Dingman Township
                           Pike County, PA        

 


                      

Legal Notice:  While every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, the material found on these pages represents an unofficial copy of the Dingman Township Building Ordinance.  When in conflict, the original signed official documents kept in the Township Building shall prevail.  Persons relying on this version shall do so at their own risk.

Building Ordinance

 

ORDINANCE NO: __02-2004__

 

WHEREAS, the purpose of this ordinance is to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Dingman Township and to conform to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and regulations to the Act promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as the “Code”); and

WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act requires the enactment of an appropriate ordinance by municipalities electing to administer and enforce the building code provisions of the Code.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby enacted and ordained as follows:

1.     Dingman 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.

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 municipal building code of Dingman Township.

3.     Administration and enforcement of the Code within Dingman Township shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by the governing body of this Municipality from time to time by resolution:

a. By the designation of an employee of the Township to serve as the municipal code official to act on behalf of the Municipality;

b. By the retention of one or more construction code officials or third-party agencies to act on behalf of the Municipality;

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 Act on behalf of this Municipality;

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.

4.     A Board of Appeals shall be established by resolution of the governing body of this Municipality in conformity with the requirement 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.

5.a.  All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which were adopted by this Municipality on or before July 1, 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.

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  b.  All building code ordinances or portions of ordinances which are in effect as of the effective date of this ordinance and whose requirements are less than the minimum requirements of the Code are hereby amended to conform with the comparable provisions of the Code.

  c.  All relevant ordinances, regulations and policies of the Municipality not governed by the Code shall remain in full force and effect.

6.     The Board of Supervisors reserves the power to establish policies and procedures for the implementation of this Ordinance from time to time as it deems appropriate.

7.     Fees assessable by the Municipality for the administration and enforcement undertaken pursuant to this ordinance and the Code shall be established by the governing body by resolution from time to time.

8.     This ordinance shall be effective beginning on JULY 1, 2004.

9.     If any section, subsection, sentence, or clause of this ordinance is held, for any reason, to be invalid, such decision or decisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance.

10.   Changes to State Provisions

Definitions:

Utility & Miscellaneous Use Structures: Buildings or structures (attached or detached) of an accessory character and miscellaneous structures not classified by the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. in any specific use group, that is less than 200 square feet in building area.

i. The term shall not include swimming pools or spas.

ii. The alteration, expansion, or connection of two or more Utility and Misc. Use structures that result in a total combined building area of 200 square feet or more shall result in the structure no longer qualifying as a Utility & Misc. Use Structure.

                    Section 106      Violations and Penalties

106.1    Unlawful action.   It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation whether as owner, lessee, sub-lessee, agent, contractor or subcontractor or occupant to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building and their accessory structures in the jurisdiction or cause or permit the same to be done, contrary to or in violation of any of the other provisions of this code.

106.2    Violations.    It is hereby declared that any violation of this code constitutes a public nuisance, and in addition to any other remedies provided by this code for its enforcement, the township may bring civil suit to enjoin the violation of any of the provisions of this code.

106.3    Partial invalidity.    If for any reason any one or more sections, sentence clauses or parts of this code are held invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining provisions.

106.4    Penalty.    Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this code shall upon conviction be sentenced to pay a fine and not more than One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars.  In default of payment of the fine, such persons, members of firms shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days.

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No.  01-98

AN ORDINANCE REVISING AND CODIFYING THE  BUILDING CODE OF DINGMAN TOWNSHIP 

The Dingman Township Board of Supervisors, at a duly advertised meeting do hereby ordain and enact the following:

