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The Zoning Division of The Community Development Department is responsible for implementing the Township's zoning codes. Zoning-Notice-Sign-2019-(web)

To View Township Zoning Map [PDF]

To View Township Zoning Resolution [PDF]

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 the project conforms to all applicable zoning codes. 

Please contact Community Development if unsure whether project or change requires a permit.  A property advisor can easily answer most preliminary questions.  The 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 a final inspection certificate be obtained before beginning use or occupancy.  A property advisor conducts a final inspection to determine 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 (513) 777-4214 to schedule a final inspection by providing the zoning certificate application number, address, and parcel number for the property to be inspected.

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