Code Enforcement, Building & Zoning
Code Enforcement entails administration, interpretation and enforcement of the Borough’s Codified Code which includes all of the Ordinances adopted by the Borough to regulate activity in the Borough. The Codes most frequently referenced include the Zoning Ordinance, the Building Code Ordinance, The Property Maintenance Code Ordinance, the Rental Registration Ordinance, the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, and the Stormwater Management Ordinance.
- No building shall be constructed or altered in the Borough or the use of any building changed, nor vacant land occupied until a zoning permit is secured from the Zoning Officer.
- Hereafter, no structure erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, extended or moved, and no land or building changed in use, ownership or tenancy under a zoning permit, shall be occupied or used in whole or in part for any use whatsoever, until the owner and authorized agent has been issued a certificate of occupancy by the Zoning Officer, indicating that the building or use complies with the terms of zoning as provided in this chapter.
- Any erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration or moving of a building or other structure, including a sign authorized by a zoning permit, shall be commenced, and any change in use of a building or land authorized by a zoning permit shall be undertaken, within one year after the date of issuance of the permit. If not, the permit shall be considered null and void. However, in case of erection or construction of a building, the right to proceed with construction may be extended annually without additional fees for an aggregate period of not more than three years, provided that the construction pursuant to said permit has commenced within the first one-year period.
Zoning Information & Forms
Zoning Ordinance On-Line – To Search Borough Zoning Code
Zoning Permit Application –For Pools, hot-tubs, Fences, new retaining walls, Sheds, Decks, patios, Driveways, New Construction, Change In Use, Signs, Balconies and awnings etc. . Checks ($60 Residential, $100 commercial) made payable to Schwenksville Borough.
COMMERCIAL PROPRTY TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP Or Change of Tennant
If you are thinking about a project, adding or extending a fence, or adding an accessory building, please contact the Borough at 610-287-7442 to inquire about what permits are necessary.
Building Permits and Plan Reviews
Schwenksville Borough is pleased to announce that Code Inspection Inc. (CI) of Horsham PA is now the UCC Code Inspection Services provider for Schwenksville Borough. Tom Heisner has been assigned to service Schwenksville Borough for all Plan Reviews, Permitting and Inspections relating to the Building Codes of Schwenksville Borough. Code Inspections Inc. will also perform all U&O Inspections for Re-Sales and Rentals and will provide Zoning and Property Maintenance review and enforcement services on an as-need basis. This change was effective July 10th 2015.
Tom will have a dedicated office hour on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 10 AM. During this hour, and additional time as needed, Tom will meet with applicants by appointment, pick up permit applications filed with the Borough, issue permits, return phone calls and meet with staff regarding open permits. Call 1-800-288-2633 to schedule an appointment with Tom Heisner. Or stop by if you don’t mind waiting your turn. You may also call the Borough Hall at 610-287-7442 during Tom’s Office Hour and he will speak to you over the phone.
All Permit Applications for Construction, Rental Inspections, Re-Sale Inspections, Change In Tenancy, or signs; as well as zoning, stormwater mgt., Road Opening/Sidewalk Replacement etc. should still be filed with Schwenksville Borough. Forms and applications are listed herein or are accessible from a link listed under “I want to” on the left side of this home page”. The Construction Permit shall be used for New Construction, Renovations, Alterations, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Permits. An application for a commercial or accessible plan review is also available. More information and guidelines are available at http://www.codeinspectionsinc.com/inspection.php. The 2016 Fee Schedule Amended is available here. Checks made payable to Schwenksville Borough may be submitted through the Borough when the permit application is dropped off or when the permit is issued; For questions or assistance on how to do this call 1-800-288-2633 for assistance.
Permit Applications & Documents
Code_Inspections_Application for New Construction, Renovations, Alterations, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical improvements. Checks made payable to Schwenksville Borough.
PlanReviewApplication for non-residential and accessibility projects. Checks made payable to Schwenksville Borough.
Use and Occupancy Application _Updated 8_31_15– For Rental Inspections, Re-Sale and Change in Tenancy Inspections . Checks ($85 Residential and $100.00 Commercial) made payable to Schwenksville Borough.
U & O Requirements_Updated 8_31_15 – For Rental Inspections & Re-Sale are required prior to change in tenancy or ownership
Below are documents available for download to assist municipalities and applicants.
Primary inspections hours in Schwenksville Borough will be Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All other inspection times will be accommodated as able with sufficient notice. Inspections with Tom Heisner should be scheduled by calling Borough Hall at 610-287-7442 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call CI 1-800-288-2633 if you are unable to reach Borough Staff.
Use & Occupancy Permits – Rental Units & Re-sales
All rental units must be registered with the Borough. $25 annual fee – Effective August 2015
Any time there is a change in tenant, the Borough must be notified and a Use and Occupancy Inspection must take place.
All sales of residential and commercial buildings must have a Use and Occupancy Inspection. Applications & Fees are same as Rental U&O Inspections.
Building/Plumbing Inspector: Code Inspections Inc. of Horsham, PA – 1-800-288-2633
Code Enforcement Officer: Code Inspections Inc. of Horsham, PA 1-800-288-2633
Zoning Officer: Anne Klepfer, Schwenksville Borough Manager
Borough Office: (610) 287-7442
Fax: (610) 287-8098