Do I Need a Permit?

Before diving into a residential or commercial project, you should have this question in your mind. We all know that applying for permits can be an inconvenient process before even starting a job. That being said, the Township uses permits as a way to ensure a positive outcome between contractors, customers and neighbors.

A huge problem we see here at the Township is when residents/businesses start a job without first applying for a permit. This throws a fork in everyone's plans, as the job must come to a halt until a permit is issued. The Township does not enjoy issuing stop work orders and we really do want to see our community flourish. This can easily be avoided, and permits will go through the process much quicker if you know what you need a permit for, and how to get one.

The following list consists of the most common projects for which the Township requires a permit. Since there is so much to cover, not everything that requires a permit will be on this list, so please call the Township at 610-356-0200 to double-check and see if you need one. 

Permits Required:

  • Building or replacing a fence
  • Structural repairs and additions
  • Accessory structures (garage, decking, patios, etc.)
  • Sheds
  • Pools
  • Re-roofing
  • Grading
  • Demolition Projects
  • Signs and Banners
  • Electrical services
  • Plumbing (adding, removing or relocating pipes, toilets, showers, sinks, etc.)
  • Most HVAC services

If you are doing any work that will require a permit, you can follow this link to our applications. One of the other things that may slow down the permit process is an incomplete permit package. While getting an application ready, please make sure everything on the PERMIT INSTUCTION LIST is checked off and agrees with the Building Codes on the 2015 IBC.