GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Deck plans and construction shall be in accordance with the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) Section R 507.
    • Guards - Section R312.
    • Handrails - Section R301.5, R3811.7.8 through R311.7.12.4
    • Stairways shall comply with the 2015 Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Section 403.21.
    • Swimming Pools shall be in compliance with Appendix G of the 2009 International Residential Code.
  • Residential and commercial plan submission shall include 2 sets of drawings.
    • A plot plan is required for new construction additions, pools, decks, etc.
    • Commercial plans are required to be sealed and signed by a Pennsylvania Architect or an Engineer.
    • For more information see section 403.42a of the UCC.
    • The plans shall include completion of a building permit, plumbing permit (if applicable), zoning and stormwater applications (if applicable).
    • The building permit application is also used for electrical, mechanical, and other types of work. 
    • Licensing is not a requirement for commercial or residential work.
  • Smoke detectors for change of ownership for residential dwellings:
    • Be sure to pick up the smoke detector application and certification form prior to the change of ownership.

    • There is no fee for the application and certification form, however, there is a fee charged by the listed third-party inspectors for the wiring inspection. A copy of the certification form shall be returned to the Township after closing. Please review the forms carefully for further instructions.

  • Blasting Contractors shall submit the following:

    • Copy of Pennsylvania’s “blasting activity permit” from DEP.
    • Copy of blasting license of those involved with the blasting as issued by Pennsylvania DEP.
    • Signed “hold harmless agreement” with the Township.
    • Complete a blasting application
    • The permit fee is $35 (cash or check made payable to Lower Paxton Township) and add the $4.50 state fee.
  • Demolition:
    • Commercial and residential buildings will require the contractor or owner to contact DEP and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency prior to demolition. The building must be thoroughly inspected for any asbestos-containing materials. This inspection must be done by someone who is licensed and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Approval from DEP and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are required before a demolition permit can be issued.
    • A building permit application shall be submitted along with the sanitary sewer application (for sewer disconnection). The sewer authority shall be notified for an inspection of the disconnection. The Authority fee is $75.
    • Cost of a demolition permit is $25.00 minimum fee and/or $25.00 per 1,000 square feet. Add $4.50 state fee.