Zoning is the regulation of all land use activities in the Township, including new construction as well as alteration or addition of existing uses, including commercial as well as residential, and developed or undeveloped property. All zoning is guided by the Washington Township Zoning Ordinance. The regulations contained therein are enforced by the Zoning Officer, who does not have the ability to waive any of the regulations contained therein. The Zoning ordinance determines what you can build on your property, how much of your property can be covered by buildings and structures, and where you can place the structures on your lot; and what activities you can use your property for. For this reason the Zoning Officer is charged with reviewing all building and occupancy permits. Therefore it is important to contact the Zoning Officer very early on with any proposed construction or use you are planning on your property to make certain you can comply with the Township ordinances.
The Zoning Hearing Board consists of 3 members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The Washington Township Zoning Hearing Board is created to hear appeals for relief from the requirements of the Washington Township Zoning Ordinance. Examples of the types of issues that come before the Zoning Hearing Board would include setback variances, sign variances, an interpretation of the type of business that would be allowed to be conducted on a premise, etc.
They meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm on an as-needed basis with the exception of holidays. Applications for the Zoning Hearing Board are due 21 days prior to the hearing date. See fee schedule for costs.
Zoning Hearing Board
View our 2009 Zoning Ordinance