Borough of Bellefonte, PA
Centre County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bellefonte 10-16-1995 by Ord. No. 1105 (Ch. 1474 of the 1979 Codified Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
General penalty — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the general welfare of the community by regulating the demolition of structures on property not reviewed by the Historical Architectural Review Board.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Bellefonte.
COUNCIL
The governing body of Bellefonte Borough.
DEMOLITION
The act of dismantling, destroying, weakening or removing a structure to a point that it can no longer stand without support, is left in ruin, or is taken down to the ground by the use of heavy equipment.
A. 
After the effective date of this chapter, no person shall cause a structure to be demolished without first obtaining a permit therefor.
B. 
If a structure is less than 150 square feet in floor area, a waiver of this procedure can be obtained through the Building Code Official.
[Amended 12-16-2002 by Ord. No. 1178]
A. 
Applications for demolition shall be obtained from the Borough offices and shall be on a form prescribed by Council. Changes may be made from time to time in both form and content of such applications.
B. 
Upon receipt of the completed application, fees, as established by resolution of Borough Council, shall apply.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
The Borough Manager shall place the application on the Council agenda for review and comment. If Council deems it to be necessary, it may require the Borough Engineer to review the application.
D. 
If review by the Borough Engineer is required by Council, an engineer review fee shall be paid by the applicant at the time of review. The amount of the fee will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
E. 
Within 45 days of receipt of the application, Council shall make a decision to grant or deny the permit for demolition, and notice thereof shall be given to the applicant.
F. 
If Council approves the application for a demolition permit, the Building Code Official may issue the permit after all related fees have been paid. If the application is denied, Council or its agent shall give written notice to the applicant within five days after the decision. Any party aggrieved by Council's decision may appeal to the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County.