The Swissvale Fire Department is responsible for all code enforcement and inspection activities within the Borough. In February of 2014, Borough Council transferred all Code Enforcement responsibilities to the Fire Department. Prior to this, the Fire Department was only responsible for Building and Fire Code Enforcement.
The borough’s mission as it relates to code enforcement activities is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community. While the efforts are sometimes challenging, it is in the best interest of our community to have safe and properly maintained properties. This benefits the entire community through safer neighborhoods, maintains or increases the values of our homes and makes Swissvale a better place to live and visit.
We make every attempt to engage people to comply with the ordinances in a fair but firm way. It is only after attempts and requests have been made for compliance that citations are issued that results in court action. If you have received a “Violation Notice,” please make every effort to correct the problem and contact the Code Enforcement Officer assigned to your issue so that we can work together to make Swissvale a safe and welcoming community.
BUILDING CODE ENFORCEMENT
The Swissvale Fire Department is responsible for all building related code enforcement and inspection activities. The Fire Chief serves as the Borough’s “Building Code Official” and is responsible for the issuance of all building permits.
Whenever in doubt of whether or not you require a permit, simply call us and we will be happy to discuss your project with you and answer any questions. Please be advised that we are not permitted to give construction advice nor tell you how to build something. We are only permitted to review what you submit and ensure it is in compliance with the applicable codes. Failure to obtain a required Building Permit may result in fines of up to $1,000 per day and 30 days in jail.
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The Swissvale Fire Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA-UCC). All building permits are issued by the Fire Chief, who also serves as the Borough’s “Building Code Official.” Please be advised that the PA-UCC is a state law and not a local ordinance. Therefore, it must be enforced in compliance with state statutes. The PA-UCC has adopted and incorporates the International Code Council’s (ICC) family of building codes. One and two family residential dwellings are governed by the International Residential Code (IRC-2009). All other buildings are governed by the International Building Code (IBC-2009) or the International Existing Building Code (IEBC-2009)
To access the PA-UCC website- click the following link:
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTIONS
All residential building inspections related to the Uniform Construction Code and Building Permits are scheduled by Diane Amos. She can be reached at 412-271-0448 Ext. 303 or via email at email@example.com.
COMMERCIAL BUILDING INPSECTIONS
All commercial building inspections are performed by the borough’s contracted inspection service: CEA Code Enforcement Associates. Once a building permit has been issued, this agency performs all the required inspections related to the project. They can be contacted at 412-405-8231.
All electrical inspections are performed by the borough’s contracted inspection agency: CEA Code Enforcement Associates. All required electrical inspections must be performed by this agency, as this is the only recognized electrical inspector for the borough. The assigned inspector for Swissvale is Rich Merichko and he can be contacted at 412-405-8231 or directly at 412-889-1995 (cell).
In accordance with state law, all plumbing permits and inspections are to be performed by the Allegheny County Health Department, Plumbing Section. They can be contacted at 412-664-8855.
DANGEROUS AND NUISANCE STRUCTURES
The fire department is also charged with the administration and enforcement of the Borough’s Property Maintenance Code as it relates to buildings, the Fire Code as well as the Dangerous and Nuisance Structure Ordinance. Most of the enforcement of the Property Maintenance and Fire Codes is done in conjunction with the Occupancy Permit Program. However, if there is a property that you feel is in violation of any of these ordinances, you may contact us and report such complaints. If requested, complaints will be kept confidential.