Ownership of real property is certified by records at the county court house. The Lebanon County Recorder of Deeds preserves records relating to real property within the county. He/she must record all deeds when they are duly executed and acknowledged, certify his/her seal on the back, and denote the place where the instrument is recorded. Before recording a transfer of realty, the recorder forwards ownership information to the county assessment office. He/she also records mortgages and enters on the margin all satisfactions, assignments, releases and postponements of the lien of mortgages. He/she keeps photostatic copies and indexes of all recorded deeds and mortgages, a daily record of mortgages, and a daily record of mortgage and land conveyance transactions. These records are open to the public.
Numbering of Buildings
The numbering plan for buildings in the borough begins at Main Avenue and Railroad Street, with even numbers assigned to all buildings on the east or south side of a street, and odd numbers assigned to all buildings on the west or north side of a street. Property owners are required to number their buildings with the officially assigned number. Numbers must be affixed, painted, or carved on the building, or on a pole, base, or support between the building and the street. Each digit must be at least 3 inches high, and must be of such color and material as to be visible and legible from the street or alley that it fronts.
Uniform Construction Code
Myerstown Borough has adopted the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code as its construction code ordinance. This code and its regulations control all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, location, occupancy, and maintenance of all buildings and structures in the borough. It is the joint responsibility of the property owner and the contractor to obtain the required code permit before performing any work. The code is administered and enforced by the Building Code Official of the Lebanon County Planning Department on behalf of the Borough.
International Property Maintenance Code
Myerstown Borough has adopted the International Property Maintenance Code as its property maintenance code ordinance. This code and its regulations provide for the regulation and safe use of existing structures in the interest of the social and economic welfare of the community. They are intended to establish minimum maintenance standards for basic equipment, light, ventilation, heating, sanitation, and fire safety. Responsibility is fixed among owners, operators, and occupants for code compliance. The code is administered and enforced by the borough's code enforcement officer.
International Fire Code
Myerstown Borough has adopted the International Fire Code as its fire code ordinance. This code and its regulations govern the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials, and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises in the borough.
Open Fires and Burning
Burning in a manufactured fire pit or chiminea is allowed in the borough under the following rules:
- No burning between midnight and 8 a.m.
- No burning refuse, rubbish, or waste
- Fire pit or chiminea must be equipped with all safety features as recommended by the manufacturer
- Someone must be in attendance at all times the fire is burning
- At least one fire extinguisher or one of the following must be available on-site for immediate utilization: dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose, or water truck
- Fires must be at least 15 feet away from structures or combustible material
- Emissions must be visibly contained within the property
- Foul-smelling air contaminants must be contained within the property
- Emissions cannot interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of life or property
- Emissions cannot cause damage to vegetation or property
- Emissions cannot be harmful to human or animal health