The International Fire Code has been among those codes adopted as part of Pennsylvania’s Construction Code, which governs new construction.
The 2009 Edition
Currently, the 2009 edition of the International Fire Code has been adopted as part of the State’s Construction Code. For the sake of consistency, the Supervisors adopted the 2009 edition of the Code. Ordinance 2013-13 makes clear that Millcreek’s adoption of the fire code is not intended to apply to regulation of new construction which is done under Millcreek Ordinance 2004-9. The fire code was adopted to ensure that current standards are in place for existing buildings. Ordinance 2013-13 is accessible through the main page of the Ordinances section.
Third Party Contract
Millcreek’s contract with Building Inspection Underwriters of Pennsylvania, Inc. (BIU) provides generally for three types of services involving the Fire Code. As fire code official, BIU will inspect existing non-residential structures for compliance with fire safety regulations set forth in Chapter 7 of the Property Maintenance Code and/or in the Fire Code as adopted. Upon request, the fire code official will provide inspections and input in two circumstances, both upon request of an owner or occupant:
- Conduct fire safety inspections of existing single-family dwellings, with findings then being provided to the owner and the Township.
- Conduct fire safety inspections of existing non-residential buildings as to specific conditions or processes that do not involve inspection of an entire facility, with findings then being provided to the owner and the Township.