Fines increase on June 6 for Quality of Life Ticketing Program offenses

Increased fines for the City’s Quality of Life Ticketing Program go into effect on Tuesday, June 6, 20 days after Erie City Council voted 6-0 to increase the Quality of Life Ticketing Program fees per violation from $25 to $100.

The City’s Code Enforcement office urged City Council to increase the per-incident fees to achieve better compliance with City ordinances.

“The $25 ticket is ineffective,” said Andy Zimmerman, Manager of the City’s Bureau of Code Enforcement. “At $100 for each incident, we anticipate property owners will take Quality of Life tickets more seriously and will proactively maintain their properties as opposed to incurring a fine.”

The Quality of Life Ticketing Program was passed in October 2018 to encourage City property owners to fix maintenance issues, including littering, improper trash handling, high grass, snow removal, illegal burning, and maintenance of accessory structures, to name a few. The entire City is affected when property owners neglect their responsibility to maintain their property. The purpose of this ordinance is to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the City by helping to create and sustain a clean, healthy living environment for the residents of Erie.

The Quality of Life Ticketing Program ordinance can be found online with all City ordinances on the City’s website,, by clicking on the “Government” tab at the top of the homepage. Over the next few weeks, the Quality of Life Ticketing Program ordinance will be updated with the new fee increases. For more information on the ordinance and the change in fines, contact Andy Zimmerman in the City’s Code Enforcement Office at 814-870-1470 or  

High grass and weeds shown here, on May 30, 2023, in the 300 block of West Second Street in Erie, could be subject to a new higher $100 Quality of Life fine beginning June 76 2023. A City of Erie ordinance enacted in May 2023 has raised the fines for many Quality of Life issues on City properties. CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/CITY OF ERIE
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