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Zoning permits
Enforcement notices.
If it appears to the Township that a violation of this chapter has occurred, the Township shall initiate enforcement proceedings by sending an enforcement notice as provided by Part 24: Enforcement of this chapter. The enforcement notice shall be sent to the owner of record of the parcel on which the violation has occurred, to any person who has filed a written request to receive enforcement notices regarding that parcel, and to any other person requested in writing by the owner of record.
Zoning permits required.
1. Hereafter, no use may be established or changed; no structure shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, removed; and no building used or occupied, or changed in use, until a zoning permit has been secured from the Zoning Officer. Upon completion of changes in use or construction, reconstruction, alteration or moving of structures, the applicant shall notify the Zoning Officer of such completion. No permit shall be considered as complete or as permanently effective until the Zoning Officer has noted on the permit that the work or occupancy and use has been inspected and approved as being in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
2. In addition to the foregoing, a zoning permit shall be required upon the transfer of ownership of any commercial property within the Township.
Application requirements for zoning permits.
1. All applications for zoning permits shall be made in writing by the owner, tenant, vendee under contract of sale, or authorized agent on a form supplied by the Township and shall be filed with the Zoning Officer. The application shall include the following information:
A. A statement as to the proposed use of the building or land.
B. A site layout drawn to scale showing the location, dimensions and height of proposed buildings, structures or uses and any existing buildings in relation to property and street lines. If the application relates to property which is scheduled to be developed in successive stages, such plans shall show the relationship of the portion scheduled for initial development to the proposed layout of the entire property.
C. The location, dimensions and arrangements of all open spaces and yards and buffer yards, including methods to be employed for screening.
D. The location, size, arrangement and capacity of all areas to be used for motor vehicles access, off-street parking, off-street loading and unloading, and provisions to be made for lighting such areas.
E. The dimensions, location and methods of illumination for signs, if applicable.
F. Provisions to be made for treatment and disposal of sewage and industrial wastes, water supply and storm drainage.
G. The capacity and arrangement of all buildings used or intended to be used for dwelling purposes, including the proposed density in terms of number of dwelling units per acre of land.
H. A description of any proposed industrial or commercial operations in sufficient detail to indicate effects of those operations in producing noise, glare, air pollution, water pollution, fire hazards, traffic congestion, or other safety hazards.
I. Description of methods to be employed in controlling any excess noise, air pollution, smoke, fumes, water pollution, fire hazards or other safety hazards.
J. In the case of application for interpretation, variances and special exceptions, the additional information specified in this chapter, Part 23.
K. Any other data deemed necessary by the Zoning Officer, Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors to enable it to determine the compliance of the proposed development with the terms of this chapter.
2. No permit for any new use or construction which will involve the on-site disposal of sewage or waste and no permit for a change in use or an alteration which will result in an increased volume of sewage or waste to be disposed of on the lot shall be issued until a certificate of approval has been issued by the Bucks County Department of Health or any other agency with jurisdiction.
All applicants for zoning permits, special exceptions, and interpretation and variance appeals shall, at the time of making application, pay to the Zoning Officer for use of the Township a fee in accordance with a fee schedule adopted by resolution of the Board of Supervisors upon the enactment of this chapter or as such schedule may be amended by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
Life of permit.
Any erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration or moving of the building or other structure, including a sign, authorized by a zoning permit shall be commenced, and any change in use of a building or land authorized by a zoning permit shall be undertaken, within six months after the date of issuance of the permit. If not, the permit shall be considered null and void. However, in case of erection or construction of a building, the right to proceed with construction may be extended annually without payment of additional fee for an aggregate period of not more than three years, provided that the construction pursuant to said permit has commenced within the first six months.
See Zoning Permits for details on Zoning permit application requirements.