Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system which the 2009 International Code regulates and applicable sections of 2015 IRC as adopted by PA UCC.
Carports, Detached Private Garages, Greenhouses, and Sheds which are under 1000 sq ‘ and are accessory to a detached single family dwelling do not require a building permit (a zoning permit is still required and it is best to talk to the Code Administrator to verify that you meet the requirements for this exception.)
Ordinary repairs to structures do not require building permits (however these are required to meet the Code).
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to 1 and 2 family dwellings
- Prefabricated pools that are less then 24 inches deeps
- Windows awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not extend more than 54″ from the exterior wall and do not require additional support
- Window replacement without structural change
- Replacement of existing roof material which does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any 12-month period
- Replacement of existing siding
- Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders
- Minor electrical repair and maintenance work such as the replacement of receptacles, switches, and fixtures in the same location
- Replacement of faucets, lavatories, sinks, water closets, and other plumbing fixtures in the same location
Not Ordinary Repairs
- The cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof
- The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing support
- The removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting is exit way requirements
- The addition to, alteration of, replacement, or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent, or similar piping
- The addition to, alteration of, replacement, or relocation of any electrical wiring
- The addition to, alteration of, replacement, or relocation of any mechanical systems
Driveway permits are required for the expansion, relocation, or installation of a new opening onto a township road, or the temporary use of an area to access a Township road.
If located on a State Road the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has similar regulations.
Home Occupation Permits
A home occupation permits are required in order to conduct any business out of a residential property.
The placement of any sign requires a sign permit.
Any sign is defined as any permanent or temporary structure or part thereof, or any devise attached, painted, or represented directly or indirectly on a structure or other surface that displays or includes any letter, work, insignia, flag, or representation, which is in the nature of a advertisement, announcement, visual communication, direction, or is designed to attract the eye or bring the subject to the attention of the public.
A zoning permit is required anytime you change the use of a property or structure, install a new structure, relocate an existing structure, or enlarge a existing structure. This includes the installation of sheds and fences.