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. 310

 

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. 310.

 

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: (International Code Council Codes Online)

 

The UCC Administration and Enforcement regulation has adopted the following codes for use throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 12/31/2015. Only the appendices specified after each code name have been adopted (in addition to the code itself).

International Building Code 2015 Sections:

  • Section 304.1 concerning ''Business Group B'' uses and occupancies.
  • Section 306.2 concerning ''moderate-hazard factory industrial, Group F-1'' uses and occupancies.
  • Section 2902.3 concerning exceptions for ''employee and public toilet facilities.''
  • Section 902.1 (relating to definitions) to the extent that ''Automatic Water Mist System'' was added.
  • Section 904.2 (relating to installation of automatic fire-extinguishing systems).
  • Section 904.2.1 (relating to restrictions on using automatic sprinkler system exceptions or reductions).
  • Section 904.11 (relating to automatic water mist systems).
  • Section 904.11.1 (relating to design and installation requirements).
  • Section 904.11.1.1 (relating to general requirements for design and installation).
  • Section 904.11.1.2 (relating to actuation).
  • Section 904.11.1.3 (relating to water supply protection).
  • Section 904.11.1.4 (relating to secondary water supply).
  • Section 904.11.2 (relating to water mist system supervision and alarms).
  • Section 904.11.2.1 (relating to monitoring).
  • Section 904.11.2.2 (relating to alarms).
  • Section 904.11.2.3 (relating to floor control valves).
  • Section 904.11.3 (relating to testing and maintenance).
  • Section 907.2.11.3 (relating to installation of smoke alarms near cooking appliances).
  • Section 907.2.11.4 (relating to installation of smoke alarms near bathrooms).
  • Chapter 11 is adopted and requires that buildings and facilities also comply with the accessibility requirements found in other chapters of the International Building Code 2015 and in the ICC/ANSI A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities standard.
  • Appendix E (Supplementary Accessibility Requirements) is adopted.

International Building Code 2009 (base code, except for accessibility, 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 70-2008, National Electric Code.
  • Chapter 30 (Elevators) is not adopted. Elevator requirements are found in Chapter 405 of UCC.
  • Only Appendix H (Signs) is adopted.

International Energy Conservation Code 2015 Sections:

  • Section R202 only to the extent that this section contains the definition of ''insulated siding.''
  • Section R402.2.4 (relating to access hatches and doors).
  • Section R402.2.8 (relating to floors).
  • Table R402.4.1.1 only to the extent the row for ''floors'' was amended.
  • Section 402.1.3 (relating to r-value computation).

International Energy Conservation Code 2009

International Existing Building Code 2015

  • Section 406.3 (relating to replacement window emergency escape and rescue opening).

    All accessibility provisions as follows:

    • Section 107.2 (relating to Temporary Structures and Uses);
    • Section 410 (relating to the Prescriptive Compliance Method);
    • Section 605 (relating to Repairs);
    • Section 705 (relating to Level 1 Alterations);
    • Section 801.1 (relating to Level 2 Alterations);
    • Section 806 (relating to Level 2 Alterations);
    • Section 901.2 (relating to Level 3 Alterations);
    • Section 906 (relating to Level 3 Alterations);
    • Section 1006 (relating to Change of Occupancy);
    • Section 1012.1.4 (relating to Change of Occupancy);
    • Section 1012.8 (relating to Change of Occupancy);
    • Section 1101.2 (relating to Additions);
    • Section 1105 (relating to Additions);
    • Section 1204.1 (relating to Historic Buildings);
    • Section 1205.15 (relating to Historic Buildings);
    • Section 1401.2.5 (relating to Performance Compliance Methods);
    • Section 1508 (relating to Construction Safeguards); and
    • Appendix B.

International Existing Building Code 2009

  • Work on existing, non-residential buildings can comply with these code requirements or Chapter 34 of the International Building Code 2009.
  • All appendices and resource information are adopted.

International Fuel Gas Code 2009

  • Any LPG requirements are superseded by the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Propane and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act (and regulations)
  • No Appendices are adopted.

