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
Building construction — See Ch. 187.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 193.
Construction codes — See Ch. 201.
Contractors — See Ch. 203.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 215.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 243.
Junk and junkyards — See Ch. 301.
Littering — See Ch. 305.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 313.
Plumbing — See Ch. 345.
Condemned property — See Ch. 359.
Solid waste — See Ch. 400.
Trees and weeds — See Ch. 434.
Abandoned or junk vehicles — See Ch. 438.
[Adopted 7-31-2014 by Ord. No. 37-2014[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 360, Property Maintenance, adopted 1-31-2000 by Ord. No. 2-2000, as amended.

§ 360-1 Adoption of code.

A certain document, one copy of which is on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Scranton, being marked and designated as "The International Property Maintenance Code, 2009 Edition," as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Scranton in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for regulating and governing the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures; by providing the standards for supplied utilities and facilities and other physical things and conditions essential to ensure that structures are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of such existing structures as herein provided; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees therefor; and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of said Property Maintenance Code on file in the office of the City Clerk are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this article, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 360-2 of this article.

§ 360-2 Additions, insertions and amendments.

The following sections of the 2009 Edition of the International Property Maintenance Code have additions, insertions and amendments as stated herein:
A. 
Section 101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the "International Property Maintenance Code of the City of Scranton," hereinafter referred to as "this Code."
B. 
Section 103.5 Fees. The fees for activities and services performed by the department in carrying out its responsibilities under this code shall be as indicated in the following schedule: A fee of no less than $300 and no more than $1,000 shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis based upon the severity of the violation as determined by the Director of the Department of Licensing, Inspections and Permits/Building Code Official.
C. 
Section 108.5 Prohibited occupancy. Any occupied structure condemned and placarded by the code official shall be vacated as ordered by the code official. Any person who shall occupy a placarded premises or operate placarded equipment, and any owner or any person responsible for the premises who shall let anyone occupy a placarded premises or operate placarded equipment, before the release of condemnation by the Office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits shall be liable to a fine of not less than $1,000 or more than $10,000. Each day the violation continues will be considered a separate offense.
Exception: A person(s) may only occupy a recently condemned building during daylight hours for the purpose of gathering their belongings.
D. 
Section 112.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop-work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than $500 or more than $10,000.
E. 
Section 302.4 Weeds. All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of eight inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs; provided, however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.
F. 
Section 302.4.1 Shrubs and bushes. Bushes and shrubs on all premises and exterior property shall be maintained and kept in good order.
G. 
Section 302.4.2 Dangerous trees. Any tree(s) that is (are) considered dangerous by the Office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits or the City Forester, due to overgrowth, instability, infestation or harmful insects or a dead tree, shall be ordered removed or made safe by the property owner. If the property owner refuses or is unable to remove the unsafe condition, then the City has the authority to take appropriate action to make safe the dangerous condition and lien all costs involved to the property owner. All notices and orders shall comply with Section 107 of the (IPMC) relating to notices and orders. Any person in violation of this order shall be liable to a fine of not less than $500 or more than $2,000. Each day the violation continues is considered a separate offense.
H. 
Section 304.10 Stairways, decks, porches and balconies. Every exterior stairway, deck, porch and balcony, and all appurtenances attached thereto, shall be maintained structurally sound, in good repair, with proper anchorage and capable of supporting the imposed loads. No person shall use interior furniture such as upholstered furniture on exterior decks, porches and balconies. Only furniture that is manufactured for outdoor use shall be used.
I. 
Section 304.14 Insect screens. During the period from May 1 to October 1, every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch (16 mesh per 25 mm), and every screen door used for insect control shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.
Exemption: Screens shall not be required where other approved means, such as air curtains or insect-repellent fans, are employed.
J. 
Section 308.3.2 Containers. The operator of every establishment producing garbage shall provide, and at all times cause to be utilized, approved leakproof containers provided with close-fitting covers for the storage of such materials until removed from the premises for disposal. Each garbage container shall be placed/stored in an inconspicuous location on said premises.
K. 
Section 309.3 Single occupant. The owner of a one-family dwelling or of a single-tenant nonresidential structure shall be responsible for pest elimination on the premises.
L. 
Section 602.3 Heat supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units or sleeping units on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from October 1 to April 1 to maintain a temperature of not less than 68° F. (20° C.) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.
M. 
Section 602.4 Occupiable work spaces. Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from October 1 to April 15 to maintain a temperature of not less than 65° F. (18° C.) during the period the spaces are occupied.
[Adopted 12-18-2014 by Ord. No. 64-2014]

§ 360-3 Purpose.

