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Permit Submittal Guides

Select The Appropriate Permit Submittal Guide For Your Project

New Construction

by definition is intended to include but not be limited to the construction of a residential or non-residential building or accessory building such as a garage, pole building, shed, or an accessory structure such as a deck, fence, pool either above ground or in ground as defined where location, size and the amount of impervious coverage are governed by the zoning ordinance requiring a zoning permit application, the building codes requiring a building permit application and the stormwater management ordinance requiring a SWM plan unless exempt.

In order to assure any proposed project is in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and the PA Uniform Construction Code and Stormwater Management Ordinance, 'construction documents including plans and specifications' must be prepared using New Construction Permit Submittal Guide.

New Construction Permit Submittal Guide

Additions

by definition is intended to mean an extension or increase in floor area or height of a building or structure both of which are governed by the zoning ordinance in terms of:

  • location with respect to building setbacks
  • coverage with respect to the amount of impervious material permitted.
  • If such change in impervious material exceeds 1000 sq. ft. a stormwater management plan is required.
  • Consequently projects associated with enlarging the floor area or changing the height by adding a bedroom, or attaching a garage, or deck to an existing residence are examples of additions that are governed by the zoning ordinance requiring a zoning permit application, the building codes requiring a building permit application and the stormwater management ordinance requiring a SWM plan unless exempted.

In order to assure any proposed project is in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and the PA Uniform Construction Code and Stormwater Management Ordinance, construction documents including plans and specifications must be prepared using Additions Permit Submittal Guide.

Additions Permit Submittal Guide

Alterations that require a Building Permit

are by definition any structural changes or modifications in the supporting members of a building, such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders, within the building envelope and are governed by the building codes.

Alterations With Structural Changes Permit Submittal Guides

As an example a finished basement with new walls, doors, windows, bedrooms and modifying the means of egress are governed by the building codes.

Alterations that require a Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Permit

are by definition the removal or replacement of any system without structural changes within the existing building envelope involving mechanical, plumbing or electrical components and are governed by the appropriate Mechanical, Plumbing or Electrical Permit.

Permit Submittal Guides For Alterations that require a Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Permit:

Mechanical Alterations Permit Submittal Guide

Electrical Alterations Permit Submittal Guide

Plumbing Alterations Permit Submittal Guide

Accessory Structures

The terms accessory structure and accessory building are used interchangeably. An accessory building by definition is a building detached from and subordinate to the main building and used for purposes customarily incidental to the main building. Accessory buildings are commonly used as carports, garages, greenhouses and sheds whereas accessory structures include but are not limited to decks and pools.

The structures all house uses that are incidental to the primary use which is the dwelling unit and the activities that take place in accessory structures occur as a result of the primary building. Their use is secondary or minor in importance to the primary residence.

It is important to go to the 'projects that require a permit' page to know what type of permit is required. Once the type of permit is known go to the 'how to obtain a permit' page and follow the instructions found in the 'permit submittal guide' for new construction.

New Construction Permit Submittal Guide For Accessory Structures