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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.
Contact the Engineering Department.
View Grading Permit Application (PDF).
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).
In the Staff Directory, view Code Enforcement Department and Engineering Department.
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:
960 Wentz RoadBlue Bell Pennsylvania, 19422Phone: 610-277-2400
To view maps, visit the Engineering Department page.
No permits are required from the Township 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.
View Engineering Department page.
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 on the Engineering Application page. 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.
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 regarding the location of the right-of-way in front of your property, please contact the engineering department for more information.
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. For more information, contact the Engineering Department.
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 highlights the maintenance responsibility for each roadway within the Township through a color coding system. View the Street Map (PDF).
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
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
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 Engineering Department or emailing Jim Blanch. 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.
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.
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. View Patio Permit Application (PDF) . 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.
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. View the Engineering Department page.
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. View the Engineering Department page.
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. View Grading Permit Application (PDF). Once all of the required information has been submitted to the Engineering Department, a permit may be issued witting ten business days.
Contact the Engineering department.
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. For questions, contact the Engineering Department.
The Montgomery County Health Department is responsible for the 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. For more information, visit the Montgomery County Health Department webpage.
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. For more information, visit the Montgomery County Health Department webpage.
960 Wentz RoadBlue Bell Pennsylvania, 19422
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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.
In the Staff Directory, view Administration Department and Code Enforcement Department.
View Boards & Commissions page.
View Tax Collector page.
View Water Companies in the Resource Directory.
Please contact PECO at 1-800-841-4141.
The Township 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 Sunday. For more information, view Ordinance No. 307 "Disturbing the Peace Ordinance".
The Township has a curfew ordinance which states that juveniles (seventeen years old or younger) must not be in a public place unescorted by an adult between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The hours for Friday and Saturday are from midnight to 6 a.m. For more information, view Ordinance No. 78 "Curfew".
The police department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a Police Communications Operator on at all times.
Contact an outside contractor.
Contact the Police Department at 610-279-9033 and ask for the Detective Division.
Police officers are not permitted to take reports by phone. You must come to the police station or have an officer respond to your home if you are a township resident.
Whitpain Township Police Station
960 Wentz Road
District Court schedules all hearings. District Court offices are located at:
653 Skippack Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
They may also be contacted via phone at 215-646-8201.
PennDot's website will answer most questions and provides toll-free telephone numbers to assist you. For more information, visit PennDot.
Visit PennDot Driver and Vehicle Services.
If you have fear for your (or someone else's) personal safety, contact the Police Department immediately! To report an emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergency calls, please dial 610-279-9033. Additionally, you may want to consult with an attorney on civil matters.
Helpful information or contact points:
You may want to consult with an attorney. These links will provide you with helpful information or contact points:
Information regarding county offices and services may be obtained by calling the main switchboard at 610-278-3000 or visit the Montgomery County website.
The Pennsylvania State Police are the central repository for criminal history information in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This site details the steps for obtaining criminal history information. For more information, view Pennsylvania State Police. For criminal records, call the PA State Police Criminal Records & Identification Division at 717-783-5494, or Fax 717-705-8840.
You can call the following toll free number 800-227-2358. This program is funded by PennDot. The information is provided by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. You may also contact the PA State Police Barracks.
Further information may be obtained from the PA Game Commission at 610-926-3136. If you see a deer, fox or coyote do not try to make contact with the animal. These animals will generally not make contact with humans they will eventually move on.
Contact Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center at 215-249-1938 or e-mail them here. Donations are appreciated.
Visit the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.
View Solicitation Permit (PDF).
View Citizen Complaint Against Police Form (PDF).
A written request should be made to the Chief Police or email Chief Ken Lawson. You can mail it to:
Requests for copies of Police reports may be submitted to the Whitpain Township Police Department by completing and submitting Public Record Review and Duplicate Request Form (PDF).
Release of certain police reports may be prohibited by law. Mail to:
Vacation Notice can be mailed to the Police Department at:
Blue Bell, PA 19422
You may also email your information to the Police Department. Email your information to:
To download the vacation notice, view Vacation Notice (PDF).
Visit Crash Docs. This website, sponsored by Carfax, will walk you through the steps you need to obtain your specific report.
Send a letter or email Chief Ken Lawson. Mail to:
Parking tickets may be paid by mail or in person at the Whitpain Township Police station within 72 hours. The station is staffed 24 hours a day.
Traffic and Non-Traffic citations (Parking tickets excluded) may be paid at District Court 38-1-21. The office is located at:
653 Skippack Pike
You may contact the District Court at 215-646-8201.
Water usage is monitored by your water company (American, North Wales or Ambler). You can consult previous statements to determine how many gallons you have used in the past. Please call 610-277-2400 for more information.
Yes. The usage fee applies to all residential households. For more information please call 610-277-2400.
Households on well water have no metering devices. As a result, those households will not incur a usage fee. For more information please call 610-277-2400.
Condominium properties generally use less than 20,000 gallons in a quarter. As a result, those households will not incur a usage fee. For more information please call 610-277-2400.
The usage fee will apply to any water usage that exceeds 20,000 gallons in a quarter. Monitoring for water that might be used for a pool, gardening or washing a car requires added expenses of monitoring devices as well as the labor intensive process of reading these devices. As a result, the Township has decided to monitor total water usage. For more information please call 610-277-2400.
Conservation is relatively easy and can come in many forms. For example, just turning the water off while you brush your teeth will save gallons over a quarter. You could also take a quick shower rather than a bath. Fixing a running toilet will save water. Find more conservation tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.