Inspection

Rental Inspections

The Borough of Phoenixville requires the submission of a yearly rental license fee for each rental dwelling in the Borough. The license is valid from July 1 to June 30th of each calendar year. Each unit is to be inspected annually by the Borough Rental Inspector and each property owner should receive a letter indicating the date and time of the required inspection. Property owners are required to notify their tenants prior to the inspector’s arrival ensuring the property is available for inspection. Rental licenses are not transferable, if a property is sold a new license will be required and the cost of this license is not prorated.

The annual rental license is mailed to the property owner and payment is due on July 31st of every calendar year. The property owner is required to provide current tenant information and the habitation of the property must meet the requirements of the Borough’s Code. The code for rental properties is located in the here.

The Borough must be notified of any changes in occupancy and will require an inspection prior to a new tenant moving into a property to ensure the health and safety of the new occupant.

Rental Inspections can be scheduled by contacting:

Code Enforcement

610-933-8801 ext. 314

 

Property Transfer Inspections

The sale of a property in the Borough of Phoenixville requires that the seller or his.her representative obtain a resale inspection prior to the transfer of the property. Requirements for resale and applications can be found here.

To schedule an appointment please contact Code Enforcement at 610-933-8801 ext. 313.

 

Borough Construction Code Inspections

Property owners, residents and contractors should contact the Borough for concerns regarding property safety and to schedule inspections that are a requirement of permits issued by the Code Enforcement Department.

You can reach the Code Enforcement Department at 610-933-8801 ext 310 to schedule an appointment or to report a concern.

Construction permit inspections are conducted by:

Barry Isett and Associates

The Borough of Phoenixville is an opt-in municipality adhering to the mandates set forth from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Uniform Construction Code (UCC) which to date, has adopted the following codes: 

 

UCC Codes 

The UCC Administration and Enforcement regulation has adopted the following codes for use throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 10/1/2018.

International Building Code 2015 (code for all buildings and structures not regulated by the International Residential Code:

  • Chapter 1 is not adopted (most of its requirements are incorporated in Chapter 403 of the UCC regulation)
  • Chapter 27 (Electrical) requires that all electrical components, equipment and systems in buildings and structures covered by the IBC comply with the requirements of NFPA 70-2014, National Electric Code.

International Energy Conservation Code 2015

International Existing Building Code 2015

International Fire Code 2015 

  • Adopted only to the extent referenced in Chapter 35 of the International Building Code 2015.

International Fuel Gas Code 2015

  • Any LPG requirements are superseded by the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act (and regulations)

International Mechanical Code 2015

International Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities 2009 (provides alternative compliance approach)

International Plumbing Code 2015

International Residential Code 2015 (code for one- and two-family dwellings no more than 3 stories in height)

International Wildland-Urban Interface Code 2015 (supplementary requirements that may be used to mitigate fire- and life-safety hazards in unique wildland areas)

Important Note:

Many of these codes have various code sections amended by the UCC Review and Advisory Council (RAC). This information was published on September 28, 2018 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and became effective on October 1, 2018. Access to these changes is provided by the link below. This information will also be posted on our website in the near future.

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Accessing the International Codes

The codes as published by the International Code Council are copyrighted and can be purchased from the ICC, either online at: www.iccsafe.org, or by calling the ICC publication office at 1-800-786-4452.  The ICC also made copies of its codes accessible online, at no charge.  You can access these online. Please note that this free service is very limited in terms of access (i.e., you will only be able to view one code section/subsection at a time, not whole pages) and search and print capabilities. If you want full access and features, you will either need to pay for full electronic access or purchase the desired code book(s).

Note carefully the following remarks regarding these codes.

The International Private Sewage Disposal Code 2015, the International Property Maintenance Code 2015 and the International Zoning Code 2015 are not adopted. However, in addition to the codes listed above, municipalities that elect to enforce the UCC may also adopt and enforce the International Property Maintenance Code (or any other property maintenance requirements). Enforcement of these requirements falls outside the scope of the UCC.

The Department has made several changes to the codes listed above. These relate to fire safety requirements in child day care facilities and the technical standards that apply to elevators and other lifting devices. See section 403.23 and Chapter 405 of the UCC for further details on these changes.

Act 13 of 2004 stipulates that the following stairway tread and riser requirements will apply in all buildings that fall within the scope of the International Residential Code, in all occupancies in Use Group R-3 and within dwelling units in occupancies in Use Group R-2: The maximum stairway riser height shall be 8 ¼ inches (210 mm), the minimum tread depth shall be 9 inches (229 mm); and, a 1-inch (25 mm) nosing must be provided on stairways with solid risers.

The UCC regulations provide for the use of an alternative to Chapter 11 of the International Residential Code (or Chapter 4 (RE) of the International Energy Conservation Code), to demonstrate compliance with the energy conservation requirements of the UCC. This alternative compliance path, which can be obtained by clicking on the link below, was developed by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center at Penn State University and is entitled "Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Provisions" .

Pennsylvania Alternative 2009 (if complying with the 2009 International Codes)

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(Revised 10/01/2018)

These codes can be found by visiting the International Code Council website. The updated Administration of Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code can be viewed here.

 

 

 
 
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