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.

Zoning Permits

Zoning Permits are required for residential and commercial properties for construction such as adding or extending a deck, fence, addition, shed, accessory building, porch, sign, etc. or  changes is in use or occupancy.
  • 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

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Zoning Ordinance On-Line – To Search Borough Zoning Code

Current Zoning Map

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.

Rental Unit U&O Permit Application

COMMERCIAL PROPRTY TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP Or Change of Tennant

Residential Property Transfer U&O

TEMPORARY OCCUPANCY PERMIT

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

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CI Building Permit Application

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.

Office Hours:

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.

Permit Applications:

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_15For 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

 
 
Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board
In 2005, the Townships of Skippack, New Hanover, Lower Frederick and Perkiomen and the Boroughs of Royersford, Collegeville and Trappe entered into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement To Create A Board of Appeals for the administration of the Uniform Construction Code. By joinder agreements adopted by Resolutions of Member Municipalities and by Resolution of the Applicant, Schwenksville Borough joined the Joint Board of Appeals in 2011 and Worcester Township joined in 2015. This code is Part of Act 45, which was passed in 1999. As set forth within Act 45, every municipality that adopts the Uniform Construction Code must have an Appeals Board to handle appeals to the Code. Due to the difficulty of staffing such a board in some municipalities, it was suggested to take a regional approach to this requirement.  Jim Keyser is the appointed Appeal Board representative from Schwenksville Borough.

Below are documents available for download to assist municipalities and applicants.

UCC Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement

SCHWENKSVILLE BOROUGH UCC BOA

Application for UCC Appeal Hearing

Inspection Hours. 

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 gail@schwenksville-pa.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.

Tenant Registration

Rental Unit U&O Permit Application

COMMERCIAL PROPRTY TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

Residential Property Transfer U&O

All sales of residential and commercial buildings must have a Use and Occupancy Inspection.  Applications & Fees are same as Rental U&O Inspections.

Contact Information

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

Contact Information:

Borough Office: (610) 287-7442
Fax: (610) 287-8098

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Schwenksville Borough
140 Main Street
Schwenksville, PA 19473
(610) 287-7442 Phone
(610) 287-8098 Fax

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Friday 9 AM- 2 PM

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