Zoning

All persons desiring to undertake any development, new construction, structural alteration, or change in use of a building, structure, or land shall apply for a zoning permit.  Any questions regarding any aspect of the Zoning Ordinance may be directed to the Township Zoning Officer, Robin R. Royer at LTL Consultants, Ltd. at 888-987-8886(toll free).  Ms. Royer is generally available during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.  An answering machine is available for the number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those wishing to leave messages during off hours.  Leave name and number, the best time to be reached, and the address about which you are requesting information.

You may call the Township Office at 717-933-8813 during normal office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. –  4:00p.m. to pick up applications or for obtaining copies of the Zoning Ordinance ONLY.  Completed applications must be signed and may be physically returned, mailed or faxed to the Township Office at 60 Klahr Rd., Bethel, PA  19507, fax 717-933-4642.

The application will be reviewed and the Applicant will be contacted if any additional information is required.  The Zoning Ordinance requires that this be done within 90 days of receipt of a completed application, although Permits are usually reviewed and issued promptly.  Permits may be picked up at the Township Office, at which time you will be expected to pay the required fee by check made payable to the Township of Bethel.

IMPORTANT – Earthmoving activity, in accordance with Pennsylvania laws, requires an Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plan.  Owner/Applicant is responsible for contacting the Berks County Conservation District (610-372-4657) to obtain any and all necessary approvals prior to any earthmoving activity.  Pennsylvania law requires that when a Sewage Permit is required, it must be obtained prior to the issuance of a Zoning Permit.  Also, it is the Owner/Applicant responsibility to comply with all Worker’s Compensation laws and requirements.

When a Zoning Permit is Required:

1. Prior to the erection, construction, addition, or alteration of any building or structure or portion thereof.

2. Prior to the use or change in use of a building, structure or land.

3. Prior to the erection or alteration of signs.

4. Prior to the change or extension of a nonconforming use.

5. Prior to razing of structures.

*Except as listed below.

It shall be unlawful for any person to commence work for the erection or alteration of any building or structure, or for a change in land use, until a Zoning Permit has been duly issued therefore. In some instances, additional permits may also need to be obtained prior to beginning construction or alterations.

When a Zoning Permit is not Required:

1. Interior alterations when there is no increase in ground floor exterior dimension and no change in use.

2. General maintenance and repair to existing buildings or structures; including siding, roofing, painting, the addition or replacement of storm windows, and similar activities.

3. Crop farming

4. Landscaping

5. Construction or erection of fences, unenclosed or uncovered patios, terraces, steps or other similar features.

6. Placement or location of private utility lines as long as they do not cross or occupy public roads or rights-of-ways.

Zoning Permit Application:  See forms or Zoning Application.

Zoning Hearing Application(special exception, variance, etc.) – Zoning Hearing Application

Zoning Ordinance, Township of Bethel – 2008 Zoning Ordinance, last amended December 2014

View Zoning MapZoning Map 2011-08 FINAL

Disturbing the Peace OrdinanceClick Here

Driveway Ordinance – Click Here

DEP-Commonwealth of PAAsbestos Abatement & Demolition-Renovation Notification Form

Zoning Sign Permit ApplicationZoning Sign Permit Application

Building Sign Permit ApplicationBuilding Sign Permit Application

Driveway Permit Application: – Driveway Permit Application

Junkyard Permit ApplicationJunkyard Permit Application

Swimming Pool GuidelinesSwimming Pool Guidelines

 

Building:

For building permit applications and information refer to: Commonwealth Code Inspection Services, Inc., www.codeservices.net.

Commonwealth Code Inspection Service fee schedule for Bethel Twp, Berks County – Fee Schedule

Applications for building permits may also be picked up at the Bethel Township Office.  Completed applications should be dropped off at the Township office.

 

Uniform Construction Code Berks County Board of Appeals:

The Uniform Construction Code Berks County Board of Appeals is utilized when an applicant would like to appeal the decision of Commonwealth Code Inspection Services, Inc.  Bethel Township contracts with Berks County Board of Appeals for resolutions to building code conflicts.

Application for Appeal Hearing: UCC Appeal Application

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