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Saturday - September 20, 2014
Montgomery County Household Hazardous Waste
Saturday - September 20, 2014
Whitpain Police Association 10th Anns. Car Show
Wednesday - September 24, 2014
Leaf Waste Collection
Saturday - September 27, 2014
Montgomery County Electronics Collection
Saturday - September 27, 2014
National Prescription Drug Take Back

FAQ

GENERAL

Where is the Township Building located?

Click here to find the Township Building

What are the office hours for Whitpain Township?

Administration Department: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Code Enforcement: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When are Township Meetings?

Board of Supervisors – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m.

Planning Commission – 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Zoning Hearing Board – 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.
Board of Appeals – 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Park and Open Space – Jan., Feb., March, May, June, Sept., Oct., and Nov. at 7:30 p.m.

What are the Tax Collector’s Hours

Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Which companies provide water service in Whitpain?

North Wales Water Authority (215-699-4836)
Ambler Water (215-646-1000)
Pennsylvania American Water (1-800-717-7292)

 

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

I would like to re-grade a portion of my back yard. Does this require a permit?

The Township requires that the property owner submit a sketch to the Engineering Department. The Township Engineer will determine if a grading permit is required. Generally, earth disturbances less than 200 square feet will not require a grading permit. An exception to this general rule is if the work is near a property line, floodplain or wetlands.

Where can I obtain a plan of my property?

A copy of the plot plan for your property may be obtained from the Township Code Enforcement Department or Engineering Department upon request (if available).

Where can I get a copy of a Township Map?

The Township website has several maps available for download in pdf format. The maps include the Township street Map, Zoning Map, Sanitary Sewer Map, Floodplain Map, Storm Sewer Map and Open Space/Protected Lands Map. In addition, paper copies of the maps may be purchased at the Whitpain Township building.

What permits are required if I resurface my driveway?

No permits are required from the Towsnip if the property owner is only resurfacing their driveway and not adding any additional pavement. In addition, a driveway modification form is not required to be submitted to the Township for resurfacing a driveway.

What permits are required if I widen my driveway?

For the installation of additional driveway pavement including driveway widening, the property owner must submit a sketch with the Driveway Modification Form to the Township engineering department. The Driveway Modification Form may be found in the "applications and forms" drop down menu on the Township website. A Township Roadway Occupancy Permit (TROP) is only required if you are doing work within the right-of-way of a Township Roadway. Generally, the right-of-way extends approximately twelve feet from the edge of the roadway or curbline. If you have any questions regarding the location of the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the engineering department for more information.

What permits are required if I install a new sidewalk or repair/replace my existing sidewalk?

A Township Roadway Occupancy Permit (TROP) is required if you are installing, repairing or replacing sidewalk within the right-of-way of a Township Roadway, Generally, the right-of-way extends approximately twelve feet from the edge of the roadway or curbline. If you have any questions reguarding the location of the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the engineering department for more information.

What is required to obtain a Township Roadway Occupancy Permit?

There are five components to a Township Roadway Occupancy Permit application (TROP):  the application form, a sketch of the work, the contractor’s insurance information, the application fee and an escrow for the proposed work.  The escrow will be returned to the applicant once the proposed work has been completed to the satisfaction of the Township.  The TROP application may be found in the “applications and forms” drop down menu on the Township website.  Once all of the required information has been submitted to the Engineering Department, a permit may be issued within five business days.

How do I know if I live along a Township, County or State maintained roadway?

The roadways within Whitpain Township are maintained by four separate entities. The roadways my be Township maintained, County maintained, State (PennDOT) maintained or privately maintained. The Township Street Map found on the Township website highlights the maintenance responsibility for each roadway within the Township through a color coding system.

Whom may I contact for information on PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permits?

PennDOT's Montgomery County Maintenance Office should be contacted for information on obtaining a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

PennDot Montgomery County Maintenance Office
Swede Road and Johnson Highway
P.O. Box 350
Norristown, PA 19404
(610) 275-2368

Whom may I contact for information on Montgomery County Highway Occupancy Permits?

The Montgomery County Roads and Bridges Office should be contacted for information on obtaining a Montgomery County Highway Occupancy Permit.

Montgomery County Road and Bridges Department
One Montgomery Plaza
6th Floor and Airy Streets
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 278-3613

Are there any public or private easements on my property?

The plot plan for your property should highlight any public easements on your property. A plot plan may be obtained from the Code Enforcement Department or the Engineering Department. For more detailed information on public easements, please contact the Township Engineer. For private easements, such as electric, gas and communication utilities, the property owner should check their deed or contact the private utility company for more information.

Are there any restriction on what may be placed within a storm drainage or sanitary sewer easement on my property?

No structures or landscaping may be installed within a storm drainage easement or a sanitary sewer easement. Ornamental grasses and shrubs may be allowed within these easements.

Do I need a permit for a patio?

