Township of Washington, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Washington 6-13-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 45.
Rental property — See Ch. 91.
Sewers — See Ch. 95.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 99.
Subdivision and land development— See Ch. 107.
Zoning — See Ch. 131.
Fees — See Ch. A137.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Washington Township Mobile Home Park Ordinance."
A. 
Definitions. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words and phrases shall be construed throughout this chapter to have the meanings herein indicated:
CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR MOBILE HOME PARKS
Written approval as issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources authorizing a person to operate and maintain a mobile home park.
COMMON OPEN SPACE
A parcel or parcels of land or an area of water or a combination of land and water within a mobile home park site, designed and intended for the use or enjoyment of residents of the mobile home park, not including streets, off-street parking areas, areas set aside of public facilities and required setbacks and buffers.
MOBILE HOME
A transportable single-family dwelling intended for permanent occupancy, office or place of assembly contained in one unit, or in two units designed to be joined into one integral unit capable of again being separated for repeated towing, which arrives at a site complete and ready for occupancy, except for minor and incidental unpacking and assembly operations, and constructed so that it may be used without a permanent foundation, including any addition or accessory structure, such as porches, sheds, decks or additional rooms.
MOBILE HOME LOT OR SITE
A parcel of land in a mobile home park, improved with the necessary utility connections and other appurtenances necessary for the erection thereon of a single mobile home, which is leased by the park owner to the owner or occupants of the mobile home erected on the lot.
MOBILE HOME PARK
A parcel of land under single ownership, which has been planned and improved for the placement of mobile homes for nontransient use, consisting of two or more mobile home lots.
MOBILE HOME STAND
That part of an individual lot which has been reserved for the placement of the mobile home, appurtenant structures or additions.
OFFICER
The person designated by the Washington Township Board of Supervisors to enforce this chapter. Unless otherwise specified by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, the Zoning Officer should be the person responsible for enforcing this chapter.
PARK OPERATOR
The owner of any mobile home park or any person designated by the owner to operate, manage and/or administer any mobile home park.
PERMIT
Written approval, in whatever form, as issued by the Township of Washington in conformance with this chapter authorizing a person to operate and maintain a mobile home park.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, public or private association or corporation or other entity.
SERVICE OR RECREATIONAL BUILDING
A structure housing operational, office, recreational, park maintenance and other facilities, built to conform to required local and/or state standards.
SEWER CONNECTION
Consists of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the drain outlet of the mobile home to the inlet of the corresponding sewer riser pipe.
SEWER RISER PIPE
That portion of the sewer lateral which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at each mobile home space.
WATER CONNECTION
Consists of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the water riser pipe to the water inlet pipe of the distribution system within the mobile home.
WATER RISER PIPE
That portion of the water service pipe which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at a designated point at each mobile home lot.
WATER SERVICE PIPE
Consists of all pipes, fittings, valves and appurtenances from the water main of the park distribution system to the water outlet of the distribution system within the mobile home.
B. 
Word usage. The singular shall include the plural, and the plural shall include the singular. The past tense shall include the future tense. The word "shall" is always mandatory, and the word "may" is permissive.
A. 
Permits required. It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain, construct, alter or extend any mobile home park within the limits of the Township of Washington unless a permit from the Township of Washington has been issued.
B. 
Applications.
(1) 
Application from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. As a prerequisite to the final issuance of any Township permit, a valid license must have already been issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
(2) 
Application to the Township of Washington. A copy of said Department of Environmental Resources license shall be concurrently filed with the Zoning Officer, and the applicant shall also submit an application to the same official, using a form furnished by the Township of Washington, for a permit to operate a mobile home park in the Township of Washington.
C. 
New mobile home park and additions to existing park permits. New mobile home parks and additions to existing parks will be issued a permit only after all the requirements of this chapter and/or Chapter 131, Zoning, and/or Chapter 107, Subdivision and Land Development, and/or all other applicable local ordinances and regulations are met.
D. 
