Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne 7-21-1982 by Ord. No. 1023. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 146.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 187.
Real estate registry — See Ch. 262.
Zoning — See Ch. 330.
Except as provided herein, no owner or possessor of any real property, land, buildings or structures within the Borough of Lansdowne shall deed, convey or transfer title to such real property, land, buildings or structures within the Borough of Lansdowne; change any existing use of any real property, building or structures within the Borough of Lansdowne; occupy or use any enlargement of any structure or building or occupy or use any newly erected building or structure within the Borough of Lansdowne; or occupy or use any vacant ground in the Borough of Lansdowne unless and until such owner or possessor shall have applied for and been issued a certificate of occupancy by the Borough of Lansdowne.
A. 
Application for such certificate of occupancy shall be in writing on a form provided by the Borough Manager of the Borough of Lansdowne upon request. The application shall be completed, signed and delivered by the owner or possessor to the Borough Manager of the Borough of Lansdowne. The application shall state:
(1) 
The name and address of the owner of the real property involved.
(2) 
The name and address of the possessor of the real property involved.
(3) 
The present use of the real property.
(4) 
The proposed use of the real property.
(5) 
A description of the real property including the use and number of rooms and areas on each floor, including attics, basements and porches as well as location and size of garages.
(6) 
A reference to any applicable valid variances or special exceptions obtained in regard to the real property involved.
(7) 
A reference to any valid presently existing nonconforming use of the real property predating the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 330, Zoning.
(8) 
Such other information as may be required by the Borough Manager of the Borough of Lansdowne.
B. 
The written application for the certificate of occupancy shall be submitted to the Borough Manager of the Borough of Lansdowne at least 30 days prior to the date of deed, conveyance or transfer of title or change of use or occupancy of the real property, buildings or structures involved. By filing the application with the Borough of Lansdowne, the owner or possessor of the real property, structures or buildings involved, shall authorize inspection of the real property, buildings and structures involved by the Borough Manager, Building Inspector or other appropriate officer or officers of the Borough of Lansdowne.
[Amended 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]
A fee as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council per dwelling unit with a maximum fee as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council per building will be charged to the applicant by the Borough of Lansdowne and shall be due and payable upon the filing of the application for the certificate of occupancy.
A certificate of occupancy shall be issued by the Borough of Lansdowne only if the written application has been completed, signed and filed with the Borough of Lansdowne as provided in this chapter and only if the existing use and the proposed use of the real property, buildings or structures intended to be deeded, conveyed or transferred fully complies with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Lansdowne[1] or any valid variance or special exception applicable to the property or valid nonconforming use predating the chapter as applicable to the property.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 330, Zoning.
[Amended 9-21-1988 by Ord. No. 1080; 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]
Any owner or possessor of real property, buildings or structures in the Borough of Lansdowne who fails to comply with the requirements of this chapter shall, upon being found guilty before a Magisterial District Judge, be fined not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs be imprisoned for not more than 30 days. Each day in which such owner or possessor is in violation of the terms of this chapter shall constitute a separate offense.