Code Regulations


All animals must be on a leash when on the public streets, alleys, sidewalks, or property of another. Pet owners are responsible for the removal and proper disposal of animal fecal matter when it is deposited on public or private property, alleys, public streets, sidewalks, etc. Pet owners are responsible for keeping their property clean of animal fecal matter which must be removed on a daily basis or within 24 hours.

Pet owners are responsible to prevent continuous noise for a period of ten (10) minutes or intermittently for thirty (30) minutes or more to disturb any person at any time of the day or night unless a person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property or causes to tease or provoke an animal.

Grass and Weeds

Grass and weeds shall be maintained at a height less than 10" at all times throughout the year. All grass and weeds in the planting strip and along the alley are the property owner's responsibility.  

Trees and Shrubbery

Trees, shrubs, hedges or other vegetation shall not extend into the sidewalk space, streets, or alleyways. Growth shall not be at a height of less than eight (8) feet over any sidewalk or pedestrian walkway or sixteen (16) feet over any roadway. Please do not throw weeds, grass clippings and/or hedge clippings into the street. 

Snow and Ice Removal

It is the duty of every property owner, business owner, or persons occupying the property to clear or cause to be cleared from the public sidewalks along public streets and alleys that abut the property within the Borough. Snow, ice, hail and sleet shall be cleared from sidewalks within a period of 36 hours after the snow and/or ice storm has ended. Sidewalks shall be kept clear of snow, ice, hail and sleet at all times after the 36-hour period unless the snow/ice has hardened or becomes frozen that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk.  A clear path of at least 30 inches in width is required.  

Please be sure to clear snow away from the fire hydrants as this will assist fire department personnel to distinguish a fire in the event of an emergency.  Also, if a bus stop or handicap ramp is located adjacent to your property, it would be courteous to pedestrians to clear a path through the planting strip and sidewalks to the street.

We are also looking for volunteers to assist the elderly and/or disabled who cannot maintain their sidewalks in the event of snow/ice.  If you are interested in volunteering your services please contact Cindy Madeira at 610-374-8273; ext. 238. On the same note, if you are unable to maintain your sidewalk or know of a resident that is elderly/disabled and is unable to maintain their sidewalk, please call to be added to the list so that we may try to offer assistance with snow and/or ice removal.

Vehicle Information

Borough Ordinance prohibits parking cars, trucks, RV's, motorcycles, etc. on the grass on your property or the property where you reside.  Vehicles may only be parked on a stone, concrete or macadam pad.

Prior to creating a new parking pad, a zoning permit application and possibly building permit application are required.  Please contact the Code Enforcement Department to determine if permits are required.

Garage/Yard Sales

A garage/yard sale permit is required to be completed prior to the sale.  The first permit is FREE and the second is $5.00.  Only two garage/yard sales are permitted per calendar year.  This does not include any advertised West Reading Borough wide event.  Signs for your yard/garage sale may only be posted on your property.  Signs may not be placed on telephone or electrical poles or the planting strip area.  

Refuse Ordinance

Please note that Council has enacted a Refuse Ordinance which requires that trash be stored and placed out for collection in durable, watertight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  Refuse and recycling cannot be placed out for collection prior to noon the day before collection.  All containers must be removed by 11:59 p.m., the same day as collection and stored upon your individual property. Containers are not to remain in the alley nor on the streets where you place them for collection.  At no time may trash/recycling containers be stored in the front of your property or on the front porch or yard area.

Bulk Collection

On the first Friday of every month, each household may place one bulk item out for collection. Items such as tires, appliances, water heaters, batteries, items with freon, etc. however will not be accepted. Bulk items may weigh no more than 75 pounds and be no more than 5 feet in length.

If you have any questions or wish to view the ordinance please call or stop in Borough Hall and we will gladly assist you.


We encourage all residents and/or businesses to log complaints to the Code Enforcement Department at any time. Please submit our
complaint form in person or via fax, email, mail or drop box located in the parking lot of Borough Hall to the attention of the Code Department.




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The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
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