Registration. Within 10 days after a mobile home park, or interest in or control of any mobile home park, has been sold, transferred, given away or otherwise disposed of, the officer will be notified. If the certificate of registration is transferred by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, proof of such transfer shall be furnished to the Zoning Officer forthwith.
E. 
Inspection of park and issuance of permit. Upon receipt of such application, the officer shall forthwith inspect the applicant's park to determine compliance with the provisions herein. Upon favorable determination of the same and upon being furnished with a copy of the license issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources to the applicant and payment of the fee prescribed herein, said officer shall issue a mobile home park permit to the applicant, which shall be valid for a period of one year thereafter.
F. 
Renewal permits. Renewal permits for a like period shall be issued by said officer upon furnishing proof by the applicant that his park continued to meet the standards prescribed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
G. 
Fees.
(1) 
A fee to be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time[1] shall be paid for the issuance of an original permit, and a fee, also to be determined by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time, for each mobile home on site shall be paid for each renewal permit, which fees shall accompany the application.
[Amended 8-8-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-6]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A137, Fees.
(2) 
Limited applicability to existing parks. Mobile home parks in existence upon the effective date of this chapter[2] shall be required to meet only the standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources as a prerequisite, in addition to fees paid at the renewal rate, for the issuance of a permit, and all other minimum standards prescribed herein shall be applicable only to those parks which are constructed or expanded after the effective date hereof.
[2]
Editor's Note: This chapter shall become effective five days after its enactment by the Board of Supervisors of Washington Township.
A. 
Inspection of mobile home parks. The Zoning Officer of the Township of Washington shall inspect a mobile home park at reasonable intervals and at reasonable times to determine compliance with this chapter.
B. 
Failure to meet inspection standards. Whenever, upon inspection of any mobile home park, it is determined that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provisions of this chapter or any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the officer shall give notice, in writing, to the person to whom the certificate was issued, his agent and/or person in charge, advising him that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period of time specified in the notice, which shall not be less than seven days nor more than 30 days, the permit to operate in the Township of Washington shall be suspended. At the end of such period, such mobile home park shall be reinspected, and, if such conditions or practices have not been corrected, the officer shall revoke the permit and proceed with penalties as per § 70-16 of this chapter.
C. 
The officer shall submit to the Board of Supervisors an annual report as to the condition of the mobile home parks located within the Township and whether there are any violations, revoked permits or noncompliance with any provisions of this chapter.
A. 
No new mobile home park permit shall be issued until a land development plan is reviewed by the Washington Township Planning Commission and approved by the Washington Township Board of Supervisors.
B. 
The developer shall submit a land development plan for the mobile home park in accordance with Chapter 107, Subdivision and Land Development.
C. 
Upon approval of the Board of Supervisors the developer may proceed to obtain a permit for a mobile home park from the Zoning Officer as previously stated in § 70-3B(2) of this chapter.
D. 
In addition to the requirements set forth in Chapter 107, Subdivision and Land Development, the land development plan shall also contain the following information:
(1) 
The topography with vertical contour intervals of 10 feet or less.
(2) 
The placement and location of all proposed mobile home lots in the park.
(3) 
The location and dimensions of all driveways, pedestrianways, sidewalks and access roads, with notation as to the type of impervious cover.
(4) 
The location and dimension of all park facilities.
(5) 
The location, dimension and arrangement of all areas to be devoted to lawns, buffer strips, screen planting, open space and recreation.
(6) 
Existing and proposed easements, including widths and purposes.
(7) 
The location of proposed and existing utilities, including size and capacity of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, man holes, drainage facilities, water lines, fire hydrants, power lines, streetlights, gas mains, french drains and any other man-made or natural features within the proposed mobile home park.
(8) 
The location and dimension of all buildings existing or proposed to be built.
(9) 
Department of Environmental Resources permits for stormwater management facilities, if necessary.
(10) 
Proposed provisions for treatment of sanitary sewage, together with proof that the treatment and disposal of such sewage meets with and has the approval of the Department of Environmental Resources.
(11) 
An erosion and sedimentation plan approved by the Berks County Conservation District if necessary.
