Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code
In accordance with Section 803.3 of the Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code, 2017 Edition, at the beginning of each lease period and at least annually thereafter, the landlord shall provide all tenants with the information contained on this page.
It is the responsibility of the tenant to review the documents referenced and be familiar with the requirements for the rental property. All tenants on the lease will be asked to sign the acknowledgement and return it to the Landlord.
Here are links to the Centre Region Code website and the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services website which contain the source material for all of the relevant information below.
Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code, 2017 Edition
Division of Health and Neighborhood Services
Maximum occupancy for the residential property
404.5.2 Occupancy limit.
The code official shall establish in accordance with the building code that was legally adopted at the time of construction the occupancy limit for each dwelling unit, tenant space, and building.
404.5.2.1 Egress limitations. Any room, space or dwelling unit containing more than 49 persons gathering for purposes such as civic, social or religious functions, recreation, food or drink consumption is required to have at least two approved exits. When more than one exit is required, all exit doors must swing in the direction of egress. Any dwelling unit requiring two or more exits is required to comply with Section 702.1.1 regarding exit signs and emergency lighting.
404.5.2.3 Over occupancy. It shall be a violation of this code for any person to permit the number of persons in a dwelling unit, tenant space, or building to exceed the occupancy limit established by this code at any time.
Maximum number of persons who can reside in the rental property
In one- and two-family rental units, occupancy regulations limit the number of unrelated persons to 3 per unit (there are some exceptions but these must be specifically designated as such by the Zoning Officer). Questions regarding occupancy in one- and two-family rental units should be directed to the Zoning Officer at 814-234-7109.
Occupancy in all other rental units is based on the square footage of the unit. Questions regarding these units should be directed to the Code Administration Department at 814-234-3812.
If the property is a student home
Student Home License
State College Borough is in the process of implementing Ordinance 2029, which is the student license ordinance that was adopted by Council in November 2013. The ordinance requires that all current and future student homes as defined by the State College Borough Zoning Ordinance submit an application for a student home license. The Planning Department has notified all one- and two-family dwellings with a valid student home of this Borough requirement. The license will be distributed to to these student homes in September 2016.
Student Home Definition
A student home is defined as any living arrangement within a one-family dwelling, one-family dwelling with an apartment, or two-family dwelling by persons who are unrelated by blood, marriage or legal adoption and are attending undergraduate or graduate programs offered by colleges or universities or are on semester break or summer break from studies at colleges or universities, or any combination of such persons. The residents of a student home share living expenses and may live and cook as a single housekeeping unit. Student homes include living arrangements where the landowner(s) or landowner’s family members are residents of the dwelling unit. Student homes do not include fraternities, sororities, rooming houses, townhomes or multiple-family dwellings.
Links to Borough Codification of Ordinances on the Student Home License
Student Home License
Please direct any questions to John Wilson, the Borough Zoning Officer by email or by calling (814)-234-7109.
Regulations regarding dogs
All dogs are required to be licensed annually and be given a rabies vaccine every 3 years. Dogs off the owner’s property must be on a leash and are not permitted to run free. Owners of dogs are responsible for removing their dog’s feces on all public and private property as well as complying with the Borough’s barking ordinance. Fines can be issued for non-compliance. Dog licenses may be obtained from the Centre County Treasurer’s Office any time of the year and at the State College Municipal Building from January through October of each year. Dog bites must be reported to the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191 or the State College Police Department at 814-234-7150 as soon as possible so that the animal can be quarantined for observation
Regulations regarding property maintenance
Rental Housing and Property Maintenance
All rental housing in the Borough is required to have a rental permit and is regulated by the Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code. This code requires the property owner to maintain the structure in a safe and sanitary condition. Occupants are required to maintain those areas they occupy in a clean and sanitary condition. Failure to maintain the property may result in fines. Questions on this code should be directed to the Centre Region Code Administration at 814-234-3812.
Resolving Maintenance Problems
If you have a maintenance/safety/health problem in your rental unit that is not being resolved, call the rental housing “hotline” at 814-238-2633.
Regulations regarding refuse, parking, weeds and removal of snow and ice from sidewalks
Weeds and Grass
Weeds and grass are not to exceed 6 inches in height or produce pollen. The Ordinance includes all non-woody vegetation except garden vegetables and cultivated flowers. Property owners, as well as occupants are responsible for compliance with this ordinance. A warning is issued for the first violation; each subsequent violation carries a $50 fine. In addition, upon the issuance of the third violation, the Borough may make arrangements to have the grass/weeds cut and the property owner billed for the costs. Self reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property. Questions regarding weeds and grass should be directed to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191.
All snow and ice must be removed from the full length and width of the sidewalks and must be cleared at the intersections to allow for safe crossing of pedestrians and wheelchairs within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. If the sidewalks are not cleared, fines may be levied against the property owner and in addition, the Borough can make arrangements for the sidewalks to be cleared at the property owner’s expense. Self reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property. Questions regarding snow removal should be directed to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191.
