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
Contact the Planning & Code Enforcement Department at 724-834-7232
Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Please Contact the Code Enforcement 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 vehicles, etc.
- 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
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 three years.
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.
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;
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.”
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.
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.
All outdoor burning or fires in areas of RESIDENTIAL dwellings shall be:
- Limited to twigs and grass clippings 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
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 year.