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Community Development - Zoning Guidelines

The Zoning Division of The Community Development Department is responsible for implementing the Township's zoning codes.

TO VIEW TOWNSHIP ZONING MAP

TO VIEW TOWNSHIP ZONING RESOLUTION

FOR ZONING APPLICATIONS

FOR FEES & SUBMISSION INFORMATION

FOR MEETINGS AND DEADLINES

 

Zoning Certificate

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
  • Remodeling
  • Above-ground and in-ground swimming pool
  • Attached or detached garage
  • Shed or storage building
  • Fence
  • Deck
  • 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.