Township of Swatara, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 1]
It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, business or corporation to undertake, or cause to be undertaken, the construction, reconstruction, enlargement, alteration or relocation of any building or structure unless an approved building permit has been obtained from the Township Building Permit Officer.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 2]
For the purposes of this Part, the following definitions shall apply:
BUILDING
A combination of materials to form a permanent structure having walls and a roof. Included shall be all mobile homes and trailers to be used for human habitation.
PERSON
Any person, persons, partnership, business or corporation.
STRUCTURE
A combination of materials to form anything permanently affixed to or in the ground or to any other building or structure permanently affixed to or in the ground. Included shall be such things as driveways, carports, porches, swimming pools, etc.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 3]
1. 
Application for such a building permit shall be made in writing to the Building Permit Officer on forms supplied by the Township. Such application shall contain at least the following:
A. 
Name and address of applicant.
B. 
Name and address of owner of land on which proposed construction is to occur.
C. 
Name and address of contractor.
D. 
Site location.
E. 
Brief description of proposed work and estimated cost.
F. 
A plan of the site showing the exact size and location of the proposed construction as well as any existing buildings or structures.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 4]
The Building Permit Officer shall issue a building permit only after it has been determined that the proposed construction will be in conformance with all applicable requirements and regulations.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 5]
After the issuance of a building permit by the Building Permit Officer, no changes of any kind shall be made to the application, permit or any of the plans, specifications or other documents submitted with the application without the written consent or approval of the Building Permit Officer.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 6]
In addition to the building permit, the Building Permit Officer shall issue a placard which shall be displayed on the premises during the time construction is in progress. This placard shall show the number of the building permit, the date of its issuance and be signed by the Building Permit Officer.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 7]
Work on the proposed construction shall begin within six months after the date of issuance of the building permit or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted, in writing, by the Building Permit Officer. Construction shall be considered to have started with the first placement of permanent construction on the site, such as the pouring of slabs or footings or any work beyond the stage of excavation. For a structure without a basement or poured footings, the start of construction includes the first permanent framing or assembly of the structure or any part thereof on its pilings or foundation, or the affixing of any prefabricated structure or mobile home to its permanent site. Permanent construction does not include land preparation, land clearing, grading, filling; excavation for basement, footings, piers or foundations; erection of temporary forms; the installation of piling under proposed subsurface footings or the installation of sewer, gas and water pipes, or electric or other service lines from the street.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 8]
During the construction period, the Building Permit Officer or other authorized official may inspect the premises to determine that the work is progressing in compliance with the information provided on the permit application and with all applicable Township laws and ordinances. In the event the Building Permit Officer discovers that the work does not comply with the permit application or any applicable laws and ordinances, or that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation by any applicant, the Building Permit Officer shall revoke the building permit and report such fact to the Swatara Township Supervisors for whatever action they consider necessary.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 9; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
Applications for a building permit shall be accompanied by a fee in an amount as established by resolution, payable to the Township, based upon the estimated cost of the proposed construction as determined by the Building Permit Officer.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 10]
Any person aggrieved by the Building Permit Officer's estimate of the cost of the proposed construction may appeal to the Swatara Township Supervisors. Such appeal must be filed, in writing, within 30 days after the determination by the Building Permit Officer. Upon receipt of such appeal, the Supervisors shall set a time and place not less than 10 nor more than 30 days for the purpose of hearing the appeal. Notice of the time and place of the hearing of the appeal shall be given to all parties at which time they may appear and be heard. The determination of the estimated cost by the Supervisors shall be final in all cases.
[Ord. 6, 4/23/1973, § 11; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
Any person who fails to comply with any or all of the requirements or provisions of this Part or who fails or refuses to comply with any notice, order or direction of the Building Permit Officer or any other authorized employee of the Township, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense. In addition to the above penalties, all other actions are hereby reserved, including an action in equity for the proper enforcement of this Part. The imposition of a fine or penalty for any violation of, or noncompliance with, this Part shall not excuse the violation or noncompliance or permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations and noncompliances within a reasonable time. Any structure or building constructed, reconstructed, enlarged, altered or relocated in noncompliance with this Part may be declared by the Swatara Township Supervisors to be a public nuisance and abatable as such.