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
As of July 13, 2018, Schwenksville Borough has changed Contractors for Third Party Code Inspection and Plan Review service. The new provider is Castle Valley Consultants Inc. Until the transition is complete, all permit applications and requests for inspections should be made by calling Schwenksville Borough at 610-287-442, visiting Borough Hall at 140 Main Street, Schwenksville PA or by emailing Gail@schwenksville-pa.org. Code Inspection Inc. of Horsham, PA will be attempting to close out all open permits before July 31, 2018. Permits and violations that are not closed out before July 31, 2018 may be transitioned to Castle Valley Consultants. The current 2018 Fee Schedule will be in effect until January of 2019. All questions Should be directed to Gail Phillips or Anne Klepfer at Borough Hall at the number above. New office hours for the Inspector will be established but are not currently in effect.
The below files are PDFs and will require you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have this program you can download here.
Building Permit Application as of 7_13_18 Use for all Building, Mechanical, Plumbing & Electrical Applications
An Officer Hour will be established after the Transition has been completed.
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. for New Construction, Renovations, Alterations, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical improvements. Checks made payable to Schwenksville Borough.
Rental-Unit-UO-Application051716– For Rental/Change in tenancy Inspections, ($85.00)
Residential Property Transfer Application Residential Re-Sale ($85.00)
Commercial Property Transfer Application 051716 Change in Tenancy Inspections or resale of entire property . See current fee Schedules.
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