A patio permit is required to install a new patio or increase the size of an existing patio. There are three components to a Patio permit Application: the application form, a sketch of the work (including patio dimensions) and the application fee. The Patio Application may be found in the “applications and forms” drop down menu on the Township website. The patio application is reviewed for conflicts with easements and drainage swales and it must meet the requirements of the Township stormwater management regulations. Once the Township Engineering Department has reviewed and approved the permit application, a permit will be mailed to the property owner and/or applicant.

Where can I find a Licensed Surveyor or Engineer?

The phone book or internet may be used to find an engineer or surveyor. In addition, as a courtesy to our residents, a list of Professional Engineers and Surveyors licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that have previously submitted work to the Township is available on the Township website.

Does the Township provide surveying services for property owners?

The Township does not offer surveying services on private property. The property owner should contact a licensed surveyor for surveying services. As a courtesy to our residents, a list of licensed surveyors that have previously submitted work to the Township is available on the Township website.

What is required to obtain a Grading Permit?

There are four components to a Grading Permit application: the application form, a signed and sealed site plan, the contractor's insurance information and the application fee. The grading permit application may be found in the "applications and forms" drop down menu on the Township website. Once all of the required information has been submitted to the Engineering Department, a permit may be issued witting ten business days.

Do site plans for sheds, pools, patios and building additions need to be signed and sealed by a Professional Engineer or Surveyor licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

All pools require a signed and sealed site plan from a licensed engineer or surveyor. Site plans for sheds, patios and building additions may require a signed and sealed site pan prepared by a Licensed Engineer or Surveyor. The requirement is at the discretion of the Township Engineer and is dependent on the location of the work, the square footage of the earth disturbance and/or the size of the addition, patio or shed.

Whom may I contact regarding the installation or removal of an on-site sanitary sewer system?

The Montgomery County Health Department is responsible for permitting of all new on-site sanitary sewer systems. In addition, the Health Department should be contacted prior to the removal of an on-site sanitary sewer system.

Whom may I contact regarding the installation or abandonment of a private water well?

The Montgomery County Health Department is responsible for permitting of all new private water well. In addition, the Health Department should be contacted prior to the abandonment of a private water well.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

What do I do regarding power outages and how do I find out when the power will be restored?

Please contact PECO at 1-800-841-4141.

What do I do if I need to be fingerprinted for work?

Contact the Police Department (279-9033) and set up an appointment with the Detective Division. This service is free to residents. There is a fee for fingerprinting to those that work in the township. The cost is $15 per person for up to three print cards and $5 per card for each additional card. This service will be provided on an appointment only basis.

How do I receive a copy of a police report?

If you require a copy of an incident or accident report, this can be picked up at the Whitpain Township Police Department commonly, seven to ten days after the date of the incident. Call before arrival (610-279-9033) to see if the report is ready. Reports are only available to individuals who are named in the report. Report request forms are available on the Whipain Township website.

Is there a noise ordinance?

The Township Noise Ordinance defines disturbing the peace as loud, unnecessary noises during the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. during the week and between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Click here for Whitpain Township’s online Code Book

What do I do about the dead deer on my property?

Contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 610-926-3136 for removal. The Police Department is not permitted by law to remove deer.

Do I need to see an officer to file a report?

Yes, only police officers can take police reports. The Police Department cannot take a written police report over the telephone; they need to be filed in person. If you need to file a police report, an officer can respond to your location within Whitpain Township or you can come into the police station to file. If it’s an emergency, dial 911.

Are the police available day and night?

The Whitpain Township Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can call 610-279-9033 with questions or concerns at any time.

How do I pay a traffic citation or parking ticket?

If you have received a traffic citation, you have two options. 1) You may plead guilty by contacting the District Court (215-646-8201) listed on the citation and arranging payment of the fine and costs or 2) you may plead not guilty by contacting the District Court and arranging a date for a hearing before the District Justice. Traffic citations cannot be paid at the Whitpain Township Police Department. Payment for parking tickets is accepted only at the Whitpain Township Police Department via in person or by mail within 72 hours of receiving the ticket.

How do I find out about snow removal?

The Police Dpartment does not control snow removal. Questions regarding snow plowing should be directed to the Public Works Department at 610-277-2400. Reporting of icy or hazardous road conditions can be reported to the Police Department at 610-279-9033. Click here to learn more about snow removal.

What if I have an emergency or feel threatened?

Dial 911 and tell the dispatcher your problem. If you are unable to speak, do not hang up. Police are automatically dispatched and will be on the way.

What if I or my child dials 911 by mistake?

The police department will attempt to make contact with you either by phone or in person. Most times a police officer will stop at your location to investigate.

 

SEWER DEPARTMENT

How do I get a sewer certification?

  1. Property address
  2. Date of Settlement
  3. Sale or Refinance
  4. Current owner’s name
  5. New owner’s name

Send the above information along with a $50 check payable to Whitpain Township to:

  • Whitpain Township
  • 960 Wentz Road
  • Blue Bell, PA 19422

Your certification will be issued promptly.