Frequently Asked Questions


Your mailing address and the municipality in which you live do not always correspond. The Hummelstown Post Office provides service to the residents of Hummelstown as well as residents of Swatara Township, South Hanover Township and Derry Township.  Consequently, you may have a Hummelstown mailing address and not live in the Borough.  The Hummelstown Borough Police Department and other Borough staff provides services only to the approximately 4500 people living within the jurisdictional boundries of Hummelstown.  This is roughly defined as the area south and east of the Swatara Creek, north of Rt. 322 and west of the Hilton Garden Inn and Hotel.  If your children or your neighbor's children go to the Derry Township schools, you do not live in Hummelstown. If your children or your neighbor's children go to the Central Dauphin schools, you do not live in Hummelstown.  If you do not pay your taxes to the Borough of Hummelstown, you do not live in Hummelstown.    

The Hummelstown Police Department will take fingerprints of persons who need them for a job or other non-criminal justice reason.  There is no charge for this service for residents of the Borough of Hummelstown.  Non-residents are charged $20.00 per fingerprint card.  You are strongly encouraged to bring your own fingerprint cards.  You must provide a photo ID when fingerprinted.  Persons who need to be fingerprinted for criminal justice reasons must appear at one of the designated Dauphin County Booking Centers with the fingerprint order issued by the Magisterial District Judge.

All burning within the geographical limits of the Borough of Hummelstown is prohibited.  With the following exceptions.

  • Recreational burning (As defined in the ordinance)
    • May be conducted only between the hours of sunrise and 11:00 p.m.
    • Must be attended at all times by an individual of not less than 14 years of age.
    • Must be at least ten (10) feet from all property lines and/or structures.
  • A fire burned under the direct control of a recognized volunteer or paid fire company shall be permitted if necessary for the prevention of a fire hazard which cannot be abated by other means.
  • The protection of public health.

The following definitions apply to terms used in the ordinance.

Burning – The tending, causing to ignite or igniting of any material to cause flame, smoke, embers, hot ash or residue, in combination or individually.

Recreational Burning – For the purposes of this ordinance, the following shall be deemed to be recreational burning.

Outdoor grill – Any device manufactured, designed and built for the express purpose of cooking food out of doors.

Fuel – Outdoor grills may be fueled only by LP or natural gas, charcoal briquettes, or wood.

Wood – Includes any unpainted wood or wood product. 

Chiminea - a small outdoor fireplace usually made of clay, terra cotta or metal, fueled only by wood, charcoal briquettes or LP/natural gas and must be screened to prevent flying embers and hot ash.

Outdoor fireplace - must be screened to prevent flying embers and hot ash.

Non-burnable materials

Plastic, rubber, oils, asbestos, composition board, shingles, felt paper, canvas, fiberglass, vinyl or any similar materials. 

Human or animal waste, sanitary napkins, diapers, food solids, oil filters, or any other materials that emit smoke, acrid, obnoxious or toxic odors.

Grasses, green twigs or leaves.

Any wood that has been chemically treated to prevent rot or moisture damage or other similar treatment, wood products that have high glue content such as flake board or composition board and wood products in combination with any non-burnable material

Any other materials that do not comply fully with the intent of this ordinance, or otherwise create a nuisance to people or animals.

Permits to carry a concealed weapon are issued by the Dauphin County Sherriff's Office located in the Courthouse at Front and Market Streets in Harrisburg.  Details on eligibility and filing can be found by clicking here.  

The back of your copy of the citation will list all of your rights and obligations for the citation.  In any case, you must respond to the citation within ten (10) days or your driver's license will be suspended and the Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) may issue a warrant for your arrest.

In short, here are your options:

You can plead guilty and pay the citation.  You can pay in person at the MDJ's Office, by mail, online at http:\\ujsportal.pacourts.us or by calling 1-800-701-8560.   If you are unable to pay the entire fine you may request that the MDJ establish a payment plan.  If you and the MDJ agree to a payment plan, be sure it is one you can meet as missing a payment may result in a warrant for your arrest and the entire balance becoming due.  

You can plead not guilty and take a hearing.  Respond within ten (10) days either in person, or by mail with your not guilty plea.  You plea must include collateral as described on the back of your citation.  The MDJ's Office will schedule a hearing date when you can plead your case before the MDJ.  

If you plead not guilty and are found guilty by the Judge, you may appeal that decision to the Court of Common Pleas within 30 days.

