City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 7-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
CROSS-REFERENCES
Hearing and appeal procedure: see Ch. 8-501.
Responsibility for heat supply: see Ch. 8-503.

§ 8-505.1 Definitions.

See Chapter 1-302, Glossary of Terms.

§ 8-505.2 Permit required.

No person, firm, association, corporation or other entity who operates a rooming house or boardinghouse shall occupy or let to another for occupancy any space in any rooming house or boardinghouse unless a permit for such use has been issued by a City official designated by the Mayor to issue such permits.

§ 8-505.3 Application for permit; renewal.

A. 
Application for permits shall be made to the Codes Administrator on forms furnished by such official. The application shall include:
[Ord. No. 14-1994]
(1) 
The name and address of the owner and the operator, if the person is not the owner;
(2) 
The location of the rooming house/boardinghouse by street and number;
(3) 
The number of rooming/boarding units and beds available for occupancy and the number of persons who may be accommodated in accordance with the provisions of the applicable City code; and
(4) 
Such other information as the rules and regulations of the Department of Building and Housing Development or any other department, bureau or division of the City may require.
B. 
The application for renewal shall be filed on or before January 1 of each year.

§ 8-505.4 Basis of permit issuance.

The Codes Administrator or designee shall issue a permit upon reasonable proof that:
A. 
The rooming house or boardinghouse complies with the applicable Property Maintenance and Electrical Codes of the City[1] and any rules, regulations or ordinances of the City which might be applicable thereto.
[Amended 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 3-2013]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Chs. 8-107, Property Maintenance Code, and 8-103, Electrical Code.
B. 
Such rooming house or boardinghouse possesses a use permit for such purposes under Title 7, Part 3, Zoning Code, of these Codified Ordinances, as amended, and meets the standards of any applicable statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
C. 
The rooming house or boardinghouse owner or operator possesses a current mercantile license from the City.

§ 8-505.5 Appeal of permit refusal.

If the Codes Administrator refuses to issue a permit, the applicant shall be promptly notified in writing and have the right to request a hearing before the Building and Housing Code Board of Appeals in accordance with § 8-501.2.

§ 8-505.6 Permit and renewal fees.

A. 
The initial fee for a permit shall be $75 plus $20 for each bed available for roomers or boarders within each rooming or boarding unit within the rooming house or boardinghouse. Additionally, a permit holder under this chapter must apply for and procure a health permit, at a minimum fee of $150. If the rooming house or boardinghouse is 10,000 square feet or more, the fee for the health permit shall be as set forth in Appendix, Chapter 6.
[Amended 6-11-2013 by Ord. No. 8-2013]
B. 
No reduction shall be made for fractional yearly permits, and such permits shall be renewed annually at the beginning of each successive calendar year at the same rate as herein established for the initial permit fee.

§ 8-505.7 Display of permit; transferability.

The permit shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the office or public hall of the rooming house or boardinghouse. No transfer of a permit shall be made, and new owners and operators shall notify the Codes Administrator within 12 days of any transfer of ownership of any rooming house or boardinghouse.

§ 8-505.8 Responsibility for heat supply.

A. 
The owner or operator of any rooming house or boardinghouse shall be responsible to supply heat to all habitable space of the rooming house or boardinghouse in accordance with the Property Maintenance Code[1] and Chapter 8-503.
[Ord. No. 14-1994; amended 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 3-2013]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 8-107, Property Maintenance Code.
B. 
Portable heating devices shall not be permitted in a rooming house/boardinghouse.

§ 8-505.9 Early fire detection devices.

In all rooming houses or boardinghouses, an early fire detection device (smoke detector) shall be installed in the cellar or basement(s) and in every common hall adjacent to sleeping areas and shall be interconnected or wired in series, that is, shall be wired directly to the building's power supply, and shall each sound an alarm when one is activated, and one battery-operated detector shall be installed in each sleeping space.

§ 8-505.99 Penalty.

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the general code penalty, § 1-301.99 of these Codified Ordinances.