Code Enforcement works to ensure the city is clean and safe for residents, visitors and businesses. To this end, the city has adopted a variety of ordinances related to property maintenance and pet sanitation and safety:
Clothing Bin License Ordinance: The City Council has adopted Ordinance File of Council #2 of 2013 making changes to the city ordinance on the placement of clothing bins. See additional information below.
Transient Merchant (Peddler's) Permit: The City Council has adopted Ordinance File of Council #4 of 2013 which makes major changes to the process for issuing a transient merchant permit. This ordinance covers both stall and door to door vendors and modernizes an ordinance previously in effect which dated to 1915. The full text of this ordinance can be viewed by clicking on the below link. Please review this new ordinance to ensure compliance with all new requirements if you are accumstomed to obtaining a permit under the old ordinance.
Code Enforcement Officer: The City of Pittston employs a Code Enforcement Officer, working out of the Administration Department, to enforce the property maintenance code, and city ordinances on pets and for various special permits. The Code Enforcement Officer may be contacted by telephoning 570.654.0513 extension 221
Pittston City is a member of the International Code Council (member #8169033). A copy of Pittston's ICC membership certificate can be seen by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. For information on the ICC click here.
City Ordinances on Property Maintenance, Pet and Special Regulations:
Property Maintenance Code: By means of Ordinance, File of Council #9 of 2012, the City of Pittston has adopted the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code as the maintenance standards for all buildings and property in the City of Pittston. A copy of the Ordinance and the International Property Maintenance Code is available for review at City Hall in the Administration Department during regular business hours. The Ordinance is also available in the attachments below.
City Pet Regulations: The Code Enforcement Officer also enforces the city ordinances on pets. Residents are permitted to have three (3) pets pursuant to city ordinance. Dogs require a Dog License issued by the Luzerne County government. The full pet ordinance is attached below.
Special Permits: The Code Enforcement Officer issues a variety of special permits to ensure such activities as the placement of waste dumpsters, and activities on sidewalks are conducted in a safe and sanitary manner. See further information below.
The City of Pittston also requires permits for:
Permits must be obtained BEFORE the permited activity begins.
All of these required permits may be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer.
REVISED CLOTHING BIN ORDINANCE
Ordinance File of Council #2 of 2013 has amended city regulations, license application requirements and the fee for placement of clothing donation bins. The new ordinance and the revised application form can be seen in the below attachment.
REVISED TRANSIENT MERCHANT (PEDDLERS) PERMIT/LICENSE:
Ordinance File of Council #4 of 2013 has made major revisions to the process and fees for obtaining a transient merchant's permit. Please carefully review the full text of the revised ordinance, available at the link below.
For copies of the applicable ordinances, please see the links below.
A few highlights of the city property maintenance code:
--During the summer, grass must be kept mowed to a height of less than eight (8) inches;
--Porches and Decks must be kept in good repair with all required railings;
--Habitable dwellings must be supplied with electricity, running water and a working heating system;
--Smoke detectors are required on each dwelling level;
--Garbage and Rubbish May Not be accumulated on property or within buildings;
--Doors and windows must be in working condition with no broken windowpanes;
--Vacant buildings must be kept properly secured and the exterior grounds maintained.
FOOD HANDLING REGULATIONS
The Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 106 of 2010 that improved food handling regulations.
Property Maintenance Code Appeals Board
Appeals of enforcement action by the Code Enforcement Officer may be filed with the Pittston City Property Maintenance Building Code Appeals Board in accordance with Section 111 of the International Property Maintenance Code. Per Resolution of the Pittston City Council, a fee of $250.00 is required to file an appeal. The form for filing an appeal as well as the Board's adopted operating procedures for conducting a hearing may be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
Thomas J. Reilly, Jr., P.E., Chairman
George M. Albert, P.E.
Special Notice on Pets
A City Ordinance allows residents to have no more than three (3) pets per housing unit.
Residents are asked to please not feed or harbor feral cats. Just one breeding pair of feral cats can result in literally dozens of additional cats within a short period of time, which can be a neighborhood nuisance and health hazard. Thank you for your cooperation.
City Ordinance #4 of 2012 sets forth regulations on pets and defines nuisance pet. For the full ordinance please click on the link below.
Click below attachment to upload the read the full city ordinances on pets, property maintenance, clothing donation bins, peddler's permits and the city's ICC Membership Certificate and the appeal form and rules for the Property Maintenance Code Appeals Board: