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.