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BUILDING AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENTS
Director - Paul Hugus - (412) 856-3385 - Email
Department Secretary - Michelle Fenwick- (412) 856-3340


Building Department/ Fire Protection Overview

Engineering Department Overview

Life Safety / Fire Protection Inspection Info

Residential Building Permits

Commercial Building Permits

Residential Occupancy Permits

Other Building Permits


BUILDING DEPARTMENT / FIRE PROTECTION OVERVIEW

The Municipality of Monroeville has adopted ordinances to meet the State Uniform Construction Code requirements for Residential and Commercial Building Construction of New, alteration or additions to structures. The Building Department staff is also responsible for assurance of Compliance to Fire Protection Code requirements of both New and Existing Structures throughout the Municipality of Monroeville. The Building Department / Fire Protection web page will list the Categories and applications necessary for compliance to the Pennsylvania UCC code as well as exempted building permit items.

Permit requirements include the following (Partial list):

• Residential Construction of New, Alterations, or Additions.
• Commercial Construction of New, Alterations, or Additions.
• Commercial Occupancies.
• Garages, Sheds, Gazebo’s (Greater than 120 Square Feet on Residential Property, ALL require permits on Commercial Property)
• Decks (Greater than 30 above grade on Residential, ALL Commercial Decks require Permits)
• Swimming Pools
• Roof Replacements
• Demolition
• Fire Code Permits (Fire Protection systems)
• Retaining Walls (Greater than 4 feet in height)

A Building permit application is required to be completed submitted and approved prior to the start of ANY job. In most cases, Inspections are required during Construction steps and a Final Inspection and Occupancy Issued before the space may be occupied or used. Applications can take between 7 and 10 days for review and processing. Inspections should, at a minimum be scheduled 24 hours in advance.


ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW |top|

The Engineering Department generally supervises and coordinates improvements to Municipal infrastructure including roadways, traffic signals, storm sewers, and parking lots and ensures that private development adheres to approved plans and/or regulations with respect to impervious areas, storm sewers, stormwater management, grading, timbering, utility work in Municipal rights-of-way, and erosion and sedimentation control. The Engineering department is also responsible for mapping infrastructure and incorporation of this mapping into a Geographic Information System (GIS).

The following are common activities regulated by the Engineering Department:

1. If you are excavating in or placing aboveground facilities over a Municipal road right-of-way or are building a new or expanding an existing driveway abutting a Municipal road you will need a Roadway Occupancy Permit, please download the following:
a. Ordinance No. 2193
b. Roadway Occupancy Permit Application
c. Standards for Construction (Ord. 2530)
d. Driveway Permit Application (new or expanded driveways only)

2. If you plan to perform grading, a filling operation, timbering, or logging you will likely need a Land Disturbance Permit, please download the following:
a. Land Disturbance Ordinance (Ordinance 2528)
b. Land Disturbance Permit Application
c. Standards for Construction (Ord. 2530)

3. If you plan to perform timber harvesting you will likely need a Timber Harvesting Permit, please download the following:
a. Timber Harvesting Ordinance (Ordinance 2529)
b. Land Disturbance Permit Application
c. Standards for Construction (Ord. 2530)

4. If you are interested in Stormwater Management regulations pertaining to site development you may want to download the following:
a. Stormwater Management Ordinance (Ordinance 2541)
b. Stormwater Release Rate District Map
c. Standards for Construction (Ord. 2530)
d. PA Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual



LIFE SAFETY / FIRE PROTECTION INSPECTION INFO |top|

What size fire extinguisher do you need and how often do they need to be inspected?

Fire extinguishers shall be a minimum size rating of 2A 10BC (5 pound). Businesses that have higher hazards shall have the required fire extinguishers such as cooking facilities that require a Class K fire extinguisher and industrial facilities that require more fire extinguishers and specially rated fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers shall be mounted securely, visible and accessible at all times, and shall be located within a 75 foot travel distance from anywhere in the business. Fire extinguishers shall be inspected, tested, and maintained annually by a certified inspection technician. Business owners/managers shall visually inspect all fire extinguishers on a monthly basis and keep record of inspections. Fire extinguishers are the first line of defense to control fires from spreading into a larger fire. (Reference code/standard: 2009 IFC - Section 906; NFPA 10)

Do you need to test the emergency and exit lighting?