Lack of maintenance of properties, littering, improper storage of trash and rubbish, storage of inoperable/nonregistered vehicles, vendor operations without permits, high grass and weeds, graffiti and accumulation of snow and ice are costly problems that contribute to the deterioration of property values and general disorder in a community. These problems degrade the physical appearance of the City, which reduces business and tax revenue, inhibiting economic development. The quality of life and community pride of the citizens of Scranton are negatively impacted by the occurrences and existence of these activities. Recognizing these are community problems, the purpose of this article is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City by helping to create a clean environment for the citizens of Scranton.

§ 360-4 Definitions.

The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this article, shall be defined as follows, unless context clearly indicates otherwise:
AUTHORIZED LITTER RECEPTACLE
A litter collection receptacle which is placed on the public right-of-way or on public property by the City for use by the public to deposit small quantities of hand-held trash, but not household or commercial waste.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
A motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight of greater than 6,000 pounds and is primarily used for business purposes, including, but not limited to, making service calls, transporting equipment used in a business or in accomplishing physical work as part of a business (such as hauling material).
DEBRIS
Any material upon the premises that is a residue of structural demolition, or any other material that is not neatly stored, stacked, or piled in such a manner so as not to create a nuisance or become a harboring place or food supply for insects and rodents.
DUMPING
Includes, but is not limited to, depositing of litter, depositing durable goods (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.), small appliances, furniture, carpets, tires, vehicles, vehicle parts and automotive products, and other such municipal waste, hazardous waste, residual waste and construction or demolition debris on public or private property, except as authorized by law.
GARBAGE
The animal or vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, and consumption of food.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
Any waste material or a combination of solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material that, because of its quantity, concentration, physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics, may:
A. 
Cause, or significantly contribute to, an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating illness.
B. 
Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, or disposed of or otherwise managed.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW)
Waste which would be chemically or physically classified as a hazardous waste, but is excluded from regulation as a hazardous waste because it is produced in quantities smaller than those regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and because it is generated by persons not otherwise covered as hazardous waste generators by those regulations. Such HHW materials meet one of the following four classifications: toxic, flammable, reactive, or corrosive. HHW consists of numerous products that are common to the average household, such as: pesticides and herbicides, cleaners, automotive products, paints, and acids.
INDOOR FURNITURE
Any and all pieces of furniture which are made for only inside use, including, but not limited to, upholstered chairs and sofas, etc.
A. 
Any vehicle which presents a hazard or danger to the public or is a public nuisance by virtue of its state or condition of disrepair.
B. 
The following conditions, if present, are examples of a state or condition of disrepair:
(1) 
Rusted and/or jagged metal on or protruding from the body of the vehicle.
(2) 
Broken glass or windows on or in the vehicle.
(3) 
Leaking of any fluids from the vehicle or deflated or flat tire(s).
(4) 
Unsecured and/or unlocked doors, hood, or trunk.
(5) 
Storage or placement of the vehicle in an unbalanced condition, on concrete blocks, or other similar apparatus.
(6) 
Harboring of rodents, insects, or other pests.
C. 
The foregoing examples are not inclusive of all conditions which may constitute a state or condition of disrepair. See also "motor vehicle nuisance."
LITTER
Includes, but is not limited to, all waste material, garbage, trash, i.e., waste paper, tobacco products, wrappers, food or beverage containers, newspapers, etc., municipal waste, human waste, domestic animal waste, furniture or motor vehicle seats, vehicle parts, automotive products, shopping carts, construction or demolition material, recyclable material, and dirt, mud and yard waste that has been abandoned or improperly discarded, deposited, or disposed.
LOCAL RESPONSIBLE AGENT
Any person residing or working within the County of Lackawanna designated to accept service on behalf of a legal owner or operator of a rental dwelling unit.
MOBILE VENDOR
A vendor or seller of food and/or goods from a vehicle or other conveyance upon the public streets or alleys of the City that does not typically remain stationary for more than approximately 10 minutes each hour.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any type of mechanical device, capable or at one time capable of being propelled by a motor, in which persons or property may be transported upon public streets or highways, and including trailers or semitrailers pulled thereby.
MOTOR VEHICLE NUISANCE
A motor vehicle with one or more of the following defects:
A. 
Broken windshields, mirrors, or other glass, with sharp edges.
B. 
Broken headlamps, tail lamps, bumpers, or grills with sharp edges.
C. 
Any body parts, truck, firewall, or floorboards with sharp edges or large holes resulting from rust.
D. 
Protruding sharp objects from the chassis.
E. 
Missing doors, windows, hood, trunks, or other body parts that could permit animal harborage.
F. 
One or more open tires or tubes which could permit animal harborage.
G. 
