Work Authorization Permit Ordinance


An Ordinance requiring Hazleton City Work Authorization Permits for Certain Items Once Covered by Ordinance 2009-16 (Previously Rescinded) and Ordinance 2013-11 regarding Exemptions to the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, and Rescinding Ordinance 2013-11

WHEREAS, the City of Hazleton (hereinafter the “City”) has adopted the Uniform Construction Code (hereinafter “UCC”) as the building code for the City, which provides for standards for construction, improvements, and repairs to residential and commercial buildings and structures; and

WHEREAS, the City has a responsibility to ensure that safe and proper work on residential and commercial buildings and structures is performed throughout the City, including certain types of work designated as exemptions to the UCC; and

WHEREAS, the City believes that there is a need to document work performed that is exempt from the requirements of the UCC, so the proper inspections can be provided, if needed, in accordance with the best interest of the preservation of the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Ordinance is to clarify the definitions of the work requiring a Work Authorization Permit by adopting the language defining the work exempt from the provisions of the UCC.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY ORDAINED AND ENACTED by the Council of the City of Hazleton that the following guidelines on Work Authorization Permits, noted hereinafter, are adopted:

1. A Hazleton City Work Authorization Permit shall be required of an owner or authorized agent to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change (hereinafter referred to as “Work”) any of  the following:

(A) The following structures of less than one thousand (1,000 sq. ft.) square feet, which are an accessory to a detached one-family dwelling:

(1) Carports;
(2) Detached Private Garages;
(3) Greenhouses; and
(4) Sheds.

(B)  Alterations to residential buildings which do not make structural changes or changes to the means of egress, including a minor framing change needed to replace existing windows or doors.

(C)  Repairs to residential buildings, with the exception of painting, papering, tiling, carpeting and similar work.

(D)  Installation of aluminum or vinyl siding onto existing residential or existing commercial buildings.

(E)  All fences six (6') feet high or less.

(F)  All oil derricks.
(G)   Retaining walls, which are not over four (4') feet in height, measured from the lowest level of grade to the top of the wall, unless it is supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, Class II or the liquids.

(H)  Water tanks supported directly on grade, if the capacity does not exceed five thousand (5,000) gallons and the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2 to 1.

(I)  Sidewalks and driveways not more than thirty (30ʺ) inches above grade that are not located over a basement or story below it, and which are not part of an accessible route.

(J)  Installation of a residential uncovered deck where the floor of the deck is no more than thirty (30ʺ) inches above grade.
2. The City of Hazleton issues residential and commercial Work Authorization Permits for one (1) year. Permits may be renewed after one (1) year at the discretion of the City’s Supervisor of Code Enforcement.

3. The fee for the Work Authorization Permit shall be sixty ($60.00) dollars.

4. Work not covered by the provisions of this Ordinance shall be subject to the terms, permit requirements, and fees provided for under the terms of the City’s UCC Ordinance.

BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED that Ordinance 2013-11 is hereby rescinded in its entirety.

All other City ordinances legally adopted prior to June 18, 2009 will remain in effect unless specifically addressed by this Ordinance.

Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this Ordinance shall be and the same repealed to the extent of such conflict.

This Ordinance becomes effective immediately from the date of enactment, as provided by law. The adoption of an Ordinance providing for the need for a City Work Permit for work exempt from the coverage of the UCC has previously been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

ORDAINED AND ENACTED by Council this 17th day of March, 2015.