City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Scranton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Personal Care Boarding Home Facilities — See Ch. 343.
Rooming houses — See Ch. 375.
Zoning — See Ch. 445.
[Adopted 3-12-1999 by Ord. No. 38-1999]

§ 212-1 Definitions.

As used in article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CHILD DAY-CARE CENTER OR FACILITY
The premises where care is provided at any one time to three or more children unrelated to the owner or operator of the center or facility.
CITY
The City of Scranton.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Community Development of the City of Scranton.
INSPECTOR
Any person authorized by law or ordinance to inspect buildings or systems, e.g., plumbing, electrical systems, mechanical systems, necessary to operate or use buildings within the City of Scranton. An inspector also includes anyone authorized by the Department of Community Development Master Code Official to inspect buildings.
OPERATOR
The person in charge of a child day-care center or facility; it includes a nonprofit entity and includes a corporation or partnership.
OWNER
The legal or equitable owner of property or premises used for a child day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton.

§ 212-2 Inspection and licensing.

A. 
Any person or operator of a child day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton, either within 30 days after the effective date of this article, if operating or in existence on the day this article becomes effective; or any person or operator wishing to establish or operate a child day-care center or facility with the City of Scranton after the effective date of this article, shall arrange for the inspection of said center/facility by the City of Scranton, and obtain a license annually from the Department of Community Development of the City of Scranton.
B. 
An applicant shall complete and return to the Department forms approved by the Department, an application for the operation of a child day-care center/facility, stating the name, address and telephone number of the center, the name, address and telephone number of the operator or owner, if different from that of the center, a drawing or picture of the building, and description thereof; the proposed capacity of the center; the hours of proposed operation of the center/facility; and such other information as the Department may prescribe to ensure physical and structural safety. The applicant shall submit with the application an annual license and inspection fee of $250.
C. 
Upon receipt of an application and annual license and inspection fee, the Department of Community Development by its Bureau of Licenses and Inspection shall, in cooperation with the Scranton Fire Department, schedule an inspection of the center/facility. If such inspection shows that the center/facility is in compliance with the standard building codes (BOCA Codes) adopted by the City of Scranton and any other pertinent building regulations enacted by the city, the license will be issued by the Department or the Master Code Official. If improvements or corrections are required to bring the center/facility up to code, the inspector(s) shall issue a notice stating the deficiencies, and directing corrective action to be completed within a reasonable time, not to exceed 40 days. A reinspection shall then be scheduled. The applicant or operator/owner may appeal any corrective notice to the Housing Appeals Board within 10 days from the date of the notice, paying an appeal fee of $100 with the appeal, to the Department.

§ 212-3 Violations and penalties.

Any person, nonprofit entity, partnership or corporation who operates a child day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton without obtaining a license or having an inspection pursuant to the provisions of this article, or failing to take corrective action, shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of $300 plus costs and, in default thereof, be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days. Each day that a violation occurs shall be a separate violation. A citation under this article shall not preclude or prevent citations for violation of any BOCA standard building codes which are or may be adopted by the City of Scranton based upon an inspection or reinspection.
[Adopted 3-12-1999 by Ord. No. 39-1999]

§ 212-4 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADULT DAY-CARE CENTER OR FACILITY
The premises where care is provided at any one time to three or more adults unrelated to the owner or operator of the center or facility.
CITY
The City of Scranton.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Community Development of the City of Scranton.
INSPECTOR
Any person authorized by law or ordinance to inspect buildings or systems, e.g., plumbing, electrical systems, mechanical systems, necessary to operate or use buildings within the City of Scranton. An inspector also includes anyone authorized by the Department of Community Development Master Code Official to inspect buildings.
OPERATOR
The person in charge of an adult day-care center or facility; it includes a nonprofit entity and includes a corporation or partnership.
OWNER
The legal or equitable owner of property or premises used for an adult day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton.

§ 212-5 Inspection and licensing.

A. 
Any person or operator of an adult day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton, either within 30 days after the effective date of this article, if operating or in existence on the day this article becomes effective; or any person or operator wishing to establish or operate an adult day-care center or facility with the City of Scranton after the effective date of this article, shall arrange for the inspection of said center/facility by the City of Scranton, and obtain a license annually from the Department of Community Development of the City of Scranton.
B. 
An applicant shall complete and return to the Department forms approved by the Department, an application for the operation of an adult day-care center/facility, stating the name, address and telephone number of the center, the name, address and telephone number of the operator or owner, if different from that of the center, a drawing or picture of the building, and description thereof; the proposed capacity of the center; the hours of proposed operation of the center/facility; and such other information as the Department may prescribe to ensure physical and structural safety. The applicant shall submit with the application an annual license and inspection fee of $250.
C. 
Upon receipt of an application and annual license and inspection fee, the Department of Community Development by its Bureau of Licenses and Inspection shall, in cooperation with the Scranton Fire Department, schedule an inspection of the center/facility. If such inspection shows that the center/facility is in compliance with the standard building codes (BOCA Codes) adopted by the City of Scranton and any other pertinent building regulations enacted by the city, the license will be issued by the Department or the Master Code Official. If improvements or corrections are required to bring the center/facility up to code, the inspector(s) shall issue a notice stating the deficiencies, and directing corrective action to be completed within a reasonable time, not to exceed 40 days. A reinspection shall then be scheduled. The applicant or operator/owner may appeal any corrective notice to the Housing Appeals Board within 10 days from the date of the notice, paying an appeal fee of $100 with the appeal, to the Department.

§ 212-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person, nonprofit entity, partnership or corporation who operates an adult day-care center or facility within the City of Scranton without obtaining a license or having an inspection pursuant to the provisions of this article, or failing to take corrective action, shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of $300 plus costs and, in default thereof, be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days. Each day that a violation occurs shall be a separate violation. A citation under this article shall not preclude or prevent citations for violation of any BOCA standard building codes which are or may be adopted by the City of Scranton based upon an inspection or reinspection.