Township of Rochester, PA
Beaver County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Rochester 6-18-1985 by Ord. No. 309 as Art. 1305 of the 1985 Codified Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]

Fire prevention — See Ch. 76.

Grading, excavation and fill — See Ch. 81.

Housing standards — See Ch. 110, Art. III.

Sewers — See Ch. 118.

Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 141.

Zoning — See Ch. 162.

§ 53-1
Building permit required. 

§ 53-2
Application for permit; term of permit; revocation. 

§ 53-3
Completion of work. 

§ 53-4

§ 53-5
Property adjacent to state highways. 

§ 53-6
Violations and penalties. 

No person, firm or corporation shall erect, construct, reconstruct or remodel any structure within the Township involving any connection with any sewer line or lateral without having first obtained a building permit from the Township Secretary.


The Township Secretary shall issue a building permit upon application made therefor upon such application form as may be from time to time required by the Township and upon payment of the fee therefor as is hereinafter provided, if the proposed erection, construction, reconstruction, extension or remodeling complies with all of the Township ordinances and regulations.


The application for the building permit shall be made on such form as the Township shall from time to time require, which form shall require such information as the Board of Commissioners may from time to time by motion designate.


No building permit shall be granted for a longer period than six months except upon special authorization of the Board of Commissioners.


The Township Secretary shall have the right to revoke a building permit on the failure of the permit holder to comply with the requirements of all Township ordinances and regulations. Upon the revocation of such permit, all work permitted thereby shall cease. The holder of the permit shall have the right to appeal from the revocation of the permit by the Township Secretary to the next regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners or a special meeting of the Commissioners held for that purpose.

Within 10 days of the completion of the erection, construction, reconstruction, extension and remodeling of any structure for which a building permit is required or has been issued, the person, firm or corporation hereby required to obtain such a permit shall notify the Township Secretary in writing, by filling in and returning the detachable stub affixed to the building permit, of the date of completion of the work for which the permit was issued, which date shall be inserted by the Township Secretary on the building permit application.

The issuance of a building permit shall not impose any liability upon the Township or any of its agents or officials or employees for any damage done to persons or property in connection with the work done under such permit, but the permit holder or any other person responsible shall be and remain liable for any and all damage, of whatever kind or nature, resulting from or occurring in connection with or by reason of such work.

No person whose property bounds upon any state highway, street or right-of-way shall obtain a building permit without first obtaining a permit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation. A copy of such permit shall be presented to the Township at the time of the application for the building permit. No building permit in the Township shall be issued without such requirements being strictly complied with.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

Whoever violates any provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, imprisoned for a term not exceeding 30 days. Each day's neglect to comply with the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a new offense and subject in all respects to the same penalty as the first offense, and separate proceedings may be instituted and separate penalties imposed for each day's offense after the first conviction.