Borough of Charleroi, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Charleroi as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 142.
Grading and excavation — See Ch. 190.
Moving permits; occupancy permits — See Ch. 217.
[Adopted 3-11-2004 by Ord. No. 958]

§ 257-1 Adoption of standards by reference.

A certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the Borough Secretary of the Borough of Charleroi, being marked and designated as the International Property Maintenance Code, 2003 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Charleroi, in the State of Pennsylvania; for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for the occupation and use, and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of such existing structures as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Property Maintenance Code are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 257-2 of this article.

§ 257-2 Amendments and modifications.

The following sections are hereby revised:
A. 
Section 101.1: Insert "Borough of Charleroi."
B. 
Section 103.5: Insert the following:[1]
Demolition permit
$50
Appeals fee
$200
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
C. 
Section 106.4.1 is added to read as follows:
[Added 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 1008]
106.4.1 Separate offense. It shall be a separate offense for which a separate fine may be imposed for the owner to fail to secure each separate door, window or other entrance or opening as required by this code.
D. 
Section 202 is amended to add the following definitions:
[Added 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 1008]
ABANDONED PROPERTY. A dwelling or vacant lot which has been determined by the Code Official to have been unoccupied for one year or more and against which there are outstanding municipal liens or the owner of which is delinquent in the payment of taxes or other municipal claims. For purposes of this definition, a lot shall be considered vacant and unoccupied if no structure is built thereon and no lawful, productive activity has been conducted on the lot with the owner's authorization within the past 12 months.
BLIGHTED PROBLEM. A building that lacks windows with frames and glazing and/or lacks one or more doors in the entryway of the building if:
1.
The building is located on a block face where 80% or more buildings on the block are occupied; or
2.
The Code Official has provided 30 days' notice to the owner of the property that the Code Official has determined, in consultation with other Borough officials as appropriate, that the lack of windows and/or entry doors has a significant adverse influence on the community based on the following factors:
a.
Deterioration and/or safety of the property;
b.
Safety of the surrounding community;
c.
The value of intact, occupied properties in the surrounding vicinity of the property;
d.
Marketability of the property; and
e.
Community morale.
E. 
Section 301.4 is added to read as follows:
[Added 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 1008]
301.4 Occupancy inspection required. No person, firm, business, association, partnership, company, or other entity shall occupy or use any building or structure erected within the Borough of Charleroi until an occupancy inspection has been completed. The fee for said inspection shall be as set forth by Council from time to time.
F. 
Section 302.4: Insert "10 inches."[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
G. 
Section 304.14: Insert "May 15" and "October 1."
H. 
Sections 304.19 and 304.20 are added to read as follows:
[Added 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 1008]
304.19 Additional requirements for doors, windows and other openings. The owner of a structure, including a vacant structure, shall keep all doors, windows and openings or other areas in good repair and shall ensure that such doors, windows and openings are securely locked, fastened or otherwise secured. Sealing such a property with boards or masonry or other materials that are not windows with frames and glazing or entry doors shall not constitute good repair or being locked, fastened or otherwise secured.
304.20 Blighting problems. The owner of a building that is a blighting problem, as defined in Section 202, shall secure all spaces designed as windows with windows that have frames and glazing and all entryways with doors. Sealing such a property with boards or masonry or other materials that are not windows with frames and glazing or entry doors shall not constitute good repair or being locked, fastened or otherwise secured.
I. 
Section 602.3: Insert "October 1" and "May 15."
J. 
Section 602.4: Insert "October 1" and "May 15."

§ 257-3 Repealer.

Ordinance No. 928 of the Borough of Charleroi and all other ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

§ 257-4 Construal of provisions.

Nothing in this article or in the Property Maintenance Code hereby adopted shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in § 257-3 of this article, nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this article.

§ 257-5 Violations and penalties; abatement costs. [1]

Penalties for violations shall be as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Enforcement; General Penalty, of this Code. Additionally, pursuant to 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 1202(4), the Borough Solicitor or another properly qualified attorney, specially appointed by Council, is authorized to collect:
A. 
The cost of removal and demolition of any structure, together with a penalty of 10% of such cost;
B. 
The cost of removing garbage, rubbish or junked or abandoned vehicles, together with a penalty of 10% of such cost; and
C. 
The cost of cutting and removing grass, brush and/or weeds, together with a penalty of 10% of such cost.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).