[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Charleroi 5-20-1976 by Ord. No. 774; readopted 10-8-1991 by Ord. No. 873 as Ch. 63 of the 1991 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- That person appointed by the Council as Code Enforcement Officer for the Borough.
- EARTH MATERIAL
- Any rock, natural soil or fill and/or any combination thereof.
- The mechanical removal of earth material.
- The deposition of earth material.
- Any excavating or filling or combination thereof.
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, business or corporation to undertake or cause to be undertaken, the excavation, filling and/or grading of any land within the municipality unless an approved permit has been obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer.
Application for such a permit shall be made in writing to the Code Enforcement Officer on forms supplied by the municipality. Such application shall contain at least the following:
An identification and description of the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.
A description of the land on which the proposed work is to be done, by lot, block, tract and house and street address, or similar description which will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed work.
An estimate of the value of the proposed work.
Such other information as reasonably may be required by the Code Enforcement Officer.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a permit only after it has been determined that the proposed work will be in conformance with all applicable requirements and regulations.
After the issuance of a permit by the Code Enforcement Officer, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit, or any of the plans, specifications or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent or approval of the Code Enforcement Officer.
In addition to the permit, the Code Enforcement Officer shall issue a placard which shall be displayed on the premises during the time the work is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the permit and the date of its issuance and be signed by the Code Enforcement Officer.
The proposed work shall begin within six months after the date of issuance of the permit or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted, in writing by the Code Enforcement Officer.
During the permitted work period, the Code Enforcement Officer or other authorized official may inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the permit application and with all applicable municipal laws and ordinances. In the event the Code Enforcement Officer discovers that the work does not comply with the permit application or any applicable laws and ordinances, or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant, the Code Enforcement Officer shall revoke the permit and report such fact to the COUNCIL for whatever action it considers necessary.
Applications for a permit shall be accompanied by a permit fee of $50, payable to the Borough.
Any person aggrieved by the Code Enforcement Officer's estimate of the cost of the proposed work may appeal to the Council.
Such appeal must be filed, in writing, within 30 days after the determination by the Code Enforcement Officer. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Council shall set a time and place not less than 10 nor more than 30 days for the purpose of hearing the appeal. Notice of the time and place of the hearing of the appeal shall be given to all parties at which time they may appear and be heard. The determination of the estimated cost by the Council shall be final in all cases.