 THE DINGMAN TOWNSHIP BUILDING ORDINANCE

CHAPTER 1

 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

 SECTION 101     ADOPTION OF BUILDING CODE

101.1 Dingman Township hereby adopts the 1995 edition of the one and two family dwelling code known as the CABO “One and Two Family Dwelling Code” of which not less than three copies are on file in the township office and the same is adopted and incorporated herein as if it were set forth herein at length except as herein modified, as well as the 1996 edition of the BOCA Code as it pertains to any other structure of which not less than three copies are on file at the Township office and the same is adopted and incorporated herein as if it were set forth herein at length except as herein modified.  From the date upon which this ordinance shall take effect, the provisions thereof shall be controlling in the fabrication, erection, construction, reconstruction, enlargement, alteration, addition to, repair, location and use of all buildings, structures, their appurtenances  within the corporate limits of Dingman Township. In the event that any revision of the BOCA or CABO Codes is hereafter issued by the body or bodies that issued the BOCA and CABO Codes, such revision or revisions shall be deemed to be automatically adopted by Dingman Township pursuant to this Ordinance. Chapter 1 of the CABO Code and Chapter 1 of the BOCA Code are repealed and replaced by the following General Administration Chapter except as otherwise stated herein. To the extent that portions of the Administrative Chapters of the CABO and BOCA Codes are not repealed, they remain in full force and effect. A Table setting forth the sections that are retained and substituted is attached hereto.

101.1a Repealer All other building ordinances of Dingman Township, to the extent that they are inconsistent with the terms of this Ordinance, are hereby repealed.

SECTION 102     PURPOSE

102.1   The purpose of this code is to provide minimum standards for the protection of life, limb, health, property, environment and for the safety and welfare of the consumer, general public, and the owners and occupants of all buildings and structures regulated by this code.

 SECTION 103     SCOPE

103.1 Application. The provisions of the CABO code apply to the construction, addition, prefabrication, alteration, repair, use, occupancy and maintenance of detached one- and two-family dwellings and one-family townhouses of not more than three stories in height and their accessory structures. The BOCA code will apply to all other buildings and structures.  Compliance with the requirements of this code may be considered as prima facie evidence of compliance with the locally adopted code. Chapters 4, 9, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 of the BOCA Code, although part of the Code adopted by the Township, will not, until further notice be the subject of inspections performed by Township Buildings Officers. Inspection of construction governed by those Sections, when warranted by the scope of the work to be performed, shall be performed by licensed architects, engineers or certified inspectors, approved by the Township, but whose fees will be paid by the Applicant. Chapters 11 through 46 and Appendices B, D, E and F of the CABO Code, although part of the Code adopted by the Township, will not, until further notice, be the subject of inspections performed by Dingman Township Building Officers. Applicants may, at their option, seek independent inspection by others relative to these standards at their expense.

 SECTION 104     AUTHORITY

104.1 General.  (a) The office of building official is hereby created and the executive official in charge shall be known as the building official. 

(b)   The building official shall be appointed by the Supervisors of the Township and shall serve at the pleasure of the Supervisors.

(c)   During temporary absence or disability of the building official the appointing authority shall designate an acting building official. The building official is hereby authorized and directed to administer and enforce all of the provisions of this code.

104.2 Referenced Standards. The standards referenced in this code and listed in Chapter 47 of the CABO Code and Chapter 35 of the BOCA Code are incorporated by reference and shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference.  Where differences occur between provisions of this code and referenced standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.

104.3 Qualifications of Building Official. To be eligible for appointment, the candidate for the position shall have had experience as an architect, structural engineer, building inspector or superintendent of building construction.  He shall be in good health, physically capable of making the necessary examinations and inspections, he shall not have any interest whatsoever, directly or indirectly, in the sale or manufacture or any material, process or devise entering into or used in or in connection with building construction, alterations, removal, and demolition.

104.4 Duties of Building Official   (a)  The building official shall devote his whole time to the duties of his office.  He shall receive applications required by this code, issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates.  He shall examine premises for which permits have been issued and shall make necessary inspections to see that the provisions of law are complied with and that construction is prosecuted safely.  He shall enforce all provisions of the building code.

He shall, when requested by proper authority, or when the public interest so requires, make investigations in connection with matters referred to in the building code and render written reports on same. 

To enforce compliance with the law, to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to secure the necessary safeguards during construction, or to require adequate exit facilities in buildings and structures, he shall issue such notices or orders as may be necessary. 

(b)  Inspections required under the provision of the building code shall be made by the Building official or his duly appointed assistant.

 The building official may accept reports of inspectors of recognized inspection services, after investigation of their qualifications and reliability. 

