City of Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lancaster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Board of Health — See Ch. 22, Art. I.
Meat and meat products — See Ch. 192.
Milk and milk products — See Ch. 194.
Public markets — See Ch. 228.
[Adopted as Article 1167 of the Codified Ordinances]
No person shall erect or maintain any manufactory or place of business dangerous to life or detrimental to health or where unwholesome, offensive or deleterious odors, gas, smoke, deposit or exhalations are generated within the City without permission of the Board of Health, and all such establishments shall be kept clean and wholesome so as not to be offensive or prejudicial to public health. No offensive or deleterious waste substance, refuse or injurious matter shall be allowed to accumulate on the premises or be thrown or allowed to run into any public water, stream, watercourse, street, road or public place. Every person or company conducting such manufactory or business shall use the best approved and all reasonable means to prevent the escape of smoke, gases and odors and to protect the health and safety of all operatives employed therein.
Any person whose grounds or premises shall be found unsanitary, offensive and dangerous to the health of the community shall be compelled to place such grounds or premises in a sanitary condition and, upon neglect or refusal, shall be subject to the penalty herein provided in this article.
[Amended 7-26-2005 by Ord. No. 15-2005; 5-28-2019 by Ord. No. 09-2019]
Whenever premises or grounds become so unsanitary as to be so declared by the Health Officer a nuisance and the owners and agents refuse to abate the same in the time specified by the Health Officer, he shall proceed to abate the same and present a bill of charge and collect the same in accordance with Chapter 36, Municipal Claims, from the owner of the premises, including all administrative fees, charges and costs. The Health Officer may direct immediate abatement if, in the Health Officer's judgment, the health and safety hazard posed by the condition justifies the same.
No distiller, soap-boiler, tallow-chandler, victualler or any other person shall be permitted to discharge, throw, cast or empty into any of the streets, lanes or alleys any foul or stinking liquor, the returns from their stills and boiling vessels or filth from their hog stables; no soap-boiler or tallow-chandler shall be permitted to keep, to collect or use or cause to be kept, collected or used within the limits of the City any stale, putrid or stinking fat, grease or other matter; and no butcher or victualler shall be permitted to keep at or near his slaughterhouse (if within the limits of the City) any garbage or filth whatsoever that may produce a noisome smell so as to annoy or offend any neighbor or any other person in the full and free enjoyment of wholesome air.
No person shall deposit any dung or manure upon any of the public streets, lanes or alleys in the City or keep any dunghill or manure heap on that part of any lot immediately adjoining any of the aforesaid streets, lanes or alleys within the City, except if the dunghill or manure heap is enclosed within a good and substantial brick or stone wall sufficient to prevent any dung, filth or straw from passing from the same upon any of the aforesaid streets, lanes or alleys.
It shall be the duty of every person keeping hogs within the City to cause the hogpen or pens belonging to such person carefully to be cleaned at least twice a week from April 1 until November 1 of each year. The manure and filth therefrom, if not immediately taken away, shall be gathered and put into a pit or hole, dug sufficiently deep for that purpose, and mixed at each cleansing with so much lime and straw as may be necessary to destroy any unpleasant smell arising from the manure thus gathered and deposited. The pit or hole shall be covered with boards or other materials to protect it from the action of the sun.
Whoever violates any provision or refuses or neglects to comply with any provisions of §§ 150-1 through 150-3 shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $50 and not more than $300 and the costs of prosecution for the first offense and not less than $200 and not more than $1,000, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days.
Whoever violates § 150-4 shall, upon conviction, be fined $5.
Whoever violates § 150-5 or 150-6 shall be fined not more than $10.
[Adopted as Article 1181 of the Codified Ordinances]
Whenever any resident of the City wishes to give information of the existence of a nuisance in any part of the City, he shall be required to hand such complaint, in writing over his own signature, to the Health Officer or Secretary of the Board of Health, such complaint to describe the nature of the nuisance, the location and the names of occupants or owners of properties upon which it exists. If any person publishes or makes known by rumor or report, mischievously or otherwise, the existence of any malignant, contagious or infectious disease in the City which does not exist, every such person shall be subject to the penalty imposed by § 150-10A.
The head of the family occupying any house or premises upon or near which quarantine placards may be placed shall be held liable for the removal, defacing, covering up, taking down or destroying of such placards with his knowledge or consent before the time provided by the rules and regulations of the Board of Health, and shall be subject to the penalty provided in § 150-10B.
Whoever violates § 150-8 shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense.
Whoever violates § 150-9 shall be fined not less than $5 nor more than $100, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days.