2018 International Property Maintenance Code
2009 International Fire Code
Myerstown Borough Zoning Ordinance
Pennsylvania Universal Construction Code (UCC)
In order to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of the residents of Myerstown, buildings and nonbuilding structures in the Borough are subject to rules that specify minimum design, construction and occupancy standards, and minimum maintenance standards. The following codes have been adopted:
Uniform Construction Code
The Borough has adopted the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) as its building code. The Pennsylvania UCC, which uses the codes issued by the International Code Council (ICC), has been adopted by over 90% of Pennsylvania’s 2,562 municipalities. The code controls all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures. Information on the Pennsylvania UCC can be found at the Department of Labor & Industry’s website.
It is the joint responsibility of the property owner and the contractor to obtain the required code permit before performing any work. The code is administered and enforced by the Borough's appointed Building Code Official, Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.
International Property Maintenance Code
The Borough has adopted the 2018 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) as its property maintenance code. The IPMC establishes minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation and fire safety. Information on the IPMC can be found at the International Code Council’s (ICC) website.
Responsibility is fixed among owners, operators, and occupants for code compliance. The code is administered and enforced by the Borough's appointed Code Official, Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.
International Fire Code
The Borough has adopted the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) as its fire code. The IFC regulates minimum fire safety requirements for new and existing buildings, addressing fire prevention, fire protection, life safety and safe storage and use of hazardous materials. Information on the IFC can be found at the ICC’s website.
Land Use / Zoning Ordinance
Land use in Myerstown is regulated by its zoning ordinance. Zoning ordinances divide municipalities into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (or zones), that are generally separate from one another, with the property use within each district being reasonably uniform. Within specific zoning districts there are additional restrictions that can be quite detailed, including specific requirements as to the type of buildings allowed, location of utility lines, restrictions on accessory buildings, building setbacks from the streets and other boundaries, restrictions on signage, and the size and height of buildings. Every property in the Borough is located within a zoning district, as can be seen on its official zoning map. It is important to verify which zoning regulations apply to your proposed location.
The zoning ordinance is administered and enforced by the Borough's appointed Zoning Officer, Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.