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Building Permits

To All Code Enforcement Applicants
  • Please be advised the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (Act 132 of 2008) is effective July 1, 2009.  Contractors who perform home improvements for which the total cash value is $5,000 or more per year are required to register with the Office of Attorney General by July 1.  Click here for registration form and details.
  • Effective July 9, 2004, the new International Building Code mandated by the Department of Labor and Industry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and adopted by the Township of Abington will take effect;
  • Within the regulations there will be more stringent requirements for plans that are submitted for permits, both commercial and residential;
  • Applications for commercial work must include plans prepared by an architect and be complete with electrical, plumbing, HVAC and energy calculations;
  • Plans prepared for residential applications must also be prepared by an architect, and include electrical, plumbing, energy and HVAC calculations.  Site plans, accurately drawn and calculated, must also be completed and submitted for review for both commercial and residential applications;
  • Improperly preparing your application, as noted above, will automatically cause delays in your time schedule for most anticipated work; therefore, ample time should be factored in when preparing your plans.   Due to the scope of work to be reviewed, additional time will be required by the Code Department to review the average submittal;
  • Any application for a building permit that requires access to a highway falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, will not be issued until a Highway Occupancy Permit is issued;
  • The Township of Abington is now requiring that all commercial projects be reviewed entirely prior to permit submission to the Township.  An entire plan review would consist of Building, Electric, Mechanical, Plumbing, Energy, Fire, and Accessibility.  
  • Plan review and inspections may be performed by one of the four companies listed below:

    1.  Keystone Municipal Services, Inc.,801 Yale Avenue, Suite 622, 
         Swarthmore, PA 19081 
         Office: 610-328-4830; Fax: 610-328-4836
    2.  Code Inspections, Inc., 605 Horsham Road, Horsham, PA 19044,
         Office: 1-866-672-9175; Fax: 215-672-7642
    3.  Building Inspection Underwriters, Inc., 302 E. Pennsylvania Avenue,
          Feasterville, PA 19053
         Office: 215-322-2626; Fax: 215-364-7921
    4.  United Inspection Agency, 180 S. Main St., Ambler, PA 19002
         Office: 215-542-9977; Fax 215-540-9721
  • Questions regarding the process can be directed to Lisa Erkert, 
    Building Code Official/Office Manager - 267-536-1016

Building Permits are required for roofing, siding, fencing and retaining walls. An application for a Building Permit or Use and Occupancy Permit does not grant permission for the job to start. No work may start until the permit is issued.

All Building Permits must be posted so they are visible from the street.

Deck and Addition Permits

  • Plot Plan - may be non-engineered.
  • Elevation - from the footer to roof peak.
  • Framing Plan of all Floors - include size, span and spacing.

Impervious Surface Permits
(Driveways, Patios and any additional Concrete and Macadam Surfaces)

  • Plot Plan
  • Materials List
  • Curb Cut Permit (if applicable) - can be obtained in the Engineering Office.

Accessory Building Permits
(Sheds and Detached Garages)

  • Pit Plan - may be non-engineered.
  • Framing Plan - at building official's discretion.
  • Elevation - fourteen (14) foot maximum height.

New Construction Permit
(Residential and Commercial)

  • Complete Plot Plans - four (4) sets with seal of architect.
  • Complete Construction Plans - two (2) sets with seal of architect
  • All applications completely filled out - including electrical and HVAC.

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