Planning Your Construction Project 432 (DRAFT)

Welcome to West Whiteland Township's permitting and inspections information hub.

This information will help to guide you through the Township process and requirements needed to complete your construction project.

Do I really NEED a Permit? 

The answer is most likely yes, you really do. Building permits are about safety. By enforcing construction standards, they give you and the other occupants of a building or home the best chance to avoid fire, structural failure and other hazards while providing reasonable assurance that the structure is secure and safe for occupancy. 

List of projects that require a permit.

State law requires owners/occupants/contractors to obtain building permits for most new construction, building alterations and system alterations (plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire suppression).

Code officials ensure that the minimum required construction standards are achieved via construction permit review and subsequent inspections. This includes fire protection, structural integrity, energy efficiency and overall building usability.

Overview of the permitting process - steps and requirements (add link to PDF)

Know Your Parcel

In order to complete your permit application, you may need access to some information you don't have at the tip of your fingers. These resources can help

  • Impervious coverage calculator
  • Interactive map (Marie - I think the best thing here would be to create a separate PDF of instructions for the zoning map, as it is not intuitive)
  • ChesCo Views (click on Find and enter your address for acreage and identification numbers)

What to consider when hiring a contractor (include link)

We Are Here to Help

Property owners and/or contractors are encouraged to meet with the Codes department prior to submitting an application to review submittal requirements and expectations of the review, inspection and closeout process.

Call Before You Dig!

Whether it's you or your contractor doing the work, any type of digging requires a call to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don't unintentionally dig into an underground utility line. Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or mailbox? Know what's below. Call 811 before you dig..

Call 811