Building Code Enforcement Office

Office of Business and Community Development
City of Butler
140 West North Street
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: (724) 285-4124
Fax: (724) 285-3564
Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM Monday through Friday
Closed all City holidays
E-Mail: OfficeBusCommDev@zoominternet.net

Code Enforcement Officer:
Derek Shick
(724) 285-4124 ext. 212
E-Mail: bcce1@zoominternet.net

Barb Foster
(724) 285-4124 ext. 211

City of Butler Code Enforcement Program

The City of Butler has adopted the 2012 International Code Council International Property Maintenance Code to assist in the city code enforcement program.

ICC International Property Maintenance Code: 101.3 Intent.

This code shall be construed to secure its expressed intent, which is to ensure public health, safety and welfare insofar as they are affected by the continued occupancy and maintenance of structures and premises. Existing structures and premises that do not comply with these provisions shall be altered or repaired to provide a minimum level of health and safety as required herein.

Code Enforcement does:

Receive written complaints (Code Enforcement Complaint Form) from residents concerning interior and exterior property conditions, sanitation complaints, vermin and insect infestations, plant life encroaching on sidewalks and right of ways, sight obstruction issues, and other general complaints. The written complaint forms may be downloaded, or we can mail a form to you. Complaint forms may be returned by USPS, email or in person.

Code Enforcement does not:

Respond to complaints about abandoned vehicles, high grass, mold, lead paint, animals, noisy neighbors, noisy animals, snow covered sidewalks, failure of Waste Collection to pick up your garbage, parking situations, potholes,

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Landlord-tenant disputes. If your rent is not paid and you are being evicted, the code enforcement officer may not be your advocate! And if the property is condemned you will be required to vacate immediately. The District Judge adjudicates landlord-tenant disputes not the Code Enforcement Officer.

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Referee neighbors disputes. This office is not to be used as a method of ‘Getting back” at your unfriendly neighbor. Valid property maintenance violations are always inspected.

How complaints are handled by this office: Written complaints are received, reviewed and if found to be valid and a function of this office, inspected. If not a function of this office, it is forwarded to the appropriate office in charge of the complaint.

Once inspected a letter is sent to the property owner specifying the code violation(s) and corrective action required to abate the violation(s). By law, we are required to allow a period of time to abate the violations, usually 30, 60 or 90 days, depending on the gravity of the violation, weather and other factors.

Some violations are safety concerns and are ordered abated within 48 hours.

Re-inspection: When the work has been completed an inspection is conducted to determine that the violations have been abated. If required by this office, a certificate of occupancy will be issued prior to the dwelling being reoccupied.

Failure by the responsible person(s) to abate the violations will result in citations being issued and a hearing scheduled before the District Judge. If found guilty, a fine of $500.00 plus court costs may be levied. Each day consists of a separate violation and citations may be issued daily resulting in possible fines of $500.00 per day per violation until the violations are abated.

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