Butler Township Zoning Department
Ensuring the quality of life of those who live, work, and visit Butler Township by:
Zoning Department Contacts
|For Zoning or Building questions:||(724) 283-3430|
|Zoning Officer:||Jesse Hines||Ext. 216|
|Regulations Inspector:||James Sproat||Ext. 225|
|Zoning Secretary:||Theresa Giesler||Ext. 210|
For Zoning or Building Permit Applications, visit the Applications & Permit page.
The Zoning Department is responsible for a variety of functions within Butler Township. Including:
- Zoning administration and enforcement
- Review and approval of land development and subdivisions
- Building permits and inspections for both residential and commercial projects
- Comprehensive planning
- Issuance and inspection of on-lot sewage systems
- Municipal demographics and planning studies
- Code enforcement
The information listed is not all inclusive. It is intended for general information purposes. There may be recent changes that have not been listed. Please contact the Zoning Department for the latest revisions.
Construction projects, Building and Use Changes all require zoning approval, the issuance of a building permit and possibly other permits and approvals. Contact the Zoning Department for assistance in completing these requirements.
New 2015 I- Codes come into effect on October 1, 2018
This is a statewide update to the I-Codes and will have an impact on all commercial and residential construction in the state of Pennsylvania.
Butler Township opted into the Statewide Building Code – effective July 8, 2004, electing to administer and enforce the provisions of the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act, Act 45 of 1999, as amended from time to time and its regulations.
On May 1, 2018 the PA Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) Review and Advisory Council (RAC) submitted their report to the Department of Labor and Industry adopting the majority of code provisions contained in the 2015 International Code Council (ICC) Model Codes. These new code provisions will take effect on October 1, 2018. Transitioning from the base 2009 codes to the 2015 versions means there will be a significant amount of changes in the enforceable code. While some of those changes are mostly administrative, some of them may warrant changes in the building practices and design techniques and will have an impact on home performance, occupant safety, and affordability. Listed below are examples of some projects that require a permit and examples of projects that do not require a permit. A complete list of the township ordinances can be found by clicking on the Ordinances link on this page.
- Before beginning any project you should check with the Zoning Department for help in determining what, if any, permits or approvals are required.
No Permit Required for Residential Application;
- Replacement of Shingles or Windows on a home (same size)
- Retaining Walls four feet in height or less
- Patio Slab
- Replacement Siding on a Home
Permit Required for both Residential and Commercial
- New Construction
- Addition, or changes made to weight bearing members
- Change in Occupancy
- In Ground Pools and Above Ground Pools greater than 24 inches deep.
- Elevated Decks
- Storage Shed or Garage
- Windows of a larger size
- Retaining Walls higher than four feet
- Home Occupation (may also require approval from the Zoning Hearing Board)
* Swimming Pools
All Swimming Pools, above Ground, in-ground and inflatable with a sidewall depth of greater than 24 inches require a permit, shall be located on the lot as required for principle buildings, shall be completely surrounded by an enclosure at least four feet high with a self latching gate and comply with code specifications.
FEMA Floodplain Update
The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that became effective in Butler County on August 2, 2018. Butler Township adopted a Floodplain Ordinance consistent with the current FEMA guidelines on May 21, 2018 and complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FIRM is used for flood insurance determinations, floodplain management and other planning and building requirements applications.
There were several properties in Butler Township that were affected by the new FIRM. Some properties were added in the new map and some were taken out. Any property that experienced a change in the designation on the FIRM from the previous map would have received notification from Butler Township of such change.
Butler Townships revised Flood Plain Ordinance (Ord. 900) as adopted on May 21, 2018, can be viewed at the following link: https://ecode360.com/9628667
You can search by address with the following link to see where the floodplain is in relation to your property or if it is even effected: https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search
Community Identified Flood Hazard Area
Several properties in Butler Township were previously in a floodplain and have now been determined to be out of a floodplain per the FIRM. Butler Township has, however, assessed all of these changes and have determined that although some of the properties were taken out of the FIRM they may have experienced flooding in the past and may be at risk of experiencing flooding again in the future. These properties were included in the Community Identified Flood Hazard Area Map, as adopted on August 20, 2018 along with a floodplain ordinance amendment (Ord 904). If your property is in the Community Identified Floodplain Area, this does not impact your property with regard to flood rate insurance, but it does impact your property such that your property must comply with the building regulations set forth in the Butler Township Floodplain Ordinance as adopted. Any properties that are included in the Community Identified Floodplain Ordinance would have also received notification from Butler Township. The link to this Ordinance and Map can also be viewed at the following link: https://ecode360.com/9628667
To view the FEMA Floodplain Map, including the Community Identified Floodplain Areas, click on the following link: FEMA Floodplain Map
Helpful information regarding flood insurance is found at www.floodsmart.gov.
The ordinance and the flood maps are also available for review at the Township Administration Office at 290 South Duffy Road, Butler PA 16001.