Township of Willistown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Willistown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction standards and fire prevention — See Ch. 72.
Sewers — See Ch. 105.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 123.
Zoning — See Ch. 139.
[Adopted 1-4-2010 by Ord. No. 11-2010[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This resolution replaced former Ch. 78, Fees, Article I, Cosntruction, Registration Permit and Development Fees, adopted 2-12-2007 by Res. No. 11-2007.

§ 78-1 Fees established.

The Board of Supervisors does hereby adopt the following fees charged for services for the following listed items within the Township of Willistown, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

§ 78-2 Repeal of prior fees.

The Board of Supervisors does hereby rescinds Resolution Number 11 of 2007 pertaining to fees charged for services in the year of 2010.

§ 78-3 Construction fees.

A. 
Residential application and plan review fees.
(1) 
Application fee: $75.
(2) 
Plan review fee: $100.
(3) 
New construction, including additions:
(a) 
Thirty cents per square foot will be charged for basements, garages, porches, and decks.
(b) 
Fifty cents per square foot will be charged for finished living space.
(c) 
Thirty cents per square foot will be charged for all detached garages and accessory buildings over 1,000 square feet.
(4) 
Alterations: work that does not increase measurable floor space and all alterations involving load-bearing structures.
(5) 
Consultant fees and expenses for services provided during the review of grading, soil erosion, drainage and stormwater management plan reviews will be charged to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
(6) 
Property maintenance inspection fee: $50, pass or fail.
Note: All applications submitted after January 1, 2010, must conform to the applicable 2009 International Codes Council and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Codes.
B. 
Nonresidential (IBC) application(s) and plan review fees.
(1) 
Application fee: $100.
(2) 
Third party plan review is required along with required inspections; and the fees for these services will be charged to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
(3) 
New construction: A fee of $0.30 per square foot will be charged up to and including 5,000 square feet, and $0.25 per square foot for over 5,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet, and $0.20 cents per square foot over 10,000 square feet.
(4) 
Nonresidential alterations: fees of $7.50 per $1,000 of cost up to $25,000 or part thereof and $1.50 per $1,000 over $25,000 will be charged based on a bona fide contract.
(5) 
Plan review is required, and the fees for this service will be charged to the applicant.
(6) 
All IBC related plans/permits require ADA plan review by a certified third party prior to issuance of any IBC permit.
(7) 
Inspections: Each inspection completed by the Building Code Official will be charged at the rate of $70 per inspection. Inspections by third-party agencies are required, and the fees for those inspections will be charged to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
(8) 
Reinspections. In the event a reinspection or any miscellaneous inspections are required, the fees will be charged to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
Note: All residential and commercial permit applications are submitted to the Township. Willistown will time and date all applications. All IBC applications will be forwarded to Willistown's engineering consultant(s) for plan review. All engineering plan review and inspection fees will be billed to the applicant upon receipt from the consultant(s).
Note: All applications submitted after January 1, 2010, must conform to the applicable 2009 International Codes Council and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Codes.
C. 
Permit fees.
(1) 
Roof-covering permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Plan review fee: $55.
(c) 
Inspection fee: $70 per each inspection.
(d) 
Pennsylvania UCC fee: $4.
(2) 
Insulation permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Inspection fee: $95.
(c) 
Reinspection fee: $95.
(d) 
Pennsylvania UCC fee: $4.
(3) 
Mechanical permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Plan review fee: $55.
(c) 
Inspection fee: $70.
(d) 
Pennsylvania UCC fee: $4.
(e) 
Each required inspection will be charged a fee of $70. The number of required inspections will be determined during plan review.
(f) 
Nonresidential: same as above Subsection A, except that if third-party plan review and inspections are required by the Building Official, fees for these services will be charged to the applicant. Reinspections will be charged at $105 each.
(4) 
Plumbing permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Plan review fee: $55
(c) 
Inspection fee: $70
(d) 
Pennsylvania UCC fee: $4
(e) 
Each required inspection will be charged a fee of $70. The number of required inspections will be determined during plan review.
(f) 
Nonresidential: same as above Subsection A, except that if third-party plan review and inspections are required by the Building Official, fees for these services will be charged to the applicant. Re-inspections will be charged at $105 each.
(5) 
Electrical permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Review fee: $55.
(c) 
Pennsylvania UCC fee: $4.
(d) 
Inspection and plan review fee will be paid by the applicant directly to the certified third party.
(6) 
Fire protection permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(b) 
Review fee: $55.
(c) 
Inspection fee: $70 per each inspection.
(d) 
Third-party plan review and inspection fee for nonresidential applications will be paid by the applicant.
(e) 
Nonresidential inspections will be charged at $105 each.
(7) 
Banner permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(8) 
Fireworks permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(9) 
