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PREFACE
Chapter C HOME RULE CHARTER
Chapter 1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
Chapter 5 ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
Chapter 14 AUTHORITIES
Chapter 23 BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS
Chapter 36 FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES
Chapter 51 INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
Chapter 62 PENSIONS
Chapter 70 PERSONNEL
Chapter 77 POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chapter 91 SALARIES AND COMPENSATION
Chapter 120 ALARM SYSTEMS
Chapter 127 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Chapter 141 ANIMALS
Chapter 166 CABLE TELEVISION
Chapter 173 COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY CODE
Chapter 180 CONSTRUCTION CODES
Chapter 185 CONVERSION THERAPY
Chapter 188 CURFEW
Chapter 201 ELECTRIC SERVICE
Chapter 212 FEES
Chapter 219 FIREARMS
Chapter 225 FIREWORKS
Chapter 231 FIRE INSURANCE PROCEEDS
Chapter 237 FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION
Chapter 251 FOOD CODE
Chapter 272 GRAFFITI
Chapter 288 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Chapter 295 HISTORICAL AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Chapter 302 HOUSE NUMBERING
Chapter 308 HOUSING
Chapter 325 LAW ENFORCEMENT
Chapter 328 LEAD-BASED PAINT
Chapter 332 LIBRARY
Chapter 339 LICENSES AND PERMITS
Chapter 346 LITTER AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL
Chapter 353 LOITERING AND PANHANDLING
Chapter 364 MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Chapter 378 MUNICIPAL CLAIMS AND LIENS
Chapter 387 NOISE
Chapter 396 PARKS AND RECREATION
Chapter 403 PAWNBROKERS
Chapter 410 PEDDLING AND SOLICITING
Chapter 424 POLES
Chapter 431 PROPERTY SALES
Chapter 433 PUBLIC ART
Chapter 438 RAIN BARRELS
Chapter 442 RECORDS, PUBLIC ACCESS
Chapter 453 SALES
Chapter 460 SCRAP METAL DEALERS
Chapter 467 SEWERS AND SEWAGE DISPOSAL
Chapter 473 SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES
Chapter 479 SIDEWALK CAFES
Chapter 485 SIGNS
Chapter 496 SOLID WASTE
Chapter 502 STORAGE FACILITIES
Chapter 505 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Chapter 508 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter 515 SUBDIVISION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 521 SUSTAINABILITY
Chapter 536 TAMPERING WITH PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter 540 TATTOO AND PIERCING ESTABLISHMENTS
Chapter 543 TAX ABATEMENTS
Chapter 546 TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM
Chapter 549 TAXATION
Chapter 555 TREES
Chapter 564 VEHICLE NUISANCES, STORAGE OF
Chapter 570 VEHICLE REPAIR SHOPS
Chapter 576 VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
Chapter 583 VENDING MACHINES
Chapter 600 ZONING
Chapter A610 ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY
Chapter A611 BOND ISSUES AND LOANS
Chapter A612 FRANCHISE AND SERVICES
Chapter A613 GOVERNMENTAL AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Chapter A614 PLAN APPROVAL
Chapter A615 PUBLIC PROPERTY
Chapter A616 SEWERS
Chapter A617 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
Chapter A618 WATER
Chapter A619 ZONING; PRIOR ORDINANCES
Chapter DT DERIVATION TABLE
Chapter DL DISPOSITION LIST
Chapter 600
ZONING
Part 1
Short Title, Purposes and Interpretations
§ 600-101.   Short title.
§ 600-102.   Intent.
§ 600-103.   Purposes.
§ 600-104.   Interpretation.
§ 600-105.   Applicability to City, buildings for public purposes.
§ 600-106.   Validity and severability.
§ 600-107.   Curative amendments.
§ 600-108.   Repealer.
§ 600-109.   Applicability to utilities.
Part 2
Enforcement and Administration
§ 600-201.   Zoning Administrator.
§ 600-202.   Finances and fees.
§ 600-203.   General administrative procedures.
§ 600-204.   Enforcement notice.
