Zoning & Code
A construction permit is a legally binding contract with the Township of Franklin. The contract is binding until all required inspections are completed. To assure that the project is code compliant the resident should require their contractor to be present at all inspections and most importantly the final inspection. The final inspection must be completed and approved in order to issue the Certificate of Occupancy. Prior to making final payments a Certificate of Occupancy should be in your possession or presented to you by your contractor at the time of final payment.
State of Pennsylvania has Adopted the 2018 ICC Code
Effective - February 14, 2022.
The State of Pennsylvania has adopted the 2018 ICC Code effective February 14, 2022. All applications received after February 14, 2022 are governed by the 2018 ICC Codes unless documentation is provided in the form of a signed contract dated prior to February 14, 2022. If documentation is provided the application will be reviewed under the previously adopted 2015 ICC Code. Any application submitted after August 14, 2022 will automatically be reviewed under the 2018 ICC Code. Please see the below posting from the PA L and I website regarding this code change.
“The revised regulations adopting the 2018 ICC Code series as reviewed and amended by the Review and Advisory Council (RAC) have an effective date of February 14, 2022. Where a design or construction contract is signed before this effective date, application may be made and permit issued under the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in effect at the time of contract as long as application is made August 14, 2022 or before. Municipalities are permitted to adopt ordinance specifying a period prior to August 14, 2022.
Additionally, the accessibility provisions of the 2021 ICC Code series were published on December 25, 2021 and became effective on December 25, 2021. The accessibility provisions adopted are also subject to the design contract provisions stated previously. Where a design or construction contract is signed before this effective date, application may be made and permit issued for accessibility provisions under the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) in effect at the time of contract as long as application is made June 25, 2022 or before.”
Have a Question or Need Help?
For information regarding building permits or zoning, please contact Mark Gordon of Pennoni: 610-656-8745. You may also email Mark by clicking here. Mark will be in the Township office Tuesday afternoons from noon until 3:00 PM. To schedule a building inspection, contact Building Inspection Underwriters (BIU) - 1-800-732-2551. Please have your permit number handy.