International Mechanical Code 2015 Section:

  • Section 507.2 of the International Mechanical Code of 2015 (relating to commercial kitchen hoods, ''Type 1'')

International Mechanical Code 2009

  • No Appendices are adopted.

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

International Plumbing Code 2009

  • No Appendices are adopted.

International Residential Code 2015 Sections:

  • Section N1101.6 only to the extent that this section contains the definition of ''insulated siding.''
  • Section N1102.2.4 (relating to access hatches and doors).
  • Section N1102.2.8 (relating to floors).
  • Table N1102.4.1.1 only to the extent that amendments were made to the ''Floors'' row of this table.
  • Section N1102.1.3 (relating to r-value computation).
  • Table R302.1(1) (relating to requirements for exterior walls).
  • Section R316.5.11 (relating to sill plates and headers).
  • Section R317.1.4 (relating to wood columns).
  • Section R507.1 (relating to decks).
  • Section R507.2.4 (relating to deck lateral load connection).
  • Section R507.4 (relating to decking).
  • Section R507.5 (relating to deck joists).
  • Section R507.5.1 (relating to lateral restraint at supports).
  • Section R507.6 (relating to deck beams).
  • Section R507.7 (relating to deck joist and deck beam bearing).
  • Section R507.7.1 (relating to deck post to deck beam).
  • Section R507.8 (relating to deck posts).
  • Section R507.8.1 (relating to deck post to deck footing).
  • Table R507.4 (relating to maximum joist spacing).
  • Table R507.5 (relating to deck joist spans for common lumber species).
  • Table R507.8 (relating to deck post height).
  • Figure R507.2.3(2) (relating to deck attachment for lateral loads).
  • Figure R507.5 (relating to typical deck joist spans).
  • Figure R507.6 (relating to deck beam span lengths).
  • Figure R507.7.1 (relating to deck beam to deck post).
  • Figure R507.8.1 (relating to typical deck posts to deck footings).
  • Section M1503.4 (relating to ''make-up air required'' for range hoods).
  • Section M1601.4.1 (relating to ''joints, seams, and connections'' for duct construction) is adopted only with regards to Exception No. 3.

International Residential Code 2009 (code for one- and two-family dwellings no more than 3 stories in height)

  • Only Appendix G (Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs) is adopted.
  • 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.

International Fire Code 2015 Sections:

  • Section 202 limited to changes to definitions for ''Business Group B'' and ''Automatic Water Mist System.''
  • Section 902.1 (relating to definitions) to the extent that ''Automatic Water Mist System'' was added.
  • Section 904.2 (relating to relating to installation of automatic fire-extinguishing systems).
  • Section 904.2.1 (relating to restrictions on using automatic fire extinguisher systems exceptions or reductions).
  • Section 904.11 (relating to automatic water mist systems).
  • Section 904.11.1 (relating to design and installation requirements).
  • Section 904.11.1.1 (relating to general requirements for design and installation).
  • Section 904.11.1.2 (relating to actuation).
  • Section 904.11.1.3 (relating to water supply protection).
  • Section 904.11.1.4 (relating to secondary water supply).
  • Section 904.11.2 (relating to water mist system supervision and alarms).
  • Section 904.11.2.1 (relating to monitoring).
  • Section 904.11.2.2 (relating to alarms).
  • Section 904.11.2.3 (relating to floor control valves).
  • Section 904.11.3 (relating to testing and maintenance).
  • Section 907.2.11.3 (relating to installation of smoke alarms near cooking appliances).
  • Section 907.2.11.4 (relating to installation of smoke alarms near bathrooms).

International Fire Code 2009

  • Adopted only to the extent referenced in the International Building Code 2009.

Additionally, outside the UCC, the Borough of Phoenixville has adopted the following codes:

  • 2009 International Property Maintenance Code requires properties to be maintained to a minimum standards.
  • 2009 International Fire Code regulates the issuance of permits and inspections for certain activities.

 

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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