Building & Construction Permits

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Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or otherwise change the occupancy of a building. Permits are also required in order to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system regulated under the 2009 International Building Code.

In an effort to improve our application & review process, it is preferred that the General Contractor complete one application for all permit types (check all that apply). Submissions should include one (1) paper copy and one (1) electronic copy (CD or USB drive) of the plan or plan set. Estimated costs are required for plan review, therefore a completed cost analysis sheet must be submitted at the time of application. The required cost analysis sheet is included in the Application for Building & Construction Permit below (page 3).

Application Materials:

Many of the Township's permit applications can now be filled out on your computer! Complete & submit your application, along with accompanying plans & insurance forms electronically via email to permits@tredyffrin.org or via fax at (610)-699-1213. Please complete one application for all permit types (check all that apply):

Other Permits:

Ordinary repairs to structures do not require a building permit. Ordinary repairs include:

  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing work.
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to one- and two-family dwellings.
  • Prefabricated pools that are less than 24 inches deep.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  • Window replacement without structural change.
  • Replacement of existing roof material that does not exceed 25% of the total roof area performed within any 12-month period.
  • Replacement of existing siding.
  • Repair or replacement or any part of a porch or stoop which does not structurally support a roof located above the porch or stoop.
  • Installation or addition of roll or batt insulation.
  • Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders.
  • Minor electrical repair and maintenance work such as the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approve permanently installed receptacles, or the replacement of a receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 120 volts with a like or similar item (does not include replacement of GFCI receptacles).
  • Replacement of installed, electrically operated doorbells, communication systems and any motor operated device.
  • Portable heating, ventilation or cooling equipment.
  • Stopping leaks in pipes.
  • Replacement of faucets, lavatories or toilets.
  • Ordinary repairs do not include:
    • the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof
    • the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing support
    • the removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting its exit way requirements
    • the addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping; electrical wiring; or mechanical.

In addition, the proposed construction must comply with all applicable building codes, the Stormwater Ordinance and the Zoning Ordinance. 

The following types of applications are handled by the Zoning Hearing Board

Use and Occupancy permits are required for all commercial uses (including changes in ownership) and all new construction. These permits are intended to certify that the use complies with the Zoning Ordinance and applicable building regualtions. Use and Occupancy applications should be submitted to Township prior to the final review for building permits.

Please visit the Stormwater & Grading Permit page for additional information.

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