No certificate called for by any provision of the building code shall be issued on such reports unless the same are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of such service.

(c)   The building official shall keep comprehensive records of applications, of permits issued, of certificates issued, of inspections made, of reports rendered, and of notices or orders issued.  He shall retain on file copies of required plans and all documents relating to building work so long as any part of the building or structure to which they relate may be in existence.

(d) All such records shall be open to public inspection for good and sufficient reasons at the stated office hours, but shall not be removed from the office of the building official without his written consent.

(e) The building official shall make written reports to his immediate superior once each month, or more often if requested, including statements of permits and certificates issued, and orders promulgated.

104.5 Cooperation of Other Officials The building official may request and shall receive, so far as may be necessary, in the discharge of his duties, the assistance and cooperation of other officials of the municipality.

 SECTION 105      ENTRY

105.1 Authority to enter.  Upon presentation of proper credentials, the building official or his duly authorized representatives may enter at reasonable times any building, structure or premises in the jurisdiction to perform any duty imposed upon him by this code.

 SECTION 106      VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

106.1 Unlawful action.  It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation whether as owner, lessee, sub-lessee or occupant to erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, improve, remove, convert, demolish, equip, use, occupy or maintain any building and their accessory structures in the jurisdiction or cause or permit the same to be done, contrary to or in violation of any of the provisions of this code.

106.2 Violations.  It is hereby declared that any violation of this code constitutes a public nuisance, and in addition to any other remedies provided by this code for its enforcement, the township may bring civil suit to enjoin the violation of any of the provisions of this code.

106.3 Partial invalidity. If for any reason any one or more sections, sentence clauses or parts of this code are held invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining provisions.

106.4 Penalty. Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this code shall upon conviction be sentenced to pay a fine and not more than One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars. In default of payment of the fine, such persons, members of firms shall be liable to imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days.

 SECTION 107     RIGHT OF APPEAL

107.1 General.  In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the building official relative to the application and interpretation of this code, there shall be a Building Hearing Board of Appeals (hereafter "Hearing Board") consisting of members who are qualified by experience and training to pass upon matters pertaining to building construction and who are not employees of the jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of the Hearing Board will be to hear appeals where it is alleged that the building official failed to correctly interpret the code, or rules legally adopted thereunder; or that the provisions of this code do not fully apply; or that an equivalent form of construction is to be used. The Hearing Board shall be appointed by the governing body and shall hold office at its pleasure. The board shall adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business and shall render its decisions and findings in writing to the appellant with a duplicate copy to the building official.

107.2 Limitations of Authority.  The Hearing Board shall have no authority relative to interpretations of the administrative Chapters or provisions of this code, nor shall the board be empowered to waive requirements of this code.

107.3 Appointment. There is hereby established a board to be called the Building Hearing Board of Appeals, consisting of 3 members and two alternate members, preferably residents of the Township who shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors, appoint one member for a term of one year, one member for a term of two years, and one member for a term of three years.

Upon expiration of the term of office of a member of the board, his successor shall be appointed for a term of three years.  Vacancies shall be filled for an unexpired term in the manner in which the original appointments are required to be made.

107.4 Removal Any board member may be removed for malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or for other just cause by a majority vote of The Board of Supervisors taken after the member has received fifteen days advance notice of the intent to take such a vote.  A hearing shall be held in connection with the vote if the member shall request it in writing.

107.5 Organization of Hearing Board The Hearing Board shall elect from its own membership its officers, who shall serve annual terms as such and may succeed themselves.  For the conduct of any hearing and the taking of action, a quorum shall be not less than a majority of all the members of the board, but where any members are disqualified to act in a particular matter, the Hearing Board Secretary will designate one of the alternates to sit in the place of the member disqualified.

The Board may make, alter and rescind rules and forms for its procedure, consistent with ordinances of the township and laws of the Commonwealth.  The Board shall keep full public records of its business and shall submit a report of its activities to the governing body once a year.

107.6 Method of appeal and application to Board Appeals under this section must be made in writing, accompanied by a check or money order in the amount to be fixed by resolution, to cover all expenses incurred. In the event the Appellant prevails, the fee deposited shall be refunded to the Appellant.