Demolition permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $200.
(10) 
Swimming pool/tennis court permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $225.
(b) 
Review fee: $55.
(11) 
Deck permit, greater than 30 inches above grade:
(a) 
Application fee: $150.
(b) 
Review fee: $55.
Note: The State UCC fee of $4 applies to all building permits that are issued in the State of Pennsylvania and is subject to revisions per Pennsylvania Labor and Industry per PA Act 157 at any time.
D. 
Miscellaneous permits.
(1) 
Occupancy certificates:
(a) 
Application fee: $100.
(2) 
Holding tank permit:
(a) 
A fee of $150 shall be charged for each holding tank permit when authorized by the Board of Supervisors. See Township Code Book Chapter 105, Article V, for requirements.
(3) 
Driveway permit:
(a) 
All driveway permits will be issued in accordance with § 123-33 of the Willistown Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.
(4) 
Road occupancy permit:
(a) 
Residential:
[1] 
A fee of $20 plus $2 per square foot up to 100 square feet, with a minimum total of $50.
[2] 
Inspection fee: $75.
(b) 
Nonresidential and residential properties over 100 square feet:
[1] 
A fee of $100 plus $3 per square foot with a minimum total of $50.
[2] 
Inspection fee is at the consultant's prevailing rate and is billed directly to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
(c) 
Surface opening:
[1] 
A fee of $40 plus $2 per square foot, with a minimum total of $80.
[2] 
Inspection fee: $75.
(d) 
Narrow trenching and boring:
[1] 
Each linear foot of surface opening shall be calculated at a minimum of three square feet. In addition, each linear foot of subsurface shall be calculated at two square feet.
[2] 
Inspection fee: $75.
(5) 
Dumpster/storage container permit:
(a) 
Fee: $35 for the first seven days and $15 per day after the seventh day.
(6) 
Trailer permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $200.
(7) 
ICC Board of Appeals (BOCA) (see attached):
(a) 
Residential filing fee: $500.
(b) 
Commercial filing fee: $1,000.
(c) 
The filing fee is a deposit to defray the cost of the following:
[1] 
Preparation and mailing of the list and/or labels bearing the names of property owners to be notified.
[2] 
Publications of "notice of public hearing."
[3] 
Posting of the property by the Building Official.
[4] 
One-half of the appearance fee of the court reporter.
[5] 
Other miscellaneous administration charges.
[6] 
The cost for a copy of the transcript if required by the applicant.
[7] 
Actual costs of architectural/engineering consultants.
(d) 
If the money paid by the applicant pursuant to Subsection B is insufficient to ensure payment of all costs incurred in the disposition of the application, the Township shall require additional deposits in increments of $100. The failure of the Township to demand additional deposits from time to time shall not relieve the applicant from liability for all costs, charges, fees, and expenses in excess of deposits.
(e) 
Monies paid which are in excess of the actual costs shall be refunded to the applicant.
(f) 
Referring to Subsection D(7)(d) and (e) above, if the total costs exceed the monies paid by less than $10, there will be no additional charge; and conversely, there will be no refunds given for amounts under $10.
E. 
Zoning.
(1) 
Soil and erosion permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $75.
(b) 
Consultant/engineering fees and expenses for services provided during the review of grading, soil erosion, drainage and stormwater management plan reviews will be charged to the applicant and payable within 30 days of invoice.
(2) 
Zoning permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $75.
(3) 
Sign permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(4) 
Tent permit:
(a) 
Application fee: $50.
(5) 
Conditional use hearing:
(a) 
Residential application fee: $400.
(b) 
Nonresidential application fee: $600.
(6) 
Zoning hearing: $400.
(a) 
Residential application fee:
(b) 
Nonresidential application fee: $600.
F. 
Registrations.
(1) 
Building contractor: $50.
(2) 
Plumbing contractor: $50.
(3) 
Mechanical contractor: $50.
(4) 
Electrical contractor: $50.
(5) 
Fire protection contractor: $50.
(6) 
Insulation contractor: $50.
G. 
Development.
(1) 
The fee for each application for subdivision shall be $625 per application, plus $75 per lot, up to 10 for each lot proposed in the subdivision application.
(2) 
Subdivision escrow:
Number of Lots
20,000 Square Feet and Under
21,000 Square Feet to 79,000 Square Feet
80,000 Square Feet and Over
1
$192
$408
$528
2
$384
$816
$1,296
3
$522
$1,176
$1,872
4
$696
$1,488
$2,376
5
$840
$1,800
$2,880
Each additional lot
$120
$264
$432
(3) 
Land development administration fee:
(a) 
Cost per submission: $615.
(4) 
Land development escrow fee:
(a) 
Cost per submission: $5,000.
H. 
Miscellaneous fees.
(1) 
Real estate transfer tax, Recorder of Deeds/Chester County: 1% of money collected.
(2) 
Earned income tax, collected by Berkheimer Associates: 1% (resident); 7/8 of 1% (nonresident).
(3) 
Local services tax, collected by Berkheimer Associates: $52 per year.
(4) 
Certifications:
(a) 
Tax: $20 per parcel.
(b) 
Sewer: $20 per parcel.
(5) 
Returned checks (to be paid in cash or certified check): $25 per returned check.
(6) 
Photocopies:
(a) 
Black-and-white: $0.25 per page.
(b) 
Color: $0.50 per page.
(c) 
Any outside vendor copying needed to fulfill an applicant's request will be charged for all costs incurred.
(7) 
Publications:
(a) 
Postage: cost of stamps.
(b) 
Zoning Ordinance: $25.
(c) 
Zoning Maps: $5.
(d) 
Subdivision/Land Development Ordinance: $20.
(e) 
Environmental Ordinance: $20.
(f) 
Comprehensive plan: $30.
Note: Any fees not covered by the Fee Schedule shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Supervisors of Willistown Township. All fees are nonrefundable unless determined on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Supervisors of Willistown Township.

