2. Whom do I call to remove a dead animal from the road?
Please contact the PA Game Commission at 610-926-3136 if the animal is on a local road, or call Penn DOT at 215-345-6060 if it occurs on a state road.
3. Are Use and Occupancy Permits and inspections required for home resales?
Yes, Use and Occupancy Permits and inspections are required for all residential, commercial, and industrial re-sales and for changes in tenants for non-residential uses. The township does not issue conditional Use & Occupancy certificates. Forms are available on the Permits, Forms & Applications page or you can use the search bar on the upper right hand side of the Township's website.
4. Are landlords required to register tenants?
Yes, a Tenant Registration Form must be completed yearly.
5. Is recycling mandatory in West Rockhill Township?
Yes, your private trash hauler is required to provide curbside recycling; please contact them for details. Please visit the Trash & Recycling section of this website for more information.
7. Whom do I call about potholes or road problems?
Please make note of the road and location of the problem. If it is a state road, please call PennDOT at 215 345-6060. State Roads in West Rockhill Township are: Allentown Road, Bethlehem Pike, Cathill Road, County Line Road, Diamond Street, Finland Road, Ridge Road, Ridge Valley Road, Route 152, South Main Street, and State Road. You may also call PennDOT's 1-800-FIX-ROAD to report a pothhole. If it is a local road, please call the township office at 215-257-9063 to report the problem.
8. Who is responsible for maintenance and replacement of driveway pipes?
Residents are responsible for clearing, maintaining and replacing their driveway pipes. New pipe installation requires a driveway permit. Please call the Township at 215-257-9063 for information.
9. How can I register a complaint with the Township?
If you have a question, comment or concern you wish to formally address with the Township, please fill out a Resident Concern Form and fax, mail, or drop it off at the Township building. If you wish to make a formal complaint about a zoning violation, please use the Official Zoning Violation Form. The township manager will investigate the issue and take action, if necessary.
10. How many horses can I have on my property?
Raising of livestock is a permitted use in the RC, RA, SR, PI & REC zoning districts. You must have at least 3 acres of land. The remainder of the regulations follows:
The production of agricultural, horticultural,
arboricultural, viticultural, apicultural and dairy products; the keeping of
livestock, poultry, and associated products; the raising of furbearing animals
and the associated products; and all related buildings associated with this use
(barns, sheds, silos, etc.) including the farmhouse.
1. Any structure used
for the keeping or raising of cattle, livestock, horses, bees, furbearing animals
or poultry shall be located not less than one hundred (100) feet from any
street or property line.
2. Accessory dwelling
units shall meet the requirements of Use A8 Accessory Farm Dwelling.
3. Horses may be
boarded, bred and cared for on the property. However, a riding academy (Use A5)
is not included in this use.
4. A kennel (Use A4) is
not included in this use.
5. The keeping or
raising of livestock, horses, and poultry shall be limited to parcels having a
minimum lot area of three (3) acres. On parcels of three acres or more but less
than twenty (20) acres the keeping or raising of livestock or horses shall be limited
to no more than two (2) head of livestock per acre of pastureland. On parcels of
three acres or more but less than twenty (20) acres the keeping or raising of
fowl shall be limited to twenty-five (25) fowl per acre of land, regardless of
whether the land is held in pasture or not. Agricultural operations with a
higher level of animal intensity than this shall not be considered Use A1 and
shall be required to meet the standards of Use A3 Intensive Agriculture,
including the minimum lot area of twenty (20) acres.
6. This use does not
include the making of compost and/or mulch using materials from offsite.
7. This use does not
include any separately defined use.
8. No Game or Wildlife
(as defined in 34 Pa.C.S. Section 102) or Exotic Wildlife (as defined
in 34 Pa.C.S. Section 2961), may be kept except in accordance with the provisions
of the Game and Wildlife Code of Pennsylvania 34 Pa.C.S. Section 101, et. Seq. and the regulations adopted pursuant
thereto and in addtion to the following requirements:
a. All game or wildlife,
as defined in 34 Pa.C.S. Section 102, exotic wildlife, as defined in 34
Pa.C.S.§2961, shall be confined in primary and secondary enclosures that are
sufficient to prevent such animal from running at large.
b. No part of the
primary enclosure shall be closer than two hundred (200) feet from the exterior
limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
c. A primary enclosure
is defined in this Ordinance as any building, cage, pen or similar enclosure
designed and used for the purpose of restraining and confining an animal. All
primary enclosures shall be designed and constructed to meet all state and
federal laws and regulations.
