Code Enforcement Office
The Hempfield Township Code Enforcement Department enforces
the local ordinances adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Fire and Life Safety Inspections
The fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2015 by
ordinance of the Township of Hempfield. The goal of the program is to
have every commercial building in Hempfield Township be free of fire
hazards and to ensure compliance with the Hempfield Township Fire
Prevention Code. The Township Code Enforcement Office and our third
party inspection service, Code Enforcement Agency, administers
this fire prevention code and life safety code.
Who will conduct the fire inspection?
Code Enforcement Agency will conduct the inspection of your
facility. They may be assisted by members of the Hempfield Township Code
Enforcement Office. The contact information for Code Enforcement Agency is:
Code Enforcement Agency
1633 State Route 51
Jefferson Hills, PA 15205
When will the fire inspector show up?
The fire inspector will not announce when he/she is coming, and the
frequency of inspection is based on the type of facility. Some
facilities are inspected once a year with some being inspected every
What types of buildings are required to be inspected?
All commercial properties in Hempfield Township will be inspected on
an annual or tri-annual basis. The frequency of the facilities
inspection will be determined by its occupancy classification found in
the 2009 International Building Code.
For more information, check out the full
Fire and Safety Inspections info sheet.
If I Received a
Parking illegally in a designated fire lane is a violation of
Township Ordinance 83-21A and carries a $15 fine if paid within five (5)
working days of issuance. Thereafter, the fine is $30.00 plus court
Fine 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."
Contact the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Parking illegally in a handicapped parking spot is a violation of
Township Ordinance 83-21D and will result in a fine of $25 if paid
within five days; and a $50 fine for payment after the allotted days,
plus court costs. Fine 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
Grass and Weeds Ordinance
Please Contact the
Office for the Following:
- Permit applications and inquiries
- Street addressing
- Plan submittals for subdivisions, site development and
storm water ponds
- Planning and development
- Residential and commercial burning regulations
- Public safety
- Door-to-door sales people
- Complaints involving high grass, solid waste, junk
- Parking violations
- Sewage enforcement
- Township codes
- Zoning information
- Unsafe structures
- Sign permits and regulations
- Concerns with violations of Township regulations
- Township maps
- Occupancy permits
- Handicapped parking sign requests
Township ordinance prohibits grass or weeds to exceed a height of 10
inches. In addition, the blowing of grass or depositing of grass onto
any roadway is against Township regulations.
Logging/Timbering Permit Requirements
As per Section 87-73 (Logging/Timbering) of the Hempfield Township
Code, any property that is two (2) acres or larger, and is going to be
timbered or logged, must make application for a permit.
Residential Burning Regulations
All outdoor burning or fires in areas of RESIDENTIAL dwellings shall
- Limited to twigs and yard waste during the hours of 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on SATURDAYS.
- Controlled in a safe manner and has an ATTENDED
WATER SUPPLY OR EQUAL AT ALL TIMES.
- Occurring at least 50 feet from any structure and 30 feet
from any property line.
- GARBAGE, NEWSPAPERS or PAPER PRODUCTS, RUBBER,
TIRES, PAINT, ANIMAL WASTE, PLASTICS, DIAPERS, TOXIC MATERIALS, or
any other SOLID WASTE is PROHIBITED from being burned AT ANY TIME.
(Check the Township’s garbage and recycling guidelines and programs
available through Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling for alternatives to
disposing of these types of materials.)
- Outdoor fireplaces, grills, fire pits, and stone rings used
exclusively for recreational purposes and/or for food preparation
are exempt from these regulations provided the activity is conducted
not closer than 15 feet to any property line.
- Burning of any type is prohibited on any paved portion of
a street, alley, or public grounds.
- 1st Offense: Warning issued; Fire to be extinguished
- 2nd Offense: Prosecution; Up to $1,000 fine
Junk Vehicles Prohibited
The Code of the Township of Hempfield strictly prohibits junk
vehicles. A junk vehicle consists of:
- Unregistered and/or uninspected motor vehicle(s) parked,
kept or stored on any property or on any public or private roadway.
- No vehicle shall at any time be parked, kept or stored in
a state of major disassembly, disrepair or in the process of being
stripped or dismantled; provided, however, that an exception is
granted to a vehicle which is undergoing a major overhaul, including
body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure
or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.
Violators of this code can be fined $600, plus all court costs and
attorney fees incurred by Hempfield Township.
Hempfield Township has been working in conjunction with the
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland to demolish
unoccupied structures throughout the Township.
Annually there is a limited amount of funding available. Should the
structures comply with all of the Authority and the Township's
requirements, they can be added to a list for possible demolition.
Hempfield Township will continue to work with residents and the
Redevelopment Authority to demolish two (2) to four (4) structures per
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