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*Students are expected to be good citizens of Indiana Borough and Indiana University*

What every student should know about Indiana Borough Ordinances. Here is a general overview of the ordinances that most affect your daily life:


A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree if he/she represents himself to be 21 years of age to a licensed dispenser of alcohol. A person is guilty of a summary offense if he is younger than 21 and tries to purchase, consume, or transport any alcohol. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree if he or she knowingly, willingly, and falsely represents to any dealer any minor to be of full age for the purpose of inducing any such licensed dealer to sell or furnish intoxicating liquors to a minor. It is a misdemeanor to unlawfully transfer an identification card for the purpose of falsifying age to secure alcoholic beverages. It is also a misdemeanor for any person to sell, furnish, or give to any minor under 21 any alcoholic liquor.


There is a 24 hour a day restriction on any noise that can be heard 50 feet from its origination.


They are considered vehicles in PA so follow the same laws as cars. They cannot be ridden on the sidewalks. Night riding requires a light that can be seen from 500 feet and a red rear reflector.

Disorderly Conduct:

Actions such as unseemly noise, indecent language, public urination, damaging public or private property, and prowling may carry fines. Serious cases can be prosecuted as misdemeanors.


Fireworks cannot be used in the borough.

Garbage and Recycling:

All garbage and recycling must be placed in the proper containers and kept at the rear of the property. Garbage and recycling may be be placed at the curbside no earlier than 6:00 pm the day before pick-up, and empty containers must be removed by 11:00 pm the day of pickup. (§388-15)

Grass and Snow Care:

For properties off-campus, the occupants are responsible for cutting the grass and clearing the sidewalk. Grass that is higher than 6.0 inches is in violation, and snow/ice on sidewalks must be maintained free of hazardous conditions at all times.

Indoor Furniture:

Cannot be placed outside for use as outdoor furniture.

Leash Laws / Nuisance:

Dogs must be on a leash at all times while on others’ property in the borough. All defecation must be cleaned up from public and private property.

Nuisance Ordinance:

Discourages repeat violations of the property maintenance code in a 365 day period. Increasing fines, owner notification and owner’s occupancy license revocation can result. The purpose of this ordinance is to address the issue of certain private properties that require a disproportionate amount of attention from the Code Enforcement Department in order to properly protect the Borough citizen’s health, safety, sanitation, and general welfare.

Open Containers:

It is illegal in the Borough to possess any open container of an alcoholic beverage on any public property.

Property Inspection:

Indiana Borough reserves the right to inspect any non owner-occupied property between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Property Nuisance Ordinance:

If offenses continue at the same location requiring an excess of police and/or code enforcement services, the property is considered a nuisance property. The host must pay the costs and fines for the first and second offense occurring within 6 months of the second one, the host and/or owner can be assessed the costs of the services and fines.


Rollerblading or skateboarding is not allowed on Philadelphia Street between 5th and 9th streets. Elsewhere, use the sidewalk, yielding to pedestrians.


All sidewalks must be kept clear of any hazard at all times.

Street Signs:

It is unlawful to deface or steal signs.

Snow Removal:

Sidewalk Snow Removal for Rental Properties


Parking over the sidewalk is illegal if blocking the sidewalk. Parking on the grass is prohibited except by permit from the borough office. Parking with the left wheel on the curb or against the flow of traffic is illegal in Indiana Borough and throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In private lots, it is the civil right of the lot owner to tow any illegally parked vehicle parked in their lot.  Two unpaid parking violations can lead to the possibility of your vehicle being “booted.”

Permit Parking:

A permit for your car is needed to park on the signed streets of Indiana Borough. Either you or your landlord is responsible for obtaining this permit. Please call the Parking Office at 724-465-4280 or visit their office at 650 Water Street, Indiana Pennsylvania, 15701 to begin the process of obtaining a permit.

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