City of Butler, PA
Butler County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Butler 11-18-1999 by Ord. No. 1479. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Municipal authorities — See Ch. 6.
Traffic Violations Bureau — See Ch. 87.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 203.
Junked vehicles — See Ch. 248.

§ 249-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the outdoor parking and storage of automobiles, recreational vehicles, boats, trailers and other vehicles. This chapter is adopted to promote safe vehicular traffic, to preserve peace and good order, to promote the aesthetic beauty of the community and, hence, the value of the property therein and to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Butler.

§ 249-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANTIQUE OR CLASSIC AUTO
A motor vehicle owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector's item, not used for daily transportation, and manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current calendar year.
BOAT
A vessel capable of carrying one or more people and intended for use on the water.
BUILDING
A permanent, essentially box-like structure having a roof and enclosing walls complying with the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Butler.[1] As used in this chapter, the word "building" refers to principal buildings and accessory buildings unless specifically distinguished.
CAMPER/RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (RV)
A motorized, self-propelled vehicle containing sleeping and other facilities for habitation.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Any licensed vehicle used in conjunction with any business or trade, with the exception of the automobile of a salesman, professional person or the like.
CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE
A commercial vehicle customarily used in the construction trades, including but not limited to vehicles used for excavation and moving of earth and vehicles used for hauling construction materials.
DRIVEWAY
An asphalt, concrete, crushed stone or other hard surface, generally constructed between the road and a garage or dwelling used for parking of vehicles.
DWELLING
A building designed or used as living quarters for one or more families.
FAMILY
One or more persons occupying the premises and living as a single housekeeping unit.
MOTORCYCLE, SNOWMOBILE, ATV or JET SKI
An unenclosed motorized vehicle having seats or saddles for the use of riders.
PARK OR PARKING
The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, on public or private property outside of a building.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, institution or organization of any kind.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Any vehicle used for recreational purposes, including all-terrain vehicles, boats, boat trailers, camper trailers, jet skis, motorcycles, motor homes and snowmobiles.
SEMI-TRACTOR
A short truck with a body containing only a cab for the driver, used to haul commercial, detachable trailers.
SEMI-TRACTOR-TRAILER
A combination trucking unit consisting of a tractor and a trailer or semitrailer.
SEMITRAILER
A detachable trailer for hauling commercial freight, having its forward end supported by the rear of its truck tractor when attached.
STORAGE
The parking of a licensed vehicle for a period in excess of nine consecutive days, unless otherwise restricted. The parking of an unlicensed vehicle for any period of time, except as exempted herein. The incidental movement of a vehicle on or off the property shall not affect the calculation of the nine-day time period.
TRAILER, BOAT
A trailer intended for the purpose of moving boats from place to place.
TRAILER, CAMPER
A trailer containing sleeping and other facilities for habitation and intended to be towed or carried by another vehicle.
TRAILER, UTILITY
A trailer generally used for the hauling of miscellaneous household and yard materials.
VEHICLE
A machine or vessel propelled by other than human power, designed to travel along the ground or water by use of wheels, treads or other mechanical means to transport persons or property or pull machinery, and shall include, without limitation, automobiles, trucks, campers/recreational vehicles, tractors, trailers, motorcycles, boats and wagons.
VEHICLE HEIGHT
Determined by measuring from the ground surface to the top of the vehicle, as stored.
VEHICLE LENGTH
Determined by the physical measurement of the outside dimension of said vehicle, i.e., a boat will be measured from the bow to the stern; a camper/recreational vehicle will be measured from bumper to bumper; a utility trailer or camper trailer will be measured front to rear, excluding the trailer tongue; a boat trailer will be measured from the rear to the point of the bow support, excluding the tongue.
A. 
The area between that part of an existing structure nearest the street line and the street line, bounded on each side by the side lines of the lot.
B. 
On corner lots, those areas between the part of each exterior wall of an existing structure nearest each street line abutting said lot, and said street lines bounded by the other street and the side line most closely parallel to said other street line shall each be the front yard.
A. 
That area between that portion of an existing structure nearest the rear line of the lot and said rear line, bounded on both sides by the side lines of said lot.
B. 
On corner lots, that area between that part of an existing structure nearest each side line which has the larger amount of square feet shall be considered the rear yard.
YARD, SIDE
That area between that part of an existing structure and the side line of each lot, provided that said line is not also a street line.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 203, Property Maintenance.

§ 249-3 Outside storage of recreational vehicles.