107.7  Time limitations.  All appeals from decision of the building official must be filed with the board no later than thirty days from the date of the decision appealed.

107.8 Hearing The board shall conduct hearings, and decisions in accordance with the following requirements:

(a)           Notice shall be given to the public by notice published once each week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the township.  Such notice shall state the time and place of the hearing and the nature of the matter to be considered at the hearing.  The first publication shall not be more than thirty days and not less than seven (7) days from the date of the hearing.

(b)           Notice shall be given to the appellant or applicant and the building official in writing.  Said notice shall contain the same information provided in section (a) above.

Notice to the applicant or appellant shall be by certified mail and to the building official by regular mail.  Both of said notices shall be postmarked at least 14 days before the date of said hearing.

(c)           The parties to the hearing shall be the township, any person affected by the application who has made timely appearance of record before the board, and any other person including civic or community organizations permitted to appear by the board.  The board shall have power to require that all persons who wish to be considered parties enter appearances in writing on forms provided by the board for the purpose.

(d)           The chairman or acting chairman of the board presiding shall have power to administer oaths and issue subpoenas to compel the attendance of witnesses and documents.

(e)           The parties shall have the right to be represented by counsel and shall be afforded the opportunity to respond and present evidence and argument and cross-examine adverse witnesses on all relevant issues.

(f)            Formal rules of evidence shall not apply, but irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious evidence may be excluded.

(g)           The board shall keep a stenographic record, or the proceedings and a transcript of the proceedings and copies of graphic or written material received in evidence shall be made available to any party at cost.

(h)           The Board shall not communicate, directly or indirectly, with any party or his representatives in connection with any issue involved except upon notice and opportunity for all parties to participate, shall not take notice of any communications, reports staff memoranda, or other materials unless the parties are afforded an opportunity to contest the material so noticed and shall not inspect the site or its surroundings after the commencement of hearings with any party or his representative unless all parties are given an opportunity to be present.

(i)            The board shall render a written decision or, when no decision is called for, make written findings on the application within forty-five days after that last hearing before the board. Each decision shall be accompanied by findings of fact and conclusions based on any ordinance, rule or regulation shall contain a reference to the provision relied on and the reason why the conclusion is deemed appropriate in the light of the facts found.

(j)            A copy of the final decision or where no decision is called for, the findings shall be delivered to the applicant personally or mailed to him not later than the day following its date.

To all other persons who have filed their name and address with the board not later than the last day of the hearing, the board shall provide by mail or otherwise, brief notice of the decision or findings and a statement of the place at which the full decision or findings may be examined.

107.9 Appeals From Decisions of the Building Hearing Board Any person or entity aggrieved by a decision of the Dingman Township Building Hearing Board, may, within thirty (30) days of the issuance of such decision, file an appeal with the Court of Common Pleas setting forth the specific basis of such appeal.

 SECTION 108     ALTERNATE MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS

108.1 Alternate materials, methods and equipment. The provisions of this code are not intended to limit the appropriate use of materials, appliances, equipment or methods of design or construction not specifically prescribed by this code, provided the building official determines that the proposed alternate materials, appliances, equipment or methods of design or construction are at least equivalent of that prescribed in this code in suitability, quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, dimensional stability, safety and sanitation.  Compliance with specific performance-based provisions of the BOCA National Codes, ICBO Uniform Codes or SBCCI Standard Codes, as adopted by the jurisdiction, in lieu of a prescriptive requirement of this code shall also be permitted as an alternate.

108.2 Evidence submitted.  The building official may require that evidence or proof be submitted to substantiate any claims that may be made regarding the proposed alternate.  In the event that the building official cannot determine to a degree of reasonable certainty that the alternative material’s proposed for a particular use are comparable as set forth in this section, the Inspector may consult with the Township appointed professional or other consultants authorized by the Township to review proposed alternative.