§ 600-205.   Causes of action.
§ 600-206.   Violations and penalties.
Part 3
Permits and Certificates
§ 600-301.   Zoning permit.
§ 600-302.   Certificates of occupancy.
§ 600-303.   Temporary certificate of occupancy.
§ 600-304.   Denial and revocation of permits and certificates.
§ 600-305.   Continuance of existing permits.
§ 600-306.   Records.
§ 600-307.   Certificate of nonconforming use or structure.
§ 600-308.   Report.
Part 4
Zoning Hearing Board
§ 600-401.   Continuation.
§ 600-402.   Membership and filling of vacancies.
§ 600-403.   Alternate members.
§ 600-404.   Removal of members.
§ 600-405.   Organization.
§ 600-406.   Zoning Hearing Board functions.
§ 600-407.   Expenditures for services.
§ 600-408.   Applications.
§ 600-409.   Time limitations, persons aggrieved.
§ 600-410.   Hearing procedures.
§ 600-411.   Stay of proceedings.
§ 600-412.   Decision; findings.
§ 600-413.   Notice of decision.
§ 600-414.   Effect of Board's decision.
§ 600-415.   Mediation option.
§ 600-416.   Appeals.
Part 5
Zoning Map and Boundaries
§ 600-501.   Zoning Map and boundaries.
§ 600-502.   Overlays.
Part 6
Types of Uses
§ 600-601.   Classifications of uses.
§ 600-602.   Permitted-by-right uses.
§ 600-603.   Accessory uses.
§ 600-604.   Temporary uses.
§ 600-605.   Special exception uses.
§ 600-606.   Conditional uses.
§ 600-607.   Nonconforming uses, buildings, structures and lots.
§ 600-608.   Prohibited uses, general.
§ 600-609.   Similar uses.
Part 7
Zoning Districts
§ 600-701.   Districts.
§ 600-702.   Intent of districts.
Part 8
Districts
§ 600-801.   R-1A Residential District.
§ 600-802.   R-1 Residential District.
§ 600-803.   R-2 Residential District.
§ 600-804.   R-3 Residential District.
§ 600-805.   (Reserved)
§ 600-806.   R-PO Residential/ Professional Office District.
§ 600-807.   C-C Commercial Core District.
§ 600-808.   C-R Commercial Residential District.
§ 600-809.   C-N Commercial Neighborhood District.
§ 600-810.   C-H Commercial Highway District.
§ 600-811.   M-C Manufacturing Commercial District.
§ 600-812.   H-M Heavy Manufacturing District.
§ 600-813.   P Preservation District.
§ 600-814.   P-S Penn Square Corridor Overlay Zone.
§ 600-815.   RR Riverfront Redevelopment Overlay Zone.
§ 600-816.   MU Municipal District.
§ 600-817.   INS Institutional Overlay Zone.
§ 600-818.   Riparian Buffer Overlay District.
§ 600-819.   Steep Slope Overlay District.
Part 9
General Provisions
§ 600-901.   Application to all zoning districts.
§ 600-902.   Limit of one principal use per lot; limit on dwellings per lot; limit on dwelling occupancy; alley frontage.
§ 600-903.   Multiple occupancy.
§ 600-904.   Side yard setback in R-3 and C-R Districts.
§ 600-905.   Proposed right-of-way.
§ 600-906.   Emergency access.
§ 600-907.   Frontage along a street.
§ 600-908.   Front yards.
§ 600-909.   Front yard exception.
§ 600-910.   Projections.
§ 600-911.   Height exceptions.
§ 600-912.   Lighting control.
§ 600-913.   Shade tree requirement.
§ 600-914.   Urban renewal projects.
§ 600-915.   Odors and dust.
§ 600-916.   Garbage dumpster screening and location.
§ 600-917.   Noise control.
§ 600-918.   Green incentives.
Part 10
Accessory Uses
§ 600-1001.   General requirements.
§ 600-1002.   Private garages.
§ 600-1003.   Storage sheds, greenhouses and animal shelters.
