Code Enforcement/Property Maintenance

The Borough has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), which provides our Code Enforcement Officer with a powerful tool to combat blighted and neglected properties. The character of our community is very important to the leaders of Baldwin Borough and to the extent possible, Borough Officials will use the IPMC and various other Baldwin Ordinances to protect our neighborhoods. The following are excerpts from the IPMC and other similar ordinances which our Code Enforcement Officer works diligently to uphold;

High Grass and Weeds (Section 302.4). All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 6 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.

Accumulation of Rubbish and Garbage (Section 307.1). All exterior property and premises, and interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

Disposal of Rubbish (Section 307.2). Every occupant of a structure shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such rubbish in approved containers.

Accessory Structures (Section 302.7). All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

Motor Vehicles (Section 302.8). Except as provided 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.
Swimming Pools (Section 303.1/303.2). Swimming pools shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and in good repair. Private swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, containing water more than 24 inches in depth shall be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48 inches in height above the finished ground level measured on the side of the barrier away from the pool. Gates and doors in such barriers shall be self-closing and self-latching. Ordinance 557 also requires a permit to construct, install, alter or repair a private swimming pool, which shall comply with the health and sanitary regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and County of Allegheny.

Fences (Ordinance 557). No fences shall exceed a height of 6 feet. No barbed wire, metal spikes or other dangerous fence shall be erected or maintained unless such dangerous fence is erected and maintained in either a commercial or industrial district with such dangerous portion of the fence at least 8 feet above the ground and the fence is approved by the Zoning Hearing Board according to the required enclosing of outside storage areas in commercial and industrial districts.

Front Yard Fences (Ordinance 713). Only decorative fences will be permitted in front yards. Decorative fences permitted in front yards will consist only of the following types of materials; plastic coated, picket fence without point, split rail. No front fence may be higher than 3 ½ feet in height. The fence must be self-latching and consist of a self-latching gate. It cannot be placed in the right-of-way of the Borough, county or state road.

You can report code violations online. You have the option to be anonymous and complainants can request a response from the Borough.