Building codes are the various sets of regulations related to the construction, alteration, maintenance and use of buildings and structures. The purpose of building codes is to provide minimum standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and the occupant or user of the space or building.
The Building Code Official is responsible for the enforcement and administration of the building codes. The administration and enforcement of the building codes includes reviewing applications for permits, examining the accompanying plans and documents, issuing the applicable permit(s), conducting inspections during construction and issuing the Certificate of Use and Occupancy upon project completion.
Salem Township administers and enforces the State Uniform Construction Code (U.C.C.) which references the 2009 International Code Council set of codes, as follows:
2009 International Residential Code
2009 International Building Code
2009 International Plumbing Code
2009 International Mechanical Code
2009 International Energy Conservation Code
2009 Electrical Code
2009 International Fuel Gas Code
2009 International Fire Code 2009 PA ALternative Residential Energy Provisions
A building permit is a license to begin construction of a building project or to install equipment regulated by the code. Permits and inspections are necessary to verify that Township building and fire code standards are met. If not, the public's health, safety and welfare could be at risk.
The time to call the Code Enforcement Department is before you start a project to avoid problems and delays. By submitting the proper information, the permit can be issued in a timely manner. Tell us what you plan to do, and we will explain the code requirements and assist you until the project is completed in accordance with the codes.
After contacting the Department you must complete an application and submit the permit fee, plans and information in order to obtain a building permit. The Building Code Official can provide information that will help your project be a success and avoid potential problems, which could cost you time and money.
The permit application will require basic information about the project, such as who will perform the work, what work will be done and how the work will be done. The application will also ask that you submit sketches, plans or other documentation for review. If the construction plans do not comply with the Building Code, Zoning and other related Ordinances, the Building Code Official can help you adjust your plan to meet the requirements for a permit.
To receive a permit you will have to pay a permit fee. The fee helps defray the costs of the Township's resources spent on the application, review and inspection process. The fee also gives you access to the Department's knowledge and experience when you have questions about the construction project.
The building permit must be posted at the construction site so it is visible from the street. work must be performed in accordance with the approved plans and Building Codes. Any proposed changes to the original plans need to be brought to the attention of the code official. Some changes will require review and approval of revised plans.
Once the construction begins, the Building Code Official will inspect each phase of construction. It is the responsibility of the permit applicant to schedule inspections. Normally, you want to give the Department at lest two days notice for an inspection. If the Building Code Official finds that some work does not meet code, the inspector will tell you so and will advise you of what must be done to bring the work up to acceptable compliance standards.
Once the project is complete and all approvals have been obtained, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.