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Upper Makefield is a second-class township in Bucks County, Pa. governed by a 5-member Board of Supervisors. Under the board’s direction, the township manager oversees the operation of the township and its departments, including administration, finance, building & code enforcement, public works, and public safety.
Upper Makefield Township Planning and Zoning department processes about 500 permits and development applications a year. Everything from new development to home improvements starts with this department. In addition, the department regulates maintenance of on-lot sewage systems and new well digging.
Dave Kuhns, Director of Planning and Zoning
Debra McFadden, Administrative Assistant
Denise Burmester, Part-Time Adminstrative Assistant
While professional developers and contractors are usually familiar with these forms, we’re here to answer questions. For the Do-it-Yourselfers out there, be sure to thoroughly review our permit information packet, and download the document packet relevant to your project. If you still have questions, our capable staff can help you.
If you are considering removing trees from your property, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 215-968-2868 for information about procedures and permits.
For our residents who live in neighborhoods that have Homeowners’ Associations, it is important that the Township be updated on the current elected or appointed officials of the Associations. There are times when contact is needed to address issues concerning Homeowners’ Associations’ building requirements and common areas owned by the Association. Please contact the Planning & Zoning office at (215) 968-2868 to report any updates.
To ensure that on-lot systems function properly, all owners of on-lot sewage disposal systems are required to have their tanks emptied by a licensed hauler at least every 3 years. After pumping the tank, the property owner is required to submit a copy of the hauler’s Pumper/ Inspector Report to the Planning and Zoning Office within 15 days.
If you use a