Springfield Township is planning to update its construction standards ̶ and clear up any confusion among residents.
Supervisors voted to authorize advertising the Uniform Construction Code draft ordinance, which would bring the code to 2015 standards.
Mike Italia of Barry Isett Associates, a contractor for the township, explained the problem. “When Jason (Wager) or us do these inspections, we’re seeing alterations that are done without permits. Alterations should be inspected. A lot of it is to protect the residents from bad workmanship. We’ve had some sunrooms get built, and they’re not to the best quality.”
“We’re just looking for some consistency when residents are doing alterations that really should be inspected,” Italia added.
Italia said the current township ordinance, which relies on 2009 standards, doesn’t compel residents to get a permit for electrical work, forcing them to go to a third-party because a provider such as PPL requires a permit.
Supervisor Chairman Jim Nilsen agreed change was needed. “An electrician would want it inspected after his work so when the job is done liability is off his shoulders. That is one example we need to correct.” Nilsen said the township needed to consider regulations for pole barns. “There’s no followup inspection or inspection of how it’s being built.”