2023 Building, Engineering, and Zoning Fees


 Note:
 A $4.50 Fee is Assessed in Accordance to PA Act 13 of 2004, Where Noted.

 

A. BUILDING PERMIT FEES:


New Dwelling - RESIDENTIAL  
 
First 2,000 Sq. Ft. $1,600.00 
Each Additional 200 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof.$50.00 
Zoning $75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


New Buildings/Accessory Buildings - NON-RESIDENTIAL 
 
First 1,000 Sq. Ft.
$1,200.00 
Each Additional 200 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof
$150.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Building Additions - RESIDENTIAL 
(Accessory Building Requiring a Foundation) 
First 200 Sq. Ft.
$150.00
Each Additional 500 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof Up to 5,000 Sq. Ft.$50.00 


Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Building Additions - (Accessory Building Requiring a Foundation) NON-RESIDENTIAL
 
First 200 sq. ft. $250.00 
Each Additional 200 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof
$150.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Patio, Deck, and Porch - roofs and permanent covers - RESIDENTIAL
 
First 200 Sq. Ft. $100.00 
Each Additional 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof
$10.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Patios, Decks and Porch- roofs and permanent covers - NON-RESIDENTIAL
First 200 Sq. Ft. $150.00 
Each Additional 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof  $20.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Uncovered Patios and Decks - RESIDENTIAL
First 150 Sq. Ft
$75.00 
Each additional 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof $20.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Uncovered Patios and Decks - NON-RESIDENTIAL
First 100 Sq. Ft. $100.00 
Each Additional 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof  $25.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 
  
Alterations, Structural Replacements and Repairs (includes Attic and Roof) - RESIDENTIAL
First $5,000 of Cost $100.00
Each Additional $2,000.00 or Fraction Thereof 
$25.00 
Zoning*$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 
*Exempt for interior alterations not involving change of use and not including any alteration to any exterior dimension of the building


Alterations, Repairs, and Structural Replacements - NON-RESIDENTIAL
First $5,000 of Cost$200.00 
Each Additional $5,000.00 or Fraction Thereof 
$100.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Dumpsters and Portable Storage Units (Right-of-Way Only)*
Residential or Non-Residential (per unit)$45.00
Renewal (per unit)$25.00 
 *On property permit required - good for 60 days No fee


New, Reconstructed*, or Expanded Driveways, Walkways, and Steps - RESIDENTIAL
First 200 Sq. Ft
$35.00 
Each Additional 200 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof $5.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 
*Reconstructed involves replacement of base- resurface does not require a permit


New/or Expanded Driveways, Parking Lots - NON-RESIDENTIAL
**If Grading Permit is necessary, an additional fee is REQUIRED 
**See Grading - Earth Disturbance under Section I. Engineering Fees (Below)

First 1,000 Sq. Ft.
$50.00 
Each Additional 1,000 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof$5.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Storage Structures (Sheds)
200 Sq. Ft and under requires a Zoning Permit only$45.00
Over 200 Sq. Ft.$75.00
Zoning (for over 200 Sq. Ft. Zoning Hearing Board approval required)$45.00
ACT 13$4.50


 Accessory Structures, Pergola’s, Gazebo’s, Trellises and Animal Shelters - RESIDENTIAL (not requiring a foundation)
100 Sq. Ft. and Under 
REQUIRES A ZONING PERMIT ONLY. 

$45.00
The First 101 Sq. Ft. to 200 Sq. Ft
$35.00 
Each Additional 50 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof$20.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Accessory Structures, Including Trellises, windmills, under 2,000 Sq. Ft. -  
 NON-RESIDENTIAL (not requiring a foundation)
Each 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof
$125.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Demolition - RESIDENTIAL - Removal of entire or partial structure
First $1,000 of Cost$50.00 
Each Additional $1,000 or Fraction Thereof$20.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Demolition -  NON-RESIDENTIAL - Removal of entire or partial structure
First $1,000.00 of Cost$100.00 
Each Additional $1,000.00 or Fraction Thereof$20.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Free Standing Permanent Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces and Grills  - RESIDENTIAL
 Building $25.00
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Moving/Relocation of Structure - RESIDENTIAL and NON-RESIDENTIAL
Same as New Dwelling or Building    


Foundation (Only) - RESIDENTIAL
Building and Zoning Fees Will be Credited to New Dwelling/Building Application Fees.$100.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Foundation (Only) - NON-RESIDENTIAL
Building and Zoning Fees Will be Credited to New Dwelling/Building Application Fees.
$100.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 




Roofing and Siding  and Stucco - RESIDENTIAL                  
**No Zoning Permit Required

