SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LICENSE AND INSPECTIONS
The mission of the License and Inspection Department is to serve the residents of Springfield Township through the administration and enforcement of regulatory ordinances adopted by the Board of Commissioners to assure the health, safety, and welfare of everyone throughout the Township. Its mission is also to provide efficient and courteous service to all members of the community, and to be dedicated to the continued effort towards maintaining a secure and pleasant environment, while striving to enhance the quality of life that has become synonymous with Springfield Township.Â All of the inspectors are certified in their respective disciplines and then some.Â This is the result of many hours in classes, seminars, training sessions, web-based training and national certification tests.Â Continuing Education is required for all of our inspectors.
The License and Inspection Division also coordinates inspections with the Health Department, Engineering, and Zoning to ensure compliance with all the applicable codes.
The Community Development Department is responsible for the issuance of permits, construction inspections, zoning compliance and commercial properties.
Building Permits are required for new construction of residential and commercial buildings as well as additions, sunrooms, renovations, garages, decks, porches, roofs, tool sheds, fences, retaining walls, driveway expansions, patios, signs and swimming pools.
Zoning Reviews will be completed with all permit reviews and Certificate of Occupancy applications. Submission of an application for any type of permit, or review does not grant permission for the job to start. No work may start until the permit is issued.
All permits will be charged a $4.00 service fee in accordance with Act 13 of 2004 passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature. The Township is required to submit these fees to the Commonwealth on a quarterly basis to fund required training associated with the recently adopted Uniform Construction Code.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has enacted and instituted the Home Improvement Contractors Registration.Â This has taken the ability to license home improvement contractors out of the Township’s hands and placed it into a Commonwealth-wide License.Â A link has been provided for homeowners to search for contractors.Â Plumbers and Electricians must still register with the Township.Â All contractors including but not limited to fire prevention, specialty contractors, home improvement contractors, grading, roofing, painting and tree surgeons must still file their insurance certificate with the Township providing both general liability and workers compensation insurance.Â The Department employees can not recommend contractors to a resident.
The License and Inspection Department would like to remind residents that permits are required for fences, tool sheds, decks, patios and swimming pools.Â Permits come with at least one inspection that verifies the installation is done correctly and safely for the homeowner.Â Permits can take up to 10 working days for approval and issuance.Â Some general rules are spelled out here on how you can get your permits.
Provide a plot plan for what you want to do and what is already on your lot.Â Show the dimensions of your house, driveway, walkways, sheds, patios etc.Â Show how far the structures are from your property lines.Â The more information you give us, the easier it is for us to review and understand.Â
SWIMMING POOLS â Any structure that holds more than 24” of water is considered a swimming pool.Â Even if it is a “blow-up” or “PVC” structure pool, a pool permit is required.Â Pools have to be 10’ from your rear and side property lines, 8’ from your basement, crawl space or living space foundations.Â A minimum of a four foot high fence must surround the pool or the entire yard.
DECKS â Need a complete construction detail that exhibits how the footings are connected to the posts, the posts to the beams, the joists to the beams and the railing to the framing.Â
TOOL SHEDS â Sheds need to be placed on a concrete slab and can be no larger than 178 Square feet with one side no longer than 14’.Â To keep it simple, the largest shed you can have is about 12’ x 14’.Â Sheds can also be no higher than 10’.
PATIO â A grading permit is required for patios.Â It does not matter if it is made of concrete, pavers, bricks, slate or other type of material.
FENCES - Fences can be no higher than 6’ and can go on the property line.Â Fences cannot be placed in the front yard, and some side yards of corner lots.Â
The License and Inspection office is open for permit submittals from 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. All permit applications are available on the Springfield Township Web Page at www.springfielddelco.org
The Property Maintenance Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of Ordinances pertaining to rental housing, property maintenance and existing structures.
We respond to citizen complaints concerning property maintenance (i.e. snow removal, abandoned vehicles, conditions of buildings, commercial vehicles, etc.). We inspect all rental houses and apartment buildings on a yearly basis. Â We make sure the public sidewalks are clear of bushes, tree branches and tripping hazards. Â
Complaints that are received are handled as quickly as possible.Â Written notices are our first line of communication.Â If you receive a violation notice and are unsure of the issue, please call and we will answer your question or visit your property to explain the violation in detail.Â We are aware that receiving a violation notice is not a pleasant experience, however; we want to make sure that we preserve the health, welfare and safety of all residents and we are willing to work with residents to achieve this endeavor.
For general questions in regards to required building permits, complaints, property history, or other information, please direct your email to