City of Washington, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Washington 2-22-1971 by Ord. No. 1091; amended in its entirety 3-10-1988 by Ord. No. 1386 (Ch. 10, Part 1, of the 1986 Code of Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Construction codes — See Ch. 130.
Zoning — See Ch. 350.
After the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person or business organization of any kind to erect and maintain any fences in the City unless a permit is obtained as herein set forth.
[Amended 1-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1767]
If any person, private or public organization desires to erect a fence, other than a barbed wire fence, he or it shall apply to the City Zoning Officer for permission to do so, setting forth the type and dimensions of such fence and reason for erection. The Zoning Officer may, upon review of application and receipt of a twenty-dollar fee, issue written permission to erect said fence.
[Amended 1-11-2007 by Ord. No. 1767]
If any person or business organization desires to erect and maintain a barbed wire fence, he or it shall apply to City Council for permission to do so, setting forth the type and dimensions of such fence and the reason for the necessity therefor, and by paying an application fee of $20.
The decision of the City Council as to the granting or the refusal to grant the permit is final.
[Amended 12-7-2006 by Ord. No. 1766]
Any individual, person, firm, corporation or other entity who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon being held liable in any civil proceeding or upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a penalty, fine or charge of no less than $100 nor more than the maximum amount permitted by law, but not to exceed $1,000, and in default of payment or any failure to pay any fine or penalty, upon a summary or other criminal conviction, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days, or both.
Each day that a violation of this chapter shall continue shall constitute a separate offense, subject to the fines, costs, penalties and charges set forth above for each offense.
Nothing herein shall limit, prevent or preclude the City of Washington from taking any and all legal action or exercising any other remedy available to the City by law, including but not limited to the initiation of civil or criminal proceedings or injunctive relief, in order to enforce or ensure compliance with this chapter. As an additional remedy, the City of Washington may abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition by any means permitted by law, which shall include but not be limited to an action in the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County, Pennsylvania, for injunctive relief; the use of any City of Washington personnel, equipment and materials or that of an authorized agent or contractor hired by the City to remove or abate any nuisance, dangerous or hazardous condition and with all costs thereof or related thereto to be charged against the property owner(s) and/or person or entity who has violated the chapter or portion thereof; said costs shall include all actual costs and expenses, including all costs of collection and reasonable administrative costs of the City, incurred in enforcing the provisions of the chapter.