The construction of a new residential home in Jackson Township requires three permits from the Township; a Driveway Permit, a Zoning Permit, and a Sewage Permit.The term zoning includes such things as mobile homes, pre-made sheds and gazabos. If you have a question please contact the permit officer. Failure to obtain a permit could result in fines of up to $ 500.00 per day that you do not have a permit.
If you are building a new home, the first permit you should obtain is the Sewage Permit. This permit is obtained from the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO). The requirements for this permit are to have a site that has been tested and found to be acceptable for a on-lot sewage disposal system, have the required planning approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and have a approved design for the construction of the sewage system. The Township SEO will instruct you on what will be required based upon your situation.
Once you have obtained sewage approval you will need to obtain a Driveway Permit. If you will be accessing a Township Road this permit will be issued by the Township Road Master. If the driveway will be accessing a state road, then you will need to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penn Dot) for a Highway Occupancy Permit. If you plan on creating any new access from your property to the road, a driveway permit must be obtained prior to construction.
Once you have obtained a Sewage, and Driveway permit, you will need to apply for a Zoning permit. The Zoning permit application can be obtained from the Township Code Officer. The Code officer will review the application for compliance with the Jackson Township Zoning Ordinance. If the application is in compliance with the Ordinance, a Zoning Permit will be issued.
Each project is evaluated using the above criteria, but each project will have its own unique characteristics that must be evaluated. No two projects are the same, and the requirements for permitting will vary with each individual project. You should contact the appropriate permitting official to see what will be required for your project. There are specific time limits for the issuing of permits. Ask the appropriate official what time requirements, and limits apply.
The Township Supervisors can be reached at the Township Building (570) 925-2401
The Township Code Officer and SEO is Chris Bower, he can be reached at (570) 458-0316