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The Pennsylvania Association of Code Officials

Recent PA Laws Enacted Affecting Code Officials

 

  • ACT 8 of 2013 - This ACT created a standard for commercial and industrial structures similar to those already in place for similar residential structures.
  • 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???
  • ACT 11 of 2014 - Allows municipalities to file ordinances at the county level electronically, if the county is willing. 
"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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