The Zoning Division of The Community Development Department is responsible for implementing the Township's zoning codes.
When beginning any type of construction or use change, always consider whether a zoning certificate is required. Article 5, Section 5.02 of the West Chester Zoning Resolution requires that a zoning certificate be obtained prior to beginning most construction projects and property use changes. Plan review and issuance of a zoning certificate helps insure that the project conforms to all applicable zoning codes.
Please contact Community Development if you are unsure whether your project or change requires a permit. A code enforcement officer can easily answer most preliminary questions. Following is a partial list of common projects and situations for which a zoning certificate is necessary.
- New construction
- Building addition
- Above-ground and in-ground swimming pool
- Attached or detached garage
- Shed or storage building
- New sign or sign change
- Change in use
- Home occupation
Final Inspection Certificate
Once construction is completed, Article 5, Section 5.05 of the West Chester Zoning Resolution requires that a final inspection certificate be obtained before beginning use or occupancy. A code enforcement officer conducts a final inspection to determine that the project was completed according to plan (or use conforms to representation).
After inspection and verification of compliance with the Zoning Resolution, a final inspection certificate will be issued. If conditions are not met, however, a final zoning certificate cannot be issued and in such cases, a denial notice will be issued stating the results of the inspection and the requirements necessary to obtain a final.
When ready, applicants may call Community Development at 777-4214 to schedule a final inspection by providing the zoning certificate application number, address, and parcel number for the property to be inspected.