Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne 8-21-2002 by Ord. No. 1181. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 146.
The installation and/or use of grates, gates, grilles and/or shutters on the exterior of any commercial property is prohibited.
The installation and/or use of grates, gates, grilles and/or shutters on the interior of a commercial property is permitted, but only if the following conditions are met:
A. 
The surface area of the grate, gate, grille and/or shutter shall not be solid, and shall contain openings which permit the passage of air and light through at least 30% of the surface area.
B. 
The grate, gate, grille and/or shutter shall be accessible by fire and/or rescue personnel by means of key, code, password, or the like.
C. 
Prior to installation, the owner of the commercial property shall:
(1) 
Provide the Borough Manager and Borough Fire Marshal with detailed plans and specifications pertaining to the proposed installation; and
(2) 
Obtain written approval by the Borough Fire Marshal of the proposed installation; and
(3) 
Comply with all other state, federal and local laws, regulations and ordinances, including but not limited to those relating to building permits.
D. 
Upon completion of installation, the owner of the commercial property shall provide the Lansdowne Fire Company with the key, code, password, or the like which is necessary for fire and/or rescue personnel to gain access through the grate, gate, grille and/or shutter.
Grates, gates, grilles and/or shutters which are in existence as of the effective date of this chapter, and that would otherwise be prohibited by this chapter, shall be permitted, provided that they otherwise comply with federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances. However, whenever the use of a commercial property changes and/or whenever the commercial property is the subject of substantial renovations, the commercial property shall not be subject to exemption from the requirements of this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Refers to a property, or any portion thereof, which is used for nonresidential purposes.
GRATES, GATES, GRILLES AND/OR SHUTTERS
Includes but is not limited to any device which is designed or intended to cover all or part of a window opening, door opening and/or window/door opening, regardless of:
A. 
Whether the device rolls, slides or folds; and/or
B. 
Whether the device is solid or perforated; and/or
C. 
Whether the device is made of metal, plastic and/or any other substance or material.
A. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted to permit the installation and/or use of grates, gates, grilles and/or shutters in or on residential properties.
B. 
All other ordinances which are inconsistent with this chapter are hereby repealed.
C. 
This chapter shall be effective immediately and shall apply to all commercial properties which presently exist and which are constructed and/or renovated in the future.