FAQs

WHEN ARE BUILDING PERMITS REQUIRED?

Building permits are required for all construction whether to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish a structure or to convert or replace any electrical, gas, plumbing or mechanical systems. The Borough of Royersford enforces the 2006 International Building Code. Permit applications can be obtained and permit fees can be paid under the "Forms/Payments" tab.

 

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!

State Law requires that any person excavating to a depth greater than eighteen (18”) inches, must call the PA One Call Center at 1-800-242-1776 to notify them of the location. PA One Call Center will then notify all utilities in the area so they may come out and locate their facilities.

PA Law requires a three-day notice to give the utilities time to mark out the facilities unless the excavation is an emergency. If you damage an underground facility, you may be liable for damages if the PA One Call Center is not first notified.

 

You cannot demolish any building for commercial development without notifying DEP. You can get the notification form at www.dep.state.pa.us, go to asbestos. Any questions call (484)250 5920.

SELLING YOUR HOME?

A Use and Occupancy Permit is not required prior to the sale of residential properties; only commercial properties and new construction. The purpose of this permit is to verify that the current or proposed use of the property complies with Zoning and Building Codes.

Royersford Borough has adopted Ordinance #809 regarding Real Estate Registry. All properties sold in the Borough must register their deed at Borough Hall up to 2 days after registering at Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds.

 

 

DO I NEED A PERMIT TO HAVE A YARD SALE?

No permit is required to have a yard sale. Do not post yard sale signs on utility poles or street signs.

 

WHERE DO I VOTE?

 

WHAT IS THE EARNED INCOME/WAGE TAX AND WHO COLLECTS THIS MONEY?

The earned income/wage tax is a 1% tax imposed on every Borough resident for wages and net profits earned. The tax is split evenly with the Spring Ford School District and is collected by Berkheimer and Associates. Questions regarding the Earned Income Tax can be directed to Berkheimer at 800-360-8989 or www.hab-inc.com.

 

WHAT IS THE LST TAX?

The Local Services Tax is a local tax payable by all individuals who hold a job or profession within a taxing jurisdiction imposing the tax. It is due quarterly on a prorated basis determined by the number of pay periods for a calendar year.. The total LST tax paid by any individual in a calendar year is limited to $52, regardless of the number of taxing jurisdictions in which an individual works during the year.

All employers located within Royersford Borough must withhold the new LST Tax at the annual rate of $52 for all employees with annual gross income in excess of $12,000. Of the $52.00 withheld, $5.00 is forwarded to the school district.

If you are self-employed and your business or practice is located within Royersford Borough you will be responsible to pay the LST Tax at the annual rate of $52.

The tax is collected by Berkheimer and Associates. Questions regarding the Local Services Tax (LST) can be directed to Berkheimer at 800-360-8989 or www.hab-inc.com.

DOGS

Dogs are not permitted to run at large and must be licensed. License applications are available at Borough Hall. If your dog must defecate on public property or private property of another person, be considerate, and clean up after your dog.

 

GRASS

Regular mowing required so as not to exceed six inches.

 

SNOW REMOVAL

Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after cessation of snow. Clear a path of at least 30 inches wide. It is illegal to plow, blow or throw snow from the sidewalk onto the street.

 

SUMP PUMPS

Sump pumps cannot be discharged to sanitary sewer.

 

TREES/SHRUBS

Trees overhanging sidewalks must be trimmed to a minimum of 10 feet and a minimum of 12 feet for streets.

 

CURB/SIDEWALK

Property owners are responsible for the construction or replacement of curb and sidewalks.

Concrete curb and sidewalks must be repaired or replaced if any of the following conditions are present:

 

FENCES

Any fence or wall over four (4) feet in height shall contain openings equal to twenty-five (25) percent of the area of the fence or wall; provided however that the fence does not exceed six (6) feet in height.

 

HOW DO I FILE A RIGHT-TO- KNOW REQUEST?

A citizen can file a Right-to-Know request in four ways. Complete the Right to Know Request Form and submit the form by:

 

  1. Fax

  2. Electronic mail

  3. In person

  4. U.S. Mail

 

COMPLAINT POLICY

A complaint form needs to be completed in order to have an accurate account of the complaint/concern. The borough requires the complainant's name, address and phone number in order to process the complaint. The borough must follow legal procedures in order to resolve these matters, and at times these procedures may be quite lengthy. However, the borough will do its best to resolve the matters as soon as possible.

It is always good policy to communicate with your neighbor first when there is a problem. Most residents prefer to have a neighbor approach them personally instead of receiving a notice from the borough.

 

 

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