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Recent PA Laws Enacted Affecting Code Officials

 

  • Act 36 of 2013 - Previously the PA MPC required that municipalities whom wished to make a change to their zoning map notify those that owner property within said zoning district be notified via mail as well as the required public posting. This act not only allows residents to be notified via e-mail, but takes it one step further and requires those who would like personal notification to request it in writing. Reading between the lines it would seem that this legislation was not intended to ease the notification procedures for local municipalities; rather, its true intent seems to be decreasing the potential of resistance in areas ripe for fracking.
  • ACT 54 of 2013 - This act, aptly know as the permit extension act, extends the already previously extended blanket government approvals until July of 2016.  While the base intent of this act, allowing larger projects to weather this prolonged financial storm, may be good, its lazy poor wording allows smaller projects to drag on. These weekend warrior projects often become eyesores that draw the ire of frustrated neighbors whom in turn look to their local government for answers, only to find more frustration.
  • ACT 68 of 2013 - This act expands and clearly defines storm water management requirements and enforcement procedures for municipalities. This won't be a big deal in developing communities, but existing urban and semi urban municipalities who already struggle with handling rainwater will have the heat turned up to begin addressing the issue retroactively.
  • ACT 104 of 2013 - The purpose of this law is to ease the burden of the State L&I Boiler Division by allowing properly qualified third party inspection of boilers and pressure fired vessels under their jurisdiction. While this doesn't have a direct affect on most code officials it may at least speed the boiler repair/replacement process for apartment buildings where it becomes difficult to explain to angry residents that we have no jurisdiction.
  • ACT 110 of 2013 - This act simply allows municipalities to post their Township, City, etc. code online, rather than making a hard copy publicly available as as previously required.
  • ACT 121 of 2013 - An act that requires the disclosure agreement to contain information on whether or not CO detectors are present in residential properties being sold. In addition, landlords  of multi-family dwellings are required to ensure that their rental units have a working CO detector every time they get a new tenant. Once they provide the working CO detector to the tenant, it becomes the responsibility of said tenant to maintain it in a working manner. This does not super cede any UCC requirements. While the law isn't quite clear on enforcement responsibilities, violations are classified as a summary offense; therefore, call the cops???

PACO Spring Forum & Training

 

The Marriot Court Yard 

600 Campus Drive

Collegeville PA

 

FOR ROOM RESERVATION YOU CAN CALL 1-800-321-2211 OR CALL DIRECT AT 484-974-2600.  BE SURE TO TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH THE PA ASSOC. OF CODE OFFICIALS GROUP CODE PACPACA AND YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNTED RATE OF $163.00/NIGHT IF RESERVED PRIOR TO MARCH 29TH, 2014.

 

April 28th & 29th 2009 IBC Plan Review

 

THIS TWO DAY PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE 2009 IBC AND THE PROVISIONS FOR HEIGHT AND AREA CALCULATIONS, MEANS OF EGRESS, TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION AND MANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE CODE NECESSARY TO CONDUCT A PLAN REVIEW INTENDED TO RESULT IN THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS.

April 28th Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention

 

THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT AND OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD PROVISION OF THE PLUMBING CODE WILL BE EXPLAINED IN DETAIL BY INSTRUCTOR RALPH YANORA WHO HAS 35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN WATER DISTRIBUTION AND BACK FLOW PREVENTION.    DEP, LOCAL WATER COMPANIES AND THE PLUMBING CODE ARE PUTTING MORE AND MORE EMPHASIS ON THE CORRECT INSTALLATION AND CERTIFICATION OF THESE DEVICES THAT PROTECT OUR WATER SUPPLY.   ASSE APPROVED COURSE.

April 29th & 30th Plumbing Inspection & Plan Review

 

THIS TWO DAY PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE 2009 IPC AND THE PROVISIONS OF THE PLUMBING CODE THAT NEED TO BE INSPECTED FOR AND REVIEWED DURING A PLAN REVIEW.  WE WILL BE REVIEWING MATERIALS, SIZING, FITTINGS, VENTING, AND ALL THE OTHER COMPONENTS NEEDED IN A COMPLETE PLUMBING INSTALLATION.

April 30th Permit Counter Skills for the Front Line

 

THIS ONE DAY PROGRAM WILL REVIEW THE CRITICAL ROLE PLAYED BY THE PERMIT CLERK OR COUNTER PERSON THAT CAN SAVE TIME AND EFFORT BY EMPHASIZING WHAT IS NEEDED WITH THE APPLICATION.  GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME AND THE WHOLE PROCESS RUNS SMOOTHER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY.  THE ABILITY OF YOUR COUNTER PERSON TO COMMUNICATE THAT TO THE APPLICANT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST TIME SAVERS IN THE OFFICE.

Registration

 

PLEASE FILL OUT THIS REGISTRATION FORM AND MAIL IT BACK NO LATER THAN APRIL 4TH.  RESERVATIONS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE AND CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.  PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE ALL THE INFORMATION REQUESTED INCLUDING YOUR SHIRT SIZE.

 

                        MAIL THE REGISTRATION FORM TO:

                                    PACO

                                    P.O. BOX 939

                                    OAKS, PA 19456

 

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “PA ASSOC OF CODE OFFICIALS”

 

RATES:

            ONE DAY                   $135.00

            TWO DAYS               $250.00

            THREE DAYS             $380.00

 

"It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time."


-David Allen Coe

 

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