Township of Allegheny, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Allegheny as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 89.
[Adopted 12-8-1986 as §§ 6.1 to 6.5 of the 1986 Code]

§ 77-1 Description of danger.

Whenever it shall be reported to the Township office that any structure, completed or in process of construction, or any portion thereof, is in a dangerous condition, the Township office shall immediately cause an investigation and examination to be made of such structure. If such investigation or examination indicates such structure to be dangerous in any respect, the Township office shall report in writing to the Board of Supervisors, specifying the exact condition of such structure to be dangerous, and, if so, whether such structure is capable of being properly repaired or whether it should be removed as a dangerous structure.

§ 77-2 Notice to owner.

If any structure is reported by the Township office, as provided in § 77-1, to be a dangerous condition, the Board of Supervisors shall forthwith cause written notice to be served upon the owner of such structure. Such notice shall require the owner of such structure to commence the repair or removal of such building within 10 days thereof; provided, however, that in any case where the notice prescribed the repair of any structure, the owner thereof shall have the option to remove such structure instead of making the repairs thereto, within the said time limit.

§ 77-3 Service of notice.

The notice required by § 77-2 shall be served personally upon the owner of a structure, if such owner resides in the Township, or upon the agent of such owner, if such agent has a residence or place of business with the Township. If neither the owner nor the agent thereof can be served within the Township as hereby provided, such notice shall be sent to the owner of the structure by registered mail, at the last known address thereof.

§ 77-4 Violations and penalties.

If the owner of any dangerous structure, to whom or which a notice to repair or remove such structure shall be sent under the provisions of this article, fails to commence or to complete such repair or removal within the time limit prescribed by such notice, he shall be guilty of a violation of this article, and shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.

§ 77-5 Work by Township.

If the owner of any dangerous structure, to whom or which a notice to repair or to remove such structure shall be sent under the provisions of this article, fails to commence or to complete such repair or removal within the time limit prescribed by such notice, the Township office shall be empowered to cause such work or repair or removal to be commenced and/or completed by the Township, and the cost and expense thereof, with a penalty of 10%, shall be collected from the owner of such structure in the manner provided by law; provided that the recovery of such cost and expense, together with the penalty, may be in addition to the penalty imposed as provided in § 77-4.
[Adopted 12-8-1986 as § 6.11 of the 1986 Code]

§ 77-6 Accumulation prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for the owner or occupant of any building fronting on or along any street or public alley in the Township of Allegheny to allow or permit snow, ice and/or icicles to accumulate on the roof, eaves or any other part of such buildings whereby the same may become or be dangerous to any person or persons using the sidewalk fronting or alongside such property. The owner of the property shall be liable for violations of this article in the case of property occupied by the owner, unoccupied property and multiple-business or multiple-dwelling property, designed for more than one tenant. The occupant shall be so liable in the case of property occupied by a single tenant.

§ 77-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50 and costs of prosecution.