(12) 
A traffic circulation plan with all ingresses and egresses shown.
A. 
Minimum size. The minimum size of a mobile home park for which a mobile home permit or certificate of use and occupancy may be issued shall be five acres.
B. 
Site location. The location of all mobile home parks shall comply with the following minimum requirements. It shall be:
(1) 
Free from adverse influence by swamps, marshes, garbage or rubbish disposal areas or other potential breeding places for insects or rodents.
(2) 
Not subject to flooding.
(3) 
Not subject to any hazard or nuisance, such as excessive noise, vibration, smoke, toxic matter, radiation, heat, odor or glare.
C. 
Site drainage requirements.
(1) 
The ground surface in all parts of every park shall be graded and equipped to drain all surface water in a safe, efficient manner.
(2) 
Surface water collectors and other bodies of standing water capable of breeding mosquitoes and other insects shall be eliminated or controlled in a manner approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
(3) 
Wastewater from any plumbing fixture or any sanitary sewer line shall not be deposited upon any ground surface.
(4) 
Stormwater management facilities in accordance with this chapter and Chapter 99, Stormwater Management, of the Washington Township Code shall be provided.
D. 
Soil and ground cover requirements.
(1) 
Exposed ground surfaces in all parts of every park shall be paved or covered with stone screenings or other solid material, or protected with a vegetative growth that is capable of preventing soil erosion and the emanation of dust during dry weather.
(2) 
Park grounds shall be maintained free of vegetative growth which is poisonous or which may harbor rodents, insects or other pests harmful to man.
E. 
Park areas for nonresidential uses. No part of any park shall be used for nonresidential purposes, except such uses as are required for the direct servicing and well-being of park residents and for the management and maintenance of the park.
F. 
Required setback, buffer strips and screening.
(1) 
No mobile home, office or service building shall be closer to a public street right-of-way line than 50 feet nor closer to the edge of an interior street than 30 feet nor closer to an adjacent property than 50 feet.
(2) 
All mobile home parks shall be required to provide screening, such as evergreen or other natural growth through the use of rows of trees, shrubs, etc., that provide a visual barrier of not less than three feet in height and 20 feet in width at the initial planting along the perimeter of the mobile home park.
G. 
Erection and placement of mobile homes.
(1) 
Mobile homes shall be separated from each other and from other buildings and structures by at least 20 feet on all sides.
(2) 
An enclosure or skirting, the same as or of compatible design and material, shall be erected and maintained around the entire base of each mobile home. Such enclosure shall provide sufficient ventilation to inhibit decay and deterioration of the structure.
(3) 
Every mobile home shall be tied down to prevent overturning or lifting. Each mobile home shall be secured by five frame ties.
H. 
Park street system.
(1) 
Street construction and design. Grades of all streets within a mobile home park shall be sufficient to ensure adequate surface drainage but shall not be more than 12%.
(2) 
All internal streets and roadways shall be constructed of concrete or asphalt of sufficient bearing strength and design to accommodate mobile home units and of sufficient width to accommodate anticipated traffic and parking, if necessary. In no case shall any internal street or roadway have less than 20 feet of paved width. Dead-end streets shall be provided at the closed end with a cul-de-sac having an outside radius of not less than 50 feet.
(3) 
Streets shall be laid out to intersect as nearly as possible at right angles; no street shall intersect another at less than 60°.
(4) 
Streets entering opposite sides of another street shall be laid out directly opposite one another or else shall have a minimum offset of 150 feet between their center lines. Intersections of more than two streets at one point shall be prohibited.
(5) 
Clear sight triangles whose adjacent and opposite sides shall each be measured 75 feet along street center lines from their point of junction at all intersections shall be provided. No buildings or obstructions to vision shall be permitted within such sight triangles.
(6) 
Whenever street lines are deflected in excess of 5°, connection shall be by horizontal curves.
(7) 
Streets shall have a grade not to exceed 4% for a distance within 25 feet of the street right-of-way line of any intersecting street.
(8) 
Culs-de-sac shall not exceed 500 feet in length as measured from the center line of the intersecting street to the center of the circular turn-around.
