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For plumbing inspections, please call the Building & Housing Dept at 610-696-1773. For HVAC inspections, please call Paul Bonnes at 484-880-7342 ext. 110.
View the 2020 list of approved electrical underwriters (PDF).
You can print a Request for Information form here.
a. Do you have to live in the Borough to have the Borough Mayor perform the ceremony? No – as long as you live in the state of Pennsylvania and the wedding license is issued in the state of Pennsylvania, the West Chester Borough Mayor can perform the ceremony.b. Does it have to take place in the Borough? No – the ceremony does not have to take place in the Borough, as long as the Mayor is willing to travel to the wedding location. c. Does the Borough offer any options as far as ceremony locations? Yes - Within the Municipal building, the Mayor’s office (depending on the size of the wedding party) or Council Chambers can be reserved, depending upon availability. West Chester’s Historic Courthouse can be reserved, for a fee, again depending upon availability. There are also various Park locations within the Borough limits.d. If the West Chester Borough Mayor is NOT available, any District Justice, Common Pleas Judge, or Former Mayor can perform the ceremony.e. Is there a fee for the West Chester Borough Mayor to perform the wedding ceremony? No – there is no payment required; however, if the couple would like to make a donation to the West Chester Fire Department, it is appreciated.
The customer Service representative will request that you submit proof of payment, a receipt or if payment was made by check, a copy of the front and back of the cancelled check.
Yellow curbs are designed to create a safe distance from the intersection so vehicles can turn safely and without view obstructions created by vehicles parked on a yellow curb. There is no allowance for how much of the car is in the yellow before it’s ticketed. Any portion of the car in the yellow Is considered in violation.
Check out our Applications and Forms section for the Special Event Application. If you have any questions or concerns please call 610-436-9010.
Hoopes Park: 700 Hoopes Park Lane
Veterans Memorial Park: 315 Veit Alley
John O Green Park: S. Matlack & E. Miner Street
Please call 610-436-9010 if you have any questions or concerns.
The Halloween Parade is cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Contact the director by email or call the office at 610-436-9010.
Yes, we accept credit/debit, cash, check, or money order. We only accept payments in house, online registration is not available until March 2020.
No, the department must have a copy of your registration form and payment to reserve your spot. All of our registration forms are online under Applications and Forms.
West Chester Police officers complete initial training that includes de-escalation, mental health de-escalation, and unbiased policing while attending the police academy. De-escalation training teaches officers to attempt to resolve situations using verbal skills rather than force. If force is necessary, officers are taught to resort to the least amount of force necessary in order to gain control or stop an action. West Chester Police are in the process of receiving refresher training in these topics, along with legal training on the Fourth Amendment and the most up-to-date related caselaw.
The use of a chokehold, whether applied by the hands, other body part, or a weapon, is prohibited by longstanding West Chester Police Department policy unless deadly force is warranted to protect life.
West Chester Police Department policy provides that any officer who observes another officer using force clearly beyond that which is objectively reasonable under the circumstances shall intercede, when feasible, to prevent the use of such excessive force, so long as doing so does not pose a safety risk. Officers shall immediately report these observations to a supervisor and document the observations prior to the end of shift. A violation of policy, including failure to intervene, will be investigated and an officer will be disciplined or fired if policy is violated.
Officers are trained that giving verbal warnings or commands are always an officer’s first option before drawing a weapon or using force. However, every incident is handled on a case-by-case basis based on the facts known to the officer in that incident. The officer must balance the ability and time necessary to provide a warning with the imminent danger and risk of serious physical injury or death faced by both the officer and the involved citizens. As the United States Supreme Court has stated, “police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments — in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving — about the amount of force that is necessary in a particular situation.” (Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 397 (1989)).
Police officers understand they have been entrusted with the authority to lawfully use force to protect life and property and to apprehend criminal offenders. Therefore, the Department properly documents and reviews each use of force to maintain public confidence and trust. Police officers are required to report any physical contact likely to cause pain or injury and each time they draw and point a weapon at a citizen.
Police officers receive training in CPR, use of an AED and medical training in the police academy. They receive refresher training in these areas every other year per the regulations of
the Pennsylvania Council on Police Training. Officers are responsible for providing and obtaining medical aid for individuals who complain of, or show signs of injury, as a result of any
use of force by an officer. Officers will transport the individual to a medical treatment facility or request an ambulance and begin medical evaluation and care of such individuals as soon as practical.
The West Chester Police Department employs a computer system that documents all uses of force, along with citizen complaints, motor vehicle collisions and vehicle pursuits. The system is monitored by police staff when an officer is involved in these types of incidents. Additionally, every use of force is reviewed immediately by a direct supervisor and then again quarterly by an internal committee to ensure compliance with policy. Any use of force outside of policy is sent to the Department’s Professional Standards Office for investigation.
The West Chester Police Department received Commonwealth of Pennsylvania funding to implement a body worn camera (BWC) program in late 2019. The delivery and use of BWCs
began in January of 2020 for the Department.
The West Chester Police Department requires that all field operations personnel wear a BWC. Spare BWCs are available for other officers to utilize when required by policy. Officers are
required to record situations where they encounter the public and an arrest, detention, or use of force is likely.
The BWC policy was developed in accordance with the best practices determined by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice Body Worn Camera Tool Kit, and other
national and state resources.
