Warrington Township
The Gateway to Bucks County Since 1734

FAQs

Code/Building Department:
What types of permits are required?
What projects homeowners do not need a permit for?
Is a permit required for finishing a basement? What is required?
Is a permit required for a roof?
What are the setbacks for a shed?
Do contractors have to be registered with Warrington Township?
Is a Use and Occupancy required for a resale or lease?
How do I obtain a use an occupancy application?
How do I order a use and occupancy?
How long is a use and occupancy good for?

Police Department:
Frequently Asked Questions

 

What types of permits are required?

In Warrington Township Permits are required for all projects (commercial and residential) involving:

  • Structural changes (example: new construction, additions or alterations)
  • Zoning changes (example: shed, fence, or patio)
  • Zoning and Building (example: pool or deck)
  • Fire sprinkler or fire protection installations or modifications

 

What are projects homeowners do not need a permit for?

  • Projects involving a simple replacement without any structural changes can be done without a permit, (example: replacing kitchen cabinets or replacing siding.

 

Is a permit required for finishing a basement? What is required?

  • Permits are required for finishing a basement. Basements must have either a sprinkler system or a second means of egress to be finished.
  • See procedures for further details.

Is a permit required for a roof?

  • A residential roofing permit is required for attached homes to insure the integrity of the fire rated plywood at the demising line between the units.
  • A permit application is required for submission for Single family homes, however, if shingles only are being replaced a permit fee will be waved, permit application will be for property record.
  • A permit is required for all commercial buildings.

What are the setbacks for a shed?

  • The setback for a shed is 7 feet if under 192 sq. ft. (12.0’x16.0′) from all property lines. Zoning permit required under 200 sq. ft. Zoning and Building Permit required over 200 sq. ft. Sheds are not allowed in buffer or easements.

Do contractors have to be registered with Warrington Township?

Yes, all contractors and subcontractors have to be registered with Warrington Township for commercial and new residential construction.

  • To register submit a completed Contractors Registration form (see applications);
  • Submit a copy of Certificate of Liability Insurance with Warrington Township as the additional insured;
  • Submit Contractors Registration Fee (See Fee Schedule).

 

Is a Use and Occupancy required for a resale or lease?

  • Yes, a use and occupancy is required for a resale, lease, or rental property.
  • The seller or landlord is responsible for obtaining a use and occupancy application form from the Township as well as paying the fee and setting up an inspection. (Agents are authorized to apply in place of seller).
  • No person should go to settlement or occupy a space without a Use and Occupancy Certificate. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.

How do I obtain a use an occupancy application?

  • Applications are available on the website under FORMS, click here. Applications are also available at the Township Building.

 

How do I order a use and occupancy?

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Submit a payment in the form of check or cash (see fee schedule);
  • Set up an inspection with the permits office.
  • An inspection should be scheduled no earlier than two to four days of needed inspection.

How long is a use and occupancy good for?

  • Use and occupancies can be done within 60-days of settlement or lease date