Code & Safety
The Code & Safety Department is intended to provide standards to safeguard life, limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the use, occupancy, location and maintenance of buildings and properties in accordance with Township approved Code provisions. In addition, this department is responsible for the enforcement of local ordinances with regard to any other public violations or issues.
Code enforcement conducts investigations of violations and other problems that affect citizens of our township. Corrective actions involve oral and written correspondence identifying areas of violation and concern, and agreeing to corrective actions within time limits. Non-compliance is met with progressively escalated enforcement action, commencing with a request for voluntary compliance, up through criminal prosecution, among other resources.
Code Violations and penalties
I received a Violation Notice door hanger, now what? The Code Department has implemented a new program to quickly notify property owners when they have a minor code violation on their property. If you receive a door hangar, please immediately correct the problems listed or if you have questions please contact the issuing code officer. The “courtesy notice” is to help you get your property into compliance. We will re-inspect the property again after 5 days have elapsed. If you have taken corrective action, you can disregard the violation letter that was sent as a follow-up, However, if the door hanger and the violation letter are ignored, further legal action may be taken against you.
Violations and penalties: Any person who fails to comply with any or all of the requirements or provisions of this article or who fails or refuses to comply with any notice, order or direction of the Code Office or any other authorized employee of the municipality shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, shall pay a fine to the Township of Hempfield of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of such payment, such person shall be imprisoned in county prison for a period not to exceed 30 days. Each day during which any violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to the above penalties, all other actions are hereby reserved, including an action in equity for the proper enforcement of this article. The imposition of a fine or penalty for any violation of or noncompliance with this article shall not excuse the violation or noncompliance or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations and noncompliance within a reasonable time. In the enforcement of this chapter, the Code Official, at his sole discretion, may prior to the institution of the aforesaid provisions for prosecution of violation, issue a nontraffic citation for violations of this article, which shall give notice to the person responsible for the violation the right to pay the Township of Hempfield in lieu of fines and costs the following:
a fine of $50 for the first violation of this chapter,
a fine of $150 for the second violation of this chapter, and
a fine of $500 for a third violation of this chapter.
If the same is paid to the Township of Hempfield within five business days after the time of the issuance of the citation. In the event the citation is not paid, then the Code Official or his designated representative shall proceed to bring an action at the Magisterial District Judge having jurisdiction within the Township of Hempfield.
Parking Tickets & Fines
Parking illegally in a ‘No Parking” area is a violation of Township Ordinance 47-6 and carries a $10 fine;
Prohibited parking is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21B and carries a $30 fine;
Parking illegally in a designated fire lane is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21A and carries a $30 fine.
Parking illegally in a handicapped parking spot is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21D and will result in a fine of $60;
If you received a parking ticket:
Fine(s) shall be paid within five (5) working days of the date of issuance and can be paid by mail or directly to the Code Enforcement Department located in the Hempfield Township Municipal Building. Checks shall be made payable to the “Hempfield Township Supervisors.”
If the Township Administrative Citation is not paid within timeframes listed above, the Administrative Citation will be withdrawn and charges will be filed at the governing District Justice office, which may result in additional costs to you.
- Parking illegally in a No Parking” area is a violation of Township Ordinance 47-6 and carries a $10 fine
- Prohibited parking is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21B and carries a $30 fine
- Parking illegally in a designated fire lane is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21A and carries a $30 fine
- Parking illegally in a handicapped parking spot is a violation of Township Ordinance 83-21D and will result in a fine of $60
No parking during snow removal:
It is prohibited in the Township to interfere with snow removal operations. Park your car off-street if possible, especially when snow is predicted, our snow removal crews may not be able to fully clear the street for the safe passage of emergency vehicles and other traffic.
Violations and penalties
Any person who violates any provisions of this Article shall, for each such violation, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine or penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and costs of prosecution; and, in default of payment of said penalty/fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for not more than 30 days.