Any vehicle suspended by blocks, jacks, or other such materials in a location which may pose a danger to the public, property owners, visitors, or residents of the property on which said vehicle is found.
H. 
Any excessive fluids leaking from the vehicle which may be harmful to the public or the environment.
I. 
Disassembled body or chassis parts stored in, on or about the vehicle.
J. 
Vehicles that do not display a current, valid license and registration.
K. 
Such other defects which the Fire Department determines to be a danger to the general public or property.
L. 
Motor vehicles parked, drifted, or otherwise located which may interfere with flow of pedestrian or automobile traffic or impede emergency efforts.
MUNICIPAL WASTE
Any garbage, refuse, industrial, lunchroom, or office waste, and other material, including solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous material, resulting from operation of residential, municipal, commercial, or institutional establishments or from community activities, and which is not classified as residual waste or hazardous waste as defined herein. The term does not include source-separated recyclable materials or organic waste.
NOTICE OF VIOLATION
A written document issued to a person in violation of a City ordinance which specifies the violation and contains a directive to take corrective action within a specified time frame or face further legal action.
NUISANCE
Any condition, structure, or improvement which constitutes a danger or potential danger to the health, safety, or welfare of citizens of the City or causes a blighting effect in City neighborhoods. See also "public nuisance."
PERSON
Every natural person, firm, corporation, partnership, association, or institution.
PLANTER STRIP
The nonconcrete space in the sidewalk area filled with dirt and/or grass.
PRIVATE PROPERTY
Any land and the improvements thereon owned by any person, and includes front, side, and rear yards; vacant lots, buildings, and other structural improvements; walkways and alleyways; and parking areas, designed or used either wholly or in part for private residential, industrial, or commercial purposes, whether inhabited, temporary, continuously uninhabited, or vacant, including any yard, grounds, walk, driveway, porch, steps, vestibule, or mailbox belonging to or appurtenant to such dwelling, house, building, or other structure.
PUBLIC NUISANCE
Any conditions or premises which are unsafe, unsanitary or disruptive.
PUBLIC OFFICER
Any police officer, authorized inspector from the Department of Licensing, Inspections and Permits, or public official designated by the City to enforce the City ordinances.
PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY
The total width of any land used, reserved, or dedicated as a street, alley, driveway, sidewalk, or utility easement, including curb and gutter areas.
RECYCLABLE MATERIAL
Material which would otherwise become municipal waste, which can be collected, separated, or processed, and returned to the economic mainstream in the form of raw materials or products. These materials may include, but not be limited to, aluminum cans, ferrous and bi-metal cans, glass containers, plastic bottles and containers, mixed paper, white goods, major appliances, televisions, tires, and large auto parts.
RESIDUAL WASTE
Any discarded material or other waste, including solid, semisolid, or contained gaseous materials, resulting from construction, industrial, mining, and agricultural operations, excluding municipal water and sewer operations.
RUBBISH
Combustible and noncombustible waste materials, except garbage; the term shall include the residue from the burning of wood, coal, coke, and other combustible materials, paper, rags, cartons, boxes, wood, excelsior, rubber, leather, tree branches, yard trimmings, tin cans, metals, mineral matter, glass, crockery, and dust and other similar materials.
SHADE TREE
Unless otherwise specified, includes all trees, shrubs, and woody vegetation in the public right-of-way.
SIDEWALK AREA
The public right-of-way between the property line and the curbline or the established edge of the roadway.
SOLID WASTE
Any waste, including, but not limited to, municipal, residual, or hazardous wastes, including solid, liquid, semisolid, or contained gaseous materials.
STORAGE
The containment of any municipal waste on a temporary basis in such a manner as not to constitute disposal of such waste, and it shall be presumed that the containment of any municipal waste in excess of three months constitutes disposal.
TRACTOR OF A TRACTOR-TRAILER
A truck with a minimum of three axles that is primarily intended to pull a trailer, as defined below, and not primarily to carry goods itself.
TRAILER OF A TRACTOR-TRAILER
A commercial vehicle with a length of 20 feet or more that is not self-propelled, that is intended to haul materials, vehicles, goods, gases or liquids, and that is intended to be pulled by a tractor, and that is not a "recreational vehicle."
TREE WELL
The nonconcrete area surrounding a shade tree planted in a sidewalk area.
VEGETATION
Any planting that is cultivated and managed for edible or ornamental purposes, such as vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs, hedges, flowers, etc.
VIOLATION TICKET
A form issued by a police officer or public officer to a person who violates a provision of this article. The violation ticket is an offer by the City of Scranton extended to a person to settle a violation by paying the fine in lieu of a citation being issued against the violator.
A. 
All grasses, annual plants, and vegetation, which meet any of the following criteria:
(1) 
Exceed eight inches in height.
(2) 
Exhale unpleasant noxious odors or pollen, such as ragweed, dandelion, and miscellaneous other vegetation commonly referred to as "weeds" or "brush."
(3) 
May conceal filthy deposits or serve as breeding places for mosquitoes, other insects, or vermin.
(4) 
Encroach onto neighboring properties by way of leaders or roots without the property owners' consent.
(5) 
May cause a public nuisance.
B. 
Weeds shall not include cultivated and managed vegetation planted for edible or ornamental purposes, such as vegetable gardens, trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.
YARD
An open space on the same lot with a structure.

§ 360-5 Quality-of-life violations.

A. 
Quality-of-life violations are as follows:
(1) 
Operating a food cart illegally. It shall be unlawful to operate any food cart without the proper permits and/or inspections. It shall also be unlawful to operate any food cart while any portion of the cart is inoperable.
(2) 
Operating or vending without the proper permit/license. It shall be unlawful for any person, business, partnership, or entity to operate including, but not limited to, any business, vending cart, store, or establishment without the proper permits.
(3) 
Storing of hazardous material. It shall be unlawful for any person, business or entity to store combustible, flammable, explosive, or other hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, paints, volatile oils and cleaning fluids, or combustible rubbish, including, but not limited to, wastepaper, boxes, or rags, unless the storage of said materials is stored in compliance with the applicable building codes.
(4) 
Storing or serving of potentially hazardous food. No individual or entity operating a business shall store or serve potentially hazardous food, including, but not limited to, out-of-date food, food being stored above or below the appropriate temperature, food being stored directly on a flooring surface, infestation problems at the location, or serving food that had previously been open. These are considered a violation of this article.
(5) 
Violating the terms of any vending license. It shall be unlawful to violate any term, part, or portion of, or in total, any vending license. Any person, business, partnership, or entity violating his, her or its vending license shall be in violation of this article.
(6) 
Temporary dumpster permit required. Each temporary dumpster, whether placed on private property or in a public right-of-way, shall display a valid permit issued by the City of Scranton.
(7) 
City permits to be displayed and followed. All City permits shall be displayed in a fashion that makes them visible from the roadway. In cases of demolition, the permit shall be displayed in the back window of a construction vehicle parked on site and visible from the roadway. Should a permittee be unable to comply with this requirement, they shall have to notify the office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits and seek immediate authorization/approval. Once the City provides notice to a property owner that a permit is necessary, any additional work to the property shall allow the City to fine the property owner and/or the person(s) performing the work for violation of this section.
(8) 
Accumulation of rubbish or garbage. All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of waste, trash, rubbish, or garbage.
(9) 
Animal maintenance and waste/feces cleanup. People owning, harboring, or keeping an animal within the City of Scranton shall not permit any waste matter/feces from the animal to collect and remain on the property so as to cause or create an unhealthy, unsanitary, dangerous, or offensive living condition. All waste from animals must be cleaned up on a daily basis.
(10) 
Disposal of rubbish or garbage/dumping. Improper disposal of rubbish or garbage, or dumping or disposing of rubbish or garbage on vacant, unoccupied, or other property.
(11) 
High weeds, grass or plant growth. All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of eight inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. "Weeds" shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants, and vegetation. Cultivated flowers, gardens, trees, and shrubs shall not be included as a violation of this article.
(12) 
Littering or scattering rubbish. No person shall throw, dump, place, sweep, or dispose of any waste, trash, garbage, or rubbish upon any public sidewalk, alley, street, bridge, public passageway, public parking area, or on any public property.
(13) 
Motor vehicles. It shall be unlawful to store, park, or place any unregistered, uninspected, inoperative, unlicensed, or nuisance motor vehicle on any premises. No vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.
(14) 
Outside placement of indoor appliances/furniture. It is prohibited to store or place any/all appliances or furniture, including, but not limited to, ranges, refrigerators, air conditioners, ovens, washers, dryers, microwaves, dishwashers, mattresses, recliners, sofas, interior chairs, or interior tables, on the exterior of any property for the purpose of sale or any other reason, except for the temporary purpose to perform maintenance on said property. If maintenance is being performed, or if the items are actively being sold in a yard sale, the items shall not be left unattended.
(15) 
Ownership presumption of waste, trash, and/or recyclables for illegal dumping and illegal hauling. It shall be the responsibility of every owner and/or occupant to dispose of his or her waste, trash, or recyclables in a proper manner. Any business or person who is unable to show proof that he, she or it has legally disposed of any waste, trash, or recyclables will be in violation of this article. Should any person or business use an unlicensed hauler to dispose of his, her or its waste, trash, or recyclables, said person or business shall be in violation of this article. Upon request of the public officer, any owner or occupant must show proof of his or her appropriate trash and/or recyclable hauler. If any parts are found within a municipal waste container, recycling container, garbage bag, or loose trash/waste displaying the name and/or address of a person and/or persons, that trash or waste shall be presumed to be the property of such person and/or persons. It shall be unlawful for any person, business, partnership, or entity to remove or haul waste, trash, or recyclables without the proper approval or license. Any waste, trash, or recyclables found not to be disposed of in accordance with this article will be a violation of this article.
