough adopts §§ 403.46 and 403.65 of the L & I Regulations governing certificates of occupancy. Sections 403.46 and 403.65 of the L & I Regulations are amended as follows:
Section 112, Board of Appeals, shall be amended in its entirety to provide as follows:
Section 113, Violations, shall provide as follows:
Section 114.3 shall provide as follows:
114.3. Unlawful Continuance. Any person who shall continue any work in or about the structure after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall commit a violation of this Construction Code and shall be subject to penalties or fines as provided in Section 113.4 and remedies as provided in Section 113.5.
Section 115, Unsafe Structures and Equipment, of the International Building Code, 2003 is deleted. The Borough adopts § 403.84 of the L & I Regulations governing unsafe buildings, structures, or equipment.
Table R301.2(1) of the International Residential Code, 2003 is hereby completed by inserting the following information:
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It is expressly intended that the provisions of this Part shall not affect any act done, contract executed or liability incurred prior to its effective date, or affect any suit or prosecution pending or to be instituted to enforce any rights, rule, regulation or ordinance, or part thereof, or to punish any violation which occurred under any prior zoning regulation or ordinance. In the event any violation has occurred under Chapter 5, Part 2, or Chapter 5, Part 3, in effect prior to the effective date of this Part, prosecution may be initiated against the alleged offender pursuant to the provisions of said prior regulations, and the provisions and penalties provided in Chapter 5, Part 2, or Chapter 5, Part 3, prior to the effective date of this Part shall remain effective as to said violation.
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All other sections, parts and provisions of the Code of Ordinances of the Borough of Elizabethtown shall remain in full force and effect as previously enacted and amended.
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In the event any provision, section, sentence, clause or part of this Part shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unconstitutionality shall not affect or impair the remaining provisions, sections, sentences, clauses or parts of this Part, it being the intent of Borough Council that the remainder of the Part shall be and shall remain in full force and effect.
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This Part shall take effect and after its enactment by Borough Council of the Borough of Elizabethtown as provided by law. The Uniform Construction Code adopted by this Part shall take effect on July 8, 2004.