City of Clairton, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 4-25-2000 by Ord. No. 1685. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 163.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 171.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 185.
Excavations — See Ch. 189.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 199.
Grading, paving and curbing — See Ch. 211.
Housing and health standards — See Ch. 217.
Nuisances — See Ch. 247.
Plumbing — See Ch. 267.
Zoning — See Ch. 337.

§ 215-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes anyone engaged in the business of home/commercial repair or remodeling, home/commercial improvements such as roof, siding, soffit and fascia, installation of additions, construction of fences and/or retaining walls, stone, cement or concrete contracting, either flat, form or wall works or as a masonry contractor or as a carpenter contractor, or as a general building contractor, and any person engaged in the construction, alteration or repair of buildings or other structures or sidewalks or street pavements or demolition of buildings and/or sales or contracting for such work; also, anyone engaged in any other type of residential or commercial improvement activities such as painting, landscaping, carpet installation and general hauling.

§ 215-2 License required; applicability.

It shall be unlawful to engage in business in the City of Clairton as a home/commercial contractor without first having obtained a license therefor as hereinafter provided.
Engaging in the sales or contracting for, or construction, repair, remodeling or alteration of any building or structure or street or sidewalk pavement in the City of Clairton for which a permit is required under the ordinances of the City of Clairton shall be construed as doing business as a contractor in the City of Clairton.

§ 215-3 License application; information required.

Any person desiring to engage in the sales of contracting or contracting business shall make application for a license to the Code/Building Inspector on a form prescribed by him. The application shall be signed and verified under oath by the applicant, if the individual, and by a duly authorized agent, if a partnership, or by a duly authorized officer of a corporation.
The application shall contain the following information:
If a person, the name, residence and business address of the applicant.
If a partnership, the name, residence and business address of each partner.
If a domestic corporation, the name and business address of the corporation.
The number of years the applicant has engaged in the contracting business.
The specific type of business or work performed by the applicant.
Satisfactory evidence that the applicant is covered by general liability, personal injury, property damage insurance and workers' compensation insurance.
Such other information as the Code/Building Inspector may require.

§ 215-4 Issuance or denial of license.

The Code/Building Inspector is to issue or deny the application for a license. Any application so approved shall be issued by the Code/Building Inspector upon payment to him of the fee required by this chapter.

§ 215-5 License expiration, posting; suspension; duplicate license; fees.

All licenses shall expire on the 31st day of December of each year.
Each license issued shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the contracting establishment.
Any license which has not been suspended or revoked may, upon the payment of a fee prescribed by this chapter, be renewed for an additional period of one year from its expiration upon filing of an application for renewal on a form to be prescribed by the Code/Building Inspector.
A duplicate license may be issued for a lost, destroyed or mutilated license upon application therefor to the Code/Building Inspector and upon payment of the fee prescribed therefor by this section.
No license shall be assignable or transferable.
The fee for a contractor's license or for any renewal thereof to conduct a contracting business shall be $25.
The fee for issuing a duplicate license for one lost, destroyed or mutilated shall be $10.

§ 215-6 Compliance with other provisions required.

It shall be the duty of all building contractors to comply with all ordinances relating to the construction of buildings or other structures and to the construction of streets or sidewalk pavements and with all laws or ordinances pertaining to or regulating the activities engaged in.

§ 215-7 Revocation of license.

Any building contractor's license may be revoked by the Code/Building Inspector for repeated violations of any ordinance relating to the work performed by such contractor.

§ 215-8 Exceptions; conflict with other provisions.

The fee does not apply to any person or entity engaged in the rehabilitation of any structure or building or real property which they own or rent within the limits of the City of Clairton.
The fee does not apply to any person or entity owning a business in the City of Clairton that was hired to do such work on any building or structures in the City, but the required insurance forms must be presented to the Code/Building Inspector.
To the extent that this chapter conflicts with any duly enacted statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any statute of the United States, it shall be ineffective only as to such provisions that are in conflict with such statutes and shall be effective as to all other provisions. This chapter shall be considered severable to the extent of any conflicts of law.

§ 215-9 Unenforceable contracts; judgments and stop-work orders.

No contract or other agreement for the payment of any money to a home/commercial contractor shall be enforceable against a resident of the City of Clairton for work performed upon any real property, dwelling, structure or building located within the City of Clairton unless the home/commercial contractor is in full compliance with all of the terms of this chapter, including all licensing requirements. This penalty does not apply to any contracts entered into prior to the date of the enactment of this chapter.
In the event that any judgment by any court (including a District Justice) shall be finally entered against any home/commercial contractor arising from any work performed within the City of Clairton, that home/commercial contractor shall be issued a stop-work order by the City of Clairton until such judgment is paid in full by the home/commercial contractor or his/her/their insurer.