to Obtaining Building Permits
This guide is intended to
assist in the proper flow of the various permitting paperwork required to
construct, install, replace or relocate a new dwelling, any size addition to a
structures, or other buildings including camps, cottages, industrial and
commercial buildings in which a Building Permit is required.
Before You Apply
We suggest that you sit down with your contractor or architect and
discuss just exactly what your building plans are.
You or your contractor or architect must prepare a set of plans or
drawings indicating exactly what you are planning to build.
It is very important that these plans contain all the required details
when submitting them to Jones Township for review.
Incomplete plans can add weeks or even months to getting your Permit
most all circumstances, several separate types of permits will be required for
new construction. These permits are
E&S, sewage, zoning and/or assessment, stormwater, and building and must be
obtained in this order. In other
words, a sewage, or sewer, permit is required prior to receiving zoning
approval, and zoning approval is required before a UCC building permit is
issued. In some instances, a State
Highway Occupancy Permit must be obtained from Penn DOT prior to constructing a
new driveway entrance to a state maintained road.
The following is a list of
permit approvals that will most likely be required for the majority of
areas not served by a municipal public sewer, you should contact the municipal
office and obtain an Application for an On-lot Sewage Disposal System if the
work involves any new dwellings (including replacing a dwelling with a different
dwelling), other facilities generating wastewater,
or other types of modifications or repairs to an on-lot septic system. Once
an Application is obtained, contact the Sewage Enforcement Officer, Mr. Russ
Braun, at (814) 781-3663 to schedule any necessary soils testing or inspections.
Since the required soils
testing and/or site investigation may result in a denial of the proposed
project, it is highly recommended that the sewage approvals be secured first.
When your plans include a new dwelling or commercial building certain
sewage and subdivision planning requirements will come into play.
The Sewage Enforcement Officer will discuss these issues with you at the
time of Application. An
official survey and subdivision approval is required for all newly proposed
areas served by public sewers, local Municipal Sewer Authority must be contacted
if the project involves a new connection to a municipal sewer.
Any tap and connection fees must be paid prior to approval to utilize the
public sewer system.
EROSION AND SEDIMENT REQUIREMENTS
earth disturbance activities, including those that disturb less
than 5000 sq. ft., must implement and maintain E&S controls.
written E&S Control Plan is
required to be on site if the total disturbance is greater than 5000 sq. ft. or
if the project site is has the potential to discharge to stream designated as
High Quality (HQ) or Exceptional Value (EV) regardless of the amount of earth disturbance.
NPDES Permit is required if one (1)
acre or more of earth will be disturbed.
must contact the County Conservation District to determine these requirements
and obtain these E&S Permit approvals before other municipal permits being
can be approved.
County Conservation District: 814-776-5373
County Conservation District: 814-486-9302
County Conservation District: 814-887-3234
is the responsibility of both the property owner and contractor to ensure
compliance with these E&S requirements.
Additional state or federal permits maybe required if any construction
occurs near or along streams,
ditches, storm sewers, ponds, wetlands and other surface water. Contact
the appropriate Conservation District for more information.
/ Assessment APPROVAL
a valid sewage or sewer permit is obtained, you may apply to the Cameron County
Zoning Officer for zoning and floodplain approvals.
The Zoning Official may be
contacted at the Cameron County Courthouse at (814) 486-0723, ext 6.
located in the Borough of Emporium must obtain zoning approval from the Borough,
not the County. Please contact the
Borough Office at 814-486-3617
local Township will require an Assessment Permit.
Contact the local Township office for an Application and details.
There are no zoning approvals required.
are no zoning or assessment requirements.
In Elk and McKean Counties, Stormwater Management Permits will be
required for certain construction activities involving land development or earth
disturbance activity that may affect stormwater runoff.
The extent of any required stormwater plan is dependent upon the area of
impervious area created as indicated by the following chart:
New Impervious Area*
Applicant Submission Requirements
SQ FT <
1000 SQ FT
> 1001 SQ FT
but < 2500 SQ FT
Project Application Required
SQ FT but < 5000 SQ
Control and Small Project Application
>5001 SQ FT
Rate Control, Volume Control, and Stormwater Management Site Plan
New Single Family residential Dwellings situated on a single lot are exempt from
the above requirements when:
buildings are setback a minimum of 75-feet from all downslope property lines
stormwater runoff is discharged onto a pervious surface with a gravel strip or
other spreading device
more than 1000 SQ FT of paved or concrete surface discharges stormwater to any
the above permit approvals have been secured, you may then submit an application
construction drawings for a Building Permit or apply for a “recreational
cabin” exclusion under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (Pa. UCC)
through Jones Township. The Building Official, Mr. Russ Braun can be contacted
by calling (814) 781-3663 or (814) 929 5138.