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Homeowner’s Guide to Building Permits

As a homeowner looking to improve their home with some type of renovation or remodeling, you need to be aware of the permitting requirements for your construction. States and municipalities have their own regulations on permitting. Often, state regulations set minimum requirements and municipalities can make stricter regulations. Contact your local zoning office to help with permits.

If you need help navigating the permit process with your local zoning office, an experienced local contractor, like E&E Contracting, will understand all the regulations in their area. We operate mostly in southeast Pennsylvania but also travel to Delaware and Maryland for projects. To give you an idea of the type of permits you may need before a project, here are the statewide regulations for common home improvements in Pennsylvania.

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Permitting Requirements for New Windows & Doors

You should replace your windows every 15-20 years. Even if it hasn’t reached that point, you might want to replace your windows with a different size or style. Typically, you won’t need a permit if you’re replacing windows without making any structural changes. You’ll need a permit when changing the size of your windows or adding a brand new one.

Doors operate under similar rules of windows. Replacing a door with one of the same size won’t typically require a permit. You can even make small adjustments to the door frame without a permit. Once you are widening your existing door frame or creating a new door, you’re making a structural change. This requires a permit.

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Permitting Requirements for Decks & Additions

If you’re looking into adding a deck to your backyard, you need to know the size of the deck you’ll build. You’ll need a permit for any deck that will be 30 inches or higher off the ground at any point. If you’ll be constructing a roof above any part of the deck, you’ll need a permit as well.

If you’re looking to expand your liveable area with an addition, you’ll likely always need a permit because they alter the perimeter of the home. Enclosing a porch or patio and constructing a sunroom are included in this regulation. If your addition is a garage, you may or may not need a permit. Attached garages always need a permit. Detached garages need a permit if they’re above 1,000 square feet for a single family home. Installing pools and hot tubs require permits unless it’s a kiddy pool less than 24 inches deep. Sidewalks, driveways, other flatwork do not need permits unless specified by your municipality.

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Permitting Requirements for Interior Remodeling

If you’re looking to remodel your interior without changing anything with your home’s exterior, you may not need a permit. This goes back to the question on structural changes. If you’re tearing down or adding walls, you’ll need a permit. Non-structural changes, like replacing appliances, cabinetry, countertops, or flooring won’t require a permit. One more aspect of your remodel you’ll need to check is utility work. Anything involving electrical, plumbing, or HVAC will require a permit.

Permitting Requirements for New Siding & Roofing

You should replace your siding every 20-40 years. Even if it hasn’t reached that point, you might want to change the type of siding on your house. Whether you’re looking to replace vinyl siding, stucco, brick, or stone veneer, you don’t need a permit in PA. This is, however, a common one for municipalities to regulate, so check with them.

Roofing needs to be replaced around every 15-30 years but it depends on the type of roofing. A total roof replacement will need a permit but minor repairs will not require a permit. Some municipalities consider the installation of solar panels or similar equipment as a structural change and would also need a permit.

Contact an Expert About Municipal Regulations

As you plan your next home improvement project, remember that experienced contractors are here to help. Reach out to us, and we’d be happy to explain permitting for your project. Also, remember that the Pennsylvania regulations we discussed above might be overridden by your municipality. Check with them before starting any home improvement project. Here are tables for additional municipal regulations in Pennsylvania counties where we regularly work.*

