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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 23
BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND COUNCILS
Part 1
Planning Commission
§ 23-101.   Creation of Commission.
Part 2
Penn Square Commission
§ 23-201.   Creation and name.
§ 23-202.   Purpose.
§ 23-203.   Powers and duties.
§ 23-204.   Membership.
§ 23-205.   Term of office.
§ 23-206.   Compensation.
§ 23-207.   Conduct of business.
§ 23-208.   Indemnification.
Part 3
Citizens’ Initiative Commission
§ 23-301.   Creation.
§ 23-302.   Purpose.
§ 23-303.   Citizen Initiatives Commission Appointments.
§ 23-304.   Officers.
§ 23-305.   Meetings.
Part 4
First Energy Stadium Commission
§ 23-401.   Creation and members.
§ 23-402.   Appointments and vacancies.
§ 23-403.   Removal of members.
§ 23-404.   Compensation.
§ 23-405.   Officers and procedural rules.
§ 23-406.   Powers and duties.
Part 5
Human Relations Commission; Discrimination
§ 23-501.   Legislative findings and declaration of policy.
§ 23-502.   Scope.
§ 23-503.   Definitions.
§ 23-504.   Human Relations Commission.
§ 23-505.   Powers and duties of Commission.
§ 23-506.   Unlawful employment practices.
§ 23-507.   Unlawful housing practices.
§ 23-508.   Unlawful lending practices.
§ 23-509.   Unlawful public accommodation practices.
§ 23-510.   Obstruction of fair practices.
§ 23-511.   City contracts.
§ 23-512.   Procedure.
§ 23-513.   Enforcement.
§ 23-514.   Violations and penalties.
Part 6
Charter Board
§ 23-601.   Title; purpose.
§ 23-602.   Organization of Charter Board.
§ 23-603.   Powers and duties of Charter Board.
§ 23-604.   Standards for interpretation of Reading City Charter and Administrative Code.
§ 23-605.   Enforcement.
§ 23-606.   Advisory opinions.
§ 23-607.   Educational duties of Charter Board.
Part 7
Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Board
§ 23-701.   Policy.
§ 23-702.   Definitions.
§ 23-703.   Purpose.
§ 23-704.   Membership and Officers.
§ 23-705.   Meetings.
§ 23-706.   Powers and duties of Board.
§ 23-707.   City contracts.
Part 8
Board of Health
§ 23-801.   Establishment; members.
§ 23-802.   Purpose.
§ 23-803.   Organization.
§ 23-804.   Powers and duties.
§ 23-805.   Meetings.
§ 23-806.   Advisors.
Part 9
Blighted Property Review Committee
§ 23-901.   Short title.
§ 23-902.   Purpose.
§ 23-903.   Creation, members, duties, term and expenditures.
§ 23-904.   Definitions.
§ 23-905.   Blighted property removal.
§ 23-906.   Restrictions.
§ 23-907.   Reuse of acquired property.
§ 23-908.   Conflict with other laws.
Part 10
Diversity Board
§ 23-1001.   Purpose.
§ 23-1002.   Responsibilities.
§ 23-1003.   Membership; removal.
§ 23-1004.   Organization of Board.
§ 23-1005.   Powers and duties.
§ 23-1006.   Meetings.
§ 23-1007.   Expenditures for services.
Part 11
Environmental Advisory Council
§ 23-1101.   Purpose.
§ 23-1102.   Membership.
§ 23-1103.   Meetings and voting.
§ 23-1104.   Officers and compensation.
§ 23-1105.   Duties.
§ 23-1106.   Bylaws.
§ 23-1107.   Hearings.
§ 23-1108.   Intermunicipal cooperation.
Part 12
Downtown Revitalization Public Private Partnership
§ 23-1201.   Authorization.
§ 23-1202.   Officers.
§ 23-1203.   Committees.
§ 23-1204.   Quorum.
§ 23-1205.   Purpose.
§ 23-1206.   Duties.
Part 13
Audit Committee
§ 23-1301.   Purpose.
§ 23-1302.   Membership.
§ 23-1303.   Functions.
§ 23-1304.   Authority.
Part 14
Code and License Appeals Board
§ 23-1401.   Organization.
§ 23-1402.   Powers.
Part 15
Youth Commission
§ 23-1501.   Purpose.
§ 23-1502.   Youth Commission Members.
§ 23-1503.   City Council Liaison.
§ 23-1504.   Meetings.
§ 23-1505.   Duties and functions.
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Reading as indicated in part histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Ethics — See Ch. 5, Part 10.
Officers and Employees Retirement Board — See Ch. 62, Part 2.
Firemen's Pension Fund Board of Managers — See Ch. 62, Part 3.
Animal Control Board — See Ch. 141, Part 2.
Board of Appeals — See Ch. 180.
Board of Historical Architectural Review — See Ch. 295.
Board of Trustees of the Reading Public Library — See Ch. 332.
Shade Tree Commission — See Ch. 555.
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Planning Commission — See 53 P.S. § 10201 et seq.
Sunshine Act/Open Meeting Law — See 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq.
Human Relations Act — See 43 P.S. § 951 et seq.
Rental housing discrimination — See 35 P.S. § 1680.402a et seq.
Service uniform discrimination — See 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 7323. Blighted properly removal — See 35 P.S. § 1712.1.
Board of Health — See 53 P.S. § 37301 et seq.
Municipalities Financial Recovery Act — See 53  P.S. § 11701.101 et seq.