(16) 
Placement of or littering by private advertising matter. No person shall throw, place, sweep, or dispose of litter or private advertising matter upon any public sidewalk, alley, street, bridge, public passageway, public parking area, or any public property. No person, group, organization, or entity will hang advertising matter, place advertising matter, or advertise on any public property in any manner. No person, group, organization, or entity will hang advertising matter, place advertising matter, or advertise on any property that he, she or it does not have any ownership rights to without the written approval of said owner.
(17) 
Snow and ice removal from sidewalks. Every owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, property agent, or any other person who is responsible for any property within the City of Scranton is required to remove any snow or ice from his, her or its sidewalk within 24 hours of the cessation of said snow and ice falling. Furthermore, he, she or it must create a path, free from any snow or ice, of three feet on said sidewalk. Should any property be a place of business within the City of Scranton, all snow and ice must be removed within four hours of the cessation of said snow and ice falling. Any property that is deemed a business must have the entire sidewalk free from any snow and ice. If and/or when the snow and/or ice cessation happens during the hours of darkness, the time limit of removal of all snow and ice begins at daybreak.
(18) 
Storage containers for waste or trash. The owner of every premises shall supply approved containers for waste/trash, as well as be responsible for the removal of rubbish. All containers that store waste or trash shall be durable, watertight, and made of metal or plastic. Containers must have tight-fitting covers and must be kept clean and odor-free at all times. All containers must be stored in the rear of every property so said containers are not visible from the public right-of-way. Waste/trash containers may only be placed in front of any property when darkness occurs the night before the day of the scheduled waste/trash pickup day. Once the licensed hauler removes the waste/trash from any property, all containers must be returned to the rear of any property before daybreak on the day following pickup. (Example: Jim Smith's trash collection day is Wednesday. Jim Smith may place his trash containers out front of his property on Tuesday night, once night falls. Jim Smith must place his trash containers in the rear of his yard before daybreak on Thursday morning.)
(19) 
Storing of recyclables. It shall be the responsibility of the owner of all residential, commercial, and industrial property to ensure storage, collection, and disposal of all recyclables from his, her or its property in such a manner as not to create a public nuisance. Storage of recyclables is only allowed in approved containers, which must be kept clean and sanitary at all times.
(20) 
Swimming pools. Swimming pools shall be maintained in good repair at all times. They shall also be kept clean, safe, covered, and sanitary as well.
(21) 
Prohibited occupancy. Any building, machine, or equipment which is condemned shall not be occupied or operated.
(22) 
Shrubs and bushes. Bushes and shrubs on all premises and exterior property shall be maintained and kept in good order.
(23) 
Dangerous trees. Any tree that is considered dangerous and unsafe to the public by the Office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits or the City Forester, due to overgrowth, instability, infestation, harmful insects or a dead tree.
(24) 
Commercial/junk vehicles in a residential area. No commercial/junk vehicles shall be parked or stored in a residential district as defined in the City of Scranton Zoning Ordinance No. 74 of 1993.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 445, Zoning.
(25) 
Vehicle repairs/maintenance in a residential district. No person shall operate repairs for profit in residential districts. This would include vehicles not owned by the property occupant and use of repairs and storage on street.
(26) 
Accessory structures. All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences, and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.
(27) 
Defacement of property. No person shall willfully or wantonly damage, mutilate or deface any exterior surface of any structure or building on any private or public property by placing thereon any marking, carving or graffiti.
(a) 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair.
(28) 
Illegal signs/billboards. No person or business shall construct and display a sign/advertisement without the appropriate approval and permit from the office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits.
(29) 
Working without a license. No person shall work within the City of Scranton without the appropriate contracting license from the Office of Licensing, Inspections and Permits.

