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Township of Middle Smithfield, PA
Monroe County
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Zoning permits shall be secured from the Zoning Officer prior to the erection of or addition to any building, structure or portion thereof, prior to the change in use of a building and/or change in the use of land, and prior to the change and/or extension of a nonconforming use.
A. 
All applications for zoning permits shall be in writing on forms to be furnished by the Township.
B. 
Zoning permit applications and all supporting documentation shall be submitted to the Zoning Officer with the required fee.
C. 
Such applications shall contain all information necessary for the Zoning Officer to ascertain whether the proposed erection, alterations, addition, use or change in use complies with the provisions of this ordinance.
D. 
The Zoning Officer may require that the applicant employ a registered professional surveyor to establish and certify measurements when it is deemed necessary to insure compliance with all provisions of this ordinance.
E. 
Issuance of zoning permits. Zoning permits not requiring action of the Zoning Hearing Board, the Board of Supervisors or the Planning Commission shall be granted or denied within 30 days after the official date of acceptance of a complete application by the Zoning Officer.
F. 
After issuance of the zoning permit and until construction or alteration is completed, said permit placard shall be displayed prominently on or attached to the building or area for which issued so that said permit can be observed by third parties. A zoning permit shall expire if construction has not been commenced within six months after the date of issuance or has not been completed within three years from said date.
G. 
An extension of time may be granted by the Zoning Officer upon application, in writing, by the applicant.
(1) 
Said extension shall not exceed six additional months for commencing construction and shall not exceed one additional year for completion.
(2) 
The Zoning Officer may require any additional information deemed necessary prior to granting an extension of time.
A. 
Upon completion of the erection and/or alteration of any building, use or portion thereof, authorized by a zoning permit, the holder of such permit shall notify the Zoning Officer of such completion and, when required, request a certificate of compliance in writing.
B. 
The requirement to request a certificate of compliance upon completion shall be noted on the zoning permit by the Zoning Officer at the time of issuance of said zoning permit.
C. 
A certificate of compliance shall be either granted or denied within 30 days after the official date of acceptance of a complete application by the Zoning Officer.
D. 
The granting of a certificate of compliance shall be certification by the Zoning Officer that the work has been inspected and approved by the Township Building Code Official (who may have to issue a certificate of occupancy if construction is involved), as applicable, as well as the Zoning Officer, and that the work is in conformity with the provisions of the zoning permit, this ordinance and all other applicable ordinances and regulations of the Township.
The owner of the premises occupied by a lawful nonconforming use or structure may secure a certificate of nonconforming use from the Zoning Officer, which certificate shall run with the land.