Begin the building permit process

It's never too early to start the planning process for new building projects. Maybe this will be the year for that new deck, swimming pool, hot tub, spa, basement alteration or sunroom addition. Thoughts of warm weather, coupled with tax refunds, contribute to a tidal wave of home improvement permit applications and plans submitted to the Code Compliance Department each year.

Proper planning and complete permit applications with accurate plans can help eliminate unnecessary delays and costs and we may be able to issue your building permit within a two-week time frame.

Permit applications are processed and reviewed in the order they are received. Don't forget the permit process includes compliance with both the Township Zoning Ordinance and the 2003 International Residential Code as part of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.

Permit submittal guides are available for your use and reference at the Municipal Office, 1840 Municipal Drive and on the Township website.

Selecting a qualified contractor is also an important consideration. It is suggested that you ask the contractor for a list of projects performed in the Township which were successfully completed in accordance with Township standards. Also, it is suggested your construction contract include a provision stating that final payment will be withheld until all work is completed and inspected and approved by a Township Code Official.

The Township will perform various inspections during construction, as noted on the permit, to verify compliance with the Township approved plans and building codes. To speak with a code official, contact the Department of Code Compliance at 717-569-6406, extension 6. The Planning and Zoning Department may be contacted at 717-569-6406, extension 7.