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Berks County > Municipalities > Wyomissing Borough

The following is a compilation of building code ordinances or portions of ordinances adopted by the Borough of Wyomissing on or before July 1, 1999, which equal or exceed the requirements of the UCC, and shall continue in full force and effect until such time as such provisions fail to equal or exceed the minimum requirements of the Code, as amended from time to time.

The section of the applicable 2003 International Code is noted, with the previously adopted standard.

International Building Code

Section 804 Interior Floor Finish  (Ord. 1185, 5/13/97)

All washrooms, toilet rooms or bathrooms in nonresidential buildings, including hotels, motels or other similar types of residential buildings, whether intended for public use, private use or a combination thereof, shall have the entire floor covered with ceramic tile or other impervious surface as approved by the code official.  Also, all wet walls, as determined by the code official, shall have a wainscot at least 4 feet in height of ceramic tile or other impervious surface as approved by the code official.

International Fire Code

Section 506 Key Boxes  (Ord. 1181, 8/13/96)

Key Safe Required

When rapid access to or within a structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life saving or firefighting purposes, the Fire Commissioner or Fire Chief of the Wyomissing Fire Department may require a key safe of safes to be installed by the structure’s owner or occupant at the owner’s or occupant’s sole cost and expense in an accessible location on the structure.  The key safe or safes shall be of a type approved by the Fire Department and shall contain keys to gain access as required by the Fire Department.  Location of the key safe system will be approved by the Fire Commissioner.

Key Safe Contents

The key safe shall contain, but not be limited to, the following items.

A.     Keys to locked points of ingress or egress, whether on the interior or exterior of the structure.

B.     Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms

C.     Keys to locked electrical rooms

D.     Keys to elevator controls

E.     Keys to fire alarm panels, devices and systems

F.     Keys to other areas as so directed by the Fire Commissioner, or his or her designated alternate.


Structures regardless of use or occupancy containing six or more occupancies within the same structure which use a common external exit access

All occupancies having or required to have a fire alarm or fire sprinkler suppression system.


This part shall not apply to any single or duplex residential units; however, it does not prohibit installation of a key safe, if the owner or occupant so desires to provide a key safe for the respective residence.

Section 903 Automatic Sprinkler Systems

Section 903.2 Where required (Ord. 1185, 5/13/97, 1202, 5/11/99, 1220, 9/11/01)

All new, altered or additions to structures shall be installed with an automatic fire suppression system, supervised by a remote central station.  The system shall be designed and installed in accordance with NFPA requirements.  This includes use groups A, B, E. F, H, I, M, R, S and U.  The automatic fire suppression system is only required in an altered structure when the value of the improvement is 20% of the property value or greater.  This section does not apply to:

Single family detached, two family semi-detached and townhouse residences.

In areas of buildings where electrical power distribution equipment is housed.

In areas of buildings where water reactive chemicals are stored.

Chapter 33 – Explosives and Fire Works

Section 3302 Definitions  (Ord. 271, 10/17/29, 1185, 5/13/97)

A.  “Fireworks” shall mean and include any combustible or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or except as hereinafter provided, any particle prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and shall include blank cartridges, toy cannons, in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, aerial fireworks or other fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing an explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing an explosive substance.

B.  The term “fireworks”shall not include sparklers, toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices in paper caps containing .25 grain or less of explosive compound are used, provided they are so constructed that the hand cannot come into contact with the cap when in place for the explosion, and toy pistol paper caps which less than .20 grain of explosive mixture, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times, nor shall the term “fire- works” include toy cannons which operate on the principle of mixing calcium carbide, weighing less than 1/10 of an ounce, and water in the reservoir of the cannon and in which ignition results upon the creation of a spark.

Section 3308 Fireworks Display

General – It shall be a violation of this part for any person to store, or use or explode any fireworks, except as provided in the rules and regulations issued by the fire official for the granting of permits for supervised public displays of fireworks by the Borough of Wyomissing, fair associations, amusement parks and other organizations.  Every such display shall be handled by a competent operator approved by the Fire Commissioner/Fire Marshal.  The fireworks shall be arranged, located, discharged or fired in a manner that, in the opinion of the Fire Commissioner/Fire Marshal, will not be a hazard to property or endanger any person.

Bond for Display – The applicant shall furnish a bond in an amount deemed adequate by the Borough Council; conditioned for the payment of all damages which may be caused either to a person or persons or to property by reason of the permitted display, and arising from any acts of the applicant, the applicant’s agents, employees or subcontractors.

Disposal of Unfired Fireworks – Unfired fireworks and trash that remain after the display is concluded shall be immediately disposed of in a safe manner approved by the Fire Commissioner/Fire Marshal at the expense of the applicant.

Seizure of Fireworks – The fire official shall seize, take, remove or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner, all stocks of fireworks offered or exposed for display, stored or held in violation of this Part.

International Plumbing Code

405.4.1    Delete floor flanges of hard lead – PA does not allow

412.5   Add one (1) four (4) inch floor drain shall be installed at the lowest level of every building which has a plumbing system installed. Where gravity flow for said four (4) inch is impossible, the floor drain shall be pumped.

412.6   One (1) floor drain shall installed in all nonresidential buildings toilet rooms including hotels, motels, and other similar type residential use groups.

603.1      Size of water service pipe.  The water service pipe shall be sized to supply water to the structure in the quantities and at the pressures required in this code.  The minimum diameter of the service pipe shall be 1-inch.

605.3    Water service pipe.

Water service pipe up to and including 2-inches shall be type K soft copper tubing.  Present water code.

Over 2-inches must be cement mortar lined line ductile or gray iron pipe in accordance with AWWA C104 or as approved by the administrative authority.  Present water code.

702.6        Not Applicable, Lead pipes prohibited by PA no lead act