Hours: 8am – 4:30pm
Township Supervisor in charge of Code Enforcement
Township Supervisor in charge of Zoning
The goal is always to work with the resident(s) to come into compliance. However, with every effort given to the resident(s), at times, the violation becomes a legal matter. Mostly the resident was not aware of the ordinance, so it becomes an educational communication.
- Often a polite knock on your neighbors door to have a discussion can resolve many problems.
- Coordinate a local neighborhood clean up effort. Some residents would like to be compliant, but do not have either the physical ability or financial wherewithal to clean up their property. Assisting your neighbors in their time of need can lead to new friendships or just getting to know your neighbors.
Once the code enforcement officer receives a complaint, a through investigation is conducted to determine if a violation exists. The investigation may include site visits, interviews with the parties involved and physical evidence. If the code enforcement officer determines there is a violation, a courtesy notice is initiated. If it is determined not be a violation or is unable to validate the complaint, the case will be closed.
There are two (2) types of violations. Zoning Violations and Civil Violations. Zoning violations are issues related to building setbacks, the use of a structure, building height, construction projects without the required permits, etc. Civil violations are dogs at large or barking continuously, tall grass, junk vehicles, etc. The process is similar but with different timelines.
It is Code Enforcement’s policy to keep the reporting parties name confidential, however, Code Enforcement may be ordered to reveal your name in court proceeding and/or reporting party will be called to testify.
A list of summary ordinances are available for your review. If you would like to know if your concern is a violation, you can click on the ordinance summary.
To file a complaint by telephone call (814) 899-3171.
To file a complaint by email – use our contact form.
To file a compliant through the mail, send correspondence to Harborcreek Township, 5601 Buffalo Road, Harborcreek, PA 16421 Attn: Code Enforcement
To file a complaint in person, stop by the office between the hours of 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.
Please note, when you submit a complaint it will not be resolved the same day. The code enforcement officer needs to investigate the complaint, which may take some time. Please refer to the Complaint Process, this will explain the process and a timeline. Please be patient. The code enforcement staff recognize that the concern(s) you filed may cause you stress, consternation, annoyance, or just be a general eyesore, but the staff must follow the procedure that is in place.
After filing your complaint, if would like a update on the status, contact the code enforcement office. The staff will provide you with that information. The office will not contact you to keep you informed.
Hours: 8am – 4:30pm
Superintendent of Code Enforcement
Superintendent of Zoning