108.3 Tests.  Determination of equivalence shall be based on design or test methods or other such standards approved by the building official.  The building official may accept as supporting data to assist in this determination duly authenticated reports from the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., International Conference of Building Officials, the National Evaluation Service Committee of the Council of American Building Officials, acceptance documents from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or from other approved authoritative sources for all materials or assemblies proposed for use which are not specifically provided for by this code.  The costs of all tests, reports and investigations required under these provisions shall be paid by the applicant.

SECTION 109     MODIFICATIONS

109.1 Practical difficulties.  When there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of this code, the building official may grant modifications for individual cases.  The building official shall first find that a special individual reason makes the strict letter of this code impractical and that the modification is in conformity with the intent and purpose of this code and that such modification does not lessen health, life safety and fire safety requirements.  The details of actions granting modifications shall be recorded and entered in the file of the code enforcement agency.

 SECTION 110      LIABILITY

110.01 Relief from personal responsibility.  The building official or the building official’s authorized representative shall not render himself personally liable nor shall his actions render the Township, its elected officials, appointed officials, employees or agents liable for any damage that may accrue to persons or property as a result of any act or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of his duties except as may be provided by applicable state law. Any suit brought against the building official or employees because of such an act or omission performed in the enforcement of this code shall be defended by the Township. This code shall not relieve or lessen the responsibility of an owner, operator or controller of a building for any damages to the person or property caused by defects, nor shall the building department or its jurisdiction be held to assume any such liability by reason of inspection or permits authorized by this code.

 SECTION 111     PERMIT

111. It shall be unlawful to construct, add to, alter, remove or demolish, or to commence the construction, addition, alteration, removal or demolition of a building or structure other than ordinary repairs as defined herein without first filing with the building official an application in writing and obtaining a formal permit.

111.1 Permit required. A permit shall be obtained before beginning construction, alteration or repairs, other than ordinary repairs, using application forms furnished by the building official.  Ordinary repairs are nonstructural repairs and do not include addition to, alteration of, or replacement or relocation of water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electrical wiring, or mechanical or other work for which a permit is required by the building official.

111.2 Permit fees. All fees payable under this Ordinance set be set by the Board of Supervisors from time to time by resolution.

111.3 Expiration.  Every permit issued by the building official under the provision of this code shall expire by limitation and become null and void if the building or work authorized by such permit is not commenced within six months from the issue date of the permit, or if the building or work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months or more after the work has commenced.  Before such work can be commenced or resumed, a permit extension or renewal as required by Section 111.3.1 or 111.3.2 shall be obtained.

111.3.1 Permit Extension. A permittee holding an unexpired permit may apply for a one-time six-month extension, provided the permittee can show good and satisfactory reasons beyond control that the work cannot be commenced with the six-month period from the original permit issue date.  No additional fee is required for this one-time extension.

111.3.2 Permit renewal. A permit which has expired for six months or less may be renewed provided no changes have been made in the original plans and specifications for such work.  The renewal fee shall be one half the amount required for a new permit.  Permits which have been expired for greater than six months require a new application and payment of the full permit fee.

111.4 Permit validity. The issuances of a permit shall not authorize the violation of any of the provisions of this code.

  SECTION 112      PLANS

112.1 Plans required.  All applications shall be accompanied by 2 sets of plans shall be drawn to scale and shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the nature and extent of the work proposed and shall show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and all relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.  One copy shall be retained by the Township and one approved copy shall be returned to the applicant.

The construction documents required for a building permit under the BOCA Code shall be drawn and sealed by a PA licensed engineer or architect. The construction documents required for a building permit under the CABO Code need not be drawn and sealed by a PA licensed engineer or architect unless required by the Building Officer for good cause.

112.2 Plans on job required. A copy of approved plans shall be kept on the site of the building or work at the time of all inspections until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.

 SECTION 113      INSPECTION

113.1 Types of inspections. For on-site construction, from time to time the building official, upon notification from the permit holder or his agent, shall make or cause to be made any necessary inspections and shall either approve that portion of the construction as completed or shall notify the permit holder or his agent wherein the same fails to comply with this code.

113.1.1 Foundation inspection. Shall be made after piers are set or trenches or basement areas are excavated and forms erected and required reinforcing steel is in place and prior to placing of concrete.  The footing inspection shall include excavations for thickened slabs intended for the support of bearing walls, partitions, structural supports, or equipment, and for special requirements for precast concrete or prefab wood foundation.

