ZONING AND BUILDING
(Note: Effective 2016, $30 Sewer Fee)
GUIDE TO THE BUILDING PERMIT PROCESS
This page provides a comprehensive summary of the process to receive all permits for construction in Wayne Township. In all cases of residential construction, the following steps are required:
A septic or public sewer connection permit is the initial step. In the public sewer areas of the township this permit is received from the township secretary. Simultaneously, a written request must be filed with the Corry Municipal Authority for sanitary sewer hook-up. In all other areas of the township, a septic permit must be received from the Erie County Health Department. Contact Josh Skopow at (814)451-6763 for the necessary application.
If the proposed structure is not being served by an existing driveway, application must be filed for a Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) from the township or PennDOT. Contact the township to determine whether access is to a township or State highway. The HOP fee is now due. The appropriate fee schedule is available from the township or PennDOT. PennDOT contact is Rick Price at 871-4411.
File application for a Stormwater Management Plan with the township. The required form is dependent on the area of proposed impervious surface to be created. Your plans should be discussed with the township to determine specific requirements. A SWM review fee is now due. These can be found in the annual fee schedule.
Simultaneously with #3, file application for a zoning permit with the township. Contact the Zoning Administrator at 663-1663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . This application is used to determine compliance with the permitted uses, lot sizes, and property line set-backs for each zoning district. A sketch of the property must be submitted showing, to scale, the size and location of all proposed and existing structures and their distances from property lines and roadways. Measure the front set-back from the center of the road to the building line. If the proposed construction meets all zoning requirements, a zoning permit will be issued. The Zoning fee is now due. These fees are based on the cost of construction and can be found in the annual fee schedule.
Application is now filed with Building Inspection Underwriters, Inc. (BIU) for a building permit, if applicable. You must submit a copy of your zoning permit and two copies of your construction plans and specifications for review. Building plans that conform to the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) will receive a building permit. All inspection fees are paid directly to BIU and are now due. These fees are directly related to the scope of inspection required based on the submitted plans. BIU can be reached at 860-8044. Current inspector is John Burnell.
Construction is inspected for compliance with the approved plans.
When the final inspection has been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of occupancy will be issued.
Building Inspection Underwriters (BIU) Website Link: www.biupa.com
As always, feel free to call the Township Secretary with any questions or concerns: 814-663-1663.
BUILDING CODE BOOKS NOW AT CORRY PUBLIC LIBRARY
If you are considering a construction project, you should visit the Corry Public Library for the most up-to-date information on how to make sure your project meets all building code requirements. The Northwest Pennsylvania Tri-County Council of Governements (COG) purchased a five-volume set of books published by the International Code Council that outlines all of the latest regulations required for construction projects. COG donated the books to the library for use by its patrons. This set of books replaces older code books published in 2003.
Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed Act 1 of 2011 into law. This measure amends the PA Construction code to exempt one and two-family dwellings from the automatic fire sprinkler requirements in the 2009 International Residential Code. The act took effect immediately and the sprinkler provision applies retroactively to January 1, 2011.
The new act requires builders to explain the costs and benefits of installing automatic sprinkler systems to buyers and to install fire-resistant flooring in all one and two-family dwellings constructed without sprinklers.
ATTENTION :: HOME OWNERS, HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTORS
The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (Act 132 of 2008) became effective July 1, 2009. Contractors who perform home improvements for which the total cash value is $5,000 or more per year are now required to register with the Office of Attorney General.
Consumers are encouraged to contact the Office of Attorney General to verify the registration of a contractor before signing an agreement for home improvement services. The registration information can be obtained by calling (Toll-Free) 1-888-520-6680, or by visiting the website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/.
Home improvement contractors paid a non-refundable application fee which is renewable every two years. Upon approval of the application by the Office of Attorney General, contractors received a certificate and a registration number that must be displayed in all advertisements, contracts, estimates and proposals with consumers in the Commonwealth.
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