Zoning and Driveway Permit applications are available at the Township Office. Contact Zoning Officer, James Hawk at 717-756-9492 before beginning any project to determine if you need a permit and if you do, to assure that you acquire all the necessary permits.
Sewage Permits are available from Madden Engineering, Leonard Sizer, the Sewage Enforcement Officer
. Phone: Lenny Sizer @ (717) 275-2048
As a general rule, building permits are required for any construction which changes the outside dimensions of an existing structure or adds a new structure including, but not limited to:
- Pools, both in and above ground with a depth over 24" or 2 feet ( not temporary or seasonal pools)
- New homes
- Spas and hot tubs
- Additions, sun rooms
- Porches & Porch enclosures
- Pole Buildings
- Car ports
- Solar panel installation
- retaining walls over four (4) feet
No permits are needed to replace roof shingles or to replace siding, storm doors, and windows. These are considered routine maintenance of the dwelling or structure.
The new Uniform Construction Code (UCC) regulations are now in effect throughout Pennsylvania and Rye Township.
The UCC requires more inspections at key stages of the construction process to ensure compliance with the State UCC.
Building Permit processing and inspections services can be provided by many third party inspection companies.
Read the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Statute Concerning the
Uniform Construction Code
By Following the link below.
U. C. C. CODES
Zoning and Sewage permits will also be required before a building permit will be issued for new homes. Zoning permits may also be required before a third party inspection agency issues a building or construction permit.
Rye Township has a zoning ordinance that restricts usage of properties throughout the Township. Any activity that requires a Building Permit will also require a Zoning Permit, which assures that the proposed project is in compliance with the Township Zoning Ordinance 11-01.
In home businesses also require the issuance of a zoning permit to assure compliance with the Rye Township Zoning Ordinance 11-01.
Zoning Permits are issued by:
Zoning Enforcement Officer, James Hawk
717-756-9492 and leave a message.
Download the Rye Township Zoning Permit Application here:
Rye Township Zoning Permit Application 2012 (47KB)
Or stop by the Township office to pick up an application. Applications may be placed in the drop off box for after hours pick up.
Zoning Hearing Board
The Zoning Hearing Board’s primary duty is to hear cases on individual requests pertaining to any possible deviation to the Zoning Ordinance. This includes variances, special exceptions and appeals to the interpretations of the Zoning Officer. Applications are available at the Township office. A fee of $500.00 must accompany the application.
Click here to visit the Zoning Hearing Board page.
Sewage Permits may be required for both new construction projects and remodeling projects, especially those that include addition of new bedrooms or bathrooms. Sewage Permits are required for all repairs and replacements. No permit is required for cleaning or pumping your tank. However, we request you provide the Township with a copy of the receipt in compliance with the Township's 537 Plan and DEP regulations. Thank you!
For permit applications or more information, contact:
Sewage Enforcement Officer
Madden Engineering Services
24 North 4th Street
Newport, PA 17074
Leonard Sizer @ cell: (717) -275-2048
Alternate John Madden
A Driveway Permit is required to access Township and State roads. Logging companies creating new accesses off Township roads require temporary use driveway permits. Newly installed driveways must be paved within one year of installation. Applications are available at the Township office.
The local Driveway Permit Officer is: James Hawk (717) 756-9492
Or, Contact or stop by the Township office for applications. Applications may be placed in the drop off box outside the Township office for after hour pick up.