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Berks County

Amity Township
  • Radon mitigation 
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq. ft. 
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code) 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area exceeding 500 sq. ft. 
  • Adopts IRC Appendix F (Radon Control Methods). 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area exceeding 500 sq. ft. 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and provides exceptions.
Bern Township
  • Radon mitigation 
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq. ft. 
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code) 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 200 sq. ft. or more. 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that will be provided with any utility service.  
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions. 
Bernville Borough 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 500 sq. ft. or more. 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that will be provided with any utility service. 
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Bethel Township
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 500 sq. ft or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that will be provided with any utility service.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Douglass Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 120 sq. ft. or more.
Exeter Township
  • Radon mitigation
  • Residential sprinklers
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Adopts Appendices E, F, and G of the International Fire Code 2006, establishes fines and permits fire authorities to set geographic limits for certain hazardous storage uses.
Hamburg Borough
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 300 sq. ft. or more and for those with a lesser building area that are served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 8 exceptions.
Jefferson Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 500 sq. ft. or more and for those with a lesser building area that are served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 9 exceptions.
Kutztown Borough
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area larger than 200 sq. ft., but limits compliance with footer and foundation requirements to structures of this type only when over 400 sq. ft.
  • Amends UCC by exempting from a permit only the residential work listed in the I-Residential Code
Leesport Borough
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are greater than 199 square feet and that exceed one story in height.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Maidencreek Township
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 600 sq. ft. or more, and for the same structures with a lesser building area, if they are served by utilities.
Maxatawny Township
  • 5/8″ drywall to separate garage from dwelling, all concrete 3000psi, underground piping 6″ of gravel or sand under and over, Bonfire requires approval from fire chief certified 3rd party.
Mt. Penn Borough
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft. or more and for those with a lesser building area that are served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 9 exceptions.
Muhlenberg Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures, excluding siding, fascia, gutters and windows
  • Re-roofing permits required for commercial buildings only
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Trade licenses for mechanical and plumbing work
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of more than 250 sq. ft.
Oley Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are greater than 199 square feet.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Penn Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 300 sq. ft. or more and those with a smaller building area that have utility service connections.
Richmond Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 200 sq. ft. and that have a utility connection for the purpose of inspection for the utility or utilities being installed.
  • The exemptions from a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs meet and continue to be exempt per UCC Act 92 or 2004 that establishes a number of exceptions.
  • Repeal of Ordinance No. 92
Rockland Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 200 sq. ft. and that have a utility connection.
Ruscombmanor Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are greater than 199 square feet and that exceed one story in height.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Sinking Spring Borough
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
Tilden Township
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq. ft.
  • Requires building permit for residential utility area of more than 200 sq. ft.
Topton Borough
  • Amends the UCC’s residential sprinkler system requirements by: prohibiting the addition of antifreeze or any other additives; requiring that systems fully comply with either the requirements of section P2904 of the IRC or the NFPA 13D; mandating that plans for systems complying with NFPA 13D be designed by a fire protection design professional or a NICET certified designer; and, prescribing certain meter box and meter box outlet piping requirements for all sprinkler systems.
Union Township
  • Requires building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft. or more.
Washington Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are greater than 199 square feet.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Wyomissing Borough
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopts portions of the International Fire Code not adopted by the UCC regulation, including Chapter 5 and sections 2401 and 2402, subject to the requirements of 35 P.S. §7210.503 (a) (2).
Municipalities with no reported amendments
  • Alsace Township
  • Birdsboro Borough
  • Boyertown Borough
  • Caernarvon Township
  • District Township
  • Fleetwood Borough
  • Heidelberg Township
  • Laureldale Borough
  • Longswamp Township
  • Lower Heidelberg Township
  • Lyons Borough
  • New Morgan Borough
  • Perry Township
  • Pike Township
  • Reading City
  • Robeson Township
  • Robesonia Borough
  • Sinking Spring Borough
  • St. Lawrence Borough
  • Tilden Township
  • Upper Bern Township
  • Upper Tulpehocken Township
  • West Reading Borough
  • Windsor Township
  • Womelsdorf Borough

Chester County

Birmingham Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area greater than 250 sq. ft.
Caln Township
  • Adopts Appendices B, C, D, E, F, and G of the International Fire Code 2006.
East Bradford Township
  • Frost protection, Plain concrete, Foundation drainage, Bearing course
East Caln Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structuresRe-roofing (commercial only)Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structuresNew or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structuresNew piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structuresResidential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ftResidential sprinklers (townhomes only)Adopted appendices to the International Fire CodeAdopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
East Nantmeal Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 200 sq. ft. and that have a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
East Pikeland Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 200 sq. ft. and that have a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
East Whiteland Township
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
Honey Brook Township
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures larger than 499 sq. ft.
Oxford Borough
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 150 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires that plans for new residential construction and additions to existing residences be sealed by a licensed architect or engineer.
Spring City Borough
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft. or more and for those with a lesser building area that are served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 7 exceptions.
Tredyffrin Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that have a building area of 120 sq. ft. or more.
Uwchlan Township
  • Radon mitigation
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Siding and/or replacement windows
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
West Bradford Township
  • Radon mitigation
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 500 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations or repairs that increase the habitable area of a residential building.
West Goshen Township
  • Sprinkler regulations in storage facilities
West Whiteland Township
  • Requires fire suppressions systems in all group B and M fire areas that exceed 5,000 sq. ft.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area greater than 500 sq. ft.
Willistown Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
Municipalities with no reported amendments
  • Avondale Borough
  • Charlestown Township
  • East Brandywine Township
  • East Fallowfield Township
  • Easttown Township
  • Elverson Borough’
  • Franklin Township
  • Highland Township
  • Kennett Township
  • London Grove Township
  • Lower Oxford Township
  • Malvern Borough
  • New Garden Township
  • North Coventry
  • Parkesburg Borough
  • Penn Township
  • Phoenixville Borough
  • Pocopson Township
  • Schuylkill Township
  • Thornbury Township
  • Valley Township
  • Wallace Township
  • West Chester Borough
  • West Grove Borough
  • West Nantmeal Township
  • West Pikeland Township
  • Westtown Township

