Zoning & Planning

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 

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Some frequently asked questions regarding zoning & planning:

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A completed application plot plan (to include property lines, existing buildings and the proposed project). A copy of a current worker’s compensation insurance certificate or a notarized worker’s compensation exemption form. If a building code permit is required you may need to include an application and 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.

  1. Planning Module (Plot Plan)
  2. Stormwater Management Plan if applicable (Engineering Firm to Submit)
  3. Soil and Erosion Control if applicable (Lebanon Co. Soil Conservation)
  4. Water Permit (If Served by Public Utilities)
  5. Sewer Permit (On-lot sewage disposal system permit approved by Lebanon County Planning Dept. Sewage Enforcement Officer) (Public sewer permit issued by Jackson Township)
  6. Driveway Permit (Issued by Jackson Township)
  7. Approved Zoning Permit Application (Issued by Jackson Township)
  8. Building Code Permit (Approved Plans) Construction plans to include dimensions and materials to be used.

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

Click here for Residential Building Plans

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.

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

Yes, a permit is required for a fence. If the fence is over six feet in height it will need a building code inspection permit. Front yard fences may not be more than thirty inches tall in residential zoning districts.

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.  

Yes, a zoning permit is required to install a porch or deck.  A building code inspection permit is also required if the deck or porch is roofed and if the porch or deck is thirty inches above finished grade.

No, if the dimensions or framing or the original opening are not altered.

No, as long as you do not change the structural value of your home.

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.

The zoning office is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  You may stop in Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm and complete or pick up an application.  Click here for a sample of the zoning permit application to understand what information is required.

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, decks and mailbox structures. If you are not sure if you need a permit, please call the Township Office at 717-866-4771.