Property Maintenance

  • The City of Erie residents take pride in their homes and neighborhoods. To keep Erie looking great, the City has adopted ordinances regulating property maintenance in both residential and commercial areas. The City is currently enforcing the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code.
  • The Property Maintenance Team responds to complaints regarding the upkeep of properties and regularly patrols the City to identify violations. When property maintenance violations are identified, enforcement action is taken. This may include warnings and Notices to Appear in Magisterial Court.
Reporting a Code Violation
If you think a property in your neighborhood is not being maintained in compliance with City Codes, contact the Code Enforcement Office at (814) 870-1475.

Upon receiving the complaint, one of our Code Enforcement Officers will perform an inspection of the property. If violations are observed, the owner/resident will be notified of the violations and instructed to correct the violation(s).

Common Property Maintenance Violations

Most Common Property Maintenance Violations
If you think a property in your neighborhood is not being maintained in compliance with City Codes, contact the Code Enforcement Office at (814) 870-1313 or (814) 870-1473.

Maintenance of Structures

Paint & Protective Treatment – All exterior surfaces shall be maintained in good condition. Exterior wood surfaces, other than decay-resistant woods, shall be protected from the elements and decay by paint or other protective covering or treatment. Peeling, flaking and chipped paint shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.

Addresses/Premise Identification – Buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum or 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.

Foundations – All foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and free from open cracks and breaks and shall be kept in such condition so as to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests.

Exterior Openings – All exterior openings shall be fitted with window, door, or other appropriate covering and shall be maintained in good condition.

Windows – Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be easily openable and capable of being held in position by window hardware. Operable windows located in whole or in part within 6 feet above ground level or a walking surface below that provide access to a dwelling unit, rooming unit or housekeeping unit that is rented, leased or let shall be equipped with a window sash locking device.

Window Screens – During the period of May 1st through August 31st, every door, window and other outside opening required for ventilation of habitable rooms, food preparation areas, food service areas or any areas where products to be included or utilized in food for human consumption are processed, manufactured, packaged or stored, shall be supplied with approved tightly fitting screens of not less than 16 mesh per inch, and every swinging door shall have a self-closing device in good working condition.

Handrails and guards – Every handrail and guard shall be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.

Roof, Gutters and Downspouts – The roof and flashing shall be sound, tight and not have defects that admit rain. Roof drainage shall be adequate to prevent dampness or deterioration in the walls or interior portion of the structure. Roof drains, gutters and downspouts shall be maintained in good repair and free from obstructions. Roof water shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance.

Accessory Structures – All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in good repair.

Fences – Fences shall be properly maintained in good condition free of damage, breaks or missing structural members. A fence may be placed up to the property line, and not exceed 6’6” on a residential property, or 8’6” on any commercial property.

Sidewalks & Driveways – All sidewalks, walkways, stairs, driveways, parking spaces and similar areas shall be kept in a proper state of repair and maintained free from hazardous conditions.


Overcrowding – Dwelling units shall not be occupied by more occupants than permitted by the minimum area requirements found in the Property Maintenance Code.

Animals – No more than four (4) adult pets shall be allowed to reside on a premise.

Lawn Maintenance

Weeds – All premises and exterior property shall be maintained free from weeds or plant growth in excess of 10 inches. All noxious weeds shall be prohibited. Weeds shall be defined as all grasses, annual plants and vegetation, other than trees or shrubs provided; however, this term shall not include cultivated flowers and gardens.

Trees – Trees shall be trimmed to a minimum height of fourteen (14) feet above the street and nine (9) feet above the sidewalk.

Bushes – Bushes, hedges, trees, etc. shall be trimmed in such a manner as to not obstruct a public sidewalk or intersection.

Rubbish and Garbage

Accumulation of Rubbish or Garbage – All exterior property and premises, and the interior of every structure, shall be free from any accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

Disposal of Rubbish – Every occupant of a structure shall dispose of all rubbish in a clean and sanitary manner by placing such rubbish in approved containers. The owner of every dwelling shall supply one of the following: an approved mechanical food waste grinder in each dwelling unit; an approved incinerator unit in the structure available to the occupants in each dwelling unit; or an approved leak proof, covered, outside garbage container.

Vehicle Parking & Storage

Motor Vehicles – Not more than one inoperative or unlicensed motor vehicle shall be parked, kept or stored on any premises, and no vehicle shall at any time be in a state of major disassembly, disrepair, or in the process of being stripped or dismantled. Painting of vehicles is prohibited unless conducted inside an approved spray booth. No property owner shall permit a motor vehicle to be parked on their property other than on a driveway or parking lot.

Recreational Vehicles – Not more than one (1) house trailer, travel trailer, recreational vehicle, camper trailer, utility trailer, boat trailer, or boat may be stored on any residential lot, provided that it shall be stored at least three (3) feet from the property line and behind the principal structure.

Commercial Vehicles – Commercial vehicles may not be permanently parked in residential areas.
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