City of Coatesville, PA
Chester County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Coatesville 3-25-1996 by Ord. No. 1012-96; amended in its entirety 8-10-2020 by Ord. No. 1536-2020. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees for the following shall be in the amount established by resolution of the Council of the City of Coatesville and set forth in the City of Coatesville Fee Schedule:[1]
A. 
Alarm devices.
(1) 
Installation permit (regular).
(2) 
Installation permit (senior citizen).
B. 
Hot-water heater installation.
C. 
(Reserved)
D. 
Building contractor's license.
(1) 
Commercial building contractor.
(2) 
Home improvement contractor insurance registration.
E. 
Tree removal.
F. 
Application to Noise Control Board for special variance.
G. 
(Reserved)
H. 
Replacement of lost, defaced or destroyed original amusement tax certificate or seal.
I. 
Charge for collection, transport and disposal of:
(1) 
Up to 1/2 cubic yard of solid waste per week.
(a) 
Yearly reduction per unit for each resident who pays his or her solid waste bill in its entirety when first due and by the deadline for a first installment payment.
(2) 
Additional service and administrative cost of application review.
(a) 
Fee for disposal of television.
(b) 
Fee for disposal of computer monitor.
(c) 
Fee for disposal of tires: $5 per/tire if dropped off.
(d) 
Fee for disposal of refrigerators/air conditioners/freezers.
J. 
Peddling and soliciting:
(1) 
License application fees:
(a) 
One-day license.
(b) 
One-week license.
(c) 
One-month license.
(d) 
One-year license.
(e) 
Group license. Two or more people per week with corporate verification.
(2) 
Deposit fees:
(a) 
One-day license.
(b) 
One-week license.
(c) 
One-month license.
(d) 
One-year license.
(e) 
Group license.
K. 
Plumbing fees:
(1) 
Examination fee:
(a) 
If examination is taken at a regular meeting of the Board of Examiners.
(b) 
If examination entails a special meeting of the Board of Examiners.
(2) 
Application for reregistration (add to building contractor's license fee):
(a) 
Master plumbers, firms and corporations.
(b) 
Journeymen plumbers.
(c) 
Apprentice plumbers.
(3) 
Reciprocal license (add to building contractor's license fee):
(a) 
Master plumbers, firms and corporations.
(b) 
Journeymen plumbers.
(c) 
Apprentice plumbers.
K.1. 
Public Works Department fees.
(1) 
Equipment: hourly rate (with a one-hour minimum).
Bill air compressor
Backhoe 24 inches
Jackhammer
Concrete saw
Blade 16 inches
71-inch mower
Skid loader
16-inch chain saw
Dump truck
Pickup truck
Generator
Tamper
(2) 
Labor, hourly rate.
L. 
Solid waste fees:
(1) 
Annual license fee for private trash haulers.
(2) 
Annual license fee for recyclable collectors.
(3) 
Registration for private collection, transport and disposal of solid waste per tax parcel serviced by a dumpster supplying such service.
(4) 
Penalty fee to be added to the base fee.
(5) 
Collection of trash fees.
(a) 
Fees to be added to unpaid claims.
[1] 
Notice expense for providing notice of delinquency required by law. The City may hire a private company to perform this service and add the amount of this charge to the unpaid claims.
[2] 
Legal fees.
Legal Action
Initial review and sending first demand letter
File lien and prepare satisfaction
Prepare writ of scire facias
Obtain reissued writ
Prepare and mail letter under Pa. R.C.P.237.1
Prepare motion for alternate service
Obtain vehicle identification number (VIN) for mobile home
Prepare discovery in preparation for trial
Prepare pretrial memorandum
Prepare motion for judgment for want of sufficient affidavit of defense
Prepare default judgment
Prepare writ of execution
Attendance at sale; review schedule of distribution and resolve distribution issues
Continue sheriff sale
Prepare petition to assess damages
Prepare petition for free and clear sale
Services not covered above
[3] 
Collection fees.
Type of Collection Fee
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan of 3 months or less
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan of more than 3 months
Guaranteed payoff fee
Handling fee for returned check
(b) 
Costs to be added to the unpaid claims. In addition to the fees set forth in Subsection L(5)(a) above, the reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket charges, costs, expenses, commissions and fees incurred in collection, including, but not limited to, postage, title searches, VIN searches, prothonotary fees and charges, and sheriff fees, shall be added to the unpaid claims.
