Code Enforcement / Building & Zoning
Zoning Officer/Building Code Official
Phone:(215) 453-6000 ext. 214
Zoning and Building Department
The Zoning and Building Department enforces the Township Zoning Ordinance and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.
Below, is a list of General Information Documents and some common Permit Applications, for more specific information, click on the links for 'Zoning', 'Building' and 'Stormwater' in the white box to the left.
1. Frequently Asked Questions
A.) Does Hilltown Township require a new Certificate of Occupany for the re-sale of a residence?
Click on the question for an expanded answer and letter to supply to your lender.
B.) Can I have horses, livestock or Poultry (etc.)
How much land do I need, and how many animals can I have?
Click on the question for an expanded answer.
C.) Can I review a Property's History? Do you have a Plot Plan for a property?
Yes, property records are public information; plot plans are available for some
properties,- if they exist.
Click on the question for an expanded answer and links to the needed form.
Request to Review Township Records
D.) Residential Fence Requirements
Do I need a permit? What are the rules?
E.) Sheds, Garages, Pool Houses, Pole Buildings, etc.
Do I need a permit for a Shed? a Garage?
What are the regulations for Pool Houses, Studios, etc.?
Can I build a pole building?
F.) Accessory Family Apartments
Does Hilltown Township allow In-Law Dwellings? and what are the requirements and restrictions?
G.) What Electrical Inspection Agencies can I use?
Advisory letter to Third Party Electrical Review Agencies
Hilltown Township does not mandate or recommend one agency over another, only that they agency or inspector be certified by Pa. Labor and Industry. You may utilize any agency or individual that is certified.
For a partial list of some local agencies, click the question. Other agencies may be found in business directories and on Pa. L&I's website
H.) BURNING, Trash and Recycling
I.) Home Occupation/Professional Offices
J.) What Permits do I need?
K.) Can I get a variance?
"Do I really have to do that?",- YES; instructions and requests for information on these forms apply to your project.
3. ZONING ORDINANCE
4. Sample Diagrams and Details*
The samples in this section are informative only, and are not prescriptive; their are many acceptable ways of designing a project. These details are intended as aids and examples of the level of information that your plans should communicate. Details may be adapted or use to supplement your submission.
*All documents in the section were created by Hilltown Twp Building Office, or are beleived to be in 'Public Domain' or are here with the permission of the author; if you believe a document is here improperly, please contact Hilltown Township Zoning Office.
Basement FireStop Details
These details are supplied to demonstrate some areas where firestopping is required in the most common method of finishing a basement.
The details may or may not be applicable to your project, and may not cover all situations.
If the details are applicable, you may attach them to your application to demonstrate how you will comply with requirements.
How to draw a Plot Plan
5. Help Sheets
7. Select Ordinances
9. Documents & Misc. Forms
- 2009 International Residential Code
The Residential Building Code adopted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Bucks County's Public Access GIS System
- Bucks County Board of Assessment, Property Records Database
This link allows you to search Bucks County's records foe various properties throughout the county
- Bucks County Conservation District
- Download RESCheck Software from US Dept. of Energy
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