The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has instituted a 3-year mandatory OLDS mandatory septic pumping program. The new requirement includes any property within West Donegal Township which has a septic system, sand mound, or holding tank. West Donegal Township has divided the Township into three districts. If you are a property owner that is affected by this new mandatory septic pumping program, please click here for additional information on the program and applicable requirements, which includes a map showing each district. Each property owner will be notified by the Township when they are required to begin the program. This notification will include additional information on the requirements and guidelines of the program along with a Septic System Report and a list of the registered haulers.

When a septic system is pumped out, a Septic System Report must be completed (click here for a copy of the form). It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure the white copy of this form is submitted to the Township, along with an administrative fee of $15.00 (check should be made payable to West Donegal Township).

West Donegal Township requires that septage haulers register to operate within the Township. Click here for a list of the registered haulers.

Any questions should be directed to the Township office.

Zoning & Planning

Click here to review West Donegal Township's Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development and Stormwater Ordinances along with all other ordinances.  If the link fails, type the following web address (http://ecode360.com/WE2498) into your browser to access the Township ordinances.
Click here to view a copy of the Township's current zoning map.
Click the "Forms" button on the right hand sidebar to view a list of Zoning, Planning and Building Permit forms that are available to download from this site.

Uniform Construction Code

An ordinary repair does not require a permit. The following are not ordinary repairs and require a UCC permit:

  1. Cutting away a wall, partition or portion of a wall.
  2. The removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing support.
  3. The removal or change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.
  4. The addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical.

For additional UCC guidelines and information on Residential Buildings, click here and for Commercial Buildings, click here.

Do I Need a Permit?

Are you new to the Township? Do you want to install a fence or keep cool with an above-ground pool? One of your first questions may be “Do I need a permit?” As a general rule-of-thumb the following is a guideline for the types of projects requiring permits.

  • Building construction, additions, or alterations (no permit required for residential roof replacement or repairs as long as no structure changes are being made)
  • Fences or retaining walls
  • Driveways/repaving
  • Sheds and gazebos
  • Decks or concrete patios
  • In-Ground or above-ground pools 2’ or deeper
  • Street openings
  • Use of all new construction
  • Demolition
  • Earth movement

Applications should be made as far in advance as possible as construction may not begin prior to permit approval. A permit is valid for 1 year from the approval date. Permit extensions/renewals are required if the project is not completed within that time frame. Renewal fees are ½ the original fee or a maximum of $100. Prolonged/unfinished projects without renewals and/or renewal expiration will be doubled. These fees are in compliance with the Township Ordinance and/or Municipalities Planning Code. Call Wayne Miller, our Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer at 717-367-7178 with questions.

Stormwater Management Ordinance

Since April 28, 2014, the West Donegal Township Board of Supervisors has adopted a new Stormwater Management Ordinance to implement the Lancaster County Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan. The Stormwater Management Ordinance can be found by clicking here.

The Stormwater Management Ordinance provides for permits based on the amount of new impervious area proposed for each property. The Ordinance requires preparation of a Stormwater Management Site Plan unless the project is exempted or considered a Small Project. The applicable appendix should be completed and submitted with your zoning permit application or plan package. The following are the guidelines for the permits required for the size of your project:

- Stormwater Exemption - 0-1,000 SF - For this application, complete Appendix A-1, click here (provides for exemption of the plan processing details).
- Small Projects - 1,001 - 2,500 SF - For this application, complete Appendix A-3, click here (provides simplified design and application).
- Minor Stormwater Management Plan - 2,501 - 5,000 SF - For this application, complete Appendix A-4, click here (plan and design reviewed and approved by Township staff).
-Major Stormwater Management Plan - 5,000 SF and Greater - For this application, complete Appendix A-5, click here (plan and design reviewed by Planning Commission, approved by Board of Supervisors.

The Ordinance also provides for an Alternative Processing of Agricultural Applications within the Agricultural Zoning District (A). The size of the parent tract determines the amount of impervious area that can be constructed under the Alternative Processing Agricultural applications. An implemented conservation plan, verified by the Conservation District, is required for each project site. Complete Appendix A-2, click here.

The fee schedule associated with the new Stormwater Management Ordinance, can be found under the "Forms" tab.

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