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Charlestown Township Adopts the
Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code

What it Means to your Plans to Build in Charlestown
On July 1, 2004, Charlestown Township began implementing the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC). This new code created substantial changes to our procedures for obtaining building permits.
Prior to the Township accepting building permit applications, you or your contractor must first submit and obtain approval of a Zoning Application and an Erosion, Sedimentation and Grading Control (E & S) Permit Application for all improvements. Contractors must first be registered with the Township.
Only after you have approval of the zoning and E & S permit will your building permit application be accepted. When applicable, applications must include an electrical permit issued by a Township licensed Electrical Underwriter. Additional permits, including but not limited to highway occupancy, sanitary sewer, and Chester County Health Department permits must be included with the Building Permit Application.
We will be unable to accept incomplete applications. Building permit application packets, with instructions, are available at the Township Office. We will mail you the information upon request.
Common Projects that Require a Permit
  • New Home
  • House Addition
  • Detached Garage/Accessory Building
  • Screened Porch, Three or Four Season Room, Sunroom
  • Storage Shed or Gazebo
  • Patios & Decks
  • Finishing Basement
  • Interior Alterations that involve moving or changing of walls, or if plumbing or electrical system is modified.
  • Replacement Windows and Doors - if larger than the original
  • Above Ground and In-Ground Pool
  • Hot Tub/Spa
  • Additional Impervious Surface - groundcover construction that does not allow percolation into the soil; including but not limited to tennis/sport courts, parking areas, patios, pillars, and free standing walls.
For further information regarding permits, contact the Charlestown Township staff. For questions other than basic inquiries, you will be referred to the Zoning Officer/Building Code Official.

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