Building & Zoning Permits
Township Residents May Need a Permit For:
- New buildings and additions.
- Grading for areas in excess of 500 square feet including septic system repair and replacement.
- Changes in existing building use or occupancy.
- Interior alterations, including but not limited to finished basements.
- Structural repair or replacement.
- New or replacement of an electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system.
- Decks, patios, or porches.
- Roofing or replacement.
- Driveways, including but not limited to new construction entering a Township road and widening.
- Decorative walls/ Driveway Entrance Columns.
- Swimming pools, spas, or hot tubs.
- Sheds, garages, barns, gazebos, greenhouses, or other accessory structures.
- Tennis and sport courts.
- Retaining walls over four feet.
*Disclaimer: The Above List of Permits is Not All Inclusive.
If you have a specific Zoning and/ or Building question - please contact the Township.
An owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a residential building or erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system regulated by the Uniform Construction Code shall first apply to the Building Code Official and obtain the required permit §403.62a (relating to permit application).
Common Questions about the Process:
I have completed the permit application. What do I do now?
You can either mail, email, fax, or drop off the completed permit application and additional paperwork required (e.g. insurance certification, two (2) copies of plans) to the Worcester Township office. All completed permits submitted to Worcester Township are first reviewed for compliance with Zoning – Chapter 150.
The Building Department then reviews the permit application for compliance with the Uniform Construction Code, and has up to three (3) weeks to review residential permit applications and six (6) weeks for commercial permit applications. The Township staff does its best to expedite the process. You will receive a phone call from the Township once the permit has been approved and the permit fee that is due upon pickup.
I have specific questions and concerns about the project I am working on.
How do I get in contact with the Building Inspector or Zoning Officer?
Once the permit is approved and paid for, how do I schedule an inspection?
Call the Township Building at 610-584-1410 and ask to schedule an inspection.
The inspection time slots are first come, first served - please plan accordingly, especially during peak season.
Does the Township inspect electrical work?
No. Here is a list of electrical underwriters. The building inspector, however, will ensure that the electrical underwriter has given the seal of approval during the final inspection.
I would like to apply for a Zoning Variance. Where do I go?
Please visit our Zoning page.
I need to submit an appeal to the UCC Board of Appeals. Where is this form?
Please use this form.
I need a plot plan and other documentation for a property - how do I get this?
Please submit a "Right to Know" request in order to receive the record, which can be found here. The property file will be pulled and inspected to find the documentation that you are looking for. Please be as specific as possible in regards to the records you are looking for. Please note that an agency has five business days to respond to a request, whether you place the request in person or by mail.
The following permit application files are in PDF format. To download Adobe Acrobat reader, please visit Adobe.com.
*Be sure to visit the "additional forms and information" links that correspond to each application.
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