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Building, Planning and Code Enforcement

Description:

In 2011 the code enforcement department was re-designated to The Department of Building, Planning and Code Enforcement. The department activities were consolidated and Newtown Township entered into a contract with Building Inspectors Underwriters (BIU) to serve as the township consultant for enforcement serves and is directly responsible for the enforcement of the PA Uniform Construction Code and the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code. The departmental staff also enforces the provisions of Article 172 Zoning and serves the function of Assistant Zoning Officer.

In addition to the their primary services listed below, the BP&CE Department performs routine patrol of the township to identify code violations which may result in citations and legal action requiring compliance with codes and ordinances such as dilapidated structures or illegal signage.

Primary Services Provided:

• UCC Inspections
• Plans Review
• Zoning review & interpretations
• Code Enforcement
• U&O Inspections
• Rental Inspections

Meeting Appointments:

It is encouraged that applicants schedule pre submittal meetings with staff.

Code Officials are available to meet with you and discuss your project(s), complaint(s) or concerns, please call (610) 356-0200 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 3:00pm.

General Information:

  • Three sets of plans are required for permit submission / review. Energy Calculations are required for all new buildings & additions. Commercial plans SHALL be prepared by a Pennsylvania registered design professional unless an exception is met under §403.42
  • A Copy of a signed contract shall accompany each permit submission. Plans/permit applications WILL NOT be accepted unless the required permit applications are complete and all other required information is submitted, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • All Buildings heated & 500 sq. ft. or greater SHALL be equipped with an automatic Fire Sprinkler system, exceptions see TON CODE §88-7 B

Staff/Contact List:

Director of Codes/BCO/Zoning Officer:
Andy Reczek
610-356-0200 x116
rezceka@newtowntownship.org

Codes, Planning & Zoning Administrative Coordinator, Assistant Zoning Officer:
Catherine Spahr
610-356-0200 x110
spahrc@newtowntownship.org

3rd Party Building Code Consultant:
Kyle Bendler
610-356-0200 x118
kbendler@biuinc.com

3rd Party Building Code Consultant:
Shad Sahm
610-356-0200 x113
ssahm@biuinc.com

Property Maintenance Code Officer, Assistant Zoning Enforcement Officer:
Tim Welch
610-356-0200 x142
welcht@newtowntownship.org

Fire Marshal / Fire Suppression Systems/ Inspections:
Karl Keehn
(610) 356-2969
keehnk@newtowntownship.org

Electrical Inspections & Plan Review:
United Inspection Agency
Len Warren
(610) 565-0789

Health Officer:
Joseph Romano
(Cooperative with Marple Township)
(610) 356-4040
jromano@marpletwp.com

Arborist / Landscape Inspector:
Vacant

Codes Enforced:

2009 IBC, IPC, IMC, IFGC, IECC, IEBC & the IRC (2015 IRC amendments as adopted)

Appendix G of the 09 IRC, Pool Barriers. Click here for requirements

2009 IFC as referenced in the 2009 IBC

Chapter 11 and Appendix E of the 2015 IBC & ANSI 117.1 2009 ed.

2009 IPMC, Click here for general requirements

NFPA & ANSI Standards as referenced by the 2009 I-Codes

Newtown Township Sprinkler and Fire Suppression Requirements

Forms and Reports

Please CLICK HERE to access various forms, permits and reports that are used by
Newtown Township’s Department of Building, Planning and Code Enforcement:

Helpful Links:

Newtown Township Zoning Directory (By Street)

Newtown Township Zoning Map

Act 45 of 1999, the PA Uniform Construction Code

COMCheck

RESCheck

International Code Council

Free I-Codes

National Fire Protection Agency

ANSI Standards

UL Fire resistance-rated assemblies

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Visit Us / Location

Township of Newtown
209 Bishop Hollow Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073

Phone  610-356-0200
Fax        610-356-8722

Office Hours
M-F 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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