Seven Valleys Borough Zoning Ordinance
Article VII – Section 701 Permits
Section 701. a) Zoning Permits
A zoning permit, which must be obtained from the Zoning Officer, shall be required for the erection, enlargement, alteration, moving, or demolition of any structure. Fences for agricultural purposes in the Rural Agricultural Zone are exempt from the zoning permit requirement. Work on the proposed construction and/or development shall be completed within twelve (12) months after the date of issuance of the zoning permit or the permit shall expire unless a time extension is granted, in writing, by the zoning Officer. Time extensions shall be granted only if a written request is submitted by the applicant that sets forth sufficient and reasonable cause for the Zoning Officer to approve such a request. The permit application must be accompanied by a site plan showing as necessary to demonstrate conformity to this Ordinance.
b) Use Certificates
A use certificate, certifying compliance with this Ordinance must be obtained from the Zoning Officer for any new structure as below or for any change of use of a structure or land as set forth below before such new structure or use or change of use is occupied or established:
- Use of a structure erected, structurally altered or extended, or moved after effective date of this Ordinance.
- Use of vacant land except for agricultural purposes.
- Any change in a conforming use of a structure or land.
- Any change from a nonconforming use of a structure or land to a conforming use.
- Any change in the use of a structure or land from that permitted by any variance of the Zoning Hearing Board.
The applications for a use certificate must include a statement of the intended use and any existing use of the structure or land. The certificate continues in effect as long as the use of the structure or land for which it is granted conforms to this Ordinance.
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What's the Difference?
Zoning Codes vs. Building Codes
Zoning codes are land use regulations that define what is allowed to be built and where it can be built.
Municipalities use zoning codes to separate land under their jurisdictions into zones of allowable development. In some cases, a municipality will publish a zoning map.
Essentially, zoning laws determine which types of properties can coexist in different areas of the city.
Unlike the Zoning Code, which applies different rules to different types of properties, the Building Code applies to all properties equally.
Generally, the building code applies to dimensional standards and best practices for the construction phase of a project.
Refer to this body of information during the application process to become familiar with the criteria against which your plans will be evaluated.