Many times officers stop a motorist for an equipment violation such as a non-functioning headlamp, tail lamp or brake lamp.  Although Officers are within their right to issue a traffic citation for these offenses, a more practical option is to issue a faulty equipment card, also known as a PT10, or warning card.  We would much rather have you spend your money making your vehicle safer for you and other motorists, than on paying fines. The officer should explain why he or she pulled you over and what the defficiency is on your vehicle.  He/she will give you the faulty equipment card with a time period, typically 5 to 10 days to rectify the problem.  You are then obligated to make the repairs and see that the card is returned to the officer indicating the repairs have been made.  If the officer does not receive the repair notification, he or she may issue two citations to you.  One for not making the reoairs and yet another for not returning the faulty equipment card.  Simply said; Make the repairs and return the card. 

The Borough has established regulations and fees regarding the issuance of permits for persons engaging in "Transient Retail Businesses".

TRANSIENT RETAIL BUSINESS is defined as engaging in peddling, soliciting, or taking orders, either by sample or otherwise, for any goods, wares, or merchandise upon any street, alley, sidewalk, or public ground, or from house to house, within the Borough of Hummelstown ; or selling, soliciting, or taking orders for any goods, wares, or merchandise, from a fixed location within the Borough, on a temporary basis, which shall include, but not be limited to, such activities conducted at the time of special occasions or celebrations, for seasonal purposes, or for or in advance of specific yearly holidays.

As such, no person shall engage in any transient retail business within the Borough of Hummelstown without first having obtained from the Police Department a license, for which a fee, which shall be for the use of the Borough, shall be charged.

PERSON - any natural person, partnership, association, corporation, or other legal entity .

No license fee shall be charged:
1 . to farmers selling their own produce 

2 . for the sale of goods, wares, and merchandise, donated by the owners thereof, the proceeds whereof are to be applied to any charitable or philanthropic purpose

3 . to any manufacturer or producer in the sale of bread and bakery products, meat and meat products, or milk and milk products

4 . to children under the age of eighteen (18) years who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy, bakery products, and the like, or who represent the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or similar organizations

6 . to the seeking or taking of orders by insurance agents or brokers licensed under the insurance laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ;
7 . to any person who has complied with the provisions of the Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, August 9, 1963, P .L . 628, 10 P .S . §§160-1 et seq . (1982), as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania ; or
8 . for taking orders for merchandise, by sample, from dealers or merchants for individuals or companies who pay a license or business privilege tax at their chief place of business .

But all persons exempted hereby from the payment of the license fee shall be required to register with the Police Department and obtain a license without fee ; provided, any person dealing in one or more of the above mentioned exempted categories, and dealing with other goods, wares, or merchandise not so exempted, shall be subject to the payment of the license fee fixed by this section for his activities in connection with the sale of goods, wares, and merchandise not in such exempted categories. Provided further, the Police Department may similarly exempt from payment of the license fee, but not from registering with him, persons working without compensation and selling goods, wares, or merchandise for the sole benefit of any nonprofit corporation . Provided further, every license issued under the provisions of this Part shall be issued on an individual basis to any person or persons engaging in such business ; every individual shall obtain a separate license, issued to him in his name, and the license fee hereby imposed shall be applicable to every such individual license, except that a representative of a charitable organization may obtain licenses for the applicants therein .

Every person desiring a license under this Part shall first make application to the Police Department for such license . He shall, when making such application, exhibit a valid license from any state or county officer, if such license is also required . The applicant shall state :
1 . his criminal record, if any ;
2 . name and address of the person by whom he is employed ;
3 . type of goods, wares, and merchandise he wishes to deal with in such transient retail business ;
4 . length of time for which license is to be issued ; and
5 . type and license number of the vehicle to be used, if any .

Every license holder shall carry such license upon his person if engaged in transient retail business from house to house or upon any of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, or public grounds, or shall display such license at the location where he shall engage in such business if doing so at a fixed location . He shall exhibit such license, upon request, to all police officers, municipal officials, and citizens or residents of the Borough of Hummelstown. 

No person in any transient retail business shall :

1 . sell any product or type of product not mentioned in his license ;
2 . hawk or cry his wares upon any of the streets, alleys, sidewalks, or public grounds in the Borough ;
3 . when operating from a vehicle, stop or park such vehicle upon any of the streets or alleys in the Borough for longer than necessary in order to sell therefrom to persons residing or working in the immediate vicinity ;
4 . park any vehicle upon any of the streets or alleys in the Borough for the purpose of sorting, rearranging, or cleaning any of his goods, wares, or merchandise or of disposing of any carton, wrapping material, or stock, wares or foodstuffs which have become unsaleable through handling, age or otherwise ;
5 . engage in any business activity, except by prior appointment, at any time on a Sunday or legal holiday or at any time before 10 :00 a.m. or after 9 :00 p.m. on any day of the week other than a Sunday or legal holiday

LEGAL HOLIDAY - New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas .

