Township of Lower Macungie, PA
Lehigh County
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[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 1]
Lower Macungie Township hereby elects to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, 35 P.S. §§ 7210.101 — 7210.1103, as amended from time to time, and its regulations.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 2]
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 Township Building Code of Lower Macungie Township.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 3; as amended by Ord. 2011-12, 10/6/2011]
1. 
Administration and enforcement of the code within Lower Macungie Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the Board of Commissioners of Lower Macungie Township from time to time by resolution:
A. 
By the designation of an employee of Lower Macungie Township to serve as the Township Code Official to act on behalf of Lower Macungie Township.
B. 
By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of Lower Macungie Township.
C. 
By agreement with one or more other municipalities for the joint administration and enforcement of this Act through an intermunicipal agreement.
D. 
By entering into a contract with another municipality for the administration and enforcement of this Part on behalf of Lower Macungie Township.
E. 
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.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 4]
A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the Board of Commissioners of Lower Macungie 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.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 5]
1. 
All Building Code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by Lower Macungie Township on or before 1 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.
2. 
All Building Code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this Part and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the Code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Code.
3. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of Lower Macungie Township not governed by the Code shall remain in full force and effect.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004, § 6; as amended by Ord. 2011-12, 10/6/2011]
Fees assessable by Lower Macungie Township for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this Part and the code shall be established by the Board of Commissioners by resolution from time to time.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004; as added by Ord. 2005-13, 12/1/2005, § 1]
1. 
The following additional permit standards shall apply:
A. 
Pursuant to and in accordance with State Act 92, § 104(B), permits are required for all residential alterations and repairs pursuant to the International Residential Code 2003, Chapter 1, § 105, or any subsequent edition thereof or amendment thereto, unless otherwise exempted by this section.
B. 
Pursuant to and in accordance with State Act 92, § 104(B), zoning permits are required for all utility and miscellaneous use structures. Building permits are also required for utility and miscellaneous use structures in excess of 250 square feet.
C. 
No water heater shall be installed in any structure without first having procured a plumbing permit for such installation.
D. 
No fireplace shall be installed or altered, and no permanently wired appliances shall be changed over or altered without first securing either a building, plumbing or electrical permit, as applicable.
E. 
Occupancy of any structure which is altered or erected without securing the permits required by this section is hereby declared unlawful and a violation of the UCC, unless the alteration or erection would otherwise have been exempt from permit requirements pursuant to International Residential Code 2003, § R105.2, which is incorporated herein by reference as though fully set forth at length.
[Ord. 2004-5, 4/15/2004; as added by Ord. 2005-13, 12/1/2005, § 2]
All habitable space and every sleeping room shall comply with the provisions of Chapter 3, § 310, of the International Residential Code 2003, and of any subsequent edition thereof or amendment thereto.
[Ord. 2010-10, 9/16/2010, Art. I; as amended by Ord. 2015-03, 3/19/2015]
The 2012 International Property Maintenance Code, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of Lower Macungie Township, for the control and maintenance of property, buildings, and structures as herein provided; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said International Property Maintenance Code 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 as prescribed below in this Part.
[Ord. 2010-10, 9/16/2010, Art. I; as amended by Ord. 2015-03, 3/19/2015]
1. 
The following replacements, insertions, and modifications shall be made in the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code at the places hereinafter indicated:
A. 
Subsection 101.1 Title: (p. 1)–replace "[NAME OF JURISDICTION]" with "Lower Macungie Township."
B. 
Subsection 102.3 Application of other codes: (p. 1)–modify the last sentence to read as follows: "Nothing in this Code shall be construed to cancel, modify, or set aside any provision of the Lower Macungie Township Zoning Ordinance [Chapter 27]."
C. 
Subsection 103.5 Fees: (p. 2)–replace "[JURISDICTION TO INSERT APPROPRIATE SCHEDULE]" with "Lower Macungie Township Fee Schedule."
D. 
Subsection 104.3 Right of entry: (p. 2)–modify the last sentence to read as follows: "If entry is refused, the code official is authorized to seek an administrative warrant to secure entry."
E. 
Subsection 106.3 Prosecution of violation: (p. 3)–modify to read as follows: "Any person failing to comply with a notice of violation or order served in accordance with § 107 shall be deemed in violation of this Code, and this violation shall be considered a strict liability offense. If the notice or order is not complied with, the Code Official may institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity to restrain, correct, or abate such violation; to impose fines and penalties for such violation; and/or to require the removal or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the structure or property in violation of the provisions of this Code or of the order or direction made pursuant thereto. Any action taken by the Township shall be charged against the real estate upon which the violation is located and shall be a lien upon such real estate."
F. 
Subsection 106.4 Violation penalties: (p. 3)–modify to read as follows: "Any person who is found by a court of competent jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, a Magisterial District Court or Court of Common Pleas, to have violated a provision of this Code; to have failed to comply with any of the requirements of this Code; or to have failed to comply with an order, directive, or notice of the Code Official concerning this code shall be liable for a civil penalty not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, plus any and all costs incurred by the Township in bringing an action against such violation, including, but not limited to, consultant fees, attorney's fees, and expert witness fees. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate violation."
G. 