113.1.2 Backfill Inspection.  Shall be made after foundation walls are completed.

a.             Poured concrete walls shall have forms stripped and concrete block walls shall have cement plastering completed.

b.             Damproofing and/or waterproofing shall be completed to finish grade.

c.             Perimeter drains to be installed  (Drains to run to sump pump hole if applicable).

d.             Foundation walls to have proper masonry lintels installed over openings on load bearing walls.

e.             Anchor bolts or straps shall be installed.

113.1.3 Concrete Floor Inspections. Shall be made prior to pouring the concrete floor.

a.             Stone shall be in place and graded.

b.             Polyethylene shall be in place, if required.

c.             Wire mesh will be in place.  Fiber mesh may be used in lieu of wire mesh provided the concrete receipt is submitted to the Township verifying that fiber mesh was installed.

113.1.4 Framing Inspection Shall be made after the floor, walls and roof framing systems are completed with all firestopping, draftstopping, headers, beams, sheathing, and bracing in place, and after the plumbing and electrical rough inspections are approved.

a.             All lolly columns must be in place.

b.             All roofing shall be installed.

c.             Provisions for roof ventilation at ridge and/or gables to be in place.

d.             Permanent or temporary stairs or ladders to be provided to access second floors and basements.

113.1.5 Rough Plumbing Inspection.  Shall be made when all water lines, waste lines and vent lines are installed in all walls, floors and ceilings that will be concealed during completion of construction.

113.1.6 Rough Electrical Inspection. All electrical inspections are performed by independent electrical inspection companies and are not the responsibility of the Township.

a.             The rough electrical inspection must be performed prior to installation of the insulation and evidence of this inspection must be posted at the construction site.

113.1.7 Insulation Inspection.  Shall be performed after all walls, ceilings and floors that will be concealed during construction and which require insulation are completely insulated.

a.             All insulation inspections will be performed in accordance with State mandated Act 222.  A copy of said Act is available at the Township Building upon request.

113.1.8 Final Inspection for Certificate of Occupancy.  Commonly made after building is completed and ready for occupancy and complies with all applicable sections of the Code including but not limited to the following.

a.             Final Electrical Certificate to be posted on the construction site.

113.2 The Certificate of Occupancy inspection will be considered part of the total permit fee.

113.3 Reinspection Fees.

a.             There will be a fee charged for reinspection performed each time the Building Inspector revisits the job site for each and every required inspection. The amount of such fee shall be set from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.

b.             Reinspection will not be performed until all outstanding fees are paid.

113.4 Certificate of Occupancies will not be issued until all Township fees have been paid.

113.5 Model House Inspections.  A residential structure used as a model home associated with a lawful commercial use and not for permanent occupancy and used solely for demonstration purposes to inform purchasers of the types of homes available from the seller, including manufactured and stick-built homes.

a.             Model homes shall comply with the Dingman Township Building regulations and current CABO Code.

b.             Model homes may include all stick-built homes, and all manufactured houses which can meet these requirements.

c.             Model homes shall not be served by any water supply or sewage disposal facilities.

d.             Model homes may not be placed on permanent foundations.

SECTION 114      PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION

114.1 General. A certificate of approval by an approved agency shall be furnished with every prefabricated assembly, except where all elements of the assembly are readily accessible to inspection at the site.  Placement of prefabricated assemblies at the building site shall be inspected by the building official to determine compliance with this code, and a final inspection shall be provided in accordance with Section 113.1.7.

NOTE: Provisions for foundation systems and building service equipment connection necessary to provide for the installation of new manufactured homes on privately owned (non-rental) lots and existing manufactured homes to which additions, alterations or repairs are made are contained in Appendix A of 1995 CABO and shall be enforced only when specifically adopted by the jurisdiction.

 SECTION 115      SWIMMING POOLS, SPAS AND HOT TUBS

115.1 General.  Provisions for swimming pools, spas and hot tubs are contained in Appendix D of CABO and that Appendix is specifically adopted by the jurisdiction.

