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City of Easton

Code Enforcement - Programs

Residential Rental Properties Licensing and Inspection


The purpose of this program is to protect and promote public health, safety and welfare by establishing accountability relative the proper maintenance of residential rental housing units through a systematic inspection process. The Ordinance requires that all residential rental units be maintained in compliance with Chapter 435 of the City of Easton Code. Inspection criteria relative to each residential rental unit, as well as all of the common areas and outside premises of the property, have been established in accordance with the requirements of the Code. The Ordinance requires that each residential rental unit be subjected to an inspection at least once every four (4) years. You may download a copy of Rental Inspection Guidelines HERE.

For further information, please contact the Office of Residential Rental Properties Licensing and Inspection at 610-250-6724.

Vacant Property Registration


To register a forclosed property (or to file a citizen complaint regarding a property issue), please visit www.community.prochamps.com/pa/northampton/easton-city

Plumbers


The City of Easton issues journeyman and master plumber licenses to qualified applicants. The license examination is offered on the second Monday of January and July. In accordance with City Ordinance Chapter 422, applicants desiring the master plumber license shall have been employed as a licensed journeyman plumber under the supervision of a licensed master plumber or registered professional engineer for two years prior to the examination. An apprentice desiring the journeyman plumber license shall provide satisfactory evidence that he or she has had three years practical work at the plumbing trade prior to the examination.

For more information please see the Application for Plumbing Examination or call the Code Office at 610-250-6724.


Buyer Notification Inspection


All sellers of property in the City of Easton shall be required to advise the purchasers of the legal use and condition of such property and to deliver to the purchaser prior to the execution of the agreement of sale for such property a Buyer Notification Inspection Report and Certificate.

To order a Buyer Notification Inspection:

Contact Bureau of Codes and Inspections at (610) 250-6724 prior to agreement of sale to schedule code inspection.

    The following information is needed:
  • Property address
  • Owner name, address, phone
  • Agent name, address, phone
  • Use of property, i.e., single family detached, two family, mixed use, etc

Make arrangements for someone to meet the code officer(s) at the premises.
They can not use lock boxes.

The inspection fee and Certificate of Occupancy fee (cash or check made payable to City of Easton) must be submitted to the Code Office prior to the inspection date.

The fee schedule is as follows:

Single family residential unit: $150.00
Two-family residential: $300.00
Multi-family: $300.00 for first two units, plus $50.00 each additional unit
Commercial space less than 5000 sf: $125.00
Commercial space more than 5000 sf: $250.00
Mixed Use: commercial fee plus $100.00 per residential unit
Certificate of Occupancy: $75.00

Upon completion of inspection a report will be prepared and forwarded to the property owner and/or agent.

    Included in packet:
  • Buyer Notification Inspection Report
  • Fire Department Report (if applicable)
  • Application for Certificate of Use and Occupancy
  • Buyer Notification Inspection Receipt

BNI Report must be forwarded to the buyer and the BNI Receipt completed and returned to the Code Office.

When violations are abated owner/agent/buyer shall contact the Code Office to schedule a Certificate of Occupancy Inspection. The C-O application must be completed and returned to the Code Office prior to issuance of any C-O, temporary or permanent.

NOTE: Any change of use to a property (convert from two-family to single, mixed use to two-family) must receive zoning approval prior to inspection. A property will be inspected according to its use - any use other than single family requires a fire inspection as well.




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