SECTION A-304  REGISTERED DESIGN PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 99
A-304.1 General: The construction documents for new construction, alteration, repairs, expansion, addition or modification for buildings or structures required for a permit application shall be prepared by a registered design professional consistent with the professional registration laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Where special conditions exist, the code official is authorized to require additional construction documents to be prepared by a registered design professional. The construction documents shall include the name and address of the registered design professional and shall be signed, sealed and dated by the registered design professional in accordance with the professional registration laws.
Exceptions: 100
   1.   A registered design professional is not required to prepare the construction documents for the remodeling or alteration of a building where there is no compensation paid for such preparation and the remodeling or alteration does not relate to additions to the building or changes to the building's structure or means of egress and where the cost of the work is less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
   2.   A registered design professional is not required to prepare designs submitted under the provisions of Chapter 24 of the Residential Code for residential buildings having a conditioned floor area of 5,000 square feet (465 m2) or less, provided a qualified person prepares such designs.
   3.   The seal of a registered design professional shall not be required for ground floor additions to one- and two-family buildings of less than 120 square feet.
A-304.2 Special inspections: Special inspections shall be made in accordance with the Building Code.
   A-304.2.1 Building permit requirement: The special inspection requirements shall be determined prior to the issuance of the building permit and shall be a requisite for the permit issuance as described in the Building Code.
   A-304.2.2 Fees and costs: All fees and costs related to the performance of special professional services shall be borne by the owner.
A-304.3 Design professional in responsible charge: 101 When it is required that documents be prepared by a registered design professional, the code official is authorized to require the owner to engage and designate on the permit application, a registered design professional who shall act as the registered design professional in responsible charge. If the circumstances require, the owner shall designate a substitute registered design professional in responsible charge, who shall perform the duties required of the original registered design professional in responsible charge. The code official shall be notified in writing by the owner if the registered design professional in responsible charge is changed or is unable to continue to perform the duties.
The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building.
   A-304.3.1 Deferred submittals: For the purposes of this Section, deferred submittals are defined as those portions of the design that are not submitted at the time of the application and that are to be submitted to the code official within a specified period.
   Deferral of any submittal items shall be subject to the prior approval of the code official. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall list the deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the code official.
   Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge who shall review them and forward them to the code official with a notation indicating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and that they have been found to be in general conformance with the design of the building. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until their design and submittal documents have been approved by the code official and any additional or amended permits have been issued.

 

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   Amended, Bill No. 030780 (approved December 31, 2003); caption amended, Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
100
   Amended, Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).
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   Amended, Bill No. 180175 (approved June 6, 2018).