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There is public water & sewer available South of Route 1 in certain areas. To check on availability, please call the office at 610-345-0300. Public Water & Sewer is NOT available North of Route 1. Thank you.

PA One Call’s purpose is to prevent damage to underground facilities. To promote safety, they provide an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners. “CALL BEFORE YOU DIG” on your property to ensure utility lines are marked prior to excavation. PA One Call is a 24/7 service to residents of Pennsylvania. You must call 72 hours prior to digging anything on your property. London Grove Municipal Authority marks “ONLY” lines that are in the Public Right-Of-Way. To utilize this service, contact PA ONE CALL’S toll free number at 1-800-242-1776.

  • Mail payment to – LGTMA, 372 Rose Hill Road, Suite 300, West Grove, PA 19390
  • Pay your bill in person at the office. Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Outside Payment Drop Box is available 24/7 at the “Blue” Municipal Authority Entrance. The box located on the brick wall at the entrance. The box is TAN with Black Lettering “Water & Sewer Payments.”
  • Online payments are accepted by clicking here. A convenience fee is applied to this service.

Water & Sewer Bills are mailed quarterly. January, April, July and October by the 15th of the month. Payments are due within 30 days.

Please click on the link below to be redirected to the Township Taxes page.

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To apply for a garden bed, you need to fill out a garden bed application, which can be obtained at the Township Building or we can email one to you. Please contact the Township Building for more information. 610-345-0100

There are 3 types of bins; holding, turning and worm.

Holding containers that store waste until the materials break down into compost. These bins should have opening in the sides to permit plenty of air but small enough to still contain the materials that are composting, this is the easiest way to compost.

Turning bins are used for building and turning active compost piles. Turning unit allows wastes to be conveniently mixed for aeration on a regular basis. Make a 3 sided bin leaving the fourth side open for turning the pile or for access to the finished compost.

Worms can be used to consume organic waste, producing a great topsoil additive. Worm compost can even be done indoors with relatively no odor; you can get worm composter bins on line too.

Finished compost is dark brown, crumbly and earthy-smelling. To use as a fertilizer, spread it an inch thick on your garden beds to improve poor soil, spread 2 to 3 inches of compost over a tilled surface working the compost into the top 6 inches of earth. Compost can be beneficial in any season. However to maximize its benefits, spread your compost in the fall, cover with mulch and allow to sink into soil, fertilizing it thoroughly by spring time.

Look for a level well-drained area. If you plan on adding kitchen scraps, keep it accessible to your back door and not so far away that you’ll neglect it. Look for a spot that is shaded and protected from wind. Start your pile on soil or a lawn to take advantage of the earthworms and beneficial microbes and other decomposers.

You can choose to compost in a passive or proactive manner.

Passive composting involves the least amount of time and energy on your part. Set up an enclosed area and start adding your organic wastes. The materials will eventually break down into finished compost. After a year or two your pile will produce a few cubic feet of compost yearly.

Proactive composting involves active participation. By using this method you’ll have finished compost within 3-4 weeks depending on what materials used, whether you chopped up and how you mix them together. Your compost pile needs a proper ratio of carbon rich material or “browns” and nitrogen-rich material or “greens”. Among the brown materials are died leave, straw and wood chips. Nitrogen materials are fresh or green such as grass clippings and kitchen scraps. Mixing certain types of materials or changing the proportions can make a difference in the rate of decomposition. The ideal ratio is 25 parts browns to 1 part greens but you can experiment with what works best for you. Good compost is moist and odorless and maintains a temperature of 130 degrees. Too much carbon slows down the decomposition while too much nitrogen causes odor

Yes. Compost decreases your waste. About 1/3 of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our yards and kitchens, just the type of material that can be used in compost. Since the average American household produces more than 200 pounds of kitchen waste every year, composting is an important component to reducing your environmental impact and landfill use.

Compost enhances your soil’s structure, texture and aeration by loosening it and increasing its water-holding capacity. It improves your soil’s fertility, stimulates healthy root development in plants, and provides food for microorganisms.

Composting is the ultimate garden fertilizer. It contains virtually all the nutrients a living plant needs and slowly delivers them over a period of years. It enlivens your soil no matter where you live. Farmers around the world will testify that healthier soil grows healthier plants that naturally resist disease, insects, and other environmental pressures.

Yes. All systems should use covered barrels or cisterns that keep the water from accumulating leaves and other contaminants. They should also have some kind of filter to keep out silt and leaves. Filters can range from a funnel with mesh at the bottom that is covered by gravel, to a rainwater washing apparatus.

The type of gutter system you have is also important, as many may have lead soldering or lead-based paints.

Make sure you have some way to cover the barrel with a screen or a top. Standing water is also where mosquitoes breed best. You can use a fine screen over the top of the barrel to deter mosquitoes.

