Borough of Ephrata, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Ephrata 2-9-1976 as Ord. No. 1023. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 177.

§ 147-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
The following words and terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the meanings hereby respectively ascribed thereto:
GARBAGE
All table refuse, animal and vegetable matter, offal from meat, fish and fowls, fruits, vegetables and parts thereof, and other articles and materials ordinarily used for food which have become unfit for such use or which are for any reason discarded.
PERSON
Any natural person, partnership, association, firm or corporation.
RUBBISH and TRASH
All matter and materials which are discarded or rejected by the owners or producers thereof as offensive or useless or which by their presence or accumulation may injuriously affect the health, comfort and safety of the community, except garbage and body waste.
B. 
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.

§ 147-2 Restrictions on burning.

A. 
No garbage shall ever be burned within the borough limits.
B. 
No rubbish or trash shall be burned which produces an offensive smoke or odor.
C. 
No fire shall be kindled or maintained in damp, cloudy, foggy or windy weather or at any time between 7:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever occurs first, and 7:00 a.m.
D. 
No open fires shall be permitted anywhere in the borough.
E. 
Burning shall be permitted in suitable fireproof containers or enclosures if at a distance of at least ten (10) feet from any building.
F. 
In industrial and commercial areas, burning shall be permitted within ten (10) feet of a building if the fire is contained in an incinerator of masonry which is properly constructed with fire brick and has a properly constructed chimney of sufficient height so as not to produce gases objectionable to adjoining property owners.

§ 147-3 Enforcement.

The enforcement of this chapter shall be the responsibility of the Police Department, the Fire Chief and the Code Enforcement Officer, each of whom shall have the power to act on his or her own.

§ 147-4 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter or any order issued thereunder shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.) and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.
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Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.