(c) 
Credit card and debit card charges. The City authorizes any attorney or private collector collecting the unpaid claims on behalf of the City to accept payment of the unpaid claims by credit card or debit card. Where payment is made by credit card or debit card, any fees charged by the credit card or debit card company and/or the credit card or debit card servicing agent shall be charged immediately to the credit card or debit card used to make payment. This applies to credit card or debit card payments made by mail, telephone, over the Internet, or in person.
(d) 
Interest. Interest will be assessed upon the unpaid claims at a rate of 10% per annum and added to the unpaid claims.
(e) 
Collection procedures. The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with the Act:
[1] 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorney fees in connection with the collection of an unpaid claim account, the City or its designee shall mail or cause to be mailed, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice of such intention to the property owner or other entity liable for the account (the "property owner").
[2] 
If the certified mail notice is undelivered, then, at least 10 days prior to assessing or imposing such attorney fees, the City or its designee shall mail or cause to be mailed, by first class mail, a second notice to the property owner.
[3] 
All notices required by this Subsection L(5) shall be mailed to the property owner's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of the City or such other address obtained by the City from the county tax assessment office.
[4] 
Each notice as described above shall include the following:
[a] 
The type of municipal claim or other charge, the year that it became due and the amount owed, including penalty and interest;
[b] 
A statement of the City's intent to impose or assess attorney fees no earlier than 30 days after receipt of the first notice, or no earlier than 10 days after receipt of the second notice;
[c] 
The manner in which the assessment or imposition of attorney fees may be avoided by payment of the account; and
[d] 
The place of payment for accounts and the name and telephone number of the City's representative designated as responsible for collection matters.
(f) 
Related action. The proper officials of the City are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this Subsection L(5).
(g) 
Appointment of Solicitor. The City shall by resolution appoint an attorney or law firm as Solicitor for the limited purpose of collecting the unpaid claims and hereby authorizes such solicitor, and attorneys under their supervision, to sign any and all documents, including municipal claims and liens, on behalf of the City.
M. 
Streets and sidewalks:
(1) 
Permit for opening or excavating for a sidewalk or for pole planting or removal.
(2) 
Permit for opening or excavating any street.
(3) 
Permit for placement of a dumpster on a street, roadway or sidewalk, per dumpster or similar container.
(4) 
After-hours inspection.
(5) 
Billboard permit/maintenance fee.
N. 
Application fee for permit to operate wrecker service.
O. 
Use registration:
(1) 
Initial inspection under Chapter 214, Use Registration (this also includes one follow-up inspection). The fee provided is for buildings with up to five dwelling units. An additional fee is required for each additional five dwelling units.
(2) 
Any further inspections after the initial and follow-up inspection.
(3) 
Appeal to the Board of Use Regulation Appeals.
P. 
Copies:
(1) 
Chapter 224, Zoning.
(2) 
Chapter 197, Subdivision and Land Development.
(3) 
(Reserved)
(4) 
City Map.
(5) 
(Reserved)
(6) 
(Reserved)
(7) 
Copies, per page.
(8) 
Fax copies, per page.
(9) 
Mailing requested material.
(10) 
Municipal budget.
(11) 
Municipal Code.
(a) 
Residents.
(b) 
Nonresidents.
(12) 
Pictures.
(13) 
(Reserved)
(14) 
(Reserved)
(15) 
Return paid receipts: self-addressed envelope.
(16) 
Pay with memo bill.
Q. 
City Finance Department charges:
(1) 
Tax certificate and solid waste certificate.
(2) 
Duplicate tax bill.
(3) 
Bad check charge.
R. 
Zoning permits and fees; subdivision and land development fees.
(1) 
Zoning permits and fees.
(a) 
Sign permit.
(b) 
Annual registration fee for each approved sign.
(c) 
Zoning Hearing Board appeal:
[1] 
Application fee.
[2] 
Residential, for appeals, variances or special exceptions.
[3] 
Nonresidential, for appeals, variances or special exceptions.
[4] 
Curative challenge.
[5] 
Amendment challenge.
[6] 
Validity challenge.
(d) 
Zoning compliance letter.
(e) 
(Reserved)
(f) 
(Reserved)
(g) 
Conditional use hearing (by City Council).
(2) 
Subdivision and land development fees.
(a) 
Minor subdivision:
[1] 
Sketch plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[2] 
Preliminary plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[3] 
Final plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
(b) 
Major residential subdivision/multifamily land development:
[1] 
Sketch plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[2] 
Preliminary plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[3] 
Final plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
(c) 
Nonresidential subdivision/land development:
[1] 
Sketch plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[2] 
Preliminary plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
[3] 
Final plan:
[a] 
Application fee.