If you are using a bin not originally designed as a rain barrel, make sure it can withstand holding a large amount of water.

Place it on level and stable ground to prevent tipping.

If temperatures may reach freezing or below, disconnect your rain barrels as the constant freezing and thawing of the water may weaken the material or cause cracks.

A final bit of advice for all rainwater systems is to always monitor the rain barrels for overflow, especially when you’re away on vacation.

For every inch of rain that falls on a roof area of 1,000 square feet, you can expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater (or for every square foot 0.6 gallons). To calculate your roof area, measure the footprint of your house or use the total square feet of your 1st floor.

Your annual rainwater harvesting capacity is your roof area multiplied by 0.6 and then multiplied by the annual amount of rainfall in your area. Chester County gets about 42 inches a year.

Depending on the needs of your household, harvesting your rainwater can significantly augment your water supply.

Of course, rainwater harvesting systems aren’t 100% efficient due to evaporation, spilling, etc but you can expect to collect around 80% of that figure depending on how sophisticated your rain barrels are and how vigilant you are.

To maximize your collection of rainwater, you can use buildings such as barns or sheds as well as your house.

Harvesting systems range from simple rain barrels to advanced systems of cisterns, pumps, and flow controls.

Rainwater is usually collected from the roofs of houses and picks up very little contamination when it falls. Of course, you’ll want to keep your roof clean of debris and potential contaminants to maximize its purity.

Harvested rainwater is primarily used for watering gardens, lawns and houseplants, but you can find uses within the house as well.

Sidebar: Rainwater can be used for drinking, but requires special treatment with a filtration system. A filtration system is not needed for landscape use – harvested water can be used directly from your rain barrel on your garden. Products That Harvest Rainwater Around Your House

First – water harvesting supplements your water use and reduces your need for water during dry seasons making droughts less damaging and letting aquifers replenish.

Second – plants thrive on rainwater because it is naturally soft – devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals – and using it for landscaping improves the health of your gardens, lawns, and trees.

Finally – harvesting water saves you money. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of rainfall in your area, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater, which reduces your water needs and your water bill. Harvesting Rain Water

No, however, please contact the Code Department to verify that all permits issued for the property have received a Certificate of Occupancy.

You do not need a permit unless the new windows are a different type or size than the old ones.

A building permit is not necessary, however, zoning permits are required.

Only if you are replacing more than 25% of the roof shingles or if the construction involved structural work, such as replacing rafters.

Building Permits are required for all new construction, additions, alterations, decks, sheds, in-ground and above-ground pools, fence, driveway expansions, etc.

No-London Grove Township has opted into the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and is authorized to perform commercial inspections and plan reviews, including accessibility.

You should submit a permit application to the Township, the same as if the project was proposed. Once a permit is issued the Township will make every effort to make the inspection process as un-invasive as possible, however, you may be required to remove some finish materials. Fees are doubled up to a maximum increase of $200. Permit Application Forms.

These trades are included with a building permit, so no separate permit is required, however, if you are doing a trade only project a building permit is required.

A zoning permit is required for all sheds. A building permit may not be required if your shed is under 1,000 square feet. Contact the Code Department for more information.

Currently the Township accepts Cash, Check or Money Order. We do not currently except Credit or Debit Cards.

Contact the Building Code Official at 610-345-0100 and he will be able to provide you with setback information for your property.

Submit 2 copies of plans showing the proposed changes to the Township, along with an application for revision. These plans will be reviewed and approved. Work on proposed revisions shall not start until plans are approved. Revision Application (PDF)

Please contact our office, we may be able to provide a copy of a plot plan for your property.

We may have these plans; the newer the home, the more likely we have these plans.

Permit applications must be dropped off at, or mailed to:

London Grove Township Building
372 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Directions

Permit applications may be obtained from this website or at :

London Grove Township Building
372 Rose Hill Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Directions

An inspection list is provided when a permit is issued, you can also go the Inspections page on this site for examples of inspections, which may be required.

Typically residential permits are reviewed in 15  working days from when a complete application is submitted, often the first review will result in comments which much be addressed by the application prior to issuance of a permit. Commercial permits will be reviewed within 30 working days from when a complete application is submitted.

Currently London Grove Township enforces the 2009 International Codes.

The cost of permits is based on the London Grove Township Fee Schedule. To provide an example, the cost of permits to construct a 300-square-foot desk with an actual construction cost of $5,000 would be $50 for the Zoning Permit and $110 for the building permit.

View the Permit Requirements for more information on what projects require a Building Permit. Permit Requirements Page.

A building permit provides a means for the township to protect those who live, work and play in the Township by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe constructions and therefore ensure public health, safety and welfare.

A Building Permit is a license, which grants legal permission to start construction of a project.