§ 360-6 Authority for issuance of violation ticket.

Upon finding a quality-of-life violation, any public official, as previously defined herein, may issue quality-of-life violation ticket(s) to the owner and/or occupant of the property at issue or to the individual(s) known to have violated this article.

§ 360-7 Enforcement.

A. 
The provisions of this article shall be enforced by the Licensing, Inspections and Permits Department, or any public official, as previously defined herein.
B. 
Any violation of the provisions of this article may be cause for a citation, a violation ticket, and/or a notice of violation to be issued to the violator.

§ 360-8 Service of violation ticket.

A violation ticket shall be served upon a violator by handing it to the violator, by handing it at the residence of the person to be served to an adult member of the household or other person in charge of the residence, by leaving or affixing the notice or violation ticket to the property where the violation exists, by handing it at any office or usual place of business of the violator to his/her agent or to the person for the time being in charge thereof, or by mailing the notice to the violator's address of record.

§ 360-9 Separate offense.

Each day a violation continues or is permitted to continue may constitute a separate offense for which a separate fine may be imposed.

§ 360-10 Abatement of violation.

A. 
Any person or business violating this article is hereby directed to satisfy the City of Scranton and its citizens, upon issuance of a quality-of-life ticket, by correcting the violation in question. A public officer is authorized and empowered to cause a violation to be corrected. The cost shall be determined by the City Code Enforcement Officer in order that the City shall be compensated for both direct and indirect costs and expenses incurred.
B. 
The City of Scranton and/or its contractor, per the direction of the City, reserves the right to abate the violation in question at the expense of the owner. If the City has effected the abatement of the violation, the total cost thereof, to include hourly wages and all items and materials used, may be charged to the owner of the property, tenant, or offending party. A bill/invoice will be generated to the violator for payment separate from the quality-of-life ticket, which will also be paid separately.
C. 
In all instances where the City abates the violation, in addition to the fine set forth in the quality-of-life ticket, the City is authorized to recover from the offending party, the owner of the property, or tenant the abatement charges and such other charges established by the Code Enforcement Officer and the rules and regulations.
D. 
City of Scranton cleanup. The City reserves the right to perform any necessary work to abate any violation once 48 hours passes from the date of issuance of the quality-of-life ticket. Should the violation, at the discretion of the Code Enforcement Officer, present imminent danger and/or pose a health hazard and/or risk, the City reserves the right to perform the abatement immediately. The City will perform this work at a rate of $75 per hour, per man, and forward the cost of any material necessary for the abatement. The City reserves the right to charge an additional 20% on all material purchases to cover all miscellaneous expenses, such as wear and tear on equipment.
E. 
Contractor cleanup. The City reserves the right to direct a contractor to perform the abatement of the violation in question once 48 hours passes from the date of issuance of the quality-of-life ticket. Should the violation present imminent danger and/or pose a health hazard and/or risk, the City reserves the right to direct the contractor to perform the abatement immediately. The contractor will submit a bill for its work to the City of Scranton, and the City will forward these costs to the violator. The City reserves the right to add a thirty-percent processing fee in addition to the cost of the contractor.

