What Property Owners In Scottdale Should Know
Home Occupation Permit
This permit is necessary for all approved home occupations. Said document must be issued prior to opening of a home occupation.
Zoning and building permits are necessary for all new signs, changes to signs, and relocation of signs. No sign may be erected, changed or moved prior to the issuance of a sign permit.
Building and Zoning Permits
A building permit is not required for routine repairs or maintenance, for example, new roof (no pitch change), siding, and painting. A building permit is required for any improvement that involves new construction, a structural alteration, or an addition.
Permits are required for, but not limited to, the following: sheds, garages, porches (both new and replacement), pools and hot tubs, carports and building demolition. Borough zoning regulations place various restrictions on the use of property, and on the location of all improvements and additions to property. It is best to contact the Borough Manager to inquire if you need a permit prior to the start of any planned change to your property, and to discuss zoning regulations that may be pertinent to your plans.
Storm Water Drainage
All Borough Residents are asked to make sure their roof down-spouts are draining onto their property or into the storm sewer if available. There is an enforceable ordinance requiring residents to comply. Please separate the rain water from your sanitary sewer. Storm water should not be diverted onto any abutting property. When property is sold or transferred, the owner must contact the Borough Office to have a downspout inspection to verify that no storm water is being drained into the sanitary sewer system.
Every property owner in the Borough of Scottdale has the responsibility to remove all limbs and branches which restrict the vision of the motorist. They also must not obstruct the view of a street sign or street light possibly causing a hazardous situation. The property owner is required to maintain trees and bushes along sidewalks, curbs or alleys upon the property which abuts their own. All limbs must be at least eight feet above any sidewalk and fourteen feet above any roadway.
All residents are required to shovel or plow their sidewalks. Sidewalks must be cleaned within 12 hours after the end of a snow fall. While doing so, please do not shovel the snow into a street which has already been plowed. If a storm is anticipated, and if at all possible, please park your vehicle in an off street parking spot. This reduces the risk of accidents when the Borough street crew either plows the street or spreads anti-skid materials. The Borough crew gives top priority to the streets which carry the highest volume of traffic, and the school bus routes. Streets that have priority are Broadway, Pittsburgh, Homestead, North Chestnut, Bridge, Mulberry, Loucks, Market, Mount Pleasant Road and Sixth Street. All the streets in the Borough will be plowed but it will take the Borough crew some time to complete plowing of all the streets. Please remember: Do not drive unnecessarily in a storm, especially in a severe snow storm or freezing rain. Avoid calling the Borough Office, because the personnel are extremely busy dealing with the storm conditions.
All Borough residents are required to mow their lawns. By mowing your grass you lessen the chances of attracting nuisance animals. Also, there is an ordinance that requires all residents to keep their yards mowed. If the lawn is not maintained, the Code Enforcement Officer has the duty to write a citation to anyone who does not maintain their grass. When mowing the grass, please, do not dispose of the grass clippings in the storm water drains. Please rake them up and put them on a mulch pile somewhere near your home or dispose of them properly. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep Scottdale looking clean and trim. Residents are advised not to discharge grass clippings onto public streets or sidewalks.