A. 
No recreational vehicle shall be stored outside at any place in the city on public property, or parked outside on public property for more than 48 hours.
B. 
One recreational vehicle, less than 9 feet in height and less than 20 feet in length, may be stored on the driveway no closer than 20 feet to the public street; however, no storage is permitted in the rest of the front yard area.
C. 
A recreational vehicle may be stored in the side yard, provided that it shall:
(1) 
Be stored parallel to and adjacent to the structure;
(2) 
Not exceed the dimension of the structure plus 6 feet or a maximum of 35 feet, whichever is less;
(3) 
Be provided with either an evergreen screening or a solid fence eight feet high, planted or installed between the vehicle and the property line. Plantings shall be planted a minimum of four feet high and be allowed to grow and be maintained a minimum of eight feet high; and
(4) 
Be set back a minimum of four feet from the property line.
D. 
A recreational vehicle may be stored in the rear yard, provided that it shall:
(1) 
Be stored parallel to and adjacent to the structure;
(2) 
Not exceed the dimension of the structure plus 6 feet or a maximum of 35 feet, whichever is less;
(3) 
Be provided with either an evergreen screening or a solid fence eight feet high, planted or installed between the vehicle and the property line. Plantings shall be planted a minimum of four feet high and be allowed to grow and be maintained a minimum of eight feet high; and
(4) 
Meet the applicable setbacks.
E. 
A maximum of two recreational vehicles may be stored outside of a building on any lot containing a dwelling unit. Only one such vehicle may be equal to or greater than nine feet in height or 20 feet in length. Such vehicles must be owned or leased by the property owner or the property tenant, except that on lots of 5 acres or larger, the option shall exist that both of the two allowed recreational vehicles may be equal to or greater than nine feet in height or 20 feet in length. Additionally, on such lots, one such vehicle may be owned or leased by someone other than the property owner. Recreational vehicles stored on such lots shall be stored in the rear yard area within the applicable setbacks.
F. 
A recreational vehicle may be stored unlicensed in accordance with § 249-4B, C, D and E above, for a period of time not to exceed six months.
G. 
No camper/recreational vehicle, camper trailer or boat shall be used for residential purposes, except that visitors with such vehicles may sleep in them for a period not to exceed five days.
H. 
A special permit may be granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals to allow relief from the requirements found in § 249-4B, C, D and E above. These permits may be granted for a defined time period, as determined by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
I. 
The storage of recreational vehicles defined herein or the granting of special permits defined herein shall not preempt existing tract restrictions or restrictive covenants.
J. 
Visitor permits may be granted by the Department of Community and Economic Development, for a time period not to exceed 16 days each, to allow for relief from the requirements found in § 249-4G above to allow for the extended stay of visitors.

§ 249-4 Outside storage or parking of commercial or construction vehicles.

A. 
No commercial or construction vehicle of any length shall be stored outside on any public property within the town for a period in excess of eight hours, unless used in conjunction with construction on said property.
B. 
No commercial vehicle having an overall length in excess of 20 feet, nor any semi-tractor, semi-tractor-trailer, semitrailer or construction vehicle of any length shall be parked on any public or private property in a residential district, unless temporarily in connection with a bona fide commercial service, sales or delivery to such property.
C. 
A commercial vehicle, which is not a semi-tractor, semi-tractor-trailer, semitrailer or construction vehicle having an overall length of 20 feet or less, may be parked or stored outside on private property in a residential district subject to the following regulations:
(1) 
Only one such vehicle per family may be parked or stored on any lot containing the dwelling of such family.
(2) 
Such vehicle shall only be parked or stored on the driveway or in the garage.
(3) 
The parking or storage of such vehicle shall be in full compliance with the requirements of Chapter 260, Zoning, of this Code and shall not preempt the use of space needed for the off-street parking of other vehicles.
(4) 
Such vehicle shall belong to an owner or occupant of the premises upon which it is being parked or stored.

§ 249-5 Outside parking or storage of licensed vehicles.

A. 
Licensed and inspected vehicles, parked or stored outside on private property not otherwise regulated in § 249-3 or § 249-4 of this Code, shall be either:
(1) 
Parked on a driveway surface;
(2) 
Parked in the rear yard area, within the applicable setbacks and as close to the existing dwelling or garage as practicable; or
(3) 
Parked in the side yard, as close to the garage as practicable, provided that it is no closer than four feet to the property line.
B. 
Licensed vehicles parked on public property shall be parked consistent with Chapter 245, Vehicles and Traffic, and so as not to create a hazard, impede the flow of traffic and emergency vehicles or create a nuisance to adjacent properties. The determination of hazard, impedance or nuisance shall be made by the Chief of Police or his designee. In instances of imminent danger, the vehicle shall be removed immediately by the owner or shall be removed by the town, at the owner's expense.

§ 249-6 Storage on vacant property.

No vehicle shall be parked or stored on any privately owned vacant property in a residential district.

§ 249-7 Service of notice for removal.

Any notice of violation of the provisions of this Code not corrected shall be served by personal service upon the owner and tenant/occupant of the property or by posting a notice on the vehicle.

§ 249-8 Time limit for removal after notice.

A. 
No person in charge or in control of any property within the town, whether as owner, occupant, tenant or otherwise, shall allow any violations of this provision of the Town Code longer than seven days after notice is given to such person by the Chief of Police or his designee.
B. 
The Chief of Police or his designees are authorized to remove and dispose of, or have removed or disposed of, any abandoned, uninspected, unlicensed, inoperative, discarded or junked vehicles, or stored vehicles within a street or highway right-of-way, on public property, or on private property with the consent of the property owner (where no other alternative is available).

§ 249-9 Applicability.

This chapter shall not apply to any motor vehicle or motor vehicle accessories stored within an enclosed building or on the premises of a business enterprise operated in a lawful place and manner. As to junked motor vehicles, such business enterprises shall include auto junkyards but not auto repair shops. As to motor vehicle accessories, such business enterprises shall include automobile junkyards, auto repair shops and auto body shops but shall not include automobile service stations or tire, battery and accessory sale stores.

§ 249-10 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be subject to a fine of up to $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for up to 90 days.
B. 
All prosecutions shall be brought in the name of the City of Butler before any District Justice and shall be commenced by information and warrant and shall be directed to and be served by a constable. Warrants shall be returnable forthwith and upon such return, like proceedings shall be had, as in the case of summary conviction.