Permits (Building/Zoning) – FAQs

1. When do I need a Building Permit?
Because there are so many variables, please email or call the township Planning and Zoning Department for information.

  • Tom Daniels, Planning & Zoning Director: (717) 291-1213 x307
  • Gretchen Smith, Planning & Zoning Assistant: (717) 291-1213 x308

2. When do I need a Zoning Permit?
Whenever any work is planned including new structures, additions to existing structures, signs, fences, driveways, and accessory structures. In general, zoning approval is required for all work except interior renovation/alteration to an existing building which does not result in an expansion or change of use.

3. How do I apply for a permit?
Start by filling out a Building/Zoning Permit Application. Applications are available for pick up from the township office during regular business hours, or download the application by clicking here.

The following will need to be included with your application in order for it to be considered complete and ready for processing:

  • Three (3) sets of construction plans/drawings of proposed work,
  • Site plan showing property lines, existing structures, proposed construction, and distances to lot,
  • Total construction cost of the project,
  • Insurance certificates(s).

Please note, the 3 sets of construction plans/drawings are required to be stamped by an engineer for commercial projects.

4. What happens after I submit my application for a permit?

  • The zoning officer will review applications for zoning compliance and submit comments if changes are necessary for approval.
  • The building inspector will review applications for building code compliance and submit comments if changes are necessary for approval.
  • A building permit will be issued upon payment of the designated fee. The building permit will be accompanied by written comments and the approved plan/drawing. The plans must be kept on the job site and available for inspection at all times. The building permit must be posted in a location that is visible from the main road.

5. Who do I call for inspections?
All inspections are arranged through the building inspector by calling (717) 464-8019. All inspections require a minimum of 48-72 hours notice depending on the inspector’s schedule.

6. How long will it take to process my application?
The average time to process a residential building permit application is ten (10) to fifteen (15) business days. The average time to process a commercial building permit application is twenty (20) to thirty (30) business days.

7. Who can I contact if I have questions about applying or about my application?

  • Gretchen Smith, Planning & Zoning Assistant: (717) 291-1213 x308
  • Tom Daniels, Planning & Zoning Director: (717) 291-1213 x307