Common Ordinances

Listed in this section of the North Fayette Township website are the ordinances most commonly used or referenced to by the police department. An ordinance is a law passed by a municipal government. A municipality, such as North Fayette Township, is a political subdivision of a state within which a municipal corporation has been established to provide local government to a population in a defined area.

Ordinances constitute the subject matter of municipal law. Many ordinances deal with maintaining public safety, health, morals, and general welfare.

Chapter 1

Chapter 1, Section 1-111 (A,) under Administration and Government, this section refers to Junk Vehicles. North Fayette Township refers to the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code Chapter 3, Section 302.8 for the definition of a junk vehicle. What this Section implies is any vehicle that is kept on your property must be currently registered and inspected under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If it is not properly registered and inspected, it must be kept in a garage or other approved storage facility or covered using an approved vehicle cover.

If this is not adhered to, you may be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000.

Chapter 2

Chapter 2, under Animals, this section refers to domesticated animals. What this section implies is that any domestically owned animal must be either confined within or firmly secured on your property (i.e. fence, electric fence, tether, etc). The animal, if taken off your property, must be on a leash. So in other words, your animal is not permitted to run at large.

This section also refers to "continuous barking." Which implies, that any dog cannot continuously bark or make loud noises for a period of at least 15 minutes. This can occur with the animal being outside the residence or inside the residence. There is an exception to this section, which states that if someone is trespassing or attempting to trespass and the dog is barking for that reason, then it is not a violation

Another part of this section refers to removal of animal feces. If your domesticated animal goes to the bathroom in a public place or on someone else's property, the owner of the animal must immediately remove/clean up what was deposited.

The final section of this chapter refers to it being unlawful for any animal owner to abandon or permit any domesticated animal to become stray.

If any of the above sections are violated, you may be subjected to a fine between $50 and $1,000.

Chapter 6

Chapter 6, under Conduct, this section refers to Curfew. This section states that any person under 18 years of age, that is not accompanied by a parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody of that person, cannot be in any vehicle and/or public place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on any day between Sunday and Thursday or 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are some exceptions.

Also included in this chapter is that a parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody cannot permit a violation to occur without legal justification.

If any of these sections are violated, a first time offender will receive a warning with a copy of the ordinance being given to the minor and parent, guardian or other person having legal care or custody. Subsequent violations will result in a citation that can include a fine of not more than $1,000.

One other important section in Chapter 6 is the section for Fireworks. This section states that it is unlawful to use fireworks that require a PA Local Government Permit and shall comply with the requirements of the Fireworks Law, 35 P.S. §1271 et seq., and the provisions of the International Fire Code, 2003 edition, as amended, supplemented or replaced, implemented by the Uniform Construction Code [Chapter 5, Part 1]. These include, but are not limited to, bottle rockets, sky rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, missiles, parachutes, sky flyers, display shells or aerial items. Legal fireworks include, sparklers, smoke and punk, fountains, novelties, crackling and strobing, and wheels and spinners.

A violation of this section will result in the illegal fireworks being seized and a fine of not more than $1,000.

Chapter 13

The next chapter to be discussed will be Chapter 13 Licenses, Permits and General Business Regulations, which covers soliciting. This section covers that any person wanting to go door to door and sell any retail product needs to obtain a permit from the Chief of Police. The permit must be in that person's possession and the item being sold must be listed on the permit. There may be a charge to obtain a permit to solicit door to door, but some organizations are exempt from the fee. A permit will still be issued to the person even though they are exempt from the fee.

Chapter 20

The last ordinance to be discussed with is Chapter 20 Solid Waste or Garbage. This chapter states that it is unlawful for anyone to collect garbage on their property. It is also unlawful to burn garbage.

This section also covers that it is illegal to go onto someone else's property and remove garbage that is out for pickup without the consent of the owner.

It also covers that it is illegal to throw, place, deposit garbage on someone's property. You also cannot permit someone to throw, place or deposit garbage on someone's property.

Now in this section, solid waste also refers to grass, leaves, etc.

A violation of this section can result in a fine of up to $1,000.