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Souderton PA 18964
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Frequently Asked Questions

Permits

Permits are required for:

  • Curb and Sidewalk Construction
  • New Construction, Alterations to Buildings
  • Plumbing
  • Sale of your Home (Use and Occupancy Permit)
  • Signs
  • Decks
  • In-ground Swimming Pools
  • Solicitations (Contact Police Department)
  • Yard/Garage Sales

Contact the Souderton Borough Office before starting any construction to ensure that your project complies with various building and zoning ordinances. The Borough will need a copy of your plans, estimated construction cost, and contractor information.

Summer Home Renovation Tips

For many Souderton Borough homeowners, summer is a time for home improvement and construction projects! To best protect yourself from home improvement fraud, remember to complete these 4 research steps before hiring a contractor for home renovation work:

  1. All contractors must be registered with the state. Search for registered contractors on the Attorney General of Pennsylvania’s website
  2. Check out your contractor’s company with the Better Business Bureau
  3. Call your contractor’s references
  4. Always obtain more than 1 bid for your home improvement project

New Lead Paint Requirements

Are you renovating, repairing or painting a home, child care facility or school built before 1978?

As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than 6 square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

  1. For your protection make sure you only hire a contractor who is in a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Find a Lead-Safe Certified Firm near you
  2. Read about the EPA's requirements for renovation, repair and painting
  3. Download the Environmental Protection Agency’s brochure on renovation, repair and painting

Property Maintenance

FENCES - Shall not exceed 6 feet in height in rear yards, with a maximum height of 4 feet in front yards. Fences in front yards must be designed to be open and ornamental. The finished side of the fence must be oriented to your neighbor. There is no setback requirement from property lines. Corner lots may require additional setbacks to maintain visibility at intersections. A professional surveyor should be contacted if you do not know where your property pins or monuments are located for your property. The property lines must be clearly visible or surveyed as a condition of the permit.

GRASS - Regular mowing required so as not to exceed six inches.

POOLS - Must be 10 feet from property lines. In-ground pools must be enclosed with a minimum 4' high fence and locking gate. Above ground pools must have removable ladders or fence-enclosed ladders and deck areas.

RECYCLING/TRASH REMOVAL - Residents are required to recycle. Property owners are responsible for the removal of trash and recyclables through a trash hauler of their choice. The Borough supplies recycling bins which can be picked up at the Borough Office.

SNOW REMOVAL - Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after cessation of snow. Clear a path of at least 30 inches wide.

SUMP PUMPS - Sump pumps cannot be discharged to sanitary sewer lines. Please redirect sump pump discharges from streets or sidewalks between November and March to avoid ice hazards.

TREES/SHRUBS - Trees must be trimmed to a height of 7 feet over sidewalks and away from street signs and stop signs. Shrubbery must be trimmed to avoid overhanging onto sidewalks.

CURB/SIDEWALK - Property owners are responsible for the construction or replacement of curb and sidewalk. Deteriorated curb and sidewalk must be replaced prior to any scheduled road reconstruction activity or prior to the sale or transfer of the property as part of the Borough’s Certificate of Occupancy permit.

Sewer Bills

The amount of your sewer bill is based on the number of residential or commercial units on your property and the volume of water consumption as metered by the North Penn Water Authority. Excessive water consumption caused by watering lawns, washing cars and driveways, or leaking plumbing fixtures will be reflected in higher sewer bills.

Sewer bills are mailed during the first week of February, May, August, and November. Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Borough Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The Borough accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards. Payments after hours can be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.

Selling Your Home?

A Use and Occupancy Permit is required prior to the sale of residential or commercial properties. The purpose of this permit is to verify that the current or proposed use of the property complies with Zoning and Building Codes.

An inspection of your property is required and should be completed 30 days prior to the scheduled settlement to provide time to address any problems. Of particular concern is the condition of curb and sidewalk and the closure of cellar drains. There is a fee of $80.00 for the permit.

Yard Sales

Anyone wishing to conduct a yard sale must obtain a Yard Sale Permit from the Borough Office. There is no fee for the permit. Call the Borough Office and provide your name, address and sale dates and pick up your permit at your convenience.

Residents are permitted to have 2 yard sales per year. A single yard sale can extend over two consecutive days and count as one yard sale. Remember, do not post yard sale signs on utility poles or street signs.

Residential Rental Registration and Inspection Program

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL OWNERS

Senate Bill No. 607 of November 2013 requires all residential multifamily and apartment buildings who use fossil fuel-buring heater or appliances or have an attached garage to install centrally located in the vicinity of sleeping rooms and the heater room carbon monoxide detectors within 18 months of notice. Occupants are required to test and maintain batteries in such devices.

Since 1991, owners of rental properties have been required to regularly report the names of tenants to the Borough Office. This program has yielded only moderate results, prompting the adoption of Souderton Borough Council Ordinance No 647 on October 4, 2004, which completely revamps the reporting process for rental properties.

The goal and objective of this new comprehensive program is to provide for the equitable distribution of tax levies; protect and promote health, safety and welfare of the residents and particularly the occupants of rental units; encourage owners and tenants of rental units to maintain such units in a well maintained, safe and sanitary condition and develop and maintain a comprehensive data base of information and contacts to better respond to police, fire and medical emergencies that may occur within rental properties.

