There are a few different types of permits required in the Township. Besides building a new house, permits are required for projects such as: swimming pools (in-ground or aboveground), accessory storage buildings, additions, garages, carports, signs, porches, decks, etc. These projects require a permit before the work begins. Certain constraints and property setbacks apply to these permits. There are other types of permits such as the Well Permit, Driveway Permit, and Occupancy/Use Permit to name a few. An Occupancy/Use Permit is required to move into or occupy any structure within the Township. Construction of and/or resurfacing of a driveway requires a Driveway Permit These permits are issued by the Zoning Officer. A PennDOT permit is also required for a driveway entrance to a state road.
To obtain a building permit for a new home:
- Contact the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer for assistance with soil testing and issuance of a Sewage Permit.
- Obtain approval from the Berks County Conservation District for sediment and erosion control measures for earthmoving on the lot. Applications are available from the Conservation District or Township Office.
- Obtain a Driveway Permit from PennDOT if the driveway has access to a state highway.
- Contact the Zoning Officer with application information for the required permits. You must also present evidence that you have obtained a Sewage Permit, approval of your sediment and erosion control plan, and a PennDOT Driveway Permit if applicable.
- A Use and Occupancy Permit is required before you can use the structure defined on the permit. This permit can be obtained from the Zoning Officer.
- Zoning Officer: James H. Franey, Contractors Inspection Services - (610) 775-2269