Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 2-12-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 101.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 125.
Fees — See Ch. A137.
This chapter shall be known as the "Washington Township Driveway Permit Ordinance."
[Amended 5-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-1]
No person, firm or corporation shall grade, construct, install or erect a drain, culvert, footwalk, drive or driveway, or other means of ingress or egress, affecting discharge or passage of drainage water onto or along a Township or state road unless and until the Township has granted a permit for such grading, construction, installation or erection. This provision applies to both existing and proposed Township and state roads.
[Amended 5-12-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-1]
Application for such permit shall be made by the owner or occupier or by his contractor or agent, in writing, on forms provided by the Township and in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be established by the Township. There shall be appended to each application a drawing or plan showing the outlines of the property affected with existing improvements thereon; existing drains, culverts, footwalks, drives or driveways; with the drain, culvert, footwalk, drive or driveway proposed to be added; and the relationship of the foregoing to the Township road and state road, particularly with relationship to the effect on the drainage of said road.
[Amended 9-14-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-9]
The costs of filing such application and permit to be issued thereon and the cost of any inspection deemed necessary by the Supervisors shall be determined according to a schedule of fees which will be adopted by the Supervisors by resolution, and all such fees and costs shall be paid into the Township treasury.[1] The Board of Supervisors shall also establish from time to time by resolution an amount required to be deposited in escrow with the Township for both a permanent driveway permit, pending final approval of the driveway by the Township Roadmaster, and a temporary driveway permit, pending the satisfactory removal of the temporary driveway as approved by the Township Roadmaster.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. A137, Fees.
The Supervisors may alter plans filed with the application and specify any changes or modifications of any kind which they may deem necessary and make their approval of the granting of any permits subject to any such alterations, changes or modifications. Said plans shall also be required to be in compliance with such specifications and standards as may be hereafter adopted by resolution or ordinance by the Board of Supervisors of Washington Township.
All grading, construction, installation and erection shall be in strict compliance with the plans and specifications on the basis of which the permit is granted.
[Amended 9-14-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-9]
A permanent driveway permit granted by the Board of Supervisors or its designee shall be valid for a one-year period and a temporary driveway permit for a period of 90 days. All requests for renewal and/or extension of time for the construction or installation of the driveway may be granted at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors; provided, however, that any renewal or extension for a permanent driveway permit shall not exceed an additional one-year period and for a temporary driveway permit, 90 days.
[Amended 6-9-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-3; 4-11-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-3; 7-11-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate or fail to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a civil fine not exceeding $600, plus any court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township as a result of the violation. The Township Manager, or any other Township representative authorized by the Board of Supervisors, shall determine in each instance whether a violation of this chapter has occurred and, if so, the amount of the civil fine to be imposed upon the violator. Notice of the civil fine shall be served upon the violator by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by personal delivery by a Township representative. Should the violator not pay the civil fine within 20 days of the date of service, the Township Manager or other duly designated Township representative shall file a civil enforcement proceeding with the District Justice having jurisdiction to recover the civil fine, court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township as a result of the violation. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of a violation by the District Justice. If the violator neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.