Stroud Township - Building Codes Office
 
BIU telephone: 570-234-0621 Dave Manter
  BIU Fax - 570-421-2728

     Stroud Township Supervisors adopted the PA Uniform Construction Code effective May 1, 2004. These codes require inspections, for foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical and energy efficiency. A state certified Building Inspection company, Building Inspection Underwriters, Inc. has been subcontracted to do these inspections. These codes and required inspections are in addition to the township's existing zoning ordinance related applications and inspections.
     The Building Codes Permits for contractors, homeowners, engineers, architects and municipalities are available on-line at www.biupa.com and at the Stroud Township office.

        The Building Codes office hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday.  Please call with your questions (570-234-0621) or stop in at those times. Please note that Zoning permits are also required for most projects.

Building Inspection Underwriters of Pennsylvania Inc.
A guide to residential permit applications and the inspection process

 RESIDENTIAL PERMITS
     The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code does not apply to the following structures unless modified by your municipality (Zoning is required): New building or renovations to existing buildings which applied for a permit or were under contract prior to April 9, 2004.

The following structures if the structure has a building area of less than 1,000 square feet and is an accessory to a detached single family dwelling:
1) Carports
2) Detached private garages
3) Greenhouses
4) Sheds

A Building permit is not required for the following items as long as the work does not violate a law or ordinance::
Uncovered decks not more than 30” above finished grade
Fences that are not over 6’ high
Retaining walls not over 4’ high
Sidewalks or driveways not over 30” above grade

Prefab swimming pools less than 24 “ deep
Window/Door replacement without any structural change
Portable appliances

Replacement of existing siding
Replacement/repair of existing roof
Replacement of kitchen appliances
Replacement of toilets or sinks
Replacement of a switch, receptacle or light fixture rated 20 amps &120 volts or less except GFCI protected devices
Alterations and repairs with exceptions

 PLAN REVIEW REQUIREMENTS
Residential plans may be drawn by the homeowner, contactor or a licensed design professional
Two sets of plans with the following information shall be submitted:

Building plan review requirements
            Front, rear and side elevations
            Footing/foundation drawing
            Floor plan

            Framing plan showing floor, ceiling, roof details
            Window and door schedule
            Location of all smoke detectors
            “R” value of wall and ceiling insulation

 Plumbing plan review requirements
           Diagram of water system with pipe sizes
           Diagram of drainage and venting system with pipe sizes
           Plumbing fixture types and locations

 Mechanical plan review requirements
          Location and size of equipment
          Diagram of air distribution and return air system
          Ventilation and exhaust schedule's
          Combustion air requirements for all new appliances
          BTU ratings of new gas fired appliances
          Diagram of gas piping including pipe sizes

 Electrical plan review requirements
         Location of new electrical devices: receptacles, lights, switches, appliances, panels, sub panels and    disconnects
         Wiring diagram indicating size and type of wire
         Panel and sub panel schedules 

RESIDENTIAL INSPECTIONS
 
The following inspections are required under the Uniform Construction Code:
Building Inspections

            Footing/foundation
            Frame
            Insulation
            Drywall
            Final

Plumbing Inspections
            Water/sewer open trench
            Rough
            Final

Mechanical Inspections
            Rough
            Final

Electrical Inspections
           Rough
           Service
           Final

      Packets containing construction permit applications and jacket folder application can be picked up during Stroud Township office hours of weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please check with the local inspector (570-234-0621) to see which of these inspections will be required for your project.

All inspections must be called in at least 24 to 48 hours in advance.

The field copy of the plans must be available to the inspector at the work site for review during inspections.

Please have all work to be inspected completed before requesting inspections.

Remember, permits allow the enforcement of the codes which have been adopted as law by the state of Pennsylvania. No matter what the specific project may be, all codes have the same purpose: To protect the public health, safety and welfare by requiring safe construction.

If you have any questions, please call your local Building Code Office between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  570-234-0621.

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO THE BUILDING PERMITTING PROCESS

Step 1
       Pick up the construction permit applications and jacket from construction office. (available at Reception desk of Stroud Township Municipal office, 1211 North Fifth Street)

 Step 2
       Fill out the construction permits and jacket. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage Information form is also required to be submitted.

 Step 3
       Pick up or download any applications for Stroud Township Zoning Permits, as Zoning Permits are most likely required on most projects before construction can begin.  For more info., go to:   www.township.stroud.pa.us/zoning.htm

Step 4
       Submit to the Reception desk of Stroud Township Municipal office, 1211 North Fifth Street,   the completed Zoning application and required documentation (including one set of plans) along with the Building Codes Construction jacket and permits, with 2 sets of construction drawings.

 Step 5  
       The code official and inspectors will review the application and drawings for code compliance.   If any more information is required, the construction office will contact you.

 Step 6
       The construction office will contact you when the application is approved and ready to be picked up.  (this is generally about 2 weeks after the Zoning office has reviewed the application, which may take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks after submission, depending on the volume of applications received and the completeness of your application.)  All permit fees are due at this time. 

 Step 7
       You are now ready to start construction.

 Step 8
        Please request inspections 24 hours in advance. Inspection requests can either be phoned or faxed into the office. At each inspection the inspector will leave an inspection sticker notifying you of the result of the inspection. Once an inspection has been approved you may move onto to the next phase.

 Step 9
        When all final inspections have been approved, a certificate of occupancy will be sent to your municipal zoning official.

Step 10
        The municipal zoning official will sign and issue the certificate of occupancy if all prior approvals have been satisfied. Your project is now complete.

WORK REQUIRING PERMITS

         Building permits are required for the construction, enlargement, movement, change of egress, demolition or the change of occupancy of a residential building.
         Permits are also required for the erection, installation of an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system regulated by the Uniform Construction Code.
        Please contact your local Building Department or Inspector for help in determining if a permit is required before undertaking any home improvement projects since various exceptions may apply.

        For more information about Building Inspection Underwriters of PA, contact the BIU Building Code Official at Stroud Township, Dave Manter (phone: 570-234-0621; fax: 570-421-2728) or contact their main office at
1010 Albright Avenue, Scranton, PA 18508. Telephone #: 570-344-9681; Fax: 570-969-9700; website: www.biupa.com
  

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last updated:  March 17, 2014