First $5,000 of Cost $60.00 
Each Additional $1,000 of Cost or Fraction Thereof.  $5.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Roofing, Siding, Stucco and Window Replacement - NON-RESIDENTIAL
**No Zoning Permit Required

First $5,000.00 of Cost$60.00 
Each Additional $1,000.00 of Cost or Fraction Thereof Up to $50,000.00$10.00 
Each Additional $1,000.00 of Cost or Fraction Thereof 
$5.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Fence - RESIDENTIAL
Per $1,000 of Cost or Fraction Thereof
$10.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Fence - NON-RESIDENTIAL
Per $1,000 of Cost or Fraction Thereof
$10.00 
Zoning$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Pools – Capable of Holding 48 Inches or More    
**For In-ground Pools:  
**See Grading - Earth Disturbance under Section I - Engineering Fees (Below)    

First $1,000 of Cost $100.00 
Each Additional $1,000 of Cost or Fraction Thereof
$10.00 
Zoning$45.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Pool Demo/Fill In  
**See Grading - Earth Disturbance under Section I - Engineering Fees (Below) 



Retaining Walls - NON-RESIDENTIAL/ RESIDENTIAL
Length X Average Height
Up to 100 Sq. Ft
$50.00
Each Additional 100 Sq. Ft.$25.00
Zoning- Non-Residential/Residential$75.00/$45.00
Act 13$4.50


Cell Towers, Antenna's and Light Standards - NON-RESIDENTIAL
Up to First $1,000 of Cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof up to $200,000$10.00
Each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof over $200,000
$7.00
Zoning
$75.00
Act 13
$4.50
*Non-Tower Wireless Communication Facility Permit Fees are not to exceed $1,000 per ordinance 937
  
Billboards - NON-RESIDENTIAL
(Off-site Outdoor Advertising Sign) 
Up to 672 Sq. Ft. $175.00
Each Additional 100 Sq. Ft. or Fraction Thereof$25.00
Zoning$75.00
Act 13$4.50


Signs - NON-RESIDENTIAL
(Fee Based on Single Face Size) 
2 Sq. Ft. to 25 Sq. Ft.
$25.00
26 Sq. Ft. to 50 Sq. Ft.
$50.00
51 Sq. Ft. and Over$75.00
Zoning$75.00
Act 13$4.50
Signs requiring a foundation (Monument Sign) add additional $25.00  


Temporary Sign Permit - NON-RESIDENTIAL                
**Zoning Only - (See Zoning Fees Below)
**If Temporary Sign is Over 25 Sq. Ft. a BUILDING AND ZONING PERMIT is REQUIRED- see fees listed above.


Construction Trailer, Field Office and Temporary Building -
 NON-RESIDENTIAL
For a Period Not to Exceed One Year - per trailer$50.00
Zoning$75.00
Act 13$4.50
  
Temporary Tent - Residential Events (Requires Building & Zoning Permits)- Under 200 Sq. Ft.- no permits required 
 Unenclosed - Greater than 700 Sq. Ft. - 60 day limit - Requires Permitting from Fire Marshal $25.00
 ***More than 200 Sq. Ft. but less than 700 Sq. Ft.- Both a Building and Zoning permit is required.  
***Greater than 400 Sq. Ft.-  60 day limit and Fire Marshal Permit required
$100.00
*** More than 200 Sq. Ft. but less than 400 Sq. Ft.- Both a Building and 
Zoning permit is required

$100.00 +
$45.00
 Act 13$4.50
  
 Temporary Tent - Non-Residential 
 ***If for sale of Fireworks, add Fire Marshal Permit; also requires Conditional Use approval; see separate fees $100.00
 First Tent $100.00
 Zoning$75.00
Greater than 400 Sq. Ft.- Fire Marshal permit required$100.00
Each Additional Tent$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Permit Renewal - RESIDENTIAL and NON-RESIDENTIAL$25.00 


Re-inspection Fee - RESIDENTIAL and NON-RESIDENTIAL
Second or More Inspection of Same Item (Paid in Advance)$50.00 


Disk Copy of Plans$20.00 


 

B. USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT 


Residential or Home Occupation Use$55.00
Zoning$45.00
Act 13$4.50
  
Non- Residential Use$100.00
Zoning$75.00
Act 13$4.50


C. PLUMBING PERMIT


Installed fixtures, sanitary drainage and water supply
First $5,000.00 of cost$75.00
Each additional $2,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$10.00
Act 13$4.50


Sewer Lateral (New or Replacement)
First $5,000.00 of cost $150.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof.$10.00
Act 13$4.50


Sewer Connection Fee 
(Checks made out to:  Whitemarsh Township Authority)
$3,500.00