Subsection 107.1 Notice to person responsible: (p. 3)–modify to read as follows: "Whenever the Code Official determines that there has been a violation of this Code or has grounds to believe that a violation has occurred, notice shall be given in the manner prescribed in §§ 107.2 and 107.3 to the person responsible for the violation and the owner of the premises upon which the violation has occurred as specified in the code. Notices for condemnation procedures shall also comply with § 108.3."
H. 
Subsection 109.5 Costs of emergency repairs: (p. 5)–modify to read as follows: "Costs incurred in the performance of emergency work are the responsibility of the owner of the premises where the unsafe structure is or was located. Such costs, however, shall be initially paid by the Township. The Township Solicitor may institute the appropriate proceeding at law or in equity against the owner of the premises where the unsafe structure is or was located for the recovery of such costs."
I. 
Subsection 111.1 Application for appeal: (p. 5)–modify to read as follows: "111.1 Means of Appeal. Any appeal from any decision of the Property Maintenance Code Official shall be heard by the Lower Macungie Township Building Code Board of Appeals, pursuant to and consistent with the practices and procedures established for or by such Board."
J. 
Subsections 111.2 through 111.6, inclusive, and Subsection 111.8 shall be deleted in their entireties.
K. 
Subsection 111.7 Court review: (p. 6)–modify to read as follows: "Any person aggrieved by a Board decision may appeal this decision to the Court of Common Pleas. Such an appeal shall be filed within 30 days of the issuance of the decision. Within 30 days of the filing of an appeal, the Township and the owner and/or tenant of the premises directly involved in the appeal may intervene in the appeal as of course by filing a notice of intervention, accompanied by proof of service of the same upon each appellant or each appellant's counsel of record. All other intervention shall be governed by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure."
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Subsection 112.4 Failure to comply: (p. 7)–replace the phrase "a fine of not less than [AMOUNT] dollars or more than [AMOUNT] dollars" with "a fine of not less than $100 or more than $300. Each day the work continues after the issuance of the stop work order shall constitute a separate finable offense. Such fines are in addition to any fines or penalties imposed pursuant to § 106 concerning the violation(s) on the premises."
M. 
Section 202 GENERAL DEFINITIONS: (p. 9-10)–the following definitions shall be inserted at the appropriate alphabetical spot into this section and shall read as follows:
JURISDICTION, THE
Lower Macungie Township.
NOXIOUS WEEDS
Any noxious vegetation covered under and prohibited by the Noxious Weed Control Law, 3 P.S. § 255.1 et seq., as amended, or by regulations of the Pennsylvania or United States Departments of Agriculture including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) 
Cannabis sativa, commonly known as Marijuana.
(b) 
Cirsium arvense, commonly known as Canadian Thistle.
(c) 
Rosa multiflora, commonly known as Multiflora Rose.
(d) 
Sorghum halepense, commonly known as Johnson Grass.
(e) 
Polygonum perfoliatum commonly known as Mile-a-Minute.
(f) 
Pueraria lobata, commonly known as Kudzu Vine.
(g) 
Cirsium vulgare, commonly known as Bull or Spear Thistle.
(h) 
Carduus nutans, commonly known as Musk or Nodding Thistle.
(i) 
Sorghum bicolor, commonly known as Shattercane.
(j) 
Datura stramonium, commonly known as Jimsonweed.
(k) 
Lythrum salicaria, commonly known as Purple Loosestrife (all cultivars).
(l) 
Heracleum mantegazzianum, commonly known as Giant Hogweed.
(m) 
Galega officinalis, commonly known as Goatsrue.
(n) 
Chicory, succory, or blue daisy.
WEEDS
All grasses, annual plants, and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs; provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.
N. 
Subsection 302.4 Weeds: (p. 11)–modify first paragraph to read as follows: "All premises and exterior property within 100 feet of any habitable structure or building shall be maintained free from weeds in excess of 12 inches. This height restriction, however, does not apply to naturalized areas, riparian buffers, managed meadows, and other no-mow zones, as determined by the Township. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited throughout the entire premises and exterior property."
O. 
Subsection 304.3 Premises identification: (p. 12)–modify to read as follows: "The Township shall have final authority as to the assignment of a street number or address to each structure or premises. Each structure or premises to which a street number has been assigned by the Township or if the structure or premises is located in a private community, to which a street or identification number has been assigned by the community, shall have the appropriate number displayed in a location and size as to be readily observed and readable from the public or private right of way that provides access to the structure or premises. All street or identification numbers shall be in Arabic characters with a minimum height of four inches and a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch. Structures that are set back more than 50 feet from the right of way providing access, or any distance where the number cannot be readily seen from the right-of-way, shall have the assigned street or identification numbers attached to a post or mailbox placed at the end of the driveway on the same side of the road as the structure is located. These numbers shall be placed on both sides of the post or mail box, at a minimum height of three feet so as numbers can be seen by vehicles traveling from either direction. All street or identification numbers shall be illuminated when possible and shall be colored in contrast with the background upon which the number is placed.
P. 
Subsection 304.14 Insect screens: (p. 13)–replace the phrase "During the period from [DATE] to [DATE]" with "Where appropriate, during the period from April 1 to October 31."
Q. 
Subsection 602.3 Heat supply: (p. 21)–replace the phrase "during the period from [DATE] to [DATE]" with "during the period from October 1 to April 30."
R. 
Subsection 602.4 Occupiable work spaces: (p. 21)–replace the phrase "during the period from [DATE] to [DATE]" with "during the period from October 1 to April 30."