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Zoning-Ord_Amended-05-13-2014.pdf

1 of 2017 zoning ord.pdf

2 of 2017 zoning ord.pdf

zoningmap.pdf

Zoning Permit.pdf

fencepermit.pdf

Application - Swimming Pool.pdf

AboveGroundSwimmingPools.pdf

 

Zoning is a process of planning for land use by a municipality to allocate certain kinds of structures in certain areas.  Zoning also includes restrictions in different zoning areas, such as height of buildings, use of green space, density(number ofstructures in a certain area), use of lots, and types of businesses.

A Zoning Ordinance is comprised of two parts - the text and the zoning map.  The text of the ordinance contains the community development objectives and the necessary technical provisions to regulate the use of land and structures and to establish bulk, height, area, setback and other standards.  The zoning map delineates the boundaries of the specific districts or zones created in the ordinance.

The Zoning Ordinance establishes various districts in the Township.  Each district has permitted uses, special exception uses and conditional uses.

A permitted use is a use that the Supervisors have determined is desired in a particular zoning district.  The Zoning Officer may issue a zoning permit for a permitted use as long as it meets the additional requirements established, such as lot coverage, setbacks, etc.

A special exception use is a use which may only be permitted in a particular zoning district, by special approval, granted by the Zoning Hearing Board in accordance with the applicable provision of the Salem Township Zoning Ordinance.

A conditional use is a use that, owing to some special characteristics attendant to its operation or installation, is permitted in a particular zoning district subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors and subject to special requirements, different from those usual requirements for the particular zoning district in which the conditional use may be located.

The day-to-day enforcement and administrative procedures provided in the Zoning Ordinance are the responsibility of the Zoning Officer.  The Zoning Officer receives, reviews and issues permits for building and zoning purposes and certificates of occupancy, maintains records of applications and permits, performs inspections to determine compliance with the Zoning Ordinance, notifies persons violating the ordinance and presents facts at hearings before the Zoning Hearing Board and Board of Supervisors. The Zoning Officer does not have discretionary power and can neither waive nor tighten any requirement of the ordinance.

The time to call the Zoning Officer is before you start a project to avoid problems and delays.  By submitting the proper information, the permit can be issued in a timely manner.  The Zoning Officer will explain the code requirements for your project and assist you until the project is completed in accordance with the codes.

After contacting the Zoning Officer, you must complete an application and submit the permit fee, plans and information in order to obtain a building permit.  The Zoning Officer can provide information that will help your project be a success and avoid potential problems which could cost you time and money.

The permit application will require basic information about the project as well as a completed site plan.  To receive a permit you will need to pay a permit fee.  The fee helps defray the cost of the Township's resources spent on the application review and inspection process.  The fee also gives you access to the Zoning Officer's knowledge and experience when you have questions about the project.

The Salem Township Zoning Ordinance, map and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance are on this website or you may review it at our office.  To schedule an appointment call 570-752-4399.

 

BEFORE YOU DIG CALL 811

KNOW WHAT'S BELOW

PA Act 287 as amended requires excavators as well as private land owners to call Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. before any type of digging/excavation begins.

Mark your excavation area in white before calling with a dig notification. 

By calling you allow the facility owners an opportunity to locate and mark their underground facilities in advance of the planned excavation (gas and liquid pipelines, underground electric cables, cable television, etc.)  Protect and preserve markings until they are no longer required for a safe and proper excavation.