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Any development, construction, installation on a property that involves a permanent (and some non-permanent) feature on a site. This includes fences, sheds, retaining walls, swimming pools, patios and decks.
Any improvement to an existing structure that increases or changes the footprint, height or location.
Any change of use of property or any portion of a property.
Any improvement on a commercial property requires site plan approval through the Planning or Zoning Board. If the improvement is minor in nature and meets the requirements of a Conditionally Exempt Site Plan, a streamlined approval process may be possible. Please refer to Chapter 188-110 of the Ordinance for the Conditionally Exempt Site Plan criteria).
The Township Zoning Map can be found here: Zoning MapOther Township Maps can be found at: Township Maps
Residential and Non-residential Use Schedule: Permitted Use Tables
Residential and Non-residential Bulk Standards: Bulk Standards Table II
Agricultural Zones Bulk Standards: Bulk Standards Table III
If the lot is less than 10,000 SF in size the setback is 5’ for a structure up to 10’ in height.
If the lot is greater than 10,000 SF in size the setback is equal to the height of the structure.
An in-ground pool has a setback of 10 feet from the edge of concrete to the property line. The edge of concrete includes any attached patio or sidewalk around the pool.
An above ground pool must be 10’ from property lines.
On a lot less than 15,000 SF the rear yard setback is 10’. On a lot greater than 15,000 SF the rear yard setback is 15’. The side yard setbacks are equal to the setback for the home (see setbacks in Question 5).
Patios have setbacks of 10’ to rear and side property lines.
5 feet and there cannot be any grading within 5 feet of the property line.
Residential properties in residential zones do not permit a business to be run on the property. Chapter 188-63 of the Ordinance lists permitted home office uses. All other offices are not permitted. Storing equipment or materials for a business is also not permitted (i.e. using your shed to store materials for your HVAC company).
Impervious cover includes all improvements covering the soil on a property. This includes anything under a roof (sheds), foundations (houses), patios, decks, driveways and sidewalks. Gravel, stone, paver patios and permeable paver patios all count at 100% impervious coverage.
Building coverage is the area of a lot covered by a structure with a roof.
Residential lots less than 1 acre do not need a permit although it is recommended to ensure the tree is not located in an easement or wetland. Residential lots greater than 1 acre need a permit.
Chapter 256 of the Ordinance contains all of the requirements for signage.
On a residential property trailers are not permitted. Portable storage containers (PODs) are permitted for 60 days on commercial and residential properties. A Portable storage container is defined as 10’W x 20’L and 10’H. Only two PODs can be on a property at one time. A POD must be permitted by this office prior to being placed on a property.
Trailers are permitted on commercial properties only in special cases per Chapter 307.
The Township does NOT perform surveys nor do we have a survey of every property in town. We keep copies of surveys that are given to us as part of a permit application, but this means we do not have a survey of every property in town. Additionally, the surveys we do have copies of may be very outdated.
If you wish to receive a copy of a survey or any other permit document from our Department you must fill out an OPRA (Open Public Records Act) request through the Township Clerk’s office. This can be done in person at the Municipal Building or online at:Online OPRA SubmittalFill Out and Print OPRA Form