Common Code Violations

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Equipment & Noise | Fences, Hedges, & Walls | Grass, Trash, & Debris | Pets | Property Maintenance | Sidewalks & Driveways | Vehicle Compliance


Equipment & Noise 

Lawnmowers and power tools may only be operated from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m.


Fences, Hedges & Walls

Fences
The City of Beaver Falls requires a permit for and limits the placement and height of fences. A fence may be erected into any required side or rear yard if the fence is no more than six feet (6 ft.) in height for residential uses. A fence which is at least fifty percent (50%) open as to construction and which is not more than four feet (4 ft.) high may be erected in any required residential front yard (measured from the front door not the end of porch).

Hedges
Hedges shall be maintained free from growth in excess of six feet (6 ft.) in height and shall not grow over onto public right of ways.


Grass, Trash & Debris

Grass
Grass may not exceed ten (10) inches in height. This includes the grass bordering the front or side of the property and grass between the sidewalk and the curb. 

Hedges
Bushes or hedges bordering a sidewalk may not exceed six (6) feet in height and may not inhabit public right-of-way.

Debris
Trash or debris, such as building materials, cartons, rubbish, auto parts, or discarded trimmings may not be allowed to accumulate or clutter any property in the City.

Trash
Refuse receptacles, trash cans, must have tight fitting lids and be free of leaks. Residents are not permitted to place receptacles near the curb not  earlier than 6 p.m. the night prior to collection and trash receptacles must be removed from the curb immediately after pick-up is complete.


Pets 

Dogs, cats, and other animals shall be confined at all times to the premises of their owners, except under immediate and effective control of a responsible person, specifically on a leash.   No pet owner shall allow a pet to behave in such a manner as to create a public nuisance. Excessive barking or the harassment of a passerby is considered a public nuisance. If this occurs, please contact the Police Department (724) 846-7000.


Property Maintenance & Rental Property

Interior Property Maintenance
The City Property Maintenance Code requires all walls, floors, and ceilings be maintained free from cracks, holes, and peeling paint. The interior of every dwelling shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition free from rubbish.

Exterior Property Maintenance
The City Property Maintenance Code requires that the exterior of your home or business is free from peeling paint, sagging rooks, broken windows, unsecured entrances, and other possible problems.

Rental Property
All rental property must be inspected and have a annual rental license issued by the City. This license should be available for inspection by tenants and City officials. Please contact the Department of Code Enforcement & Zoning at (724) 847-2808 Ext. 219 if you believe a rental house or apartment has code violations or does not have a license.

Water Management
Gutters and downspouts must be provided and maintained free of obstructions and in good condition. Water is not permitted to discharge across any public right-of-way or damage adjoining property.

Sidewalks & Driveways 

Sidewalks

Every person owning property that fronts or abuts any street is required to construct sidewalks and/or curbs and keep them in good repair and free from hazards. Permits may be required.

Snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours of snowfall.

Driveways

It is unlawful to park any vehicle on the unpaved or unprepared area of any property. Residents must obtain a City zoning permit and curb permit prior to installing or expanding a driveway. Impervious surfaces may not cover more than 25 percent of a front yard.


Vehicle Compliance

Junked or Unregistered Vehicles
Vehicles that are inoperative, unregistered or have unreadable vehicle identification numbers (VIN) shall not be parked, kept or stored on any premises. No vehicle shall be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled unless inside a structure designed and approved for such process.

A vehicle shall be deemed to be abandoned when it remains on private property for more than 48 hours and any of the following conditions apply:

  • The vehicle is physically inoperable
  • The vehicle is left unattended
  • The vehicles does not have a valid registration plate
  • The vehicle does not have a current certificate of inspection   
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN) is not ascertainable
  • The vehicle remains without the consent of the owner or person in charge of the property

Vehicle Repairs

Vehicles may not be repaired on any public street or in any public parking lot. Minor vehicle repairs may be preformed in a driveway or garage only, as long as the vehicle is titled in the property owner's or tenant's name and the work is performed on the property. Unregistered, inoperable, dismantled, or partially dismantled or substantially damaged or disabled vehicles may not remain on private property unless in a fully enclosed garage.

Parking on Unprepared or Unpaved Surfaces
Vehicles may not be parked on unprepared or unpaved surfaces.