Do I Need A Permit?

A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations and various repairs.  Finishing basements, pre-built sheds, in ground and above ground swimming pools-inflatable pools included, electric service upgrades, concrete pads (if attached to the dwelling) and retaining walls (over 4 foot high) also need a building permit. Most building permits fall under the PA Uniform Construction Code which require review of the application and inspections of the construction. In order to make it easier for our residents we handle the applications in house.

Brandon Slatt is on staff to review and inspect residential decks, sheds and similar accessory structures(no utilities) -717-432-4951.

We use the following Municipal Code Officials to review and inspect all other residential and commercial plans.

1.  RAS Engineering Inc., - 717-343-2521

2.  Arro Consulting, Inc., – 717-975-3995

You may choose your UCC review and inspection company from the above approved 3rd party Inspection Agencies.  Contact your choice of agencies with any construction code questions.  Please note your choice of agencies on your permit application.

Three sets of plans, a site plan, and a check for permit application fees payable to Carroll Township must be submitted with the building permit application.  RAS Engineering Inc. review and inspection fees will be collected when the permit is issued.  Arro Consulting, Inc. review fee is collected with the building permit application and the inspection fees are paid when the permit is issued.  The cost of permit application fees varies with each application. Please see the 2017 FEES SCHEDULE.

The following checklists may help with your project;  Plan Review Checklist for Decks  (a guide for deck code requirements);  and General Checklist for UCC Plan Review.
***New Home applications must include a copy of the septic permit or copies of public water and public sewer permits.  Call Gary Morrow our Sewage Enforcement Officer for septic permit information at 717-697-3044 or Dillsburg Area Authority for public water and public sewer information at 717-502-0431.
***New Home applications – please include a Building Permit worksheet.

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zoning permit is required when erecting or adding to any structure. New construction, additions, garages, sheds, swimming pools, concrete pads and fences are examples when a zoning permit is needed. A zoning permit is also needed for any in home business, any change of use, and to erect a sign. The cost of a zoning permit is $50.00.

Most building projects will require both a building and zoning permit.

An occupancy permit is required for any new or renovated living space and is paid for when the building permit is applied for. The cost of the occupancy permit is $25.00. When your construction is complete and you have your final inspection, please call the Township office to schedule your occupancy inspection.

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A driveway permit is required if constructing a new driveway, paving or altering an existing driveway. The cost of the driveway permit is $25.00. A site plan is required with the application.

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A stormwater permit is required with new construction that involves over 200 square feet of area that does not have an approved plan to address on lot stormwater. New homes, additions, sheds, pole buildings, or garages, and changes to driveways or landscape that could create a possible runoff problem for their neighbor will require a stormwater permit. A site plan is required with the application. This permit is reviewed and issued by the Township. The cost of a stormwater permit depends on the area that is involved.

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An encroachment permit is required for an open cut or boring of a Township road or right-of-way. A sketch of the proposed work is required with the application. Cost of an encroachment permit is based on the square footage of the open cut. Boring is a flat fee. Bonding is required.  See 2017 FEES SCHEDULE and Road Ordinance.

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A solicitation permit is required for any peddling, canvassing and soliciting in the Township. Permit applications are available at the Township Office and are reviewed by the Police Department. The fee for a solicitation permit is – 1 month (or part of) $25 per person not to exceed $300 per year.  Separate permits will be required for each person participating.  See 2017 FEES SCHEDULE and Solicitation Ordinance.  Tent sales will also require a zoning permit.  See Section 367, Tent Sales Temporary.

IF IN DOUBT….
PLEASE CALL THE TOWNSHIP OFFICE

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.  This registration number will be required when applying for permits.  Click here for more information.