Borough Ordinance establishes a resident's responsibility for removal of snow and ice from sidewalks

Every person in charge or control of any building or lot of land fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise, shall remove and clear away or cause to be removed or cleared away, snow and/or ice from a path of at least thirty inches (30") in width from so much of said sidewalk as is in front of or abuts on said building or lot of land .

Except as provided below, snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks within twelve (12) hours after the cessation of any fall of snow, sleet or freezing rain .

In the event snow and/or ice on a sidewalk has become so hard that it cannot be removed without likelihood of damage to the sidewalk, the person charged with its removal shall, within the time mentioned above, shall cause enough sand or other abrasive to be put on the sidewalk to make travel reasonably safe; and shall, as soon thereafter as weather permits, cause to be cleared a path in said sidewalk of at least thirty inches (3011) in width .

No person shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow or ice on or immediately next to a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, roadway, or loading and unloading areas of a public transportation system, except that snow and ice may be mounded by the Borough on public cartways incident to the cleaning thereof or mounded on curbs incident to the clearing of sidewalks in business districts.

Borough Ordinance establishes certain restrictions on Motor Vehicle Repairs and Maintenance in the Street Right-of-Way .
1 . It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to make repairs to any motor vehicle in the street right-of-ways of the Borough of Hummelstown.
2 . Routine maintenance of motor vehicles is permitted unless it poses a nuisance or safety hazard to passersby .
3 . No vehicle, whether operable or not, shall be left unattended if it is open, or if tools, chemicals or any other things are present which could pose a danger or nuisance or passersby . When a motor vehicle is being worked on, it should pose no greater potential hazard then would a vehicle which meets all the requirements of the PA Motor Vehicle Code for operating an public highways.
4 . Vehicles which have been left in an inoperable state for longer than forty-eight (48) hours will be considered abandoned and dealt with as provided pursuant to §§501-508 and §510 of this Chapter.

MAINTENANCE - Those activities which are required to keep a motor vehicle in proper running condition or to maintain a good cosmetic appearance . Vehicle washing and waxing, the replacement of exterior parts vehicle in proper running condition or to maintain a good cosmetic appearance . Vehicle washing and waxing, the replacement of exterior parts (including wiper blades, ornaments and changing wheels), and the performance of minor tune-ups (involving only replacement of points, plugs, engine fluids and other easily replaced components), which pose no hazard or nuisance to passersby .

REPAIRS - Any work on a motor vehicle which involves disassembly of the body, the engine or drive-train or which requires lifting the vehicle completely off of the ground to replace large or difficult to remove components.

STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY - All of the street, alley, sidewalks or grass plot within the legal rights-of-way of the Borough of Hummelstown .

 

Uncut crass, weeds or other vegetation harbors mice, rats, and other undesirable critters.  Borough Ordinance states that no person firm or corporation, owning or occupying any property within the Borough of Hummelstown shall permit any grass or weeds or any vegetation whatsoever, not edible or planted for some useful or ornamental purpose, to grow or remain upon such premises so as to exceed a height of ten inches (10"), or to throw off any unpleasant or noxious odor, or to conceal any filthy deposit, or to create or produce pollen.  Any grass, weeds or other vegetation growing upon any premises in the Borough in violation of any of the provisions of this section is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the health, safety, cleanliness and comfort of the inhabitants of the Borough.  Contact the Police Department to report these incidents.  

Borough Ordinance defines an owner as any person owning keeping feeding harboring or having custody of a custody of a cat or who allows a cat to reside or remain about his premises.  It defines running at large as being upon the public highway street alley park or other public land or upon property of another person other than the owner and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said cat. 

Responsibilities of Owners Keeping Cats .
1 . It shall be unlawful for any owner to have any cat that becomes a nuisance in the Borough . Acts of nuisance shall include but are expressly
not restricted to the following:
A . Noise disturbance as put forth in §302 Noise Disturbance of this Chapter (See FAQ regarding dog noise disturbances)
B . Viciousness.
C . Digging into flower beds lawns children s sandboxes gardens or the damaging of shrubbery trees lawns personal property not belonging to the owner of the cat or the depositing of feces as set forth in §401 Animal Defecation on Public and Private Property Restricted of this chapter.
D . Running at large in the Borough either upon the public streets highways alleys sidewalks any public property upon any property not belonging to or resided in by that person or any other
property other than the owner of such cat.
2 . No owner shall permit a cat to enter upon any area designated as a tot lot in any publicly owned park or playground.

No more than four 4 cats shall be kept maintained or harbored for more than ninety 90 days in any residential housing unit or on its grounds .

The Borough requires the licensing of all cats by their owners within the limits of the Borough of Hummelstown . Licenses will be issued by the Borough and must be affixed to the cat s collar which must be worn by the cat at all times . License fees will be adopted by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time with a copy of the most recent resolution establishing cat license fees kept on file at the Borough office.