I. 
Illumination of streets. All mobile home parks shall be furnished with lighting fixtures so spaced and so equipped with luminaries as will provide adequate levels of illumination throughout the park for the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians at night. The maximum distance between light fixtures shall be 500 feet.
J. 
Off-street parking areas and loading zones.
(1) 
Off-street parking for at least two motor vehicles shall be provided at each mobile home site. Each parking stall shall be at least nine feet by 20 feet and shall be either concrete or asphalt construction, which shall be specified on the plan. Off-site common parking areas may be provided in lieu of parking slots at each mobile home site; but in such case, parking slots shall be provided at the ratio of two slots for each mobile home site not equipped with on-site parking.
(2) 
Additional parking spaces for vehicles of nonresidents shall be provided at the rate of three spaces for each 16 units. Such parking spaces may be provided either on the street, on one side only, in which case the road width requirement specified in Subsection H(2) shall be increased by six feet to the paved width; or by providing sufficient additional off-street parking spaces. In the event that such additional parking spaces are provided off the street, then parking shall be prohibited on internal roads, and it shall be the duty of the owner or operator of the mobile home park to enforce this provision.
(3) 
Loading zones. Within the fifty-foot setback from the public thoroughfare serving the plan, the developer shall place a loading zone for passenger pickup of vehicles, such as school buses or public transportation buses.
K. 
Construction of mobile home lots and mobile home stands.
(1) 
Mobile home lots within the park shall each have an average minimum gross area of 7,000 square feet.
(2) 
The area of the mobile home stand shall be improved to provide an adequate foundation for the placement of the mobile home in such a position as to allow a minimum of 30 feet between the mobile home and the adjoining pavement of a park street or common parking areas or other common areas or structures.
(3) 
The mobile home stand shall be designed so as not to heave, shift or settle unevenly under the weight of the mobile home because of frost action, inadequate drainage, vibration or other forces acting on the superstructure.
L. 
Recreation facilities and pedestrian walkways.
(1) 
Depending upon the size of the proposed mobile home park, a recreation area or areas with suitable facilities as part of open space, all to be maintained by the park owner or operator, may be required by the Board of Supervisors up to a maximum of 15% of the gross area of the park. This provision will not apply to mobile home parks with four or less units.
[Amended 9-28-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-4]
(2) 
Depending upon the size of the proposed mobile home park, pedestrian walkway facilities may be required by the Board of Supervisors.
M. 
Mobile home park density. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, mobile home park density shall be limited to 2.2 mobile home dwelling units per gross acre of land contained within the property boundaries of the parcel proposed to be developed.
[Added 9-28-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-4; amended 3-25-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1]
A. 
Approved water supply. All mobile home parks shall be connected to an approved potable water system subject to the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Now Department of Environmental Protection.
B. 
All mobile home parks shall be provided with a complete water distribution system. The design and installation of such system shall be subject to the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources or, when connected to a public water system, the appropriate operating authority of the water system, except that the Township will accept only those standards and materials specified in Chapter 107, Subdivision and Land Development, § 107-39, Water supply.
C. 
Individual water-riser pipes and connections.
(1) 
Individual water-riser pipes shall be located within the confined area of the mobile stand at a point where the water connection will approximate a vertical position, thereby ensuring the shortest possible water connection and decreasing susceptibility to water pipe freezing.
(2) 
The water-riser pipes shall have a minimum inside diameter of 3/4 inch and terminate at least four inches above the ground surface. The water outlet shall be provided with a cap when a mobile home does not occupy the lot.
(3) 
Adequate provisions shall be made to prevent freezing of service lines, valves and riser pipes and to protect risers from heaving and thawing actions of ground during freezing weather. Surface drainage shall be diverted from the location of the riser pipe.
(4) 
A shutoff valve below the frost line shall be provided near the water-riser pipe on each mobile home lot. Underground stop and waste valves are prohibited unless their type of manufacture and their method of installation are approved.
A. 
