Building Permit vs. Zoning Permit – What type of Permit is needed?

Building Permit will apply for a job that falls under the State Building Code (UCC) and which require inspections, such as:

  • Sheds, detached garages and carports if over 1,000 sq.ft. in size
  • Attached garages
  • Additions
  • Fences over 6’ high and retaining walls over 4’ high
  • Replace roof framing
  • Roof over patio or porch
  • Enclosing an existing porch
  • Deck over 30” high
  • Inground swimming pools – also requires fencing
  • Installation of new doors or windows, or replacement doors or windows of a different size or location
  • Most electrical work – including generators
  • Replacement of furnace and HVAC systems
  • All commercial and Industrial remodeling and renovations
  • Business signs/ Billboards
  • Conversions and Change of Use and Occupancy

 Building and Zoning Permit Application 2020

NO PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR:

  • Alterations/ repairs to residential buildings which do not make structural changes or changes to means of egress (i.e. – replace windows and doors, same size and same location)
  • Installation of aluminum or vinyl siding on a residence
  • Wallpaper, carpet, tile, paint, interior cabinetry – as long as the fixtures are not relocated
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a residence
  • Swimming pools less than 24” high

A   Zoning Permit  is required for all other jobs which typically do not require inspections such as:

  • Sheds, detached garages and unattached carports less than 1,000 sq.ft. in size
  • Fences – up to 6’ high
  • Retaining walls – up to 4’ high
  • Sidewalks and curbing
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Patio or porch with no roof or walls
  • Deck – not more than 30” high
  • Replace roof/ shingles (no framing involved)
  • Temporary business promotion signs
  • Residential Outdoor Firepit area – also needs review and approval by the Fire Department (York Area United Fire & Rescue)

Zoning Hearing Application

Spring Garden Township contacts with Commonwealth Code Inspection Service, Inc. (CCIS) for building and other inspections.   Information can be found at www.codeservices.net.  When the plans are approved, a Building Permit to be issued.  You will be notified when the permit is ready to be picked up and the fees that need to be paid.

FEES:

Payment of fees is NOT required up-front.  All fees are collected after plan reviews are completed and prior to issuance of the permit.

  • Zoning Permit fee is $25.00
  • Building Permit fees are based at $7.00 per $1,000 (or fraction thereof) for the cost of the construction PLUS plan review, inspection, administration and state permit fees as calculated by CCIS (Commonwealth Code Inspection Service), our third-party agency who will be reviewing and approving the plans.

OTHER PERMITS and FEES THAT MAY BE NEEDED:

  • Stormwater Management plan review $300.00 for small projects; $700.00 for large projects
  • Stormwater Fee $.50 per sq.ft. for projects less than 500 sq.ft. in size
  • Dumpster and POD units $100.00
  • Jiffy John (portable toilet facilities)$10.00
  • Use and Occupancy Certificate $50.00