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Land Use Department

As of October 1, 2002, Penn Township has adopted their first Comprehensive Development Plan. In order for the township to develop in an organized manner, the Land Use Department will use the document to ensure harmony of our existing land use regulations and zoning in managing development. The Township requires Land Development Applications, Subdivision Applications, Building Permits and various other permits that can be found on the drop down menus located in the upper right hand location of this page.

Currently the Land Use Administrator is Clinton A. Bonetti. He will be the first contact for information relating to Land Use or Land Development. Requested Subdivisions or Land Development plans are required to be submitted 15 working days prior to their regularly scheduled meetings. The Planning Commission holds their meetings on the second Thursday of each month. The Land Use Department will forward major land development plans that require stormwater management approval, to the Township Engineer. The Department also reserves the right to submit minor plans to the Township Engineer. Major Subdivisions will also require stormwater management approval from the Township Engineer.

Building permits are required and must be obtained prior to construction for residential and commercial structures. Prior to obtaining a commercial building permit land development approval must be given by the Township Supervisors. Approval from Pennsylvania Labor and Industry must accompany the commercial building permit application.

The Land Use Department also accepts applications for rezoning, variances, conditional uses and special exceptions, which will then be forwarded to the appropriate boards for their review and their consideration. These forms can also be found on the site as PDF Downsloads. Once the applications for variances and special exceptions are received the hearings will follow the requirements of the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code. The applicants will be notified by phone and then mail on the date of the hearing.

A fully functional Geographic Information System (GIS) has been in operation since 1998. The capabilities that it provides the township staff are endless. An upgrade to the existing system now enables tracking of building permits, subdivisions, land developments, variances and violations. Here are a few of the capabilities the GIS provide to the Township: parcel zoning, soil types, home addresses and more.

Penn Township

Clinton A. Bonetti, Land Use Administrator

Email: CBonetti@penntownship.org
Phone: (724) 586-1165 x302

Land Use Documents/Forms

Penn Township Sewage Enforcement

Prior to beginning any Land Development in Penn Township, properties are required by state law to be tested for on-lot septic suitability. This must be done to sub-divide property as well as prior to construction on a vacant lot. The township follows rules and regulations created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and in accordance with Title 25- Environmental Protection Chapters 71, 72 and 73 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

These laws require each municipality to appoint a Sewage Enforcement Officer as well as an alternate Sewage Enforcement Office to conduct on-lot testing for each undeveloped lot within the township as well as testing for existing systems that may be malfunctioning. Residents and developers are required to complete applications and obtain permits for on-lot sewage within the township. Associated ordinances for sewage are viewable on the PDF download list on this page.

The fees for on-lot septic applications are included in the Penn Township Fee Schedule, also viewable on this site but at a minimum will costs the applicant $450 per application and permit. This fee breaks down into several categories during the testing and a portion may be refundable if the test fails. In order to view the breakdown please refer to the fee schedule. If there are any questions, please contact:

Mike Corle, Sewage Enforcement Officer
(412) 600-5813 - Home Office
(724) 586-1165 x301 - Penn Township Municipal Building