Licenses will [be] required to be purchased on a yearly basis . Any cat six 6 months or older must be licensed and have the appropriate rabies vaccine . A license will not be issued without the proof of a rabies inoculation certificate .

Dogs are not permitted to "run at large".  Borough Ordinance defines this as being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being acompanied by or under the control of owner or any other person having custody of said dog .

Dogs are not permitted to create a noise disturbance.  Borough Ordinance defines ths as any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of ten minutes or makes such noise intermittently for one half hour or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal or bird is physically situated in or upon private property said noise being a nuisance ; provided that at the time the animal or bird is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or bird.

Dog owners must clean up after their pets. No person having possession custody or control of any animals shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance i.e . defecation upon any gutter street driveway alley curb or sidewalk in the Borough of Hummelstown or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by the tenants or upon the outside walls walkways driveways alleys curbs or stairways or any building abutting on a public street or park or upon the grounds of any public park or public area or upon any private property other than the property of the owner of such animal .

Dogs must have current dog license and vaccinations as required by the Pa. State Dog Law.

NO.  The discharge of firearms in the Borough is prohibited.  Except in necessary defense of person and property and except as provided below, it is unlawful for any person to use, fire, or discharge any gun or other firearm within the Borough of Hummelstown . Additionally, It is unlawful for any person to discharge any air rifle, air pistol, spring gun, spring pistol, B-B gun, bow and arrow, or similar device, or any implement that is not a firearm but which impels a pellet of any kind with a force that can reasonable be excepted to cause bodily harm, at any place within the Borough of Hummelstown, except as provided in §403 hereof, and except on a target range which is properly constructed to trap or stop the projectile as ascertained by the Chief of Police .

This Part shall not apply to :

1 . Persons licensed to hunt in this Commonwealth while actually engaged in hunting where permitted under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of this Borough.  (As      a practical matter, there is no place in the Borough where a hunter would not be in a "safety zone" as established under Pa. Hunting and Trapping Laws and therefore, not aboe to hunt)

2 . Members of any organization incorporated under laws of this Commonwealth engaged in target shooting upon the grounds or property belonging to or under the control of such organization ; and

3 . Any law enforcement officers when used in the discharge of their official duties .

Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than three hundred ($300 .00) dollars, and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days.

Yes.  Borough Ordinance defines lointering as: Remaining idle essentially in one location; lingering; spending time idly ; loafing or walking about aimlessly in one vicinity or neighborhood ; or "hanging around ."  It defines a public place as any place to which the public has access including any public street or public sidewalk, the front of and the area immediately adjacent to any school, parking lot, store, restaurant, tavern or other place of business .

The Ordinance describes that certain types of loitering are prohibited . No person shall loiter in a public place in such manner as to :
A . Create or cause to be created a danger of a breach of the peace.
B . Create or cause to be created any annoyance to any person or persons.
C . Obstruct the free passage of pedestrians or vehicles.
D . Obstruct, molest or interfere with any person lawfully in any public place . This shall include the making of unsolicited remarks of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature or which are calculated to annoy or disturb the person to, or in whose hearing, they are made .

Whenever the presence of any person in any public place is causing or is likely to cause any of the conditions enumerated above, any police officer may order that person to leave that place . Any person who shall refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a police officer shall be guilty of a violation of this section.

Any person convicted for a violation of this ordinanceshall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300 .00), and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days .

Yes.  Borough Ordinance has established that it shall be unlawful for any minor to be or remain in or upon any public highway, park or other public place within the Borough of Hummelstown, or in any enclosure or vehicle which is on or in close proximity to any such public place within the Borough, between the hours of 11 :00 p.m. and 6 :00 a.m. on the following day.

Exceptions to the above are the following :

1 . A minor accompanied by parent, guardian, or other person having legal care or custody of such minor .

2 . A minor possessing a written statement dated that day and signed by parent, guardian, or other person having the legal care or custody of such minor, which statement specifies the time, place, purpose and necessity of the minor being in a public place contrary to this Part.

3 . A minor lawfully employed making it necessary to be on or in highways, streets, parks, etc ., as stated above and possessing a current letter certifying the same and signed by employer, parent or guardian.

4 . A minor on an emergency errand.

5 . A minor traveling to and from church, school or municipal activity with parental permission statement as in subsection 2 above .

When Hummelstown Police Officers encounter a minor out after curfew they will typically contact the minor's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and arrange for the minor to be picked up by the parent/guardian or in some cases the Officer will transport the minor home.  The Officer will ensure that the parent/guardian understands their responsibility under the ordinance.  If a citation is issued, typically for a second or subsequent offense, the citation will be issued to the parent/guardian, not the minor.