Code Enforcement

Providing code enforcement to the Borough of East McKeesport and Chalfant Borough

John Snealson – Building Code Official, Code Enforcement Department
412-298-9367
jsnealson@tcvcog.com

Occupancy Permit Application

An Occupancy Permit is required as part of the home buying process, and an inspection must take place when title changes and/or property use has changed.  Landlords must also obtain a permit when tenants, property ownership, or property use has changed.  This application for a permit requires an application fee,  payable at the time of property inspection.  The application fee is determined by the municipality where the property is located. An application for Occupancy Permit and the Inspection is good for 30 days from the initial inspection and includes one reisnpection within those 30 days. Anything after 30 days requires a new application and fee.

East McKeesport Borough Fees

Effective 2022 the TCVCOG will collect the following fees and applications for East McKeesport Borough:

Occupancy Inspection Application Fee……………………….….$ 75.00

Sign Permit Fee……………………………………………………$ 50.00

Zoning Permit Fee……………………………………………..…..$ 35.00

Electrical Permit Fee……………………………………………….$ 44.50

Chalfant Borough Fees

Occupancy Inspection Application Fee……………………….….$ 75.00

An Occupancy Permit is required as part of the home buying process, and an inspection must take place when title changes and/or property use has changed.  Landlords must also obtain a permit when tenants, property ownership, or property use has changed.  This application for a permit requires an application fee,  payable at the time of property inspection.  The application fee is determined by the municipality where the property is located. An application for Occupancy Permit and the Inspection is good for 30 days from the initial inspection and includes one reisnpection within those 30 days. Anything after 30 days requires a new application and fee.

East McKeesport Borough Fees

Effective 2022 the TCVCOG will collect the following fees and applications for East McKeesport Borough:

Occupancy Inspection Application Fee……………………….….$ 75.00

Sign Permit Fee………………$ 50.00

Zoning Permit Fee………..…..$ 35.00

Electrical Permit Fee…………….$ 44.50

Chalfant Borough Fees

Occupancy Inspection Application Fee……………………….….$ 75.00

If you are unable to complete your occupancy application online (using the button above), please download the application to your computer, open the form from your computer (downloads folder and/or desktop), fill out the required fields, save, and send to our team using the “Send” button within the form. You may download, fill out, and send this form directly to code@tcvcog.com.

Please make Checks or Money orders payable to TCVCOG, online payments and applications are accepted

Permit Information

ALL RENTAL PROPERTY AND PROPERTY OWNERS ARE REQUIRED to secure a CO (Certificate of Occupancy) or occupancy permit when tenants, property ownership, or property use has changed. This application for an inspection is required, and an inspection fee is payable in advance of the property inspection. The municipality determined the application fee based upon the property and configured it in the payment process.

The application is sent upon submission then reviewed for completeness, and an incomplete application (including phone numbers and email addresses) will not be accepted. In the event of an absentee landlord, a property manager must be named, with a mailing address and contact information for 24-hour contact. When submitted and completed, the application will be accepted. Then, We will contact you to schedule the Occupancy Inspection. The inspection will result in an FIR (Field Inspection Report) and be sent to the applicant(s) and others as required of the referenced inspection. The FIR is not to be considered the CO Permit. Instead, it is the report of the inspection results.

 

  • If the inspection shows no violations or violations with the Act 90 requirements, and all related municipal codes, then the CO Permit will be issued to all parties concerned. Typically in 2-5 days
  • If violations are noted, a CO may be issued with violations. An NOV (Notice of Violation) will be sent for the violations found under the inspection process. Typically in 30 days to the new owner, a signed and notarized affidavit is required.
  • Life Safety violations or Act 90 related violations will prevent a CO from being issued until all Act 90 related violations are corrected and, if required, re-inspected.
  • All inspections are in good standing for 30 days from the initial inspection. After thirty (30) days, a new application and fees are required for the subsequent inspections.
  • Each application and fee provides for an inspection and one re-inspection within 30 days of the initial inspection. All life safety requirements will be inspected at every inspection.
  • Notice of Appeal to the Findings of the inspection: 2015 IPMC Section 111 Means of Appeal

    • §111.1 Application for appeal. Any person directly affected by a decision of the code official or a notice or order issued under this code shall have the right to appeal to the board of appeals, provided that a written application for appeal is filed within 20 days after the day the decision, notice or order was served. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code do not fully apply, or the requirements of this code are adequately satisfied by other means.

Partner with TCVCOG on Code Enforcement

Towns that work with TCVCOG on code enforcement may use both the services of our officers and our database, or you may license the use of our database to complement your own code enforcement officers’ work.

From dealing with everyday eyesores to dangers to constituent wellbeing, code enforcement is integral to creating a thriving community and keeping property values up.

Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments (TCVCOG) is able to alleviate the problems that usually impact code enforcement in two significant ways: 

  • We employ certified code enforcement officers who will visit your towns to conduct on-the-ground and follow-up work to resolve violations as quickly as possible.
  • We use a custom database system that tracks and records the progress of violations and resolutions, should legal action need to be pursued.
Towns that work with TCVCOG on code enforcement may use both the services of our officers and our database, or you may license the use of our database to complement your own code enforcement officers’ work.

From dealing with everyday eyesores to dangers to constituent wellbeing, code enforcement is integral to creating a thriving community and keeping property values up.

Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments (TCVCOG) is able to alleviate the problems that usually impact code enforcement in two significant ways: 

  • We employ certified code enforcement officers who will visit your towns to conduct on-the-ground and follow-up work to resolve violations as quickly as possible.
  • We use a custom database system that tracks and records the progress of violations and resolutions, should legal action need to be pursued.

Rely on Professional Code Enforcement Experts

TCVCOG currently employs certified code enforcement officers who will collaborate with your town to resolve problems before they get out of hand. Officer responsibilities include: 

  • Surveying previously identified code violations and areas
  • Distributing notices to home and land owners, and businesses in violation
  • Following up on violation notices
  • Recording all activity per case in our database
  • Advising on enforcement matters and participating in legal resolutions as necessary
TCVCOG currently employs certified code enforcement officers who will collaborate with your town to resolve problems before they get out of hand. Officer responsibilities include: 

  • Surveying previously identified code violations and areas
  • Distributing notices to home and land owners, and businesses in violation
  • Following up on violation notices
  • Recording all activity per case in our database
  • Advising on enforcement matters and participating in legal resolutions as necessary

Build Your Case for Enforcement

We see costly legal action as the last resort in cases of code violations. When it comes to litigation, getting the attention of an already busy court is hard enough, but having inadequate supporting documentation of violations and notices make it more difficult to build a case and resolve violations in court. 

Our officers use our custom database to record every interaction and outcome to create a full story of the violation and pursuit of resolution. TCVCOG developed this tool specifically to give towns the ability to better enforce their codes and solve problems within their communities.

Clarifying the Code

This document is a product of the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments, who found it necessary to clarify any uncertainty regarding the codes described in the 2015 IPMC Code and Commentary.

Code Enforcement for Municipalities

To build stronger, more resilient communities, we must pay attention to the greatest impact on maintaining vibrant places to live — problem properties and blight. Blight contributes to millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, not just by the nuisance properties themselves, but by decreasing property values around nuisance properties.

If you are interested in working with Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments, please contact Amanda Settelmaier at asett@tcvcog.com.

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Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments
2700 Monroeville Blvd
Monroeville, PA 15146
PHONE: 412.858.5115
FAX: 412.858.5118