§ 360-11 Fines and penalties.

A. 
Any person who violates this article shall pay a fine as set forth herein for each offense, plus all direct and indirect costs incurred by the City for the cleanup and abatement of the violation.
Violation
Description
Fine
Payment Due
QOL-001
Operating a food cart illegally
$150
48 hours
QOL-002
Operating or vending without the proper permit/license
$200
48 hours
QOL-003
Storing of hazardous material
$250
48 hours
QOL-004
Storing or serving potentially hazardous food
$200
48 hours
QOL-005
Violating the terms of any vending license
$150
48 hours
QOL-006
Temporary dumpster permit required
$100
48 hours
QOL-007
City permit to be displayed
$100
48 hours
QOL-008
Accumulation of rubbish or garbage
$100
48 hours
QOL-009
Animal maintenance and waste/feces cleanup
$100
48 hours
QOL-010
Disposal of rubbish or garbage; dumping
$100
48 hours
QOL-011
High weeds, grass or plant growth
$100
48 hours
QOL-012
Littering or scattering rubbish
$100
48 hours
QOL-013
Motor vehicles
$100
48 hours
QOL-014
Outside placement of indoor appliances/furniture
$100
48 hours
QOL-015
Ownership presumption of waste, trash and/or recyclables for illegal dumping and illegal hauling
$100
48 hours
QOL-016
Placement of or littering by private advertising matter
$100
48 hours
QOL-017
Snow and ice removal from sidewalks
$100
48 hours
QOL-018
Storage containers for waste or trash
$100
48 hours
QOL-019
Storing of recyclables
$50
48 hours
QOL-020
Swimming pools
$100
48 hours
QOL-021
Prohibited occupancy
$1,000
48 hours
QOL-022
Shrubs and bushes
$100
48 hours
QOL-023
Dangerous trees
$100
48 hours
QOL-024
Commercial/junk vehicles in a residential area
$200
48 hours
QOL-025
Vehicle repairs/maintenance in a residential district
$150
48 hours
QOL-026
Accessory structures
$150
48 hours
QOL-027
Defacement of property
$150
48 hours
QOL-028
Illegal signs/billboards
$150
48 hours
QOL-029
Working without a license
$500
48 hours
B. 
Failure to remit payment within the time frame listed above shall result in a late fee being imposed in the amount of 10% of the ticket amount per day up to 10 days.
C. 
Failure of the person to make payment within 10 days of the date of a violation ticket shall result in the filing of a citation, for failure to pay, with the Magisterial District Judge.
D. 
If violations are continuous or egregious, code officials have the right to issue citations without first issuing tickets, provided notice has been given.

§ 360-12 Citation fines.

Any person, firm, or corporation who shall fail, neglect, or refuse to comply with any of the terms or provisions of this article, or of any regulation or requirement pursuant hereto and authorized hereby, shall, upon conviction before the Magisterial District Judge, be ordered to pay a fine of not less than $300 and not more than $1,000 on each offense, or imprisoned no more than 90 days, or both.

§ 360-13 Restitution, costs and attorneys' fees.

The Magisterial District Judge may order the violator to make restitution where appropriate, to pay the City's costs of collection/citation proceedings, and to pay the City's reasonable attorneys' fees associated with the prosecution of the same.

§ 360-14 Effect on other provisions.

A. 
All relevant ordinances, regulations, and policies of the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania, not amended shall remain in full force and effect.
B. 
Any ordinance or part of an ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this article shall be subordinate to this article to the extent of such conflict, and the language contained in the article shall control.

§ 360-15 Severability; amendment.

A. 
If any section, clause, provision or portion of this article shall be held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect any other section, clause, provision or portion of this article so long as it remains legally enforceable minus the invalid portion.
B. 
The City reserves the right to amend this article or any portion thereof from time to time as it shall deem advisable in the best interests of the promotion of the purposes and intent of this article and the effective administration thereof.

§ 360-16 Effective date.

This article shall be effective January 1, 2015.