BUILDING PERMITS & CODE ENFORCEMENT
Avalon Borough currently employs Building Inspection Underwriters of Pennsylvania, Inc. (also known as BIU) for all building issues (new, rehabilitation, roofing, decks, demo, etc.), zoning issues (fences, retaining walls) and all code enforcement issues (property maintenance). BIU offices are located on the first floor of the Avalon Public Library at 317 S. Home Avenue, Avalon, PA 15202, (412) 766-2565. Building inspectors currently assigned to meet our needs are Ron Mulcahy.
Building permit regulations are based on International Building Code 2000 & 2006, the Avalon, Bellevue, Ben-Avon Joint Zoning Ordinance currently in effect (April 2009), as well as any other ordinances pertaining to property maintenance that are currently on the books. Keep in mind that some projects require building plans and/or surveys to be included with your applications. Applications are 3 part forms and are only available in the Avalon Borough Administration Office. Not sure if you need a permit? Please call Avalon Borough or BIU before starting your project.
Occasionally, your project may require an electrical inspection. Avalon Borough’s electrical inspector may be reached by calling Building Inspection Underwriters (BIU) at 412-766-2565. BIU's office is located at 317 S. Home Avenue in Avalon, located in the first floor of the Avalon Public Library.
Avalon Borough Ordinance #1273 is a Landlord Tenant Registration ordinance that requires owners and property management companies of all rental properties provide a list of the tenants renting at their property locations.
Ordinance #1356 establishes the fees for the registration of each apartment at that rental location.
Those fees are based on the number of units in your building:
1-3 units per property Fee: $25/unit
4-10 units per property Fee: $20/unit
10+ units per property Fee: $10/unit
FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
Landlords are also required to obtain a Fire Safety Rental Operating License as defined by Ordinance #1272. Fire Safety Inspections must be completed every 4 years for each unit in a building. Unfortunately, if the tenant changes within those 4 years, the apartment must be reinspected within 30 days of the new signed lease. This requirement is defined in Ordinance #1357. Fire Safety Inspections are $75/unit as defined in Resolution #1104.
If you have not already been contacted, please make arrangements with the Avalon Borough Administration Office to have your rental property undergo a Fire Safety Inspection and obtain your Rental Operating License. You may call the Administration Office at 412-761-5820 for additional information or return to the Home page of our website for the forms.
PROPERTY SALES & REFINANCING
Avalon Borough Ordinance #1305 also requires that an Occupancy Inspection, a Dye Test, a Tax Certification and a Lien Letter be completed prior to closing when selling your property. If you are selling your property and are unsure how to proceed, please call the Avalon Borough Administration Office or click on the Property Sales & Refinance Procedures link below for step by step instructions.