Deep Well Permits$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Plumber Registration
Master Plumber Registration:
     Initial Registration$50.00
     Re-registration by 2/1 of current year$35.00


Journeyman Plumber Registration:
     Initial Registration$25.00
     Re-registration by 2/1 of current year$20.00


D. ELECTRICAL PERMIT 
For Fire Alarm Systems -- see Section F. Fire Marshal Fees (Below)


Electrical Permit 
First $2,000.00 of cost$150.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$30.00
Act 13$4.50
  
 Commercial 
 First $2,000 of cost $200.00
 Each additional $1,000 of cost $30.00
 Act 13 $4.50
  
Solar Panel Systems w/Electric 
**Requires a ZONING PERMIT

$45.00
First $2,000 of cost$150.00
Each additional $2,000 of cost or fraction thereof$30.00
Fire Marshal Permit- Non-Residential/Residential$100/ $50
Zoning - Non-Residential (All)/Residential (Ground Mount Only)$75.00/$45.00
Act 13

$4.50

Township Engineer (if required)$75.00
 


  

E. MECHANICAL PERMIT



Mechanical Permit

First $5,000.00 of cost$75.00
Each additional $2,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$10.00
Act 13$4.50
Solar Panel Systems w/Mechanical 
**Requires a BUILDING AND ZONING PERMIT


First $2,000.00 of cost$75.00
Each additional $2,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$10.00
Act 13$4.50



Geothermal Systems

First $5,000.00 of cost$50.00
Each additional $2,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$10.00
Act 13$4.50



  


 

F. FIRE MARSHAL
 
Inspected Business or Commercial Property Square footage
0-2,999 square feet                                                    $55
3,000-4,999 square feet$85
5,000-9,999 square feet$125
10,000-29,000 square feet$200
30,000-49,000 square feet$275
50,000-99,999 square feet$350
100,000+ square feet$450
Each additional 25,000 square feet beyond 100,000 square feet$100
Common Area$150
Apartment/HotelsCommon Area Fee + $10/unit or room
Reinspection Fee$150


Fire Suppression Systems, Standpipes - Hose Cabinets, Fire Hydrants and Fire Service Mains
New Construction
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


TANK Permit for Flammable, Combustible Liquid or Gas, Cryogenic Fluid, Removal, Abandonment. REPLACEMENT OR NEW INSTALLATION 
 First $2,000.00 of cost$75.00
Each additional $2,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$10.00
Act 13$4.50
  
Alteration and Repairs
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Automatic and Manual Fire Alarms, and Detection Systems
(Exception: one and two-family dwellings not connected to an Auto Dealer or Central Station System).
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Installation of Stationary Battery Systems and/or Capacitor energy storage system. New installation or repair 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


 Compressed Gas Systems: New installation, alteration, or repair 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof $25.00
 Act 13$4.50
  
 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System. New installation or repair. 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
  
 Temporary Tents or similar structures (See Building and Zoning Fee Schedule) 
  
 
Installation of fuel cell power systems. NEW INSTALLATION, ALTERATION, OR REPAIR
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Gas Detection Systems. NEW INSTALLATION or ALTERATION.
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13
$4.50



 Gates or barricades across fire apparatus access roads. New installation, alteration, or repair 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
  
 Hazardous Materials Storage or Facility. NEW INSTALLATION, REPAIR, ABANDON, REMOVE, PLACE OUT OF SERVICE, CLOSE, OR SUBSTANTIALLY MODIFY 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
  
Industrial Ovens. NEW INSTALLATION AND REPAIR 
First $1,000.00 of cost  $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
  
 Liquified Petroleum Gas System. NEW INSTALLATION, ALTERATION, OR REPAIR. 
First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
 
Motor vehicle repair rooms and booth. NEW INSTALLATION or ALTERATION.
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Plant extraction systems. NEW INSTALLATION or ALTERATION.
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


Solar Photovaltaic power systems. NEW INSTALLATION, ALTERATION, OR REPAIR. (See Building & Zoning)


Special Event Structure not regulated by the International Building Code. INSTALLATION/REMOVAL UNDER ONE PERMIT
First $1,000.00 of cost$100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50


 Spraying or Dipping Room, dip tank, or booth. New Installation, Alteration, or Repair
 First $1,000.00 of cost $100.00
Each additional $1,000.00 of cost or fraction thereof$25.00
Act 13$4.50
  
Temporary Tanks for heating construction sites
Up to one year $50.00


Fireworks Permit$200.00
Fire Department Standby Fee$300.00
Act 13$4.50 
  
Blasting Permit$100.00 
Act 13$4.50 
  
Hot Work Permit (temp. work involving open flames, production of heat, sparks in occupied tenant space.) Such as: torch applied roofing, welding, soldering, thawing pipe, or grinding. $100.00
 Act 13 $4.50
  
