The Borough of Phoenixville requires the submission of a yearly rental license fee for each rental dwelling in the Borough. The license is valid from July 1 to June 30 of each calendar year.
Each unit is to be inspected annually by the Borough Rental Inspector and each property owner should receive a letter indicating the date and time of the required inspection. Property owners are required to notify their tenants prior to the inspector’s arrival ensuring the property is available for inspection.
Requirements for Annual License
The annual rental license is mailed to the property owner and payment is due on July 31 of every calendar year. The property owner is required to provide current tenant information and the habitation of the property must meet the requirements of the Borough’s maintenance codes. View the code for rental properties.
Transfer of Licenses & Changes in Occupancy
Rental licenses are not transferable; if a property is sold, a new license will be required and the cost of this license is not prorated.
Tenants have the the same responsibilities as any resident of the Borough. These responsibilities are summarized and sent to the landlord as a refresher each year on the reverse side of the Tenant and Landlord Information Form and can be seen on the Bilingual Tenant Responsibilities Form.
Scheduling an Inspection
Rental inspections can be scheduled by contacting Code Enforcement at 610-933-8801, ext. 314 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property Transfer Inspections
The sale of a property in the Borough of Phoenixville requires that the seller or representative obtain a resale inspection prior to the transfer of the property. Please see the requirements listed on the Property Transfer Permit Checklist.
Commercial Fire Code Inspections
One of the responsibilities of the Borough Administration is to provide our residents and visitors with the safest buildings possible. As part of this process, Borough Council amended Chapter 7 – Fire Prevention and Fire Protection of the Municipal Code on May 11, 2017 to include the adoption of Fire Prevention Regulations, and most recently updating to the 2015 International Fire Code on May 14, 2019.
The intent of the Fire Prevention Regulations are to identify potential fire and life safety risks that may exist within a commercial property. As these risks are identified, property owners or tenants will have the opportunity to correct or repair the risk, making the property safer for customers, employees, and any visitors.
To facilitate the review of the property, the Borough has contracted Barry Isett and Associates, Inc. (BIA) to conduct fire inspections in all areas of commercial properties and within the common areas of multi-residential apartment buildings.
Construction Code Inspections
Property owners, residents, and contractors should contact the Borough for concerns regarding property safety and to schedule inspections that are a requirement of permits issued by the Code Enforcement Department.
Construction permit inspections are conducted by Barry Isett and Associates. You can reach the Code Enforcement Department at 610-933-8801, ext. 312, to schedule an appointment or to report a concern.
The Borough of Phoenixville is an opt-in municipality adhering to the mandates set forth from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) which to date, has adopted a set of codes.