Yes. All emergency and exit lighting shall be tested by the business staff on a monthly basis to confirm all emergency and exit lighting is properly working. Back up power sources such as battery supplies shall be inspected, tested, and maintained annually. Back up power generators shall be operated monthly and serviced annually or as needed. Any inspections, testing, and maintenance shall be recorded in the form of a log and made available to the fire inspector upon annual fire inspections. Emergency and exit lighting gives employees and customers clear view of exits and exit pathways in the event of an emergency. All exits and exit pathways shall be maintained clear at all times. (Reference code: 2009 IFC – Sections 604, 1011, 1028)

Do you need to display the street address?

Yes. All businesses shall display the street address on the street side of the building and on the business sign located at the street if the business is set back from street view. Address numbers shall be a minimum of 4” high and a minimum stroke width of 0.5” and shall contrast with the background for clear visibility. This gives emergency personnel proper identification for quick response. (Reference code: 2009 IFC – Section 505)

What are the clearance requirements around electrical panels and HVAC equipment?

A working space of 30” in width, 36” in depth, and 78” in height shall be maintained at all times. Where the width of the electrical panel or electrical service equipment exceeds 30” the working space shall be no less than the width of the panel. A clear space of 36” shall be maintained around all heating equipment and any heat producing equipment. This provides for quick access in the event of immediate shut down of electrical or HVAC equipment as well as eliminating the chance of an electrical spark or flame that could ignite combustibles stored too close to these appliances and equipment as well as electrocution hazard if equipment would become energized in the event of a failure. (Reference code: 2009 IFC – Section 605; 2006 IMC – Chapter 9; Manufacturer’s instructions)

What are the storage height requirements in sprinkled and non-sprinkled businesses?

In sprinkled businesses, a minimum of 18” of clearance shall be maintained from the sprinkler head deflector to the top of storage items. In non – sprinkled businesses, a minimum of 24” of clearance shall be maintained from the ceiling to the top of storage items. This clearance area shall be maintained across the entire area of the ceiling. This provides the necessary clearance space for either the sprinkler heads to protect as designed and for fire department hose streams to penetrate the top area of storage in non – sprinkled businesses. (Reference code: 2009 IFC – Section 315; NFPA 25)


How often should the fire protection systems be inspected, tested, or maintained?

Generally all fire protection systems shall be inspected, tested, and maintained at least annually. Certain parts of automatic sprinkler systems and fire suppression systems for commercial cooking hoods require more frequent inspections. Records of all inspections, testing, and maintenance shall be kept on the premises and made available to the fire inspector upon inspection. This assures that all required protection and notification equipment is in proper working order. (Reference code – 2009 IFC 901; NFPA 10, 12, 12A, 17, 17A, 25, 72, 750, 2001)

Should emergency contact information be updated periodically?

Yes. Business and emergency contact information should be updated regularly so the building department and dispatch center have the correct contact information to contact the business or building owner in the event of an emergency. Proper and current emergency contact information can eliminate the need for emergency service personnel to forcibly enter businesses and buildings if a key holder is promptly notified. This also includes keeping all Knox boxes updated as well if installed.

I received notification of violation(s). What should I do?

The Life Safety/Fire Protection Inspection report will list any violation(s). A thirty day notice will be issued for a first warning and a re-inspection date will be supplied in the report. If the deficiencies are not corrected by the re-inspection date a second warning notice of 15 days will be given by the fire inspector to comply. If the deficiencies are not corrected within the second warning time frame of 15 days a citation may be issued up to $1000.00 per violation per day or not more than 30 days imprisonment until deficiencies are corrected.

How often will my business or building be inspected by the municipality?

A municipal building inspector will inspect the property during various phases of construction or renovation and an occupancy inspection will be performed prior to the business opening. After the business is occupied a municipal building inspector will perform Life Safety/Fire Protection Inspections on an annual basis to confirm that emergency and fire protection equipment is maintained according to The International Fire Code and any referenced codes and standards. This is to ensure that the equipment is maintained and operational in the event of an emergency and that the buildings are maintained in a safe manner for occupants and emergency response personnel.

RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PERMITS |top|

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
I want to Build a New Residential Home
I want to add an addition to an Existing Residential Home
I want to replace a Residential Roof
I want to build a Residential Garage, Shed, Gazebo /Greenhouse> 20 Square Ft OR w/ UTILITIES < 120 Ft
I want to Build OR Replace a Residential Deck > 30 Inches above Grade
I want to Install a Swimming Pool in my yard
I want to Build or replace a retaining wall > 4 Feet in Height


COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS |top|

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
I want to build a New Commercial Structure
I want to add an Addition or Modification to an Existing Commercial Structure
I want to Occupy an Existing Commercial Structure
I want to replace a Commercial Roof
I want to build a Commercial Garage, Shed, Gazebo or Greenhouse
I want to Build OR Replace a Deck
I want to Install a Commercial Swimming Pool
I want to Build or replace a retaining wall > 4 Feet in Height


OTHER BUILDING PERMITS |top|

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?
I want to Demolish a Residential Structure
I want to Demolish a Commercial Structure
I want to Obtain a Fire Code Permit


RESIDENTIAL |top|

I want to Construct a New Residence

1. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2. Complete the Building Permit Application
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
9. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to Construct a Residential Addition

1. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2. Complete the Building Permit Application
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
9. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to replace a Residential Roof

1. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2. Complete the Building Permit Application
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
9. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to build a garage, shed, or gazebo >120 square feet OR with Utilities on a Residential Property.

1. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2. Complete the Building Permit Application
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
9. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to build or replace a Residential Deck

1. READ THE ASSOCIATED Deck Letter WITH SPECIFIC DECK REQUIREMENTS.
2. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
3. Complete the Building Permit Application
4. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
5. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
6. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to build a swimming pool on a Residential Property

1. Read and follow the associated Pool Letter with specific pool requirements.
2. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
3. Complete the Building Permit Application
4. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
5. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
6. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to build or replace a retaining wall > 4 feet high on a Residential Property

1. Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2. Complete the Building Permit Application
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 15 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.


COMMERCIAL |top|

I want to build a new Commercial Building

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Complete the Emergency Contact Form
6. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to add an addition or modification to an Existing Commercial Structure

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Complete the Emergency Contact Form
6. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to Occupy an Existing Commercial Building

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Occupancy Sheet
4. Complete the Emergency Contact Form
5. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Occupancy Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.

I want to replace a roof on a Commercial Building

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Complete the Emergency Contact Form
6. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences

I want to build or replace a Commercial Deck

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Complete the Emergency Contact Form
6. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences

I want to build a swimming pool on a Commercial Property

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Complete the Building Permit Application
4. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
5. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
6. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
7. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
8. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
9. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
10. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to build or replace a Commercial retaining wall >4 feet high

1. Complete the Building Permit Application
2. Print and review the Sample Commercial Letter for additional Monroeville requirements that may apply to your Commercial Permit Project.
3. Read and complete the Workers Compensation Letter
4. Read and complete the Zoning Permit Application, questions regarding this form should be directed to the Department of Community Development at (412) 856-3338.
5. Bring all documents required to the Building Department window on second floor of the Municipal Center for processing.
6. The Building Department will review your application and respond within 30 business days with an approval or denial.
7. If your Building Permit is approved you will be told the permit fee which you must pay in person prior to receiving a copy of your Building Permit.
8. The Zoning Permit is handled separately through the Department of Community Development, once again any questions regarding Zoning Permits should be directed to (412) 856-3338.
9. After obtaining your Building Permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections, it is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

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I want to demolish a Residential Structure

1 . Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2 . Complete the Building Permit Application
3 . Read the Demolition Letter
4 . After obtaining your Demolition permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit application to schedule the appropriate inspections. It is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to demolish a Commercial Structure

1 . Complete the Building Permit Application
2 . Read the Demolition Letter
3 . After obtaining your Demolition permit follow the inspection instructions on the back of the permit to schedule the appropriate inspections. It is your responsibility to notify the Municipality of inspection milestones and failure to do so can have significant negative consequences.

I want to obtain a Fire Code Permit

Typically Fire Code Permits are required for Fire Detection and Suppression Systems as well as Bonfires, Fireworks, and any other Fire Prevention Code requirements of the PA UCC and the International Fire Code.

1.Review, complete, and gather documents identified in the appropriate section of the Building Permit Requirements
2.Complete the Fire Code Permit Application
3.Call 412-856-3340.

 
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