§ 600-1004.   Drive-through service lanes and canopies.
§ 600-1005.   Entertainment (as an accessory use).
§ 600-1006.   Home occupations.
§ 600-1007.   Portable home storage units.
§ 600-1008.   Off-premises parking areas in the R-3 and C-C Districts.
§ 600-1009.   Vending machines and used clothing receptacles.
§ 600-1010.   Amusement devices.
§ 600-1011.   Yard and garage sales.
§ 600-1012.   Alternative energy systems.
§ 600-1013.   Swimming pools.
Part 11
Additional Requirements for Specific Uses or Zoning Districts
§ 600-1101.   Mid-rise or low-rise apartments.
§ 600-1102.   High-rise apartments.
§ 600-1103.   Barber and beauty shops; massage therapy; and nail salons.
§ 600-1104.   Manufactured home parks.
§ 600-1105.   Auto service stations, auto repair and car washes.
§ 600-1106.   (Reserved)
§ 600-1107.   Additional requirements and performance standards for permitted uses in MU Zoning District.
Part 12
Provisions For Special Exception and Conditional Uses
§ 600-1201.   Criteria and limitations.
§ 600-1202.   Conditions for special exception uses.
§ 600-1203.   Conditions for conditional uses.
§ 600-1204.   Conditional use applications and procedures.
Part 13
Fences and Walls; Sight Triangles
§ 600-1301.   Fence and wall permits.
§ 600-1302.   Fence and wall heights.
§ 600-1303.   Required sight triangle.
§ 600-1304.   Prohibited fences, walls, materials or similar structures.
§ 600-1305.   Temporary fences, walls or similar structures.
§ 600-1306.   Exceptions.
Part 14
Buffer Strips and Screening
§ 600-1401.   Buffer strips.
§ 600-1402.   Screening.
Part 15
Private Roads, Driveways and Parking Areas; Sidewalks
§ 600-1501.   Private roads and driveways.
§ 600-1502.   Private parking areas.
§ 600-1503.   Private driveways.
§ 600-1504.   Access driveways.
§ 600-1505.   Sidewalks.
Part 16
Off-Street Parking and Loading
§ 600-1601.   New and existing uses.
§ 600-1602.   Design and construction.
§ 600-1603.   Off-street parking standards.
§ 600-1604.   Off-street loading spaces.
§ 600-1605.   Miscellaneous.
Part 17
Signs
§ 600-1701.   Sign purposes and scope.
§ 600-1702.   Sign policies.
§ 600-1703.   Signs allowed in Residential Districts (R-1A, R-1, R-2, and R-3) and the INS Institutional Overlay Zone.
§ 600-1704.   Signs allowed in Residential-Professional Office District (R-PO).
§ 600-1705.   Signs allowed in Commercial Core and Commercial Residential Districts (C-C, C-R).
§ 600-1706.   Signs allowed in Commercial Neighborhood District (C-N).
§ 600-1707.   Signs allowed in Commercial Highway Districts (C-H).
§ 600-1708.   Signs allowed in Heavy Manufacturing and Manufacturing/ Commercial Districts (H-M and M-C).
§ 600-1709.   Signs allowed in Preservation District.
§ 600-1710.   Special exception signs.
§ 600-1711.   Temporary signs on private property.
§ 600-1712.   Additional allowed signs.
§ 600-1713.   Landscape designs and landscaping requirements.
§ 600-1714.   Illumination and electronically changing message signs.
§ 600-1715.   Projection of signs.
§ 600-1716.   Prohibited signs.
§ 600-1717.   Billboards and other off- premises signs.
§ 600-1718.   Sign permit and fee exceptions.
§ 600-1719.   Sign inspections.
§ 600-1720.   Sign maintenance.
§ 600-1721.   Unsafe sign removal.
§ 600-1722.   Abandoned sign removal.
§ 600-1723.   Illegal sign removal.
§ 600-1724.   Cost of sign removal.
§ 600-1725.   Sign appeals to Zoning Hearing Board.
§ 600-1726.   Signs within RR Overlay Zone.