Throughout the year, the West Chester Police Department plans and hosts various community activities and programs to engage with the community. These events include our festivals and National Night Out Against Crime. We are currently in the process of growing our community outreach programs and our community policing initiatives. It is important that members of the community stay connected by attending meetings, viewing updates on our websites (both our Departmental website and press release website) and following us on our social media platforms.
I and Mayor Dianne Herrin have an open-door policy and we invite all members of the community to reach out to us.
Dumpster permits can be obtained at the Public Works Department. A fee of $45 per week applies. In addition to this, a fee of $21 per space, per day will apply for all metered spaces taken up by the dumpster.
In order to close a road in the Borough the contractor must:
1) Contact Public Works with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. If working on a Monday, you must notify PW no later than 3PM on the preceding Thursday.
2) Contractor must notify the Parking Department 48 hours in advance for their No Parking Postings. If working on a Monday, you must notify Parking no later than 3PM on the preceding Thursday.
3) You must notify PW if emergency vehicles will have access
4) You must notify PW if it is a partial or full closure
5) Contractor is responsible for placing road closure signs out and responsible for flaggers if required
6) No closures can be requested the day of work unless a 100% true emergency
7) A copy of the approved and paid PW Highway Occupancy Permit must be on the job site.
8) Road Closures are permitted from 9AM – 3PM
9) If a state road, PADOT approval is required
** Please note, failure to comply with this policy will result in a shut-down of the jobsite.
*** Please contact Public Works at 610-696-5282 for a permit and the procedures.
Bulk trash week occurs during the week containing the 1st Monday of the month. Please refer to the Bulk Trash page under the Public Works Department for specific dates each month. Each property may place out 1 large item at this time. Tires, television, computers, or appliances containing Freon are not accepted as bulk trash.
A Snow Emergency is declared when a snow accumulation of 6 inches or more is expected or when hazardous conditions exist, such as an ice storm. During a Snow Emergency, cars on Snow Emergency Routes must be moved to other parking locations for the duration of the Snow Emergency.
Parking charges are waived at all surface parking lots and borough parking garages (Chestnut Street and Bicentennial) during the snow emergency.
For more information http://west-chester.com/164/Solid-Waste
For more information http://west-chester.com/160/Recycling
There is a minimum monthly charge for sewer even if there is no water usage. If there is an active water account for the property, there is a monthly sewer fee. The fee is currently $30.11.
Please note that even the smallest leak such as a dripping faucet or running toilet can result in an abnormally high water and sewer bill.
As of January 1, 2021, the charge is $30.11 for the first 2,000 or less gallons of water used. If over 2,000 gallons of water are used, it is an additional $7.99 per 1,000 gallons or any part thereof.
You may pay your sewer bill through the Treasurer's Office (no cash accepted) at:401 E. Gay St.West Chester, PA 19380
Payment of Cash in Person: You may pay cash in person at the following local Western Union locations or call 877-987-2782 for other locations:
Giant Food Store 698 Downingtown Pike, West Chester, PA 19380
ShopRite1115 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382
Giant Food Store 1375 East Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380
A snow emergency is a declaration by the Mayor in concert with the Borough's Police and Public Works Departments and is supported by Section 104-79 of the Borough Code of Ordinances.
Snow Emergencies are declared when winter snow and ice conditions are severe enough to mandate that vehicles should not be parked on public streets. Occasionally, when the prediction is certain enough, the Borough will declare the snow emergency in advance.
Snow emergencies are declared due to substantial accumulation and/or icy conditions. The purpose of the snow emergency is to promote an environment where Borough snow removal crews can better remove snow and ice between the curbs and public streets (curb to curb). This opens the roads to better accommodate future on street parking as well as to facilitate proper access for emergency vehicles including ambulance and fire response vehicles, mail delivery, and trash pick-up.
Snow emergencies are normally announced by the Borough via ReadyChesco and our Notify Me service. Snow emergencies will also be announced on this website.
Under the code the declaration remains in effect for a period not to exceed 72 hours after cessation of the snowstorm event. Failure to comply with the Borough's declaration of the snow emergency does carry a fine. Also be advised that if necessary, the Borough will tow your car and assess all costs to the owner of the vehicle.
All borough parking garages are available for the duration of the snow emergency.
These free for use parking garages include the Chestnut Street Garage, Bicentennial Garage on High Street, New Street Garage, Sharpless Street Garage & Matlack Street Garage as well as Chester County's Justice Center Garage.
You can view a image of the Snow Emergency Routes here.
The Stream Protection Fee (SPF) Program was established by Borough Council via ordinance in June 2016 to provide a dedicated funding source for stream restoration and stormwater mitigation initiatives. This include repairs to stormwater infrastructure such as pipes, inlets, and outfalls which collectively comprise the Borough’s MS4 or municipal separate storm sewer system; restoration of Borough streams and tributaries that convey stormwater from the MS4 into area waterways; and maintenance activities such as street sweeping and inlet cleaning, which are crucial in keeping the stormwater system functioning properly; as well as requisite outflow testing, reporting, and stormwater pollution-mitigation strategies required by state and federal regulations.
Click here for more information about the Stream Protection Fee.
On May 12, 2020 the Borough Council adopted Resolution14-2020 Waiving the Collection of Late Fees if taxes are paid in full by December 31, 2020.