PERMITS

HOW DO I CHECK ON THE STATUS OF MY PERMIT?

Email the Permit Coordinator, Jason Barron at jbarron@westvincenttwp.org or call at 610-458-1601. 

THE PERMIT PROCESS

Complete and submit application(s) - complete in entirety, the appropriate building application package and/or zoning application package.

Fees are collected in two parts--at application and at issue. Refer to the Township Fee Schedule for a complete list of fees and their collection due dates.   

Review and Approval Process - The Permit Coordinator will review your application, will request any omitted items and/or clarification of submitted plans and will submit your application to the Zoning Officer for review and approval. 

After the Zoning Officer receives complete applications and documents are deemed in compliance with construction codes, zoning ordinances, and other municipal and state ordinances (approved), one set of plans is returned to you.

The review of your residential/commercial building permit will be performed within 15/30 business days, respectively, of receipt of your application. 

If your application is not approved, you will be asked correct the code violations or appeal the decision. 

Receive Permit - The building permit is a document granting legal permission to commence construction based on the approved plan.   Inspections required for your project will be indicated on the permit. The building permit must be posted in a window or other prominent place at the constructions site with a copy of the building plans at the site. 

Any changes to original plans will require a new review and approval process and must be submitted to the Permit Coordinator, who will forward to the Zoning Officer. Construction performed on changes to plans not approved by the Township is in violation of municipal, county, and state laws and subject to fines and additional fees. 

Arrange Township Inspections - Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Township Building Inspector to make certain the work conforms with all codes and the approved plans. 

The permit applicant must request each inspection with the Township Engineer's office, LTL Consulting, at 610-987-9290 providing contractor name, address of job location, permit number and type of inspection.  

If the Building Inspector finds work that is out of compliance with the approved plans, the applicant will advised in writing of the violation and remedy.  If the violation is serious, a stop work order may be posted until resolved and a follow-up inspection takes place. 

Note: The Township is required to supply a list of all building and zoning permits to the Chester County Assessment Office. A County Assessor will visit your property with no appointment. Refer to Chester County Assessment Process in your permit application package for full details. 

Receive Certificate of Occupancy - is the formal document marking completion of your construction project, compliance with all codes and provides permission to occupy your new/renovated building. 

Structures may not be used/occupied until a certificate of use and occupancy has been issued by the Township Building Inspector.