Since 2004 the Borough has required every owner of rental property to annually file registration information with the Borough, including tenant information and contact information. This data is maintained by the Code Enforcement Officer and Police for purposes of making contacts in emergency situations. Tenant information will also be shared with the local tax collectors. To help defray administrative expenses, there is an annual registration fee to register a rental property, payable to Souderton Borough, which should be enclosed with the registration form. Upon submission of the required information, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Certificate of Occupancy for display in a common area of the building.

Regulations also require periodic inspections of all rental units to verify compliance with life and safety issues and the Property Maintenance Code. The inspections will occur every three to four years. The inspection schedule is broken down by the three wards in Souderton Borough.

We hope that this program will be beneficial for all parties involved. Please feel free to contact our office at 215-723-4371 between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm if you should have any questions or require assistance in completing a rental registration form

 

Voting Guide

Ward 1: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 75 W. Broad St.
Ward 2: Zion Mennonite Church, Front St. & Cherry Ln.
Ward 3: Zwingli UCC, 330 Wile Avenue.

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Redevelopment

Souderton High School Redevelopment Plan

The pending sale of the Souderton High School property presented a significant opportunity for economic revitalization and enhancement of retail, restaurant, office and other commercial opportunities and establishments. The Borough of Souderton, in cooperation with the Souderton Area School District, Montgomery County Planning Commission and Souderton-Telford Main Streets, conducted a study in 2008 through DePallo Design and Planning, LLC to develop a redevelopment plan to address a myriad of development topics and community concerns. The study included an analysis of exisitng land uses, the "carrying capacity" for building bulk and scale, a traffic and parking analysis and other pertinent components. The study further presented zoning and design criteria recommendations to help achieve the intent of the final Redevelopment Plan.

The site contains nearly 20 acres of land located within the Borough of Souderton, with another 20 acres of land located across County Line Road in neighboring Hilltown Township, Bucks County. Through community meetings and public input, the consensus for a mixed use development became apparent. Further study then concentrated on various development scenerios along with pertinent financial and tax implications for each of the development plan options.

Following endorsement of the final Souderton High School Redevelopment Area Plan in July, 2008, the Souderton school Board moved forward with marketing the property for sale. An agreement of sale was entertained with Metro Development that proposed a redevelopment plan containing 156 residential units and 126,830 sf of commercial use within the Borough of Souderton, anchored by a large box store and a concentration of commercial stores on the Hilltown Township parcel. This agreement of sale and proposed development plan was ultimately withdrawn by Metro Development after an extended period of due deligence failed to obtain sufficient interest in the large box store and other commercial stores under the prevailing economy at that time.

Nearly four years passed until the Souderton School District reached an agreement of sale with Turnersville Estates and Timothy Hendricks to purchase the property. In July, 2013 Souderton Borough Council formally approved a development plan known as Berkeley Court, Phase 1, to construct 24 stacked townhomes and a 2,277 sf commercial building on the site of the high school parking lot along North School Lane and East Broad Street. The first building of 12 stacked townhomes is nearly complete, with six units to be occuppied in May, 2014. A copy of the development plan is appended.

Souderton Borough Council is now reviewing the concept plan for the remaing property within the Borough of Souderton. Many development scenerios have been presented over the past several months, all proposing a mixed-use development consisting of residential townhomes, condominiums, retail, office, restaurant and a hotel use. This concept plan meets the overall intent and objective of the master Redevelopment Plan, but has a building mix of 54% residential and 46% commercial. Current zoning regulations set a maximum of 50% residential. Further discussion on this plan will take place in May and June. The developer has requested a delay in the settlement date on the remaining property to afford more time for plan reviews and approvals. The current concept plan under consideration is appended as Berkeley Court Phase 2.

 

Attachments:
Download this file (20140514141515245.pdf)Berkeley Court Phase 2[ ]288 Kb
Download this file (20140514145957646.pdf)Berkeley Court Phase 1[ ]490 Kb

Ordinances

Souderton Borough Council has considered and enacted over seven hundred ordinances governing a vast variety of matters from designating streets, traffic laws, creating a police department, setting annual budgets and tax rates, building codes, property maintenance, use of public parks and public spaces to name only a few. Most of the borough ordinances are codified and maintained in specific categories for easy reference by a municipal consulting firm known as General Code. This firm is currently working on an update to our codification of ordinances to make this entire library of ordinances available online. This will be an extended process but please check back soon. In the meantime please contact or visit the Borough Office during regular hours to view the code or obtain a copy of a specific ordinance.

One major component of legislation is the Souderton Borough Zoning Ordinance, which establishes zoning districts throughout the Borough and permitted uses and other regulations governing the use of property. The Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance is appended to this article for viewing or downloading. 

The division and development of property within the Borough is governed by the provisions of the Souderton Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, most commonly referred to as SALDO. This ordinance is a comprehensive document governing procedures to create subdivisions of property and provides regulations for the development of property covering all aspects from utility construction, street construction, landscaping, stormwater management and even architectural standards in certain zoning districts. A copy of the SALDO regulations is also appended to this article.

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