Township of Worcester, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Worcester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 130.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 145.
[Adopted 11-14-1955 by Ord. No. 16]

§ 126-1 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to construct or erect any driveway or sidewalk or other means of ingress or egress to property in the Township, the entrance or exit of which connects with any road for public use or travel in said Township or Worcester or drainage area thereof, unless application has first been made to said Township Supervisors for a permit for such erection or construction and said Township Supervisors have evidenced their approval of such construction or erection by granting a permit thereof.

§ 126-2 Application for permit.

The application for such permit shall be made by the owner or occupier or by his constructor or agent in writing on forms provided by said Township supervisors and in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Township Supervisors. There shall be appended to each application a plan showing the outlines of the property affected, with existing buildings thereon, existing sidewalks and driveways, with the proposed driveway or sidewalk to be constructed or erected and its relationship to any road for public use or travel in said Township of Worcester and, particularly, the construction of said sidewalk or driveway and its relationship to the drainage of said road.

§ 126-3 Fees and costs.

The cost of filing such application or the cost of any permit issued thereon and the cost of any inspection deemed necessary by the Township Supervisors shall be determined according to the general Fee Schedule[1] to be adopted by a resolution of the Township Supervisors, and all such fees and costs shall be paid into the Township treasury.
Editor's Note: The Fee Schedule is on file in the Township offices.

§ 126-4 Modifications to plan.

The Township Supervisors may alter such plans and specify any changes or modifications of any kind which they may deem necessary to make their approval of the granting of any permit subject to any such alterations, changes or modifications.

§ 126-5 Violations and penalties.

Upon the construction or erection of any such drive or sidewalk which does not comply with any conditions imposed by the Township Supervisors as aforesaid or any erection or construction of any such drive or sidewalk made without the prior approval of the Township Supervisors and which does not meet with the approval of the Township Supervisors after construction or erection, then in either case, the Township Supervisors may with or without notice make the necessary correction and recover the cost of such correction in a summary proceeding to be brought before a District Justice in said Township.
Any person who shall erect or construct a drive or sidewalk without first having made application and received a permit therefor as aforesaid shall, upon being adjudged guilty of violating this article before any justice of the peace having jurisdiction within said Township, be sentenced as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.
[Amended 8-21-1996 by Ord. No. 150]
[Adopted 6-10-1974 by Ord. No. 69]

§ 126-6 Permit required.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 1156 of Article XI of the Second Class Township Code, as amended,[1] no railroad or street railway shall hereafter be constructed upon any Township road, nor shall any railroad or street railway crossings, nor any gas pipe, water pipe, electric conduits or other piping, be laid upon or in, nor shall any telephone, telegraph or electric light or power poles or any coal tipples or any other obstructions be erected upon or in any portion of a Township road except under such conditions, restrictions and regulations relating to the installation and maintenance thereof as may be prescribed in permits granted by the Township for such purpose.
Editor's Note: Said Act (53 P.S. § 66156), was repealed 11-9-1995 by P.L. 350, No. 60. See now 53 P.S. § 67322.

§ 126-7 Application for permit; issuance; fee.

The application for a permit shall be on a form prescribed by the Township and submitted to the Township in triplicate. The application shall be accompanied by a fee in accordance with the Schedule of Fees set forth by the Department of Transportation for highway occupancy permits and restoration charges. In addition, the applicant shall submit three copies of a sketch showing such dimensions as the location of the intended facility, width of the traveled roadway, right-of-way lines, and a dimension to the nearest intersecting street.
A permit shall be issued to the applicant after all the aforementioned requirements have been filed.

§ 126-8 Written notice of completion.

Upon completion of the work, the applicant shall give written notice thereof to the Township.

§ 126-9 Inspection; failure to comply; costs.

Upon completion of the work authorized by the permit, the Township shall inspect the work and, when necessary, enforce compliance with the conditions, restrictions and regulations prescribed by the permit. Where any settlement or defect in the work occurs, if the applicant shall fail to rectify any such settlement or other defect within 60 days after written notice from the Township to do so, the Township may do the work and shall impose upon the applicant the cost thereof, together with an additional 20% of such cost.

§ 126-10 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-21-1996 by Ord. No. 150]
Any person, firm, corporation or utility which shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall be subject, upon conviction before a District Justice, to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.