Building & Construction

Floodplain Permits Now Required

As of September 29, 2017, Floodplain Permits, in addition to other applicable Township Permits, are required prior to any construction or development being undertaken within a floodplain.  For background, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) updated its Floodplain Maps and required Easttown, as well as all municipalities, to update its floodplain regulations to comply with its new Floodplain Maps and to meet the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) new minimum floodplain requirements.   Using the statewide floodplain ordinance model provided by the Commonwealth, Easttown adopted Ordinance 428-17 on May 15, 2017.  By adopting this Ordinance, it allows the NFIP to continue making flood insurance available to Easttown residents.  To check to see if your proposed project falls within a floodplain, please visit http://www.chesco.org/2198/ChescoViews or https://msc.fema.gov/portal.  For questions regarding Ordinance 428-17 and/or the Floodplain Permit Application,  please contact Eugene Briggs, Zoning Officer, by telephone at 610.687.3000 ext. 109 or via email.


A Building Permit is required for all new construction, alterations and demolition within the township, including porches, patios, decks, swimming pools, and sheds. Prior to starting any work, the homeowner must obtain the appropriate permits and forms from the township for the proposed project. Please also note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to become familiar and comply with all Township Ordinances, including but not limited to the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision & Land Development Ordinance, the Natural Resources Protection Ordinance and the Stormwater Management Ordinance. 

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Requirements

Demolition


The demolition of an existing structure requires a Zoning Permit and a Building Permit. The Building Permit application will not be accepted until the Zoning Permit has been approved. 

Additions & New Construction


The erection of a new structure (including a swimming pool, residential structure, commercial structure, accessory structure, etc.) requires a Zoning Permit, a Drainage Permit, a Building Permit, and a Certificate of Occupancy. The Building Permit Application will not be accepted until the Zoning Permit and the Drainage Permit have been approved.

Patios


The construction of a patio requires a Zoning Permit and a Drainage Permit. In some cases, a Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy may also be required. Please contact the Building Code Official to determine whether a Building Permit and Certificate of Occupancy are required. The Building Permit Application, if required, will not be accepted until the Zoning Permit and Drainage Permits have been approved.

Decks


The construction of a deck requires a Zoning Permit, a Building Permit and a Certificate of Occupancy. The Building Permit will not be accepted until the Zoning Permit has been approved.

Roofs


Roof replacement requires a Building Permit.