Township of Upper Chichester, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Upper Chichester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Blighted Property Review Committee — See Ch. 15.
Dangerous buildings — See Ch. 191.
Construction standards — See Ch. 240.
Contractors — See Ch. 244.
Disorderly houses — See Ch. 417, Art. I.
Blighted and vacant properties — See Ch. 428.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 429.
Zoning — See Ch. 600.
[Adopted 8-11-1994 by Ord. No. 533 (Ch. 7, Part 6, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances)]
A. 
In order to preserve, protect and maintain the Township's health, safety, general welfare and ambience and, further, in order to prevent blight, buildings damaged by an act of God or fire which has damaged windows, doors or other portals must immediately be protected by boarding for a period of time not in excess of 30 calendar days, upon approval of the Code Enforcement Officer. At the expiration of said period of time, the window, door or other portal must be completely restored with an appropriate functioning door or window.
B. 
In all other instances where windows, doors or other portals have been subject to damage or destruction, immediate temporary covering or boarding will only be permitted for a period of time not in excess of five working days, upon approval of the Code Enforcement Officer. At the expiration of said period of time, the window, door or other portal shall be restored with an appropriate functioning door or window.
C. 
In no event shall windows, doors and portals be boarded on any property without first obtaining permission from the Code Enforcement Officer.
D. 
The Code Enforcement Officer in his discretion may extend the permitted period of time where it can be determined that uncontrollable circumstances warrant said extension.
E. 
The owner of a vacated building, regardless of why the building is vacated, shall take such steps and perform such acts as may be required of him from time to time to ensure that the building and its adjoining yards remain safe and secure and do not present a hazard to adjoining property or to the public.
Windows, doors and portals are to be sealed or closed, to prevent unauthorized entry, in the following manner:
A. 
Every opening with the exception of the entry door shall be sealed with five-eighths-inch plywood overlapping the casing of the exterior.
B. 
Each piece of plywood shall have two two-by-fours nailed on each side with tenpenny clinched nailing and fastened to the building with two five-eighths-inch or four three-eighths-inch carriage bolts fastened through two-by-fours overlapping the casing on the interior.
C. 
The entrance door shall be sealed in the same manner, except that the door must have attached to it a hasp with padlock for which the key shall be available to all appropriate Township officials for inspection purposes.
D. 
Each opening shall be painted with two coats of exterior paint of a color to match or blend with the existing exterior color of the building.
If the owner fails to comply with an order to seal a building, the Code Enforcement Officer may cause such building to be sealed, and all costs that are incurred by this action will be placed as a municipal lien against the real property upon which such costs were incurred.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article or any order promulgated hereunder shall, after summons issued under the terms hereof, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Each violation of any of the provisions of this article and each day that such violation shall continue shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.