City of Lock Haven, PA
Clinton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lock Haven as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Real estate registry — See Ch. 316.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 307.
[Adopted 1-21-1993 by Ord. No. 442B (Ch. 11, Part 1, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances)]
[Amended 4-20-1998 by Ord. No. 541B]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
CITY
The City of Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.
CODE
The code setting forth maintenance standards for existing structures.
ICC
International Code Council, Inc.
[Amended 12-12-2005 by Ord. No. 757]
INSPECTION COMPLIANCE OFFICIAL
The official who is charged with the administration of this article, or any duly authorized representative of said official.
OWNER
The legal or beneficial holder of title to a premises. The parent or child of the legal or beneficial holder of title of a single-family residence residing in said single-family residence shall be considered an "owner."
RESIDENTIAL UNIT
Any structurally enclosed area, including or intended to include sleeping facilities.
For the administration of this article, an inspection compliance official shall be appointed by City Council. The inspection compliance official shall administer this article in accordance with its terms. The inspection compliance official shall be responsible for instituting enforcement proceedings on behalf of the City.
No residential unit shall be occupied by other than the owner thereof unless there is displayed at the structure in which the unit is located a certificate of inspection as required by the provisions of this article.
[Amended 8-25-1996 by Ord. No. 509B]
Residential units occupied or to be occupied by other than the owner thereof shall be subject to inspection in accordance with the provisions of this article:
A. 
Purpose. Inspections required by this article shall be for the purpose of determining compliance with the provisions of the code as in effect in the City on the date of inspection.
B. 
Permitted inspectors. Inspections required by this article shall be conducted only by individuals or agencies certified as an inspector by ICC, as to the type of premises to be inspected to include individuals that are only certified as to the current International Property Maintenance Code who have at least three years of field experience performing property maintenance inspections. No employee of the City shall be permitted to conduct such inspections. Any individual or agency desiring to conduct inspections required by this article shall provide proof of current certification to the City.
[Amended 12-12-2005 by Ord. No. 757]
C. 
Timing of inspections.
(1) 
As for any residential unit unoccupied or occupied by the owner on or after the effective date hereof, a certificate of inspection shall be issued and displayed prior to occupancy of such residential unit by anyone other than the owner and subsequent inspections shall occur as set forth in Subsection C(2).
(2) 
As for any residential unit occupied by other than the owner as of the effective date hereof and for all subsequent inspections, inspections required by this article shall be completed and the certificate of inspection issued and displayed not later than December 31 of the year for which inspection is required. In no event shall such an inspection be conducted prior to January 1 of the year for which inspection is required. The City shall be divided into districts as follows:
(a) 
District I: First Ward of the City.
(b) 
District II: Second Ward of the City.
(c) 
District III: Third Ward of the City.
(d) 
District IV: Fourth Ward of the City.
(e) 
District V: Fifth Ward of the City.
(3) 
Residential units subject to the inspection requirements of this article and located in District I shall be inspected during the calendar year in which this article shall become effective and every fifth year thereafter. Residential units subject to the inspection requirements of this article and located in District II shall be inspected during the first calendar year subsequent to the year in which this article becomes effective and every fifth year thereafter. Residential units subject to the inspection requirements of this article and located in District III shall be inspected during the second calendar year subsequent to the year which this article becomes effective and every fifth year thereafter. Residential units subject to the inspection requirements of this article and located in District IV shall be inspected during the third calendar year subsequent to the year in which this article becomes effective and every fifth year thereafter. Residential units subject to the inspection requirements of this article and located in District V shall be inspected during the fourth calendar year subsequent to the year in which this article becomes effective and every fifth year thereafter.
D. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
Any residential unit occupied or to be occupied by other than the owner thereof shall be excepted from the inspection requirements of this article upon proof submitted to the inspection compliance official that such unit is subject to a requirement by other governmental agency of safety inspection similar to inspection under Subsection A, above, at least once every five years and in compliance with such inspection requirements.
(2) 
No residential unit which would otherwise be subject the inspection requirements of this article shall be required to be inspected within the five calendar years subsequent to the year in which any certificate of occupancy required before occupancy of new construction is issued.
(3) 
When a certificate of inspection has been issued prior to a residential unit being occupied by other than the owner, said residential unit shall not be subject to reinspection under the terms of this article prior to the first applicable calendar year occurring after the calendar year subsequent to issuance of the initial certificate of inspection.
A. 
General provision. Upon submission of proof that an inspection required by this article has been completed and that there were no violations found of the code as in effect on the date of inspection, or that any such violations have been corrected in accordance with said code, the inspection compliance officer shall issue a certificate of inspection for the structure with each residential unit therein which was inspected listed upon said certificate. The certificate of inspection shall be displayed in plain view within the unit or structure.
B. 
Form of proof of inspection. Proof of inspection and absence of any violations of the code shall be in such form as approved, from time to time, by the inspection compliance official.
C. 
Time of issuance of certificate of compliance. The inspection compliance official shall either issue the certificate of compliance or a written rejection with the reasons for rejection specified within 14 days of submission of the required form.
A. 
Newspaper advertisement. The inspection compliance official shall each year cause notice to be published two times in newspaper of general circulation within the City. The first notice shall be published during January of each calendar year and the second notice shall be published during October of each calendar year. The notice shall set forth the district for which inspection of residential units occupied by other than the owner is required during the year of publication, that inspection may be required before a residential unit is occupied by other than the owner, and where a copy of this article may be obtained.
B. 
Deeds and agreements of sale. Every deed and agreement of sale executed and delivered on or after the effective date of this article with respect to any premises within the City which includes one or more residential units shall include therein a notice substantially in the form which follows:
(1) 
"Residential units within the City of Lock Haven which are occupied other than by the owner thereof are subject to the inspection requirements of Ordinance No. 442B."
The owner of any residential unit which is subject to the inspection requirements of this article shall be responsible for compliance with the provisions of this article.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The owner of any residential unit who has violated or permitted the violation of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each violation of this article and each day the same is continued shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 670]
The fee schedule for issuance for certificates of inspection shall be established from time to time by resolution of City Council.
[Amended 8-1-1994 by Ord. No. 471B; 8-7-1995 by Ord. No. 492BA; 8-25-1996 by Ord. No. 509B]
This article shall become effective January 1, 1997.