845 S Hanover St
Pottstown, Pa 19465

Building & Codes & Zoning Department

The Building and Code Department is established to protect the health, safety, welfare, and resources of the Township to improve the quality of life for all residents in accordance with Township Ordinances.

The purpose of the building code is to provide minimum requirements to safeguard public safety, health, and general welfare. The Department issues permits for a variety of construction activities for every building and structure in the Township.

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Michael R. Schwenk, Building Code Official & Zoning Officer

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Building Permits

When do you need a building permit?

Any property owner who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, must first apply to the Township for required permits.

Below are general guidelines.  Contact the Township’s Building/Code Enforcement Department to determine whether or not your project needs a permit.

Building Permit

  • Additions
  • Commercial Repairs
  • Decks
  • Demolition
  • Door and Windows (new) installed in load bearing wall
  • Garages
  • New Home or Building
  • Patios
  • Pools Inground or where water depth is greater than 24″ deep
  • Roofs (new)
  • Sheds – 500 sq. ft. and over

Zoning Permit

  • Additions
  • Decks
  • Demolition
  • Fences
  • Garages
  • New Homes
  • Patios
  • Pools Above Ground
  • Sheds over 120 sq. ft. and under 500 sq. ft.
  • Signs

No Permit Required:

  • Low voltage alarm systems
  • Retaining wall not over 4′ high
  • Roof replacement (Residential)
  • Shed under 120 sq. ft. *Please notify Codes Officer of install **Set backs must be adhered to
  • Siding Replacement


Driveways require a permit for new install, resurface or extend.  A permit is not required for seal coating.