Fire Code Permit (All uses not listed above and permit requirements contained in the 2018 International Fire Code)$75.00 
Act 13$4.50 


Permanent Outdoor Fireplaces and Grills$25.00
Fire Report$50.00 
Expert Witness Fee (per hour)$75.00 
Special Duty Rate$45.00
Video Tape Copy/Digital Photo Disk Copy
Each tape or Digital Disk or Flash Drive$100.00 
Special Inspection and Permit Review ServicesCost*
*Special Inspections and Permit Review Services refers to a 3rd party company doing inspections or a plan review. The cost is set forth by the individual company/agency.  Plus 15% Administrative Fee
  
 Miles Park 
 Grill Permit (Temporary Gas Grills Only, No Charcoal grills)$25.00 

G. ZONING FEES:


General Zoning Permit (Roofing and Siding EXEMPT) 
  
Food Trucks $75.00
County Board of Health Certification & Township Transient Business License are both required before Zoning Permit can be issued 
  
Zoning Verification Letter$75.00


Temporary Sign Permit$25.00
**Signs must be removed 3 days after the date of the occurrence or of the event.
Zoning Hearing Board
Fees are inclusive of Zoning Permit fee if permit application is submitted concurrently or within 3 months of approval or of notification that a Zoning Hearing Board application is required.


Application for Variance, Special Exception, or Appeal from Zoning Officer’s Decision
Residential Use
     First Lot$500.00
     Each Additional Lot$100.00
     Residential Accessory Structures including Accessory Buildings up to 200 sq. ft.$350.00
Non-Residential Use (per lot)  $1,000.00
Non-Residential Sign Only (Per Lot)$300.00
Proposed Major Subdivision or Land Development$1,500.00
Continuance Fee- If requested by the Applicant and no new advertising necessary$150.00
If re-advertising and/or new 500-foot mailing is necessary
$350.00
Approval Extension or Re-Approval Post Extension (No new relief being sought)$350.00
Application for Challenge to Validity of Zoning Ordinance or Map  
Per Application$1,000


Copy of Stenographic Record -                                                      Contact Township


Board of Supervisors
Zoning Ordinance Amendment
Per Application for Administrative Costs 
$1,000.00
Plus Escrow Deposit to Cover Costs for Legal and Engineering Reviews
$5,000.00


Curative Amendment
Per Application for Administrative Costs $1,000.00
Plus Escrow Deposit to Cover Costs for Legal and Engineering Reviews
$5,000.00


Conditional Use Application 
Fees are inclusive of Zoning Permit fee if permit application is submitted concurrently, or within 3 months of approval or of notification that Conditional Use application is required. 


Application Fee$500.00
Plus Escrow Deposit to Cover Costs for Legal and Engineering Reviews$500.00
Copy of Stenographic Record -                                                         Contact Township
  
Non-Conforming Use Permit $20.00


H. SUBDIVISION, LAND DEVELOPMENT, AND LAND DEVELOPMENT WAIVER REQUEST FEES:


Established by Resolution # 2012-07

I. ARBORIST FEES:


Per hour fee$125.00


J. ENGINEERING FEES:


Grading - Minor Earth Disturbance Permit Fees 
 (Under 10,000 Sq. Ft. of Disturbed Earth)  
Application Fee
Up to 50 Cubic Yards$90.00
More than 50 Cubic Yards
$175.00
Escrow Fee$2,000


Regulated Earth Disturbance Permit Fees.  
Application Fee
     First 1,000 Cubic Yards
$175.00
     Each Additional 1,000 Cubic Yards or Fraction Thereof$25.00
Escrow Fee
     First 1,000 Cubic Yards
$2,000
     Each Additional 1,000 Cubic Yards or Fraction Thereof$500.00


Road Occupancy Permits (Township Roads)
Issuance Fee   $20.00


Inspection Fees
Underground Facility Installations
First 50 Linear Feet $100.00
Each Additional 50 Linear Feet or Fraction Thereof$25.00


Street Openings for Utility Connections or Repairs
Each Opening$100.00
Residential Driveway (Curb Cut)$50.00
New Curbs, Sidewalks and Driveway Aprons$50.00


Utility Pole Installation/Replacement$25.00
Replacement of Curbs, Sidewalks and Driveway Aprons$25.00


Development Inspection Charges                               * Plus 5% Administrative Fee
Principal Engineer$129.00/Hour *
Assistant Engineer$118.00/Hour *
Technical Assistant$116.00/Hour *
Administrative Assistant $80.00/Hour*

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