Building Permits

Building Permits

Why Do I Need a Permit?

The purpose of requiring a Building Permit is to verify compliance with the Township Zoning Ordinance. The items of interest that pertain to the Zoning Ordinance are: setbacks of the structure from property lines, height of structures, use of structures and distance from other structures.

How Do I Get a Permit?

The Permit process is as follows:
  • Applicant submits a completed application and required information including permit fee to Curtis O'Neil/Light Heigel Assoc, (570) 524-7742 | He will review the submittal for code compliance (usually within 3 – 5 days)
  • Permit fee is assessed and paid
  • Applicant is contacted for further information, if necessary
  • Permit is processed and sent to applicant.

When Do I Need a Permit?

The Following are “examples” only. Permits are not limited to this list.
  • New homes
  • Additions to homes
  • Detached garages
  • Garages-attached or integral
  • Decks
  • Deck roof/porch roof
  • Porches - with or without roof structure
  • Chimneys
  • Remodeling - Any remodeling or alterations of the house which involves changing the structure or supporting members, such as creating new window or door openings, as opposed to replacing windows or doors
  • Roof - changes to the roof (such as adding dormers or in changing from a flat roof to a gable roof)
  • Sheds - utility sheds
  • Swimming pools - in-ground pool and above ground pools that ore over 24" deep
  • Spas/hot tubs - indoors and outdoors
  • Finished basements-permits are required when new walls, doors, windows, bedrooms, or other passageways are created
  • Plumbing/mechanical/electrical installations in new homes or additions
  • Mobile homes
  • New electrical work that is not a repair or replacement of existing systems.

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