Township of Collier, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 659, 7/11/2012]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUSINESS PROPERTY
Any property with a building or structure thereon that falls within the classifications set forth in the International Building Code as Assembly, Business, Educational, Factory and Industrial, High Hazard, Institutional, Educational, Mercantile, Storage, Utility and Miscellaneous and Residential, and located within the Township of Collier.
OCCUPANT
A tenant or other occupant in possession of the property.
OFFICIAL
The duly appointed Collier Township Building and Fire Code Official, or his designee, or such substitute designated by the Township Manager or Board of Commissioners to administer and enforce this Part.
[Ord. 659, 7/11/2012]
All owners of business property shall annually register with Collier Township on a registration form supplied by the Township Code Enforcement Officer. The registration shall be accompanied by the registration fee set by the Board of Commissioners. Registration may be carried out by a tenant or other occupant of the property if authorized by the property owner.
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It shall be the duty of each business property owner and occupant to report any change in the use or occupancy of a business property, or the establishment of a new business property, to the official within 10 days of the change, or the commencement of the new business property. A change in use or occupancy, or the establishment of a new business property, requires a new registration under § 5-602.
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A registration fee shall be imposed to defray administrative, clerical and periodic inspection costs, shall be collected by the Township Secretary, and shall be set by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, as may be amended from time to time. The resolution establishing the fee may provide for the fee to be decreased or waived for nonprofit, educational or religious organizations and for the fee to be waived or decreased for any property owner or occupants who voluntarily register within 90 days after passage of this Part or within 60 days after a new business property is created requiring registration herein.
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A placard/license shall be conspicuously posted in the place of business for which the license is issued. In cases where more than one business location exists, a separate placard/license or copy thereof shall be issued for posting.
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1. 
For and after the year beginning January 1, 2013, a registration under the provisions of this Part shall be valid for the remainder of the calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of each calendar year.
2. 
A renewal registration form shall be filed with the Township Code Enforcement Officer 30 days prior to the expiration of the registration.
3. 
The official is authorized to arrange for uniform and reasonable registration expiration and renewal dates other than at the end of the calendar year, so as to spread out the registration workload in an orderly fashion throughout the calendar year.
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The Township, through the official, shall conduct an inspection upon receipt of a registration application. The official may conduct periodic additional inspections of the business property.
2. 
Inspections shall be for the purpose of determining compliance with applicable Construction Code, Fire Code, Property Maintenance Code, Zoning Code and other health and safety code requirements and for the purpose of obtaining information for tax and other Township purposes regarding the ownership, use and occupancy of the business property.
3. 
The official is authorized to enter for the purpose of inspection upon all business property.
4. 
The official shall issue a report of each inspection and supply a copy thereof to the owner and/or occupant of the property inspected. The report shall note compliance violations and any corrective actions required. The official is authorized and directed to carry out follow-up inspections as needed to determine compliance. Follow-up inspections shall result in assessment of fees as set by resolution of the Board of Commissioners.
5. 
The Township Board of Commissioners may, upon recommendation of the official, establish rules and regulations to govern such inspections and appeals by aggrieved parties. Any person aggrieved by a determination of the official may appeal such determination by filing a written request for a Local Agency Law appeal with the Township Secretary within 30 days after the date of issuance of the determination appealed from. Such appeal shall be accompanied by an appeal fee of $50, or such other amount as is set by resolution of the Board of Commissioners, and shall state the grounds for the appeal. The appellant shall also be responsible to reimburse the Township for any costs of a court report or advertising in connection with such hearing.
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Any person who owns or occupies a business property within the Township without a valid business registration or otherwise fails to comply with the requirements of this Part, including, without limitation, failing to provide access to the official, shall, upon summary conviction before the District Justice, be fined not more than $600 for any one offense, recoverable with costs and restitution, or imprisoned for not more than 30 days, if the amount of such fine and costs is not paid. Each day of a continuing violation shall be considered a separate offense.