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Quality of Life Ordinance
The City of Jeannette has experienced an increase in the failure of proper maintenance of properties and structures located within the city, which has caused a negative effect on the quality of life of the citizens, residents, and guests. In an effort to protect both the property values and the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens, residents and guests of the City of Jeannette, the City Council has implemented a Quality of Life ordinance providing for the issuance of tickets, citations and penalties to owners and/or occupiers of said properties for quality of life violations.
Details of the various Quality of Life violations can be found in Ordinance No. 17-04. Violations are enforced by a ticketing system, similar to parking enforcement. Violation tickets carry a $25.00 fine and may also include additional costs incurred by the City to abate the violation. Service of such tickets may be handed to a member of the household, by affixing a ticket to the property where the violation exists, or by mail. Tickets may be served upon the landlord or tenant of a property.
Quality of Life Violations may Include:
Accumulation of rubbish, garbage, junk or litter
Storing hazardous materials
Storing recyclables without city approved containers
Improper storage of trash/waste containers
Littering, dumping or scattering rubbish
Improper storage of junk vehicles
Improper advertising on public areas and roads
Animal control issues
Insect control issues
High grass and weeds
Improper snow and ice removal
Improper swimming pool maintenance
Vending license violations
Tenant registration violations
Various permit violations
Property Maintenance Info
To all Residents/Landlords/Tenants:
The City of Jeannette has several ordinances in place that govern the enforcement of property maintenance. Details regarding grass/weed control, garbage pick-up, unlicensed/inoperable motor vehicles, and snow removal are available on this page.
Landlords are encouraged to share this information with their tenants. Note that landlord are ultimately responsible for the property they own. Violation notices and citations will be issued to property owners.
In the event there is a code violation the following steps are taken:
1. The property owner will receive a Notice of Violation, via the regular U.S. Mail and certified mail. A reasonable amount of time will be given to abate the violation.
2. In the event the violation is not abated, a citation may be issued.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Property Maintenance Officer Rich Sanner at 724-527-4000 x43.
Garbage Pick-Up Information
There are several city ordinances governing the pick-up of garbage/rubbish in the City of Jeannette available here:
The City of Jeannette has a property maintenance ordinance in effect that enforces the control of excess grass/weed growth.
Specifically, Jeannette City Ordinance 12-02, Section 302.1 of the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code states:
“All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of ten (10) inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.”
Unlicensed/Inoperable Motor Vehicles
Ordinance No. 12-02: The International Property Maintenance Code, Section 302.8 provides for the following:
“Except as provided for in other regulations, no inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth.
Exception: A vehicle of any type is permitted to undergo major overhaul, including body work, provided that such work is performed inside a structure or similarly enclosed area designed and approved for such purposes.”
The violation process, as described on the cover letter of this information packet, shall apply.
Removal of Snow/Ice - Ordinance No. 72-13
Ordinance 72-13: The City of Jeannette requires the removal of snow and ice from sidewalks within twenty-four (24) hours after the weather event has ceased.
Section I states: “The owner, occupant or tenant of every property fronting upon any of the streets in the City of Jeannette is hereby required to remove or cause to be removed from all sidewalks in front of or alongside of such property all snow and ice thereon fallen, within twenty-four (24) hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or to form”.
Ordinance No. 72-13 provides for the imposition of a fine for failure to remove any snow or ice from sidewalks.
The city is requesting the cooperation of all city residents as a matter of public safety for you and your fellow neighbors. If we all work together, we can continue to improve the quality of life for everyone in the City of Jeannette.