Buildings & Permits • Building FAQs


Why do I need a Building Permit?  

You need a permit for construction because as of April 9, 2004 it is a state law under PA Act 45 of 1999.  Permits ensure safe construction by protecting public health, safety and welfare.  Permits allow code officials to help to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction by guaranteeing that minimum construction standards are met.

Do I need a permit to just replace roof shingles?

No, only if you are replacing the plywood decking or if the construction involves structural work such as replacing rafters.

My deck is rotting or replacing existing deck. Do I need a permit?

If you are REPLACING an EXISTING deck a permit is required if you are just replacing deck boards a permit is not required. All new decks require a permit.
   
Do I need a permit for a concrete/paver patio?

Yes, A permit is required.

Do I need a permit if I am installing replacement windows?
 
No, You do not need a permit unless the new windows are a different size from the old ones.

Do I need a permit for a swimming pool or hot tub?

Yes, A permit is required to locate, construct or maintain a swimming pool or hot tub. All pools designed to contain a water depth of twenty-four (24) inches or more and intended for swimming or recreational purposes. Including the temporary inflatable pools.

Do I need a permit for a fence?

Yes, Only for fences 6 ft and over. under the 6 ft no permit is required. Placement can be on the property line but we suggest you keep it back so you can maintain both sides of the fence.

Are Use and Occupancy Permits and inspections required for home & Business re-sales & rentals?

Yes, Use and Occupancy Permits and inspections are required for all residential, commercial and industrial re-sales and for changes in tenants (rentals). Forms must be picked up at the Township building each property has a disclosure that must be printed form our system.

How many horses may I keep on my property?

A minimum of three (3) acres of net buildable site area shall be required for the keeping and raising of livestock. The keeping and raising of livestock shall be limited to one (1) head of livestock per one (1) acre of net buildable site area. Further, a minimum of two (2) acres of net buildable site area shall be required for the keeping and raising of poultry.