The Newtown Township Codes Department is responsible for administration of the Joint Municipal Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Floodplain Ordinance, Stormwater Ordinance and the building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical UCC Standards. The Codes Department also administers and enforces locally adopted health and nuisance standards. This department is also the administrator for the Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board through the Zoning Officer.
All inspections performed are to insure that buildings and properties throughout the township are in compliance with the Codes and Ordinances adopted by the Township Board of Supervisors.
Some frequently asked questions
Codes & Zoning
A permit will be required only if the new window is not the same size as the existing window and requires structural changes (framing).
Yes, unless it is considered a “same in kind” replacement which means it’s the same type of fence, same height of the existing fence, same type of materials, same location, etc. and a permit was issued.
Yes, a permit is required to install a fence. (Note: If you live in a development with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), you will be required to submit a letter from your HOA with the permit application.)
Any single family detached home does not need a permit for a roof replacement. Townhomes/attached single family dwellings do need to secure a permit for roof replacement.
Do I need a permit to replace a walkway on my property if it’s the same size as my existing walkway?
No, unless you’re increasing the impervious surface area (this is defined as area which does not absorb water such as brick pavers, concrete, asphalt, etc.), a permit will not be required.
Yes, any deck constructed under 30” above grade requires a Zoning Permit, and if the deck is 30” or higher, a Zoning & Building Permit is required. Patios, walkways, driveway expansions also require Zoning Permits for setbacks and impervious. A permit is also required to install a shed (if less than 200 sq.ft. – Zoning Only and if 200 sq.ft. or more – Zoning & Building).
Yes, a Real Estate Sign Permit form must be submitted annually. Note: Real Estate Signs must be placed on the property. Only one (1) sign shall be erected on the property unless the property fronts more than one (1) street, in which event, an additional sign is permitted.
No, Newtown Township does not require a use & occupancy for residential re-sale. A residential use & occupancy is only required for New Construction.
ALL residents, or their contractor, MUST notify the Pennsylvania “One-Call System”, in order to identify underground utilities including gas, electric, phone and cable.
***This procedure is extremely important for your safety and your neighbor’s safety.***
In addition to this procedure, you, the resident, must contact the Newtown Townships Codes & Zoning Department to apply for a permit prior to establishing the fence.