The Community Development Department is a team of skilled and certified planning, building and zoning professionals who effectively administer programs, practice sound planning principles, provide educational support, and judiciously enforce regulations. The staff is committed to providing sensitive, courteous, and efficient services to ensure a good quality of life for Upper Allen Township residents and property owners. Department staff works closely together and with other 3rd party agencies to address the many aspects of building, zoning and land development.
Does my project need a permit?
Building Inspectors are responsible for reviewing and issuing building and occupancy permits. The Inspectors conduct routine inspections of building construction, plumbing, mechanical, and heating and cooling equipment to ensure compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Electrical plan reviews and inspections are accomplished through the use of 3rd party electrical agencies. Property owners should contact the Building Department for a list of approved 3rd party agencies for electrical inspections.
The Fire Marshal serves as a liaison between the Fire Department and property owners. The Fire Marshal reviews and issues operational and burn permits, and conducts fire inspections of commercial properties to ensure compliance with the International Fire Code (IFC).
Planning and Zoning
Planning and Zoning officials are responsible for reviewing subdivision and land development plans, Zoning Amendments, Certificate of Appropriateness requests, Special Exception permits, and Variance permits. The Zoning Officers conduct routine zoning and property maintenance inspections. They also serve as liaisons for the Planning Commission (PC), Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB), and Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB).
Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation, and Street Openings
HIGH GRASS AND WEEDS We would like to remind residents that it is unlawful for grass and weeds to be in excess of ten (10) inches in height on all premises and exterior property. Chapter 189 of the Township Ordinances and Section 302.4 of the Property Maintenance Code states all premises and exterior property within any districts shall be maintained free from weeds or weed growth in excess of 10 inches. All noxious plants shall be prohibited. “Weeds” shall be defined as all grasses and vegetation, other than trees, shrubs or vegetation that is edible, provided, however, this term shall not include farm fields, cultivated flowers and gardens. The provisions of this section shall be applicable to land that is located 200 feet or less from any building or structure available for use for human occupancy.
A Year in Review
In 2016, the Community Development Department reviewed 12 Subdivisions and Land Development plans, 2 Sketch plans, 3 Special Exception requests, and 4 Variance requests. Department staff addressed 64 property code/zoning complaints and defended 4 cases before the district justice court. Department staff also issued 272 building permits, 173 certificates of occupancy, 3 certificates of use, 2 operational permits, 301 zoning permits, 9 demo permits, 18 street cut permits, 1 excavation & fill permit, and 45 burn permits. More than 900 hours were spent conducting various inspections, to include 1,295 building inspections and 317 zoning inspections.
In 2015, the Community Development Department reviewed 15 Subdivisions and Land Development plans, 1 Sketch plan, 4 Zoning Amendments, 3 Special Exception requests, 3 Variance requests, and 1 Certificate of Appropriateness. Department staff addressed 75 property code/zoning complaints and defended 1 case before the district justice court. Department staff also issued 235 building permits, 160 certificates of occupancy, 2 certificates of use, 4 operational permits, 280 zoning permits, 10 demo permits, 46 street cut permits, and 2 excavation & fill permits. More than 700 hours were spent conducting various inspections, to include 1,052 building inspections.
In 2014, the Community Development Department reviewed 19 Subdivisions and Land Development plans, 1 Sketch plan, 3 Zoning Amendments, 0 Special Exception requests, 3 Variance requests, 0 Zoning Appeals, and 0 Certificates of Appropriateness. Department staff addressed property 79 code/zoning complaints and defended 1 case in a district justice court hearing. Department staff also issued 253 building permits, 176 certificates of occupancy, 2 certificates of compliance, 1 operational permit, and 274 zoning permits, 2 demo permits, and 2 excavation & fill permits. More than 1,200 hours were spent conducting various inspections, to include 1,163 building inspections.