d. A secondary
enclosure is defined in this Ordinance as an enclosure which is not used for
primary confinement, exercise, or training of wild animals, but which surrounds
or encompasses all primary enclosures where such animals are kept. The purposes of the secondary enclosure is to
serve as a perimeter fence surrounding all primary enclosures, in order to
protect the public by prevention of escape by an animal accidentally freed from
its primary enclosure. The strength of the secondary enclosure shall be
appropriate to the animals enclosed. The
applicant must submit a plan for secondary enclosure subject to the approval of
e. All primary and
secondary enclosures shall be designed, constructed and maintained so that no
foreseeable event or series of events shall break the structural integrity of
the primary or secondary enclosures.
f. The applicant must
submit an annual inventory report of animals to the Township.
9. Impervious surface
ratio shall not exceed ten percent (10%).
10. The retail sales of
agricultural products shall be permitted as an accessory use in accordance with
the provisions governing Use A6 Accessory Agricultural Retail.
agricultural businesses shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions governing
Use A9 Accessory Farm Business.
12. All facilities shall
meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Act, as amended.
13. Minimum parking
requirement: One (1) space per employee.
Clear the snow from around any fire hydrant near your home. This could save valuable time in a fire emergency. Do not shovel or plow snow into the street as you clear your driveway. The snow from your driveway will end up back on your property or your neighbor’s property after the snow plow passes.
Do not clear the end of your driveway until the storm has stopped and the road is plowed from curb to curb. This will save you additional work and will lower your frustration level.
Be prepared: get all necessary foods, water, medications, etc. Make sure you have enough supplies to last at least two to three days.
Residents are asked to remain patient. Patience and co-operation from residents will help us conduct a more efficient snow removal operation.
During a snow storm, the Public Works Department may first open one lane of traffic in each direction on every town road depending on the amount of snow. This is done in anticipation of any emergencies that may arise. Then we will go back and plow the snow back to the curb exposing the storm drains.
13. What are the rules for a Home Occupation?
H1 Home Occupation
1. The home occupation shall be accessory to a residence and carried on wholly indoors and within a dwelling or other accessory structure and shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to its use for residential purposes by its occupants.
2. The use shall not include the following: contractor services, animal hospital,commercial stable and kennel, funeral parlor and undertaking establishment, restaurant, rooming, boarding and lodging house, clinic or hospital.
3. No more than one (1) home occupation is allowed per property.
4. There shall be no exterior storage of materials or refuse resulting from the operation of the home occupation.
5. In no way shall the appearance of the residential structure be altered or the occupation within the residence be conducted in a manner which would cause the premises to differ from the residential character by the use of colors, materials,construction, lighting, show windows or advertising visible outside the premises to attract customers or clients, other than those signs permitted in this Ordinance.
6. One (1) sign is permitted per home occupation provided that it is no larger than two (2) square feet per side bearing only the name, occupation, and offices hours of the practitioner. In addition, it shall not be illuminated or placed in a window.
7. No articles shall be sold or offered for sale except such as may be produced on the premises or routinely used as part of the services provided by the home occupation.
8. The home occupation shall be carried on only by owner-inhabitants of the dwelling and not more than two (2) additional employees.
9. The floor area devoted exclusively to home occupations whether within the principle structure or an accessory structure shall not be more than 25% of the ground floor area of the principal residential structure, or 800 square feet, whichever is less.
10. No equipment or process shall be used in such employment or occupation which creates discernible noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors or electrical interference at the property line and no equipment or process shall be used which creates visual or audible interference in any radio or television receiver off the lot or causes fluctuations in fine voltage off the lot.
11. All commercial vehicles shall be parked on-lot. Off-street parking spaces are not permitted in the front yards. A ten (10) foot driveway providing access to parking areas in the side or rear of the property may be located in the front yard. All offstreet parking areas must be located at least ten (10) feet from any property line. Off-street parking lots with three (3) or more spaces shall be buffered from abutting residences. The buffer shall include either an evergreen hedge on three foot centers or a six (6) foot cedar or spruce fence placed around the perimeter of the parking area. Only one business vehicle may be parked on the property.
12. Minimum parking requirement: One (1) space per employee in addition to residential parking requirement.
14 What is West Rockhill's PSD Code? 091108