An adequate and safe sewerage system shall be provided in all parks for conveying and disposing of sewage from mobile homes, service buildings and other accessory facilities. Such system shall be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources.
B. 
The developer shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 95, Sewers, of the Washington Township Code, as well as all other applicable Township ordinances and regulations.
C. 
When there are more than 15 units in a mobile home park, connection to a community sewage treatment plant shall be required.
A. 
General requirements. Every park shall contain an electrical wiring system consisting of wiring, fixtures, equipment and appurtenances which shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the local electric power company's specifications regulating such systems and shall be inspected and approved by the National Underwriters or equivalent association.
B. 
Power distribution lines.
(1) 
Power lines shall be located underground.
(2) 
All direct burial conductors or cables shall be buried in accordance with the local electric company's specifications.
C. 
Individual electrical connections. Each mobile home lot shall be provided with an approved disconnected device and overcurrent protective equipment. The minimum service per outlet shall be 120/240 volts alternating current, 100 amperes.
D. 
All exposed non-current-carrying metal parts of mobile homes and all other equipment shall be grounded by means of an approved grounding conductor run with branch circuit conductors or other approved method of grounded metallic wiring. The neutral conductor shall not be used as an equipment ground for mobile homes or other equipment.
A. 
Applicability. The requirements of this section shall apply to service buildings, recreational buildings and other community service facilities, when constructed, such as management offices, laundry facilities, indoor recreation areas, etc.
B. 
All portions of the structure shall be properly protected from damage by reason of ordinary uses, decay, corrosion, termites and other destructive elements. Furthermore, any buildings must comply with the requirements of the adopted Township Building Code(s)[1] and have the approval of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, if necessary.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 45, Construction Codes, Uniform.
C. 
The exterior wall surfaces of any building shall conform to the requirements for exterior wall surfaces for commercial areas in Chapter 131, Zoning.
The storage, collection and disposal of refuse in the mobile home park shall be so conducted as to prevent health hazards, rodent harborage, insect breeding areas, accident or fire hazards or air pollution and shall comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources regulations governing mobile home parks.
A. 
Natural gas systems.
(1) 
Natural gas piping systems, when installed in mobile home parks, shall be maintained in conformity with accepted engineering practices and the specifications of the local gas company.
(2) 
Each mobile home lot provided with piped gas shall have an approved shutoff valve installed upstream of the gas outlet. The outlet shall be equipped with an approved cap to prevent accidental discharge of gas when the outlet is not in use.
B. 
Liquefied petroleum gas systems.
(1) 
The design, installation and construction of containers and pertinent equipment for the storage and handling of liquid petroleum gases shall conform to the Act of Pennsylvania Legislature of December 27, 1951 P.L. 1793, as it may be amended,[1] and to the regulations promulgated thereunder by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 35 P.S. § 1329.1 et seq.
(2) 
Liquefied petroleum gas systems provided for mobile homes, service buildings or other structures, when installed, shall be maintained in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and shall include the following:
(a) 
Systems shall be provided with safety devices to relieve excessive pressures and shall be arranged so that the discharge terminates at a safe location.
(b) 
Systems shall have at least one accessible means for shutting off gas. Such means shall be located outside the mobile home and shall be maintained in an effective operating condition.
(c) 
All liquefied petroleum gas piping outside of the mobile home shall be well supported and protected against mechanical injury. Undiluted liquefied petroleum gas in liquid forms shall not be conveyed through piping equipment or systems in mobile homes.
(d) 
Vessels of at least 12 United States gallons' and less than 60 United States gallons' gross capacity shall be maintained in a vertical position and shall be securely, but not permanently, fastened to prevent accidental overturning. No vessel shall be placed any closer to a mobile home exit than five feet and no closer to any window than three feet.
(e) 
No liquefied petroleum gas vessel shall be stored or located inside or beneath any storage cabinet, carport, mobile home or any other structure.
(f) 
All pipe connections shall be of a flare type.
C. 
Fuel-oil supply systems.
(1) 
All fuel-oil supply systems provided for mobile homes, service buildings and other structures shall be installed and maintained in conformity with the rules and regulations of the authority having jurisdiction.
