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PLANNING & ZONING FAQ's

CARPORTS
Require a Residential Permit and follow the Garage/Accessory structure guidelines below.867_Accessory_Structures_03_15_1995.pdf

CORNER LOT RESTRICTIONS
Fall under different guidelines for front and side property lines. Please refer to "Corner Lot Diagram".Corner_Lot_Diagram.pdf

DECKS
At grade decks 30" or less in height do not require a permit.

DRIVEWAYS
May not exceed 25' in width at road edge back to the right-of-way line. It may be wider beyond the right-of-way.

FENCES
Corner lots; please refer to diagram. Corner lots are considered to have 2 front yards. From the face of your home to the front property line is the front yard and fencing cannot exceed 4' in height and cannot block vehicular sight vision. From the face of your home to the rear property line is the back yard. Fencing cannot exceed 6'6" in height and cannot block vehicular vision. Decorative fencing can face either side; property owner's preference. While fencing can be located directly on the property line, the Township strongly recommends the fence be placed inside the property line to allow enough room for maintenance on both sides without infringing on the neighboring property.

GARAGE OR ACCESSORY STRUCTURE
Require a Residential Permit. They cannot exceed 624 square feet nor be any higher than 14' in height measured from the floor to ridge. These structures cannot infringe on the side yard setback and must be located a minimum of 10' from the rear property line. No accessory structures can be built in the required front yard.867_Accessory_Structures_03_15_1995.pdf

GRADING, EXCAVATAIONS & FILLING
Grading_Excavations_and_Fill.pdf

HOME OCCUPATION
Home occupations (business) are permitted and require a Home Occupation Permit for a one-time fee of $100.00.814_Home Occupations.pdf

LIVESTOCK

The Township Zoning Ordinance #765 only permits poultry (chickens) and livestock to be kept on a farm, defined as:

FARM:  Any parcel of land containing at least two (2) acres which may be used for gain in the raising of agriculture products or at least 10 acres or more for livestock, poultry and dairy products.  It includes necessary farm structures with the prescribed limits and the storage of farm equipment.  It excludes the raising of fur bearing animals, riding academies, livery or boarding stables, and dog kennels.

Farms with poultry or livestock are a permitted use in both residential and commercial zoning districts subject to the minimum area requirements set forth in Section 811 of the Zoning Ordinance as follows:  FARMS AND LIVESTOCK Area Requirements:  R-2/20 acres, R-3/15 Acres, & R-4/10 Acres.  Any housing or feeding structures shall be centrally located and in all cases shall be located a minimum of 250 ft. from property lines.


MULTIPLE DWELLINGS ON A PROPERTY
Only 1 principle structure is allowed per lot. However, certain zoning districts allow duplexes and other multi-family buildings.

PAPER STREET/UNOPENED ALLEY
A “paper street” is an unopened road, alley or street drawn and depicted on a recorded plan of lots or subdivision which is recorded in the Recorder’s Office of Westmoreland County. However, this street is not constructed or built. Under Pennsylvania law, a street that is unopened and not constructed or built within 21 years of a plan being recorded is considered a paper street and the public and North Huntingdon Township lose any rights to the use of that street. The only individuals who have any rights remaining in the paper street are those property owners within the plan or subdivision that established the paper street. North Huntingdon Township has no duty or responsibility for maintenance, improvements or repairs to paper streets. These streets are private and are the responsibility of the various individual property owners in the plan or subdivision. Since other property owners have the legal right to utilize a paper street, these may not be blocked or obstructed by vegetation, walls, fences or structures.

PERMITS
North Huntingdon Township has 15 business days to review residential building permits and 30 business days for commercial permits. Payment for building permits are taken when the permit has been approved. Permits Required: new house construction, residential addition, commercial construction, commercial addition, detached garage, all swimming pools, elevated deck (31" or higher), deck with roof, retaining walls above 4', storage shed, signs, home occupation, and larger windows. Permits NOT Required: replacement of shingles, replacement of same-size windows, patio slab, deck 30" or less, repaving of driveway, home siding and retaining walls 4' or less.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
Must be parked in your driveway or on an impervious surface.

RETAINING WALLS
Less than 4' does not require a permit. Over 4' requires an engineered design and permit application.

SHEDS
Under 200 square feet requires a $25.00 Zoning Permit Application. 200 square feet or larger requires a Residential Building Permit Application. 100 square feet or smaller can be located 5' from the side & rear property lines. 101 square feet or larger must be a minimum of 10' from side & rear property lines. Only 1 shed permitted per lot.

SETBACKS
Setbacks are dependent on the zoning district. Contact the Planning & Zoning Office to determine current zoning.

SIGNS
Sign Permit required for permanent and temporary signs. 2152_Sign_Requirements_11-17-2010.pdf 823_Sign_and_Billboard_Regulations.pdf

SWIMMING POOL, SPA, HOT TUB & REQUIRED FENCING
All pools, in-ground and above-ground, require a Swimming Pool Permit. Follow setbacks the same as an accessory structure (Corner lots; please refer to Corner Lot reference diagram). Temporary fencing or barrier must be provided during construction. Swimming_Pool_Regs_UCC_IPMC_2009.pdf

ZONING HEARING BOARD APPEAL APPLICATION
Approximate seven (7) week process. Should I apply for a variance -- Zoning_Hearing_Board_Relevant_Case_Findings.pdf

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
Minimum seven (7) week process. An application must be submitted to the Planning & Zoning Department. The Planning Commission recommends to the Board of Commissioners the approval or denial of a plan.Subdivsion_Land_Development_1011_of_2000.pdf