Information on the handling of trash and recyclable materials
State law mandates that residents recycle selected materials. Failure to follow the required recycling procedures may result in fines. Questions regarding recycling should be directed to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191 or the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority at 814-238-7005.
Borough ordinance requires all household refuse to be stored in appropriate containers. The ordinance requires properties to be maintained free of accumulated refuse and provides for fines for those in violation. Party materials such as cans, cups, bottles, etc. should be cleaned up immediately after a party or other event. The person(s) who accumulate refuse will be held responsible for its cleanup. When the person(s) are not known, then the property owner will be held responsible. Self reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property. Questions regarding the ordinance should be directed to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191. Questions about refuse collection should be directed to the Public Works Department at 814-234-7135 or 814-234-7140.
Specific information regarding the State College Division of the Health and Neighborhood Services and theCentre Region Code Administration
Fire safety certification
Tenants sign a fire safety certification at the beginning of each lease period certifying the smoke, carbon monoxide and fire extinguishers are in working order. Thereafter, the tenant is responsible for equipment maintenance. Tenants may be fined for violation of the ordinance
Regulations regarding tampering with fire protection equipment
704.2.1 Smoke detector maintenance.
It shall be the responsibility of the property owner or person-in-charge to provide a functioning smoke detector at the beginning of each lease period. Tenants are responsible to maintain the smoke detector in a functional condition at all times after starting occupancy. Removal of the battery or power source from a smoke detector, making the detector inoperable, or tampering with the detector in any way, is a violation of this code and subjects that person to the violation penalties.
704.8 Tampering. Any person tampering or interfering with the effectiveness of a smoke detector, emergency lighting, exit signs, fire extinguisher, sprinkler system, suppression system, alarm system, or anyone obstructing a fire exit or propping open a fire door or compromising any other life safety aspects of the structure, shall be in violation of this code and subject to the provisions of Sections 106.3 and 106.3.1 and the person(s) are exempt from the notification requirements of Section 107.
106.3.1, Unsafe condition violation. In addition to the imposition of the penalties herein described, the code official is authorized to issue field fines for unsafe condition violations. Structures or existing equipment that are or hereafter become unsafe or deficient because of inadequate means of egress or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or the public welfare, or which involve illegal or over occupancy, or tampering with life-safety equipment, shall be deemed an unsafe condition. The code official shall establish, by written regulation, all unsafe conditions and associated fines not less than $150.00 nor more than $300.00 per occurrence. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served, in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, shall be deemed a separate offense. Any person, firm, or corporation violating one or more of these sections is exempt from the notification requirements set forth in Section 107. Failure to pay the fine, in full, to the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) within 10 days of issuance will result in legal action in accordance with Section 106.3. All Unsafe Condition Violations can be appealed to the Director of Code Administration within 7 calendar days of issuance.
Notification in writing of all scheduled Code inspections a minimum 7 calendar days prior to the scheduled inspection date
803.3 Tenant notification.
The person-in-charge shall be required to… provide notification in writing of all scheduled Code inspections a minimum 7 calendar days prior to the scheduled inspection date.
807.5.6. Notice of Additional Inspections. For any inspection authorized by this article or other codes and ordinances, other than an initial or renewal inspection, the Borough shall attempt to give the owner and the person-in-charge reasonable notification of the date and time of the inspection unless probable cause exists to believe the lack of notice is necessary for the appropriate conduct of an investigation.
Notice of regulations regarding roof occupancy and possible penalties
304.19 Roof occupancy. Any person that is on or occupying the roof of any building shall be in violation of this code. In addition to the noted enforcement agencies authorized in this code, this section can be enforced by the municipal health department, and municipal police department. Exception: Occupancy of the roof is permitted for authorized persons for the purposes of inspection or repairs to the roof or equipment on the roof.
Notice of regulations regarding unsanitary conditions in rental properties and regulations and possible penalties
106.3.6, Unsanitary condition violation. In addition to the imposition of the penalties herein described, the code official or health officer is authorized to issue field fines for unsanitary and unclean condition violations. Dwelling units or portions of dwelling units that are deemed unsanitary or unclean, or hereafter become unsanitary or unclean because of inadequate cleaning, or housekeeping, neglect, or otherwise unsanitary practices, shall be deemed an unsanitary or unclean condition. The health officer and code official shall establish, by written regulation, all unsanitary and unclean conditions and with a fine of $75.00 per occurrence. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served, in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, shall be deemed a separate offense. Any person, firm, or corporation violating one or more of these sections is exempt from the notification requirements set forth in Section 107. Failure to pay the fine, in full, to the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) within 10 days of issuance will result in legal action in accordance with Section 106.3. All Unsafe Condition Violations can be appealed to the Director of Code Administration within 7 calendar days of issuance