Delaware County

Aston Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Siding and/or replacement windows
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
Bethel Township
  • Requires a building permit for: deck, porch and stoop replacements and enlargements; the construction of residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of more than 200 sq. ft.; the creation of habitable space in a basement; the replacement, repair or enlargement of concrete aprons around swimming pools; and, roof replacements or repairs (except where less than 25% of the roof area is involved).
Brookhaven Borough
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area in excess of 120 sq. ft. and all such structures, whenever they have any utility connections.
Chester Township
  • Requires that bedrooms have a floor area of not less than 90 sq. ft., and that all other habitable rooms, except for kitchens, shall have a floor area of not less than 70 sq. ft., in all buildings subject to the requirements of the International Residential Code.
  • Provides for administrative penalties.
Edgmont Township
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Residential sprinklers
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of more than 300 sq. ft, or, if 300 sq. ft. or less and having a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for residential alterations and repairs and establishes 9 exceptions.
Marcus Hook Borough
  • Requires the installation of sprinkler systems in two- and multi-family residential structures, and commercial, industrial, educational and religious occupancies of one or more stories in height.
Media Borough
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Residential sprinklers
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
Upper Darby Township
  • Requires UCC permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 120 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 120 sq. ft., if they contain utilities.
  • Requires a UCC permit for residential alterations and repairs, except as excluded in Chapter 1 of the IRC.
Municipalities with no reported amendments
  • Aldan Borough
  • Chadds Ford Township
  • Chester Heights Borough
  • Clifton Heights Borough
  • Concord Township
  • Darby Township
  • Eddystone Borough
  • Folcroft Borough
  • Glenolden Borough
  • Haverford Township
  • Lansdowne Borough
  • Lower Chichester Township
  • Marple Township
  • Middletown Township
  • Millbourne Borough
  • Nether Providence Township
  • Newtown Township
  • Norwood Borough
  • Prospect Park Borough
  • Radnor Township
  • Ridley Township
  • Rose Valley Borough
  • Rutledge Borough
  • Sharon Hill Borough
  • Springfield Township
  • Swarthmore Borough
  • Thornbury Township
  • Tinicum Township
  • Trainer Borough
  • Upper Chichester Township
  • Upper Providence Township
  • Yeadon Borough

Lancaster County

East Cocalico Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 400 sq. ft., if they have a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 9 exceptions.
East Earl Township
  • Adopts Appendices E., F., H., I., J. and K-K13 of the Int. Building Code and Appendices A., B., C., D., F., G., I., K., N., O. and Q of the Int. Residential Code.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of more than 100 sq. ft. or with a lesser area, if served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and specifies thirteen exceptions.
  • Amends other administrative and enforcement requirements, as allowed by 34 Pa Code §403.102(l).
East Hempfield Township
  • Radon mitigation
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • No permit needed to replace FAU’s or Water Heaters in residential buildings unless there is a change fuel source
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft. or more and for those with a lesser building area that are served by a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs and establishes 9 exceptions.
  • Adopts Appendix F (Radon Control Methods) of the International Residential Code 2006.
Elizabeth Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 400 sq. ft. that have a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Ephrata Township
  • Adopts Appendix F (Radon Control Methods) of the International Residential Code.
Manheim Township
  • Radon mitigation
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures exceeding 400 sq. ft. or any sized utility and miscellaneous use structure that is connected to a utility.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential repairs and alterations, except where excluded by the UCC regulation at 403.62.
Pequea Township
  • Adopts Appendix F (Radon Control Methods) of the International Residential Code.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 400 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of less than 400 sq. ft. that have a utility connection.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
  • Requires compliance with the sewer lateral requirements issued by the Suburban Lancaster Sewer Authority in lieu of the requirements found in the International Plumbing Code and the International Residential Code.
West Lampeter Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 400 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that will be provided with any utility service.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Municipalities with no reported amendments
  • Akron Borough
  • East Drumore Township
  • East Lampeter Township
  • Lancaster City
  • Lancaster Township
  • Lititz Borough
  • Manor Township
  • Mount Joy Borough
  • Warwick Township
  • West Hempfield Township

