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Pennsylvania Statutes Title 11 Pa.C.S.A. Cities § 12308. Powers of board of health

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The board of health shall:

(1) If authorized by council, employ agents and employees at rates of compensation approved by council.

(2) Enter upon any premises within the city, as a body or by committee or by its agents or employees, which are suspected of infectious or contagious disease or of any other nuisance prejudicial to the public health or which pose danger, for the purpose of examining the premises or of preventing, confining or abating public nuisances.  The following apply:

(i) In the event that entry upon any premises is refused by an owner, an agent of an owner or tenant, the board of health shall obtain an administrative search warrant from a magisterial district judge within the judicial district where the premises to be inspected is located.

(ii) It shall be sufficient to support the issuance of a warrant for the board of health to provide to the magisterial district judge evidence of any of the following:

(A) Reasonable standards and an administrative plan for conducting inspections.

(B) The condition of the premises or general area and the passage of time since the last inspection.

(C) Facts, supported by an oath or affirmation, alleging that probable cause exists that a law, regulation or ordinance subject to enforcement by the board of health has been violated.

(3) Conduct investigations and hold public hearings in the performance of its duties and powers.  In a hearing under this paragraph, the president and secretary of the board may administer oaths and affirmations, but shall receive no fee for administration, and the board of health may require the attendance of witnesses and their books and papers in accordance with section 10917 (relating to powers of subpoena and compelling testimony).

(4) Publish and enforce its rules and regulations as approved by council.

(5) If approved by council, provide for or cooperate in providing for general and gratuitous vaccination, disinfection and other public health control programs and make medical relief available to benefit public health.

(6) Provide, in accordance with Subchapter B   1 (relating to public nuisances detrimental to public health), for the prevention, abatement and removal of conditions found to be detrimental to public health as public nuisances or to declare and certify to council that the premises or places harboring the detrimental condition are public, not private, nuisances.

1  11 Pa.C.S.A. § 12320 et seq.

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