§ 78-4 through § 78-6. (Reserved)

[Adopted 4-26-2010 by Res. No. 14-2010[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This resolution also superseded former Art. II, Sewer Rental Fees, adopted 5-26-2009 by Res. No. 24-2009.

§ 78-7 Fees enumerated.

The Board of Supervisors does hereby adopt the following sewer rental fees charged to owners and users, whether direct or indirect, of the sewer system within the Township of Willistown, Chester County, PA:[1]
A. 
Residential gravity sewer:
(1) 
Quarterly base rate: $135.74.
B. 
Residential low-pressure sewer (East Central; Acres):
(1) 
Quarterly base rate: $135.74.
(2) 
Quarterly pump maintenance fee: $60.94.
C. 
Penns Preserve Sewer:
(1) 
Quarterly base rate: $157.50.
D. 
Commercial and industrial sewer:
(1) 
Quarterly base rate: $203.61 plus water usage.
(2) 
Quarterly pump maintenance fee: $60.94.
E. 
East Goshen Sewer:
(1) 
Quarterly base rate: $138.72.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 105, Art. II, Sewer Rents.

§ 78-8 Cash payments.

The Board of Supervisors adopts the policy that Township employees shall not provide change for cash payments of sewer use rentals as prescribed in the Willistown Township Code. The amount paid in cash in excess of the currently due sewer use rents shall be a credit towards the next sewer rental payment due.