Jackson Township located in the eastern portion Lebanon County Pennsylvania PA, surrounding the Myerstown Borough. Zip Code: 17067

ZONING & PLANNING

Gene Meade - Zoning Officer
60 North Ramona Road
Myerstown, PA 17067

Phone: 717.866.4771
Email: zoning@jacksontownship-pa.gov
Office Hours: Tues & Thur, 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Dwayne Horst - Building Code Official
Commonwealth Code Services
Phone: 717.272.5759
Email: dwaynerh@hotmail.com
Website: www.codeservices.net


Some frequently asked questions regarding zoning & planning:

When do I need a permit?

How do I obtain a permit?

How much does a permit cost?

Do I need a permit to replace my roof shingles?

Do I need a permit for the installation and/or replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window or storm door?

Do I need a permit to install a porch or deck?

Do I need a permit for a driveway?

Do I need a permit for a fence?

Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?

What are some of the items that I do not need a permit for?

What is the building and zoning permit application process?

What is required for a zoning and/or building permit?

 

Q: When do I need a permit?
A: No building or other structure shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, converted, removed, added to, used or the use therein changed unless and until a building and zoning permit is obtained from the Zoning Administrator.  The permit requirements shall apply to all permanent, temporary, seasonal, part-time or movable buildings, structures, signs or uses, unless exempted elsewhere in Chapter 27 of our code.  No building and zoning permit shall be issued by the Zoning Administrator except in conformity.

Examples of projects that permits are issued for include, but are not limited to: Sheds, Fences, Additions, Garages, Pools, Driveways, Pole Barns, New Structures and Decks over thirty inches above finished grade. If you are not sure if you need a permit, please call the Township Office at 717.866.4771.

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Q: How do I obtain a permit?
A: The Zoning office is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  You may stop in and fill out an application during these times. You can also stop in Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm and pickup an application. Please note that the application for permit issued by the Code Compliance Department is a four-part carbonless form. You can click here for a sample of this form to understand what information is required, but you will be required to fill another multi-part form out before submission.

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Q: How much does a permit cost?
A:

Zoning Permit = $20 + $2 for every $1,000 of Construction Value.

Building Permit (New Single Family Dwelling) = $0.25 for the first 2,500 square foot and $10 for each additional 100 square foot.

Additions, Garages over 1,000 square foot, decks and swimming pools will be charged $50 for each required inspection.

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Q: Do I need a permit to replace my roof shingles?
A : No, as long as you do not change the structural value of your home.

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Q: Do I need a permit for the installation and/or replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window or storm door?
A: No, if the dimensions or framing or the original opening are not altered.

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Q: Do I need a permit to install a porch or deck? 
A: Yes, you need a zoning permit and a building permit if the deck or porch is roofed and or thirty inches above finished grade.

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Q: Do I need a permit for a driveway?
A: Yes, if the driveway extends or to township road.  The fee is $10 and you may apply at the Township Office.  If the driveway extends onto a State Road, you must obtain a H.O.P. Permit from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.   

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Q: Do I need a permit for a fence?
A: Yes, and if the fence is over six feet in height it will need a building permit. Front yard fences may not be more than thirty inches tall.

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Q: Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
A: Yes, except for a prefabricated swimming pool that is less than twenty-four inches deep. These are the requirements for a swimming pool permit application:

1. Submit Plot Plan (to include property lines and structures).

2. Construction Documents and Drawing of Pool

3. All pools will be inspected for electric and barrier requirements according to IRC 2006 Chapter 41 and Appendix G.

4. These are Requirements of PA Uniform Construction Code adopted April 9, 2004.

Click here for Residential Pool Facts

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Q: What are some of the items that I do not need a permit for?
A: Replacement of siding, installation of additional roll or batt insulation, replacement of rain gutter, any interior or exterior painting, wallpapering, tiling, carpeting, flooring, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.

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Q: What is the building and zoning permit application process?
A:

1. Planning Module (Plot Plan)

2. Stormwater Plan (Engineering Firm to Submit)

3. Soil and Erosion Control (Lebanon Co. Soil Conservation)

4. Water Permit (If Served By Public Utilities)

5. Sewer Permit (OLSD Approved by Leb. Co. S.E.O.) (Public Sewer Permit Issued by Jackson Township)

6. Driveway Permit (Issued by Jackson Township)

7. Zoning Permit (Issued by Jackson Township)

8. Building Permit Residential (Approved Plans)

Commercial (3 Copies of Signed and Sealed Drawings include Mech, Plumbing, Electrical)

Click here for Residential Building Plans

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Q: What is required for a zoning and/or building permit?
A: A completed Application Plot Plan (to include property lines, existing buildings and the proposed project).  A copy of Worker’s Compensation Insurance certificate.  If a building permit is required you will need to include the Application Construction Documentation.  Click here to visit the Commonwealth Code Inspection Service (CCIS) website to see what is required. CCIS is the approved Third Party Agency to enforce The Uniform Construction Code (ACT 45) of Pennsylvania in Jackson Township.

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