(2) 
All piping from outside fuel storage tanks or cylinders to mobile homes shall be securely, but not permanently, fastened in place.
(3) 
All fuel-oil supply systems provided for mobile homes, service buildings and other structures shall have shutoff valves located within five inches of storage tanks.
(4) 
All fuel storage tanks or cylinders shall be securely placed and shall not be less than five feet from any mobile home exit and not less than three feet from any window.
(5) 
Storage tanks located in areas subject to traffic shall be protected against physical damage.
D. 
Inspection. All fuel supply and storage systems shall be subject to inspections and approval by the Township Fire Marshal.
A. 
Litter control. Mobile home park areas shall be kept free of litter, rubbish and other flammable materials.
B. 
Fire extinguishers. Portable fire extinguishers of a type approved by the Fire Marshal shall be kept in public service buildings under park control, and a sufficient number as determined by the Fire Marshal shall be maintained throughout the park in readily accessible and well marked positions.
C. 
Fire hydrants. Fire hydrants shall be installed in accordance with the following requirements:
(1) 
Hydrants shall be installed and maintained by the persons owning and operating the mobile home park.
(2) 
Fire hydrants shall be located within 600 feet of any mobile home, service building or other structure in the park and shall be installed in accordance with the Township's specifications and the Fire Marshal's recommendations.
(3) 
Hoses in stands shall be required to be located at all fire hydrants.
A. 
The person to whom a license for a mobile home park is issued shall operate the park in compliance with this chapter and the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources regarding mobile home parks and shall provide adequate supervision to maintain the park, its facilities and equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.
B. 
The park management shall supervise the placement of each mobile home on its mobile home lot, which includes securing its stability and installing all utility connections.
C. 
The park management shall give the Zoning Officer and/or other authorized inspectors free access to all mobile home lots, service buildings and other community service facilities for the purpose of inspections.
D. 
The management shall maintain a register containing the names of all park occupants. This register, along with a list of all mobile home owners, shall be submitted to the Township when the management applies for a renewal permit to operate a mobile home park in the Township. Furthermore, the management shall comply with any applicable Township tenant registration ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 91, Rental Property.
E. 
Before any mobile home is placed in a mobile home park, a zoning certificate shall be obtained from the Zoning Officer.
F. 
No mobile home shall be removed from the Township without first obtaining a permit from the Township Tax Collector, as required by Act No. 54 of 1969 of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.[2] The permit shall be issued upon payment of a fee in an amount established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, from time to time,[3] as well as payment of any unpaid real estate taxes assessed against the mobile home. This permit shall be acquired by the owner of the mobile home.
[Amended 8-8-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-6]
[2]
Editor's Note: See 72 P.S. § 5020-407(e).
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A137, Fees.
G. 
The management shall be responsible for providing all utilities to the mobile home park.
A. 
Notice of violation. Whenever the Zoning Officer or other authorized representative determines that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this chapter or of any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, he shall give notice of such alleged violation(s) to the person to whom the permit was issued. Such notice shall be in writing, shall include a statement of the reasons for its issuance and the section of the ordinance it violates and shall allow a time, not to exceed 30 days, for the performance of any act it requires; provided, however, that such notice or order shall be deemed to have been properly served upon such owner or agent when a copy thereof has been served with such notice by any other method authorized or required by the laws of Pennsylvania.
B. 
Hearing. Any person affected by this notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this chapter or of any regulation adopted pursuant thereto may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Zoning Hearing Board, provided that such person shall file in the office of the Township an appeal request within 10 days after notice was served.
[Amended 7-11-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-4]
Any person, partnership or corporation who or which shall violate the provisions of this chapter or of any regulation adopted pursuant thereto shall be subject to a civil fine not exceeding $1,000, plus any court costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township as a result of the violation. The Township Building Inspector/Official, 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 Building Inspector/Official 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. The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.
In the event that any requirements set forth in this chapter conflict with provisions of other Township ordinances, the more restrictive provision contained in either this chapter or the other applicable ordinance shall apply.