Enforcement and Zoning
If you need assistance with Zoning & Code
building permits, use & occupancy permits, or
inspections, please call
Anthony Campbell, BCO, Campbell Code
Services - Code Enforcement &
Building and zoning enforcement policies are
designed to protect public health and safety, to
maintain property values, and to improve the
overall image of the community. Abiding by
the regulations enforced by the borough can help
protect your property and help you avoid any
potential legal and financial difficulties in
the future. The Borough Code Officials are
in place to assist residents with any and all
zoning, building and code enforcement issues.
In Pennsburg Borough, permits are required for the following:
(permits may also be required for other work not
listed below) Call the Borough Office before
you begin any work.
■ Signs ■ Swimming Pools - seasonal
and in-ground ■ Patios ■ Sheds
■ Driveways ■ Dumpsters ■ Chimineas ■ Re-roofing
■ Demolition ■ Additions
■ New Construction
■ Finished basements
■ Occupancy of a building - A permit is required for each new owner of a property. It
responsibility of the property owner to obtain a Use & Occupancy permit when ownership
changes. Please contact the Borough office to make an appointment
for a Use & Occupancy inspection. Rental Unit inspections
are performed every three years or upon change
A Use & Occupancy checklist and application are located below for
■ Alterations, renovations or modifications
of existing buildings
such as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work.
■ If you have any specific questions about
permits, please call the Code Enforcement and
Zoning Office at 215-679-4546.
UMJA is offering free lateral inspections to their customers provided the cleanout is readily accessible.Remember what’s underground is equally as important as what’s above’!
Please call 215.679.5133 for more information or to request an inspection.
Contractor Registration Information
As of July 1,
2009, all home improvement contractors who
perform at least $5,000 worth of home
improvements per year must register with the
Attorney General's Office. This
registration is valid for two years and must be
renewed every two years. This registration
is mandated by the Home Improvement Consumer
Protection Act 132 passed in 2008.
To register or to obtain more information go to:
1. What are
the setbacks for building or
structure accessory (shed,etc.)
to a dwelling?
Pennsburg Borough do property
3. What are
the regulations for installing a
fence on my property?
4. If I am
selling my house/property, what
is required by Pennsburg
5. Do you
have a Use & Occupancy permit
6. What is the
Borough policy on weed removal?
7. What is the
Borough policy on snow removal?
8. How many
trash bags can I put out per
9. What is
the policy on installing a
required on rental properties?
1. What are the setbacks for
building or structure accessory
(shed,etc.) to a dwelling?
You are required to fill
out a zoning permit to
install a shed. The fee
The setbacks for side and rear
yards for lots measuring:
Less than 10,000 square feet = 3
Between 10,000 and 20,000 square
feet = 10 feet
More than 20,000 square feet =
Does Pennsburg Borough do
No, we do not survey
properties. Please contact a
What are the regulations
for installing a fence on my
zoning permit is required to install a
fence on your property.
Click on "zoning permit
application" below, print out
,and return with the Fence
Permit fee of $30.00 to
Pennsburg Borough. You can
also pick up a permit at the
Office, 76 West 6th Street.
-The maximum allowed height for
fences is 6 feet.
-A fence may be installed on the
-The maximum height for a fence
installed in the sight triangle
intersection is 2 1/2 feet.
4. If I am selling my
house/property, what is required
by Pennsburg Borough?
If you are selling your
house/property, a Use
and Occupancy inspection
is required along with a
fee of $75.00. You
can access the form
below or pick one up at
the borough office.
Please contact the
Borough office to
schedule the inspection
5. Do you have a Use & Occupancy
Yes, please click on the link to
view the list.
Use & Occupancy Checklist
6. What is the Borough policy on
Borough Ordinance requires that
properties within the Borough
limits keep all grass and weeds
below a maximum height of eight
inches. Anyone found in
violation of this regulation
will be subject to penalties and
What is the Borough policy on
Ordinance requires that property
owners or occupants remove snow
and ice from sidewalks within 24
hours after snow or freezing
rain has ceased to fall.
Failure to comply with this
Ordinance can result in
penalties and possible fines.
8. How many trash bags can I put
out per week?
bags of trash per household per
week is permitted with a 40
pound weight limit per bag.
Trash must be placed in
Pennsburg Borough bags. To find
out more trash and recycling
information, go the streets and
public works link.
9. What is the policy on
installing a swimming pool?
A Building Permit is
required to install a
swimming pool. Temporary
season pools require a
Zoning Permit. If you are installing a
swimming pool that is in-ground
or less than four feet in
height or capable of holding a
depth of 24" of water, you are required to
install a fence no less than
four feet in height encompassing
the entire swimming pool. This
applies to all pools.
10.Are inspections required on
Yes, inspections are
required on rental
inspections will take
place every three years
or upon a change in
tenant. See the
Fee Schedule for inspection