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PA DEP Approval Requirements
Moving Earth Regulations
All earth moving activity shall be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), Pennsylvania Title 35: Chapter 102 Erosion Control, which states that:
  • Immediately upon receipt of a plan which would involve an earth moving activity that will affect five or more acres, the Upper Merion Township Safety and Codes Enforcement Department shall notify PA DEP.
  • In the event a plan involves earthmoving activities which will affect 25 acres, an Upper Merion Township Construction Permit will not be issued until an Erosion Control Permit, issued by PA DEP, is evidenced.
  • A copy of the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan shall be available at the building site at all times during construction.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection can be reached at 717-783-2300 and is headquartered at the:
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Contact Us
For questions concerning PA DEP regulations, please contact the Safety and Codes Enforcement Department at 610-265-2608.