Township of Concord, PA
Delaware County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Concord 3-1-2005 by Ord. No. 290; amended in its entirety 6-5-2007 by Ord. No. 314. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
Every property and every part thereof, including but not limited to the exterior walls, siding, roofs, windows, exterior doors, porches, shutters, gutters and downspouts, awnings, exterior stairs and chimneys, and all accessory structures, including fences, walkways, driveways, storage sheds, pools and any accessory structure built upon or above the ground, and every part thereof, shall be kept structurally sound and in a state of good repair.
B. 
All exposed surfaces of the aforesaid buildings and structures which are susceptible to decay shall be kept at all times painted or otherwise provided with a finished protective coating sufficient to prevent deterioration. Damaged materials must be repaired or replaced. Places showing signs of rot, leakage, deterioration or erosion, weathering or seepage are to be restored and protected.
C. 
The aforesaid buildings and structures shall also be maintained so that the appearance of the premises and structures shall not constitute a blight factor for adjoining property owners nor an element leading to the progressive deterioration of the neighborhood.
A. 
Landscaping.
(1) 
Shrubbery, lawns, hedges and other landscaping shall be maintained and kept from becoming overgrown and unsightly or in any state of neglect or disrepair.
(2) 
Lawns in excess of 10 inches in height constitute a violation of this chapter.
B. 
Refuse.
(1) 
The grounds and exterior of the premises and all structures thereon shall be kept free of all nuisances, unsanitary conditions and any hazards to the safety of occupants, pedestrians or other persons on or near the premises. Brush, weeds, broken glass, obnoxious growths, garbage, trash, rubbish, abandoned appliances, household furnishings, cars, boats and trailers, which cars, boats and trailers or parts thereof are or have been junked, abandoned, dismantled or are in a state of visible disrepair, and debris of any description or nature shall be promptly removed from any premises, lot, field or parcel of land. Holes, excavations, breaks, projections and obstructions on the grounds shall be promptly removed or repaired.
(2) 
Snow removal, landscaping and farming equipment must be stored at designated areas located along the rear yard's building envelope and must be adequately covered and/or screened.
C. 
Parking and maintenance of motor vehicles.
(1) 
Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle, tractor or motorized boat/trailer shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises residential property and no such vehicle shall be kept 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. In addition all vehicles must be parked on designated impervious surfaces. Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including bodywork, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.
(2) 
Display for sale of any operated equipment such as, but not limited to, motor vehicle, tractors or motorized boat/trailers, is prohibited along areas of front or side yard.
D. 
Rodent harborage.
(1) 
All structures and exterior property shall be kept free from harborage and infestation. Where rodents are found, they shall be promptly exterminated by approved processes, which will not be injurious to human health. After extermination, proper precautions shall be taken to eliminate rodent harborage and prevent reinfestation.
(2) 
When firewood is stored adjacent to any building's exterior the volume of firewood must be kept to a maximum of 1/3 cord or 42 cubic feet. The wood pile must also be elevated a minimum of six inches above grade when not stored adjacent to a building or wood piles must be located to the rear of the principal building and must be covered and elevated six inches above ground.
A. 
The Township Manager, the Building Code Official or a representative of either may enforce the provisions of this chapter, and, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, shall cause legal proceedings to be instituted without prior notice to the landowner where the condition of the premises poses a threat of imminent harm to the general public or occupants.
B. 
If the nature of the condition found to exist on the property is such that the general public or occupants are in danger, the Code Enforcement Officer shall have the authority to order immediate repairs to be made by the Township or an independent contractor under the direction of the Township to render the condition safe. The property owner shall promptly reimburse the Township for all such costs incurred by the Township.
Prior to institution of proceedings before a court of proper jurisdiction except in exigent circumstances, the Township Building Inspector or Code Enforcement Officer shall cause a written notice containing the nature of the violation to be served upon the owner and/or occupant of the property. Service of the notice shall be made in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested. In the event that service cannot be effectuated by certified mail, service may be made by first-class mail with postage prepaid, mailed to the last known address of the person to be served. Service shall be deemed effective upon mailing, and the date of such mailing or personal service shall be the beginning date for computation of the time limits hereinafter established. Upon service of any notice of violation of this chapter, the owner and/or occupant must correct the defective condition within 30 days, or such further time as the Township official enforcing the section shall agree, in writing.
A. 
In the event an owner receives notice of a violation under § 127-4 of this chapter and is unable to correct the defective condition within the thirty-day period, the owner shall request a hardship hearing. A hardship hearing shall be held by the Building Code Board of Appeals within 30 days of receipt of the application, unless otherwise agreed upon by the owner and the Township.
B. 
The applicant must demonstrate that a hardship exists which makes compliance with the notice of violation impossible. The Board of Appeals, in its discretion, shall either deny the hardship request or otherwise resolve the situation as is appropriate given the hardship.
C. 
No penalty prescribed under § 127-6 shall be pursued while a hardship application is pending.
Any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, plus attorney's fees and costs, for each day that the violation continues after notice.