[b] 
Escrow amount. (The escrow fund shall be used to pay for the City Engineer's, Solicitor's or outside consultant's time spent with the applicant or his designee and the time spent reviewing the submitted plans. The rates charged for this time may be adjusted from time to time and are on file at the City. Additional escrow funds may be required to cover costs for reviewing and administering the plans and application.)
(d) 
UCC Appeals Board request for application.
(3) 
Certification or zoning district classification and uncorrected violation.
(4) 
Hole permit.
R.1. 
UCC Appeals Board application for appeal.
S. 
Police Department charges:
(1) 
Accident and crime reports:
(a) 
Accident report.
(b) 
Crimes report.
(2) 
Fingerprinting of private citizen.
(3) 
Jail cell rental.
(4) 
Police presence at special events involving paid attendance.
(5) 
Police presence based on crowd size, without paid attendance.
(6) 
Meter bag rental.
(7) 
Impound fee.
T. 
Fire Department charges.
U. 
Parks and recreation fees:
(1) 
Nonrefundable application fee.
(1.1) 
Additional charge for failure to pay in advance for any recreational use fee.
(2) 
Park name; cost; time limitation. The hours of operation are posted in each park for public information. Parks generally are open daily from dawn to dusk. Permits for use of parks for special events are limited to the hours specified as follows:
(a) 
Time limitation.
Park
Hours
Abdala Park
Dawn to dusk
Ash Park (pavilion w/elec.)
Dawn to dusk
Friendship Park
Dawn to dusk
Gateway Park (w/elec.)
Dawn to 10:00 p.m.
James Park
Dawn to dusk
Palmer Park (pavilion)
Dawn to dusk
Patton Park
Dawn to dusk
(b) 
Cost.
Park/Use
Park/picnic pavilion/courts/ballfields, unlighted
Park/picnic pavilion/courts/ballfields, lighted
League use (baseball)
(3) 
Fees per size of crowd.
Number of People
1 to 50
51 to 100
101 to 200**
**
Groups over 100 persons will be required to privately secure two portable toilets for up to 150 people (plus an additional portable toilet for every additional 100 people). After a special event permit has been approved by City Council, verification of portable toilets must be submitted with permit request, and all fees must be paid. Groups over 500 persons will be required to pay for an extra garbage pickup, payable with the fee before a special event permit can be issued.
(4) 
Electrical use fee (or PA system use).
(5) 
Street closing.
(6) 
Tent inspection by Fire Department.
(7) 
Refundable key deposit.
(8) 
Refunds will be made if notice is received 30 days prior to the event. No refunds will be made for weather conditions. Any and all additional expenses, including time involving cleanup of the pavilion and surrounding areas due to the careless disposal of garbage and waste material or the lack of any cleanup by the group renting the facility, will be billed to the responsible parties.
(9) 
Coatesville Community Center use fee.
(a) 
First four hours of use (four-hour minimum required).
(b) 
Per hour for each additional hour after the first four hours of use.
(c) 
Security deposit payable in advance before use (refundable if returned in same condition).
(d) 
Application fee payable in advance.
V. 
Housing standards:
(1) 
(Reserved)
(2) 
(Reserved)
(3) 
(Reserved)
(3.1) 
The property owner and/or rental management company of any property subject to a rental unit leasing license shall be jointly and severally liable for allowing occupancy of any rental unit, without licensing of same and without inspection of same, and shall be assessed a penalty set forth in the City's Fee Schedule.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the City offices.
(4) 
(Reserved)
(5) 
(Reserved)
(6) 
(Reserved)
(7) 
Registration fee for vacant premises.
(8) 
After-hours inspection (8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
W. 
Fee schedule to be paid to legal counsel for the collection of delinquent municipal claims pursuant to the fee schedule identified in Chapter 182 which is incorporated herein by reference and subject to modification by resolution of City Council which fee schedule attached to the aforementioned Chapter 182 Municipal Lien section of the City Code is incorporated herein by reference as though set forth at length.
X. 
Parking.
(1) 
Parking escrow.
(2) 
Residential permits:
(a) 
For permit parking in and only in either: the residential parking permit area or the parking permit district (as defined in Chapter 218, Article XIX, of the City Code) for the ward in which the permitted party resides.
(b) 
Renewal fees.
(c) 
Transfer fee.
Y. 
(Reserved)
Z. 
Violations and penalties. Any person who shall fail, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the terms or provisions of this chapter will be subject to a fine per incident within the time frame required by the Codes Department, in addition to legal fees and court appearance fees. Each incident shall constitute a separate offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee schedule is on file in the City offices.