Part 18
Floodplain Overlay Zone
§ 600-1801.   Statutory authorization.
§ 600-1802.   Purpose.
§ 600-1803.   Applicability.
§ 600-1804.   Abrogation and greater restrictions.
§ 600-1805.   Severability.
§ 600-1806.   Warning and disclaimer of liability.
§ 600-1807.   Designation of Floodplain Administrator.
§ 600-1808.   Floodplain zoning permits required.
§ 600-1809.   Duties and responsibilities of Floodplain Administrator.
§ 600-1810.   Floodplain permit application procedures and requirements.
§ 600-1811.   Review of permit application by others.
§ 600-1812.   Changes to permit.
§ 600-1813.   Placards.
§ 600-1814.   Start of construction.
§ 600-1815.   Enforcement.
§ 600-1816.   Appeals.
§ 600-1817.   Floodplain Overlay Zone identification.
§ 600-1818.   Description and requirements of the floodplain overlay subdistricts.
§ 600-1819.   Changes in identification of Floodplain Overlay Zone.
§ 600-1820.   District boundary disputes.
§ 600-1821.   Jurisdictional boundary changes.
§ 600-1822.   General technical provisions.
§ 600-1823.   Elevation and floodproofing requirements.
§ 600-1824.   Design and construction standards.
§ 600-1825.   Development which may endanger human life.
§ 600-1826.   Special requirements for subdivisions.
§ 600-1827.   Special requirements for manufactured homes.
§ 600-1828.   Special requirements for recreational vehicles.
§ 600-1829.   Prohibited uses.
§ 600-1830.   Special exception uses and special exception application requirements.
§ 600-1831.   Special exception application review procedures.
§ 600-1832.   Special exception technical requirements.
§ 600-1833.   Existing structures in identified floodplain areas.
§ 600-1834.   Improvements to existing structures.
§ 600-1835.   Granting of variances.
§ 600-1836.   Variance procedures and conditions.
§ 600-1837.   Word usage.
§ 600-1838.   Specific definitions.
§ 600-1839.   Adoption.
Part 19
Heliports
§ 600-1901.   Where permitted.
§ 600-1902.   General requirements.
§ 600-1903.   Permits.
§ 600-1904.   Revocation of permits.
Part 20
Airport Overlay Zones
§ 600-2001.   Purposes.
§ 600-2002.   Applicability.
§ 600-2003.   Airport zones.
§ 600-2004.   Airport Approach Zone identification.
§ 600-2005.   Airport height limitations.
§ 600-2006.   Airport exceptions.
§ 600-2007.   Airport use restrictions.
§ 600-2008.   Airport nonconforming uses.
§ 600-2009.   Special Airport Zone permits.
§ 600-2010.   Existing uses in Airport Zones.
§ 600-2011.   Airport variances.
Part 21
Wireless Communications Facilities
§ 600-2101.   Purpose and scope.
§ 600-2102.   General requirements for all tower-based wireless communications facilities.
§ 600-2103.   Tower-based facilities outside the rights-of-way.
§ 600-2104.   Tower-based facilities in the rights-of-way.
§ 600-2105.   General requirements for all non-tower based wireless communications facilities.
§ 600-2106.   Non-tower based wireless facilities outside the rights-of-way.
§ 600-2107.   Non-tower based wireless facilities in the rights-of-way.
§ 600-2108.   Violations applicable to all wireless facilities.
Part 22
Definitions
§ 600-2201.   Word usage.
§ 600-2202.   Definitions.
§ 600-2203.   Airport Zone definitions.
§ 600-2204.   (Reserved)
§ 600-2205.   Sign definitions.
§ 600-2206.   Telecommunications definitions.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Reading 7-26-2010 by Ord. No. 47-2010 (Ch. 27 of the 2001 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction codes — See Ch. 180.
Health and safety — See Ch. 288.
Historic districts — See Ch. 295.
House numbering — See Ch. 302.
Housing — See Ch. 308.
Signs — See Ch. 485.
Storage facilities — See Ch. 502.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 505.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 508.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 515.