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CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICE

The Code Enforcement Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of a wide range of regulations. This department issues building permits, does plan reviews and conducts inspections of new construction, as well as existing structures for compliance with Township Codes. This department is also involved with regulations relating to flood plain management, zoning, subdivision/land development and on-lot sewage.  In addition, under the PA Uniform Construction Code, the Code Enforcement Office is responsible for compliance with accessible and useable buildings and facilities requirements. 

In general, building permits are required for all new construction, additions and alterations. Some specific examples of items requiring permits are: in-ground and above-ground swimming pools over eighteen inches deep, fences over six feet in height, retaining walls over four feet in height and the addition to or relocation of plumbing systems. Fences are also regulated by the Township Ordinance.  

Under the Township Zoning Ordinance, approval and issuance of Home Occupation Zoning Permits are required for those types of businesses that can be operated out of a residence.

Anyone who is considering building construction or remodeling or who has questions concerning development or use of a property is encouraged to contact the Code Enforcement Office.

The following forms are available on-line for your convenience:
Application for Building Permit, Application for Zoning Permit, Application for Highway Occupancy Permit, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Service Agreement, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Time Extension Agreement, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Improvement Guarantee Completion Extension Agreement.
 

NEW PERMIT COLOR CARDS

In an effort to save money, and the environment, the codes office will no longer issue permit cards for display.  Color coded permits will now be issued for quick identification of permit type.  Colors and permits are as follows:

      Blue - Pool Permit

      Pink - Deck Permit

      Yellow - Residential Permit other than pool or deck

      Orange - Signs

      Purple - Commercial Permits other than signs


Home/Heating Safety

 * USE SPACE HEATERS WISELY. ALLOW A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE HOT SURFACES OF THE HEATER AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS SUCH AS CURTAINS...BEDDING AND CLOTHING.

* NEVER USE THE COOKING OVEN TO HEAT YOUR HOME.
MAKE SURE TO KEEP CHIMNEYS SWEPT AND VENT PIPES CLEANED AND FREE FROM OBSTRUCTIONS.

* WHEN USING HEATERS AND FIREPLACES WHICH BURN FUEL LIKE NATURAL GAS...PROPANE...KEROSENE...WOOD OR COAL...A COLORLESS ODORLESS GAS CALLED CARBON MONOXIDE MAY BUILD UP IN YOUR HOME. CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING OR EVEN DEATH IS POSSIBLE IF THERE IS NOT ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO ALLOW THIS GAS TO ESCAPE.

* IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN ROOMS WHERE YOU SLEEP OR SPEND LONG HOURS IN THE WINTER. LIKE A SMOKE ALARM...IT CAN SOUND AN ALARM TO LET YOU KNOW IF THIS DANGEROUS GAS IS BUILDING UP TO UNHEALTHY LEVELS.

* WRAP PIPES IN INSULATION WHICH WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE AIR OR IN UNHEATED CRAWL SPACES. YOU MAY ALSO ALLOW FAUCETS TO DRIP...ALLOWING THE WATER TO CONTINUE FLOWING. BOTH OF THESE MEASURES WILL HELP TO PREVENT THE PIPES FROM FREEZING AND BURSTING.

* TAKE CARE IN USING CANDLES DURING ANY POWER OUTAGES. KEEP ALL FLAMMABLE MATERIAL A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE OPEN FLAMES.

* CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS...ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY...AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND HEALTHY AS WELL.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICE

The Code Enforcement Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of a wide range of regulations. This department issues building permits, does plan reviews and conducts inspections of new construction, as well as existing structures for compliance with Township Codes. This department is also involved with regulations relating to flood plain management, zoning, subdivision/land development and on-lot sewage.  In addition, under the PA Uniform Construction Code, the Code Enforcement Office is responsible for compliance with accessible and useable buildings and facilities requirements. 

In general, building permits are required for all new construction, additions and alterations. Some specific examples of items requiring permits are: in-ground and above-ground swimming pools over eighteen inches deep, fences over six feet in height, retaining walls over four feet in height and the addition to or relocation of plumbing systems. Fences are also regulated by the Township Ordinance.  

Under the Township Zoning Ordinance, approval and issuance of Home Occupation Zoning Permits are required for those types of businesses that can be operated out of a residence.

Anyone who is considering building construction or remodeling or who has questions concerning development or use of a property is encouraged to contact the Code Enforcement Office.

The following forms are available on-line for your convenience:
Application for Building Permit, Application for Zoning Permit, Application for Highway Occupancy Permit, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Service Agreement, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Time Extension Agreement, Subdivision/Land Development Plan Improvement Guarantee Completion Extension Agreement.
 

NEW PERMIT COLOR CARDS

In an effort to save money, and the environment, the codes office will no longer issue permit cards for display.  Color coded permits will now be issued for quick identification of permit type.  Colors and permits are as follows:

      Blue - Pool Permit

      Pink - Deck Permit

      Yellow - Residential Permit other than pool or deck

      Orange - Signs

      Purple - Commercial Permits other than signs


Home/Heating Safety

 * USE SPACE HEATERS WISELY. ALLOW A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE HOT SURFACES OF THE HEATER AND ANY OTHER MATERIALS SUCH AS CURTAINS...BEDDING AND CLOTHING.

* NEVER USE THE COOKING OVEN TO HEAT YOUR HOME.
MAKE SURE TO KEEP CHIMNEYS SWEPT AND VENT PIPES CLEANED AND FREE FROM OBSTRUCTIONS.

* WHEN USING HEATERS AND FIREPLACES WHICH BURN FUEL LIKE NATURAL GAS...PROPANE...KEROSENE...WOOD OR COAL...A COLORLESS ODORLESS GAS CALLED CARBON MONOXIDE MAY BUILD UP IN YOUR HOME. CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING OR EVEN DEATH IS POSSIBLE IF THERE IS NOT ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO ALLOW THIS GAS TO ESCAPE.

* IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO KEEP A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN ROOMS WHERE YOU SLEEP OR SPEND LONG HOURS IN THE WINTER. LIKE A SMOKE ALARM...IT CAN SOUND AN ALARM TO LET YOU KNOW IF THIS DANGEROUS GAS IS BUILDING UP TO UNHEALTHY LEVELS.

* WRAP PIPES IN INSULATION WHICH WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE AIR OR IN UNHEATED CRAWL SPACES. YOU MAY ALSO ALLOW FAUCETS TO DRIP...ALLOWING THE WATER TO CONTINUE FLOWING. BOTH OF THESE MEASURES WILL HELP TO PREVENT THE PIPES FROM FREEZING AND BURSTING.

* TAKE CARE IN USING CANDLES DURING ANY POWER OUTAGES. KEEP ALL FLAMMABLE MATERIAL A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE OPEN FLAMES.

* CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS...ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY...AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND HEALTHY AS WELL.

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