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(a) Certificate of Compliance. It shall be unlawful for any owner of real property in the City of Sharon, Mercer County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, whose property is connected to the City's public sanitary sewer system, to sell, convey, assign or transfer any real property, or for any person to facilitate the sale, conveyance, assignment or transfer of any real property, by deed, agreement of sale, or otherwise, or for any person not already an owner thereof, to acquire an interest in any such real estate, without first securing a Certificate of Compliance issued by the City's sewer enforcement officer, or his or her designee, with respect to the real property being transferred, certifying compliance with all rules and regulations of the City relative to the tapping into, discharging into, or connection with, the City's public sanitary sewer system.
(b) Application for Certificate. An application for a certificate of compliance shall be made to the City's sewage enforcement officer, or his or her designee, on forms furnished by the City and shall be accompanied by a fee in such amount as the City Council shall set, from time to time, by resolution or by ordinance. The fee for the application and inspection required for a Certificate of Compliance, upon the effective date of this section, shall be one hundred dollars ($ 100.00). The fee for each re-inspection that may be required of the sewage enforcement officer shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00) per each re-inspection.
(c) Issuance of Certificate of Compliance. Upon receipt of a properly completed application for a Certificate of Compliance, the City's sewage enforcement officer, or his or her designee, shall, within ten (10) calendar days, physically inspect the real property proposed to be transferred, and shall determine its compliance with the City's rules and regulations relative to its connection to the public sanitary sewer system: If the officer, as aforementioned, determines compliance, he or she shall immediately issue a Certificate of Compliance authorizing the transfer of the real estate. If the officer determines there is non-compliance, he or she shall separately set forth each violation and the required remedial action in order for a Certificate of Compliance to be issued and shall promptly forward a copy of his or her findings to all parties in interest. Upon notification of the remedial action having been completed, the officer shall, within two (2) working days, re-inspect the real estate to be transferred and, if in compliance, shall immediately issue a Certificate of Compliance. If upon re-inspection the officer determines that all necessary remedial action has not occurred, he or she shall identify that remedial action still required and shall promptly forward a copy of his or her findings to all parties in interest. No Certificate of Compliance shall be issued until all remedial action shall have been completed in a manner satisfactory to the sewer enforcement officer.
(d) Appeal. Any person or persons aggrieved by a decision of the sewage enforcement officer may, within thirty (30) days, of being so aggrieved, file a written appeal from said decision to the Board of Code Appeals of the City of Sharon. Said appeal shall be in writing and shall set forth, in reasonable detail, the proportionate decision by the sewage enforcement officer to which exception is taken; the reason for the exception being taken; and the proposed remedy. Upon receipt of an appeal the Code Board of Appeals shall schedule a hearing within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt and shall conduct a hearing in the manner otherwise prescribed by ordinances for hearings by said body.
(e) Validity. All Certificates of Compliance shall be valid for a period of three (3) years following their date of issuance and shall be deemed assigned to all purchasers of the real estate for which they were originally issued during that period of time.
(Ord. 17-03. Passed 11-24-03; Ord. 13-07. Passed 8-16-07.)