[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of West Mifflin 11-20-2012 by Ord. No. 1182. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Rental property — See Ch. 212.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 250.
Zoning — See Ch. 290.
Editor's Note: The provisions of this ordinance were originally adopted as Ch. 291, but were redesignated to fit the organizational structure of the Code.
This chapter may be known and cited as the "Occupancy Ordinance."
No land, dwelling house, apartment or other living quarters, commercial establishment, building, premises or structure may be occupied when there is a change in status or possession or occupancy or ownership or control after the date of this chapter until such time as the owner or his agent has secured an occupancy permit to be issued by the Code Enforcement Officer.
The Community Development Department is hereby appointed as the designated department who is authorized to carry out all responsibilities and duties stated herein.
The application for the occupancy permit shall disclose the following information: address, zoning classification, lot/block of the premises; name and address of owner; name and address of buyer (if applicable); name of tenant, if rented; number of rooms; bathroom facilities and general condition of the premises. The application shall also disclose the proposed use and occupancy (example, single-family, multifamily, commercial, industrial).
The legal occupancy of any land or structure existing on the date of adoption of this code, or for which it has been heretofore approved, shall be permitted to continue without change, except as is specifically covered in this code, the property maintenance or fire prevention codes, or as is deemed necessary by the Code Official for the general safety and welfare of the occupants and the public. No permit shall be issued until such time as the premises are deemed to be in a livable and habitable condition as provided by the West Mifflin Borough Ordinances, rules, and regulations, statutes, zoning and laws of Allegheny County and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any agency thereof, after an inspection by the Community Development Department and/or any such person as the Council may require from time to time.
The application for the permit shall be accompanied by a fee as set forth by resolution of the Borough of West Mifflin from time to time.
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation, etc., violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, together with costs of prosecution, for each and every day that said person or entity is in violation of this chapter, provided that each day's failure to comply shall constitute a separate violation.
An occupancy permit must be obtained for any change in occupancy, ownership or use of any land, building or part thereof situated in the Borough of West Mifflin. Prior to any change of occupancy or use, the applicant must apply to the Community Development Department for an occupancy permit and pay the appropriate fee. All data set forth in the immediate preceding section must be divulged to the Community Development Department, and the proper fee must be paid prior to issuance of an occupancy permit. No entity(s) or person(s) shall be permitted to occupy any premises(s) until the issuance of an occupancy permit following submission of all data reasonably requested by the Community Development Department. The duty to obtain said occupancy permit is hereby imposed upon the occupant, tenant, owner, landlord or agent of any owner or management of real estate.