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Work That Requires a Permit
Clarifying Permit Requirements
Permits are required for the following activities, events, construction projects, and/or items:
  • Bridge and culverts
  • Construction: All new construction, additions, alterations, roofing, siding, decks, replacement windows, exterior doors, and demolitions in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities.
  • Electrical work
  • Fences around Pools, fences >6 ft. high, All Commercial Property fences
  • Greenhouses
  • Heating and air-conditioning: New, expansion, and replacement
  • Plumbing fixtures, water lines, drain lines and sanitary sewer laterals
  • Removal of shade trees in township rights-of-way
  • Road occupancy, road opening, replacement, addition to or new construction of curbs, sidewalks, or driveway openings: This includes work done by utilities.
  • Roofs
  • Sanitary sewer connections
  • Signs: Permanent and temporary, except yard sales
  • Sprinkler systems installation: New, expansion, alterations, and replacements
  • Storage shed or Detached garage 
  • Storm drainage, paving, curbing, sidewalks, and driveways within rights-of way
  • Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs 
  • Tanks: Also needs Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notification. All underground storage tank work must be done by DER approved installers with inspections conducted by DEP approved third-party inspectors
  • Temporary construction trailers
  • Tennis courts

The Safety and Codes Department has published an informational Codes Information Packet pamphlet to further explain the permit and inspection requirements.

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