 SECTION 116      INSPECTION CARD

116.1 Record required. The permit holder or his agent shall post the inspection record on the jobsite in an accessible and conspicuous place to allow the building official to make the required entries.  The record shall be maintained by the permit holder until the final inspection has been made and approved.  The building official shall place the appropriate approval or disapproval sticker on the inspection card in the space marked for that inspection.

 SECTION 117      EXISTING STRUCTURES

117.1 Continuations of existing use. Buildings and structures in existence at the time of the adoption of this code may have their existing use continued if such use was legal at the time of adoption of this code, provided such continued used is not dangerous to life.

117.2 Additions, alterations or repairs.  Additions, alterations or repairs to any structure shall conform to that required of a new structure without requiring the existing structure to comply with all of the requirements of this code, unless otherwise stated.  Additions, alterations or repairs shall not cause an existing structure to become unsafe or adversely affect the performance of the building.  Any building, or structure  plus new additions shall not exceed the height in stories specified for new buildings the Township Zoning Ordinance.

117.2.1 Structural and fire-resistance-rated limits. Alterations or repairs to an existing structure which are structural or adversely affect any structural member or any part of the structure having a required fire-resistance rating shall be made with materials required for a new structure.

SECTION 118      STOP WORK ORDERS

118.1 General.  Upon notice from the building official, work on any building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system that is being done contrary to the provision of this code shall immediately cease.  Such notice shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property, or to his agent, or to the person doing the work, and shall state the specific violations and the conditions under which work may be resumed.  Where an emergency exists, the building official shall not be required to give a written notice prior to stopping the work.

SECTION 119       ENERGY CONSERVATION

119.1 General.  The Township elects to administer and enforce the Pennsylvania Energy Conservation Act, Act 222.

SECTION 120      MODIFICATIONS TO SPECIFIC STANDARDS

120.1 STAIR GEOMETRY. The stair geometry set forth in Section 314.2 of the 1992 CABO Code is hereby preserved from repeal by the 1995 CABO Code.  The specifications for stair geometry unless hereafter repealed by a subsequent version of the CABO Code or by an amendment to this ordinance, shall be as follows:

The maximum riser height shall be eight and one-quarter (8 1/4") inches and the minimum tread depth shall be nine (9) inches.

120.2 ROOM DIMENSIONS. To Section 305.1 of the CABO Code add the following exception:

4.             Habitable basements that are only used as recreation rooms shall have a ceiling height of not less than six feet eight inches (6'8") measured to the lowest projection from the ceiling.

120.3 CERTAIN OUTDOOR STORAGE STRUCTURES. Outdoor storage structures that are one hundred (100) square feet or smaller in size (foot print size) that are not utilized as a garage to house automobiles, trucks or vans shall be exempt from the application of this ordinance. Such structures shall not be utilized for human occupancy, shall not be heated and shall be restricted to storage only.

 SECTION 121     CONSTRUCTION IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS

 (SEE FLOOD PLAIN REGULATIONS PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED)

 

Ordained and enacted this  3rd day of March, 1998.

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

JOHN E. QUINN

DENNIS L. BRINK

ALLEN J. GREENING

  TABLE 1

 CABO and BOCA CODES SUBSTITUTION SCHEDULE

CABO Section                       Status

101                                         substituted

102                                         substituted

103                                         substituted

104                                         substituted

105                                         substituted

106                                         substituted

107                                         substituted

108                                         substituted

109                                         substituted

110                                         substituted

111                                         substituted

112                                         substituted

113                                         substituted

114                                         substituted

115                                         substituted

116                                         substituted

117                                         substituted

118                                         substituted

119                                         substituted

 

BOCA Section                        Status

101                                         substituted

102                                         substituted

103                                         substituted

104                                         substituted

105                                         substituted

106                                         substituted

107                                         substituted

108                                         substituted

109                                         retained

110                                         retained

111                                         substituted

112                                         substituted

113                                         substituted

114                                         substituted

115                                         retained

116                                         substituted

117                                         substituted

118                                         retained

119                                         retained

120                                         retained

121                                         substituted

 

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