Property complaints are handled by various departments depending on the nature of the complaint. Refer to the listing of complaint types below with appropriate links and/or department contacts.
Blighted or Abandoned Property
Blighted or abandoned property complaints are the responsibility of the Code Compliance Department. To file a property maintenance complaint contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406, extension 1113 or via e-mail at email Code Compliance.
- Ordinance 2018-04, Property Maintenance Code of Manheim Township (PDF)
- Property Maintenance Code - Full Text (PDF)
Contact Lancaster County's Coordinator's Office for the West Nile Virus Program, Penn State Extension, at 717-821-3053 or 717-675-2077.
Provide your name and full address, county, phone number and email address. Include the date and location of the problem and any other related comments.
To report a mosquito complaint on-line, or for more information regarding the West Nile Virus Program, visit the West Nile Virus Program website.
Trees, Bushes and Shrubs
All trees, bushes and shrubs shall be maintained to prevent the creation of a dangerous condition as determined by the code official per Ordinance 2018-4 Property Maintenance Code of Manheim Township (PDF). To file a property maintenance complaint concerning a dangerous tree or shrub contact the Code Compliance Department at 717-569-6406, extension 1113 or via e-mail at email Code Compliance.
Tree or Shrub Limbs Overhanging a Property Line
This is a civil matter which cannot be enforced by the Township. The Township strongly advises you to first talk to the neighboring property owner to see if they will trim the branch or authorize you to trim it back.
An aggrieved landowner is entitled to trim the branches back to the property line, and this is true even if the overhanging branches do not damage the property. Also, if the landowner has incurred reasonable expenses in the course of exercising this remedy, he/she/they may recoup those expenses from the neighboring property owner.
High Grass and Weeds
High Grass and Weed Complaints are the responsibility of the Manheim Township Police Department. To file a complaint regarding a violation of Ordinance Section 277, High grass and weeds, call Non-Emergency Dispatch, 717-664-1180, or for further information regarding this Ordinance, contact the Manheim Township Police Department at 717-569-6401.
- Section 277 Grass and Weeds of the Code of Ordinances addresses Grass and Weeds.
To register a complaint regarding blasting, contact the Department of Code Compliance.
Blasting and explosives use is regulated under Title 25 of the Pa. Code, and is enforced by the PA Department of Environmental Projection, Bureau of Mining Programs.
The Code Compliance Department will compare the information provided by the complainant, ie. date and approximate location of the blasting, with the issued Fire Permits for blasting to determine the location of the blast and the blasting contractor responsible. The Code Compliance Department will then forward this information to the PA DEP, Bureau of Mining Programs so the Bureau can begin their investigation.
The Bureau will begin with a complete review of records and any other information which may be available from the blasting inspector. Review the following from the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection Agency
Abandoned and Junked Vehicles
Abandoned and junked cars/equipment complaints are the responsibility of the Manheim Township Police Department. To file a complaint regarding the violation of Ordinance Section 474, Abandoned or Junked Vehicles, call Non-Emergency Dispatch, 717-664-1180, or for further information regarding this Ordinance, contact the Manheim Township Police Department at 717-569-6401.
- Section 474 Vehicles and Equipment, Abandoned or Junked of the Code of Ordinance addresses Vehicles and Equipment, Abandoned and Junked.
Vehicles Parked on Grass
Parking of vehicles may be in violation of the Manheim Township Zoning Ordinance. To file a complaint regarding a vehicle(s) parked on the grass, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 717-569-6406, extension 1112 or via email to Planning and Zoning.
ARTICLE XX SECTION 2007 of Zoning Ordinance 2014 states:
PARKING AREA SURFACE Every off-street parking area and access drive thereto shall be surfaced with an all-weather durable and dustless material, such as stone, asphalt, macadam, or concrete. It shall be so graded and drained as to dispose of all surface water accumulation and shall have bumper guards where needed.