City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 22-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
CROSS-REFERENCES
Discharge of smoke, gas and odors: see § 6-311.11.
Plumbing Code: see Ch. 8-105.
Sewer connections: see Chs. 9-501 and 9-507 and § 6-303.2.
Solid waste collection and disposal: see Chs. 9-303 and 9-305.
Storage of garbage, rubbish and ashes: see Ch. 6-309.
Unsanitary conditions on vacant lots: see Ch. 6-305.

§ 6-301.1 Minimum standards for dwellings.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All dwellings shall be maintained and operated in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 8-107, as amended from time to time, and such provisions of this Public Health Code as are applicable thereto.

§ 6-301.2 Cleanliness and sanitation of dwellings and yards.

A. 
Every dwelling and every part thereof shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, shall be kept free from any accumulation of rubbish, dirt, garbage, and similar materials and shall be kept free of vector infestation. All yards, courts and land upon which such dwellings are situated shall be similarly kept clean and free from any accumulation of rubbish, dirt, garbage, junk, discarded property, and similar materials.
B. 
It shall be the duty of each occupant of a dwelling unit, except as otherwise provided by ordinance, to keep in a clean condition that portion of the property which such person occupies or over which such person has exclusive control.
C. 
Every owner of a building containing two or more dwelling units shall maintain in a clean and sanitary condition the shared or public areas of the dwelling and premises thereof.
D. 
Every occupant of a building containing a single dwelling unit shall be responsible for the extermination of insects and/or vectors on the premises, and every occupant of a dwelling unit in a building containing more than one dwelling unit shall be responsible for such extermination whenever his or her dwelling unit is the only one infested. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this subsection, whenever infestation is caused by failure of the owner to maintain a dwelling in a vectorproof or reasonably insectproof condition, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner. Whenever infestation exists in two or more of the dwelling units of any multifamily dwelling or in the shared or public parts of any dwelling containing two or more dwelling units, extermination shall be the responsibility of the owner.
E. 
It shall be the responsibility of every person, owner, or operator in the City to conform to the standards of cleanliness and sanitation of this Public Health Code.
[Ord. No. 6-1995]

§ 6-301.3 Cleanliness and sanitation of hotels.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All hotels shall be maintained in good order and repair in a clean and sanitary condition and shall be kept free from accumulations of rubbish, dirt, garbage and similar matter.

§ 6-301.4 Cleanliness and sanitation of commercial and public buildings.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All theaters, commercial buildings, merchandise buildings, office buildings, and public buildings shall be maintained in good order and repair, in a clean and sanitary condition, and shall be kept free from accumulations of rubbish, dirt, garbage, and similar matter.

§ 6-301.5 Cleanliness and sanitation of storage and industrial buildings.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All portions of storage buildings, manufacturing plants and industrial buildings shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition consistent with the business being conducted therein, and all portions of such buildings shall be kept in good order and repair and free from accumulations of waste materials, rubbish, dirt, garbage, and similar matter.

§ 6-301.6 Sanitary facilities.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All buildings or parts thereof wherein persons are employed, or wherein business is conducted, shall be provided with at least one flush water closet for every 15 persons or fractions thereof employed therein in a room or rooms affording privacy and with separate facilities for each of the sexes, together with adequate lavatory basins, all of which shall be maintained in a sanitary condition by the owner, operator or person in charge.

§ 6-301.7 Building stormwater drainage.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All buildings shall be provided with adequate facilities for stormwater drainage and shall be free of leakage and water accumulation.

§ 6-301.8 Toilet facilities.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All buildings shall have adequate toilet facilities in a room or rooms affording privacy, which facilities shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and have deodorizing devices approved by the Health Officer.

§ 6-301.9 Minimum requirements for toilet facilities.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
The toilet facilities of those buildings offering comfort stations or toilet facilities shall comply with the minimum requirement provided in the Plumbing Code, Chapter 8-105.

§ 6-301.10 Vacated premises to be cleaned.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
No person shall vacate or move from any dwelling or other building or portion of a building without removing or causing to be removed therefrom all discarded materials, waste materials, rubbish, and garbage and leaving such dwelling or other building in a clean and sanitary condition.

§ 6-301.11 Building for rent to be clean and sanitary.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
No person shall offer to rent or rent any dwelling unit or other building which is not free of discarded materials, waste materials, rubbish, and garbage and in a clean and sanitary condition.

§ 6-301.12 Pools and accumulations of water or insects.

No person shall permit or maintain or cause to be maintained any collection of insects and/or water, whether natural or artificial, in such condition as to afford a breeding place for vectors which may become a menace to public health, and no person shall permit or maintain or cause to be maintained any artificial pool of water, including pools resulting from excavations, which may become a menace to public safety, unless the same is protected from the dangers of persons drowning or falling therein.

§ 6-301.13 Grading of yards for drainage.

[Ord. No. 6-1995]
All yards shall be properly graded and maintained to afford proper drainage of all parts to proper City drain water facilities and to prevent the drainage of water to the foundation or walls of cellars or buildings upon the premises or upon adjoining premises. Drainage is to meet the standards and conform to the Property Maintenance Code of the City.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 8-107, Property Maintenance Code.

§ 6-301.14 Vector control; inspections.

A. 
Any dwelling, building, structure, accessory structure, premises, or any vacant lot may be required to be vectorproofed when found to be providing harborage or breeding areas for rats, flies, mosquitoes, or any other vectors.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner, occupant, contractor, public utility company, plumber, or any other person to remove and fail to restore in like condition the vectorproofing from any building, structure, accessory structure, or vacant lot for any purpose.
C. 
A program plan and specifications for private vector control programs may be required to be submitted to the City as deemed necessary by the Health Officer or designee. Such program plan shall be submitted by the owner or agent of the property on or in which the vector control program is or will be conducted. The program plan shall state the type of vectors to be controlled, the name of the company contracted to carry out the program and any and all work to be conducted in an effort to control such vectors. If, after review of the program plan by the Health Officer or designee, it is found to be inadequate or incomplete, additional information may be required as well as additional control methods.
D. 
The Health Officer and any officer or employee of the Bureau of Codes Enforcement, or any officer or employee of the City so designated by the Mayor, may make such inspections of the interior and exterior of all dwellings, multifamily dwellings, buildings, structures and accessory structures, premises, vacant lots, collections of water, or any other places to determine evidence of vector infestation and the need for vectorproofing or additions or repairs to existing vectorproofing. No person shall obstruct such inspection or fail, upon request, to give reasonable assistance relative to the performance of any inspection.

§ 6-301.99 Penalty.

[Ord. No. 6-1995[1]]
Violation of any part or whole of this chapter shall be punishable under Chapter 6-103, Enforcement and Penalty, and any other applicable law or regulation.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).