What is Regulated?
- Dogs over three months of age are required to be licensed by January 1 of each year (Pennsylvania State Dog Law).
- Applications for a license are available in the Finance Department until October of each year.
- Fees apply:
- License fees are $6.95 for spayed or neutered dogs and $8.95 for all other dogs.
- Senior citizens are charged $4.95 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.95 for all other dogs.
- Lifetime licenses are available from the Centre County Treasurer’s office in Bellefonte. If you have any questions about the license application, please call (814) 355-6810.
- All dogs are required to have current rabies vaccinations.
- In the instance of a biting incident, proof of these vaccinations may be required by an Ordinance Enforcement Officer.
- Dogs that bark continuously are considered to be a nuisance and may be reported to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191. To be a nuisance, the dog must bark continuously for at least 10 minutes in an hour.
- All dogs are required to be on a leash when off the owner’s or keeper’s property.
- Dogs off the owner’s/keeper’s property and not on a leash are considered to be at large and the owner/keeper is subject to a fine as provided by law.
- Dog owners/keepers are required to clean up after their dog and any accumulation of excrement is considered a public health hazard and must be removed and properly disposed of.
If your dog gets loose or is lost in the Borough of State College or in College Township, you may ask the Ordinance Enforcement Officer to watch for and return it. Contact an officer at (814) 234-7191 or, after hours, call the Police at (814) 234-7150. To report a found dog, use these same telephone numbers.
What is Graffiti?
Graffiti means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting, symbol, insignia or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed to any surface of public or private property by any graffiti implement, to the extent that the graffiti was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant of the property.
In general, if you observe existing graffiti contact the Neighborhood and Community Services Department to report it as soon as possible via phone at 814-234-7191 or by email to ensure prompt removal. Additionally, you may report graffiti using the Borough's Citizen Request Tracker online, on your iPhone or through our Facebook app. With Citizen Request Tracker service you can submit the location and a picture of the graffiti. The Neighborhood and Community Services Department will send a staff member to investigate the situation and make an official report to the State College Police Department.
If you see someone in the act of defacing a property, please contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-7150 to report a crime in progress.
What is the Responsibility of the Property Owner/Occupant?
The Borough is authorized to give notice, by personal service or by United States mail, to the owner or the occupant, or either of them, of the presence of graffiti on the premises and the requirements of the Borough's Graffiti Ordinance, directing and requiring such occupant or owner or both of them to remove graffiti the graffiti promptly.
The full ordinance is available at the State College Borough Administration under the Borough Codification of Ordinances, Chapter IV, Part N.
Why does State College Borough Require Prompt Removal of Graffiti?
Graffiti causes serious defacement of buildings, vehicles and areas, public and private, and contributes to the deterioration of property values, as well as offending the public's right not to have unsightly and unlawful graffiti on, with defacement of, public and private property, and it constitutes a deleterious practice contrary to the public health and welfare. The prompt removal of graffiti is a significant component of a comprehensive anti-graffiti effort and must be required in those cases where voluntary removal is not achieved.
Recycling is Required
All residents and businesses are required to recycle glass, metal cans, newspaper, and other materials. Information on what to recycle and the proper procedures can be obtained by calling the Centre County
Recycle and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) at 814-238-7005 or by going to their website at www.centrecountyrecycles.org
Refuse is collected by the Borough Public Works Department. All refuse is to be properly stored in containers prior to collection. Additionally, all refuse and recycling containers should be removed from the curb after collection on the same day as collection. Please remember to remove refuse and recycling bins from the curb after collection. All bins should be removed the same day as collection.
Accumulation of Refuse/Littering
Persons failing to properly store refuse or who permit the accumulation of litter/refuse are subject to a fine. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (814) 234-7191.
Bulk Items and Brush
The Borough makes it easy to remove unwanted bulk items and brush from your property. Brush and bulk items (appliances, furniture, etc.) are collected each Monday, except on weeks when there is a holiday. Please call (814) 234-7135 or submit the online form to schedule brush and bulk collection.
Volunteer Clean-up Days
If you or your organization would like to assist with cleaning up Borough neighbors or parks, please contact Kevin Kassab at 814-278-4715.
Regulations on Snow & Ice Removal
Sidewalks must be cleared of all snow and ice within 24 hours after a snowfall has ceased.
Keeping the sidewalks clear is critical for both public safety and accessibility. It is especially important to clear ramps at corners so that full access is maintained. Snow and ice must be removed from the entire surface of the sidewalk over its entire length and width. Use anti-skid materials such as rock salt, calcium chloride, crushed charcoal or kitty litter to create traction as necessary. In extremely cold weather, sidewalks may re-freeze causing a cleared sidewalk to become extremely hazardous.
Failure to clear sidewalks will result in violations and costs to the property owner when the Borough has to contract for the sidewalks to be cleared. (Please remember that residents are required to make arrangements for keeping their sidewalks clear when they are out of town). The full ordinance can be found online by going to the Borough’s Codification of Ordinances and then selecting Chapter XVI, Part G.
Questions may be directed to the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191.
The State College Borough Code of Ordinances, Chapter IX, Part C, requires grass and/or weeds (noxious vegetation) to be controlled so as not to exceed a height of 6 inches, conceal any solid waste, or produce excessive pollen during the growing season: April 1 to October 31. The following requirements must be met to be in compliance with the Grass and Weed Ordinance:
- Grass and/or weeds are to be kept at 6 inches in height or less.
- Cultivated flowers and vegetables are exempt from the 6-inch height restriction.
- Both the property owner and the occupant are responsible for compliance.
Failure to keep the grass/weeds cut may result in a fine. The Borough may cut the grass and charge the property owner for services rendered.
If you have questions regarding the ordinance or if you wish to report a violation, please call the Health and Neighborhood Services Division by phone at (814) 234-7191 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or contact us via email.
For more information, review the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services by phone at (814) 234-7191 or via email. The Division can be contacted Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.