David Carson, Building Official
The Office of Building and Codes deals with the following topics:
Property Maintenance Issues
Rental Property Inspection
Existing Commercial Building Inspections
Commercial/Residential Building Inspections
Commercial/Residential Plan Reviews
Enforcment of Township Ordinances
Enforcment of Flood Regulations
Most Common Township Code Violations:
Above ground pools installed with no permits issued.
Replacement decks constructed without permits issued.
Change of occupancy without township approval.
Not having rental units inspected prior to renting.
Other Useful Information:
The Loyalsock Township Building Code Official reviews all new building
plans and building improvment plans to ensure compliance with UCC and ICC codes. Two sets of plans must be submitted for all construction projects. Commercial plans must be stamped by an architect or engineer.
Detached structures that have a building area of 500 square foot or less and are accessory to a single family dwelling do not require a building permit. They will, however require a zoning permit. This will include structures such as a carport, garage, shed, etc.
Converting an unfinished basement into a living space will require a building permit.
All footing depths must be a minimum of 42" below grade.
Zoning permits may still be required where building permit exemptions exist. Building exemptions do not apply to floodplain areas.
Before occupying a new residence or business an occupancy permit is required.
In order to insure all rental properties meet the requirments of being safe, sound, and sanitary, a rental inspection is made once every five (5) years.
In order to insure the safety of the public, every existing commercial building is required to be inspected once every three (3) years.
Rental Unit Requirements
PV Solar Panel permits are priced as follows: $21.00 for the first three panels, $12.00 for each panel thereafter, and a flat fee of $49.00.
A $4.50 state fee will be added to all building permits issued.