Montgomery County

Abington Township
  • Re-roofing
  • Siding and/or replacement windows
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Residential sprinklers
Conshohocken Borough
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures in excess of 200 sq. ft.
  • Reinstitutes a building permit requirement for residential alterations and repairs.
  • Requires a building permit application to be made for residential emergency repairs within one business day.
  • Only the first change requires L&I approval.
East Greenville Borough
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 44 exceptions.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a floor area of at least 200 sq. ft.
  • Zoning permit required for fences and utility buildings, regardless of height or floor area
Green Lane Borough
  • Restricts the sale of certain pyrotechnics and open burning, and establishes fines for violations of these restrictions.
Limerick Township
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures.
Lower Merion Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
  • Residential sprinklers
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Requires a building permit for residential utility and miscellaneous use structures with a building area of 200 sq. ft. or more.
  • Requires a building permit for the alteration and repair of all residential buildings.
Montgomery Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Some alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Requirement in commercial structures for sprinkler systems based on size of structure
Plymouth Township
  • Establishes installation and inspection requirements for small wind energy, geothermal heating/cooling and photovoltaic systems.
Royersford Borough
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Re-roofing
  • Siding and/or replacement windows
  • Electrical wiring or service upgrades in existing residential structures
  • New or replacement mechanical equipment in existing residential structures
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Residential utility and miscellaneous use structures under 1,000 sq ft
Schwenksville Borough
  • Requires smoke alarms to be retrofitted in all residential dwellings and all other residential occupancies.
Upper Dublin Township
  • Establishes additional code requirements for pools, spas and hot tubs, modifies application requirements for various permit applications and requires building permits for: residential utility and misc. use structures with a building area of 120 sq. ft. or more; all uncovered decks; and, all residential alterations and repairs.
  • Imposes a late fee not to exceed $1,000.00, when plans are submitted after construction has begun.
  • Makes changes to the UCC appeals board requirements: provides that board members must be township residents and for voting and alternate member status.
  • Revises provisions relative to use of alternative methods and materials.
Upper Frederick Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are 200 square feet or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Upper Hanover Township
  • Requires the installation of key boxes (for emergency personnel access) in newly constructed commercial and multi-family residential buildings.
  • Requires the identification of truss systems used in residential subdivisions.
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that will have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are greater than 199 square feet.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Upper Merion Township
  • Residential sprinklers
  • Adopted appendices to the International Fire Code
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Low exit signs, wall-hung plumbing fixtures, fire resource centers in high-rises, definition of “occupied”
  • I-Building Code: sections 202, 403.1, 907.9.9, 907.2.12.1 thru 907.2.12.6 and 1802.
  • I-Plumbing Code: section 1003.
  • I-Fire Code: sections 403, 506, 912 and Appendix D, section 103
Upper Pottsgrove Township
  • Exempts from a building permit all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are less than 200 sq. ft. and that have no utility service connections.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures that are 200 square feet or more.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential alterations and repairs, and establishes 9 exceptions.
Upper Providence Township
  • All alterations, renovations, remodeling, and repairs to existing residential structures
  • Requires a building permit for residential alterations and repairs per section 105 of the I-Residential Code.
  • Requires a building permit for all residential utility and miscellaneous use structures larger than 200 sq. ft.
  • I-Fire Code: Amend section F-505 by requiring the identification of truss construction in certain buildings.
Whitpain Township
  • New piping and/or new plumbing fixtures in existing residential structures
  • Adopted appendices of UCC codes (other than Fire Code)
  • Requires a building permit for all signs erected in the Township.
Municipalities with no reported amendments
  • Ambler Borough
  • Cheltenham Township
  • Collegeville Borough
  • East Norriton Township
  • Franconia Township
  • Hatboro Borough
  • Hatfield Borough
  • Hatfield Borough
  • Horsham Township
  • Jenkintown Borough
  • Lansdale Borough
  • Lower Gwynedd Township
  • Lower Moreland Township
  • Lower Pottsgrove Township
  • Lower Salford Township
  • New Hanover Township
  • North Wales Borough
  • Pottstown Borough
  • Red Hill Borough
  • Springfield Township
  • Telford Borough
  • Towamencin Township
  • Trappe Borough
  • Upper Moreland Township
  • West Conshohocken Borough
  • West Norriton Township
  • West Pottsgrove Township
  • Whitemarsh Township
  • Whitemarsh Township

*information from https://www.phrc.psu.edu/assets/docs/Publications/AQuickGuidetotheResidentialProvisionsofUCC.pdf 

This information is believed to be accurate, but permit applicants should always consult their designated municipal building code official.