In order to respond to concerns raised by West Chester residents and to protect property values, the West Chester Board of Trustees adopted in 1997 a nationally-recognized model Property Maintenance Code.
The Board recognized a need for a code to govern the conditions of land and existing buildings. The Property Maintenance Code of West Chester meets this need through specific property maintenance standards and improvement provisions. The Board enacted an updated Property Maintenance Code published by the International Code Council in 2002.
- The Property Maintenance Code establishes minimum requirements and standards for premises, structures, equipment, and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, and sanitary conditions.
- The code sets forth framework for the administration, enforcement, and penalties for property maintenance violations.
- Property owners and occupants undertake responsibility for maintaining property in conformance with these minimum standards.
- Planning and Zoning property advisors encourage property owners to consult with them on any questions regarding property maintenance. West Chester's property advisors can be reached by calling the Community Development Department at (513) 777-4214.
- Under authorization of the Property Maintenance Code provisions, West Chester property advisors investigate violations and issue notices where applicable. Enforcement action can include up to demolition of a structure. After a violation has been issued, any person affected by a decision of the property advisor may appeal to the West Chester Board of Zoning Appeals.
Every opportunity is taken to advise property owners/tenants to work toward compliance. In some cases, it becomes necessary for West Chester to take steps toward declaring a property a nuisance or pursuing court action.
Most Common Concerns
|Tall grass and/or weeds||Grass and weeds can be no higher than 10 inches.||If owner/tenant doesn't cut the grass/weeds, the property can be declared a nuisance and the Township's contractor will remove the nuisance. A lien is placed on the property to cover cost|
|Misc. junk on the property||Junk and/or discarded furniture cannot be stored outside of an enclosed structure for more than 10 days||If owner/tenant doesn't remove, the property is declared a nuisance and the Township's contractor will remove the nuisance. A lien is placed on the property to cover the cost|
|Junk motor vehicles||All vehicles must be licensed and operable. This includes no flat tires.||Violation notices are sent and if the vehicle is not brought into compliance charges are filed with Area III Court.|
|Commercial vehicles parked in residential areas or extended parking in commercial districts||No commercial vehicles may be parked in residential districts with the exception of deliveries to that property. No commercial vehicle can be parked for more than 4 hours on any property in a commercial district with the exception of one-user buildings greater than 125,000 square feet||Violation notices are sent and if the trucks are not removed, charges are filed with Area III Court|