Occupancy Inspections (Rental Units)

On January 28, 2019, Castle Shannon Borough Council enacted Ord. #917 Regulations and Requirements for Rental Property which requires all owners of rental property within the Borough must submit to the Borough a Rental Unit Occupancy Registration Residential  or Rental Unit Occupancy Registration Commercial annually. The annual statement must be filed by March 31 of each year beginning March 31, 2020. The Registration Statement must include a list of all tenants of the rental units at the time of submission of the form.

An Occupancy Inspection must be performed by the Codes Enforcement Officer.  The Borough representative must be able to gain entry to the property for the inspection.  An Application for Certificate of Change in Occupancy Commercial or Application for Certificate of Change in Occupancy Residential  must be completed and payment of $50 (residential) or $100 (commercial) for each and every tenancy. Call 412-885-9200, ext. 105 for an appointment.

These are some of the most common violations:

  • Electrical inspection sticker on the electric box within the last five years.
  • Smoke detectors with operating batteries–one is required on each floor & in each bedroom.
  • Windows must open and close.
  • Railing on stairs with more than four risers.
  • Switches and receptacles must have plates.
  • Wiring.
  • GFCI outlets within six feet of water.
  • All bathrooms & toilet areas must have an openable window or exhaust fan.
  • General condition of the entire structure and grounds surrounding the structure.
  • Habitable living conditions, etc.
  • Twenty-minute fire-rated door between residence and garage.
  • Under Act 121 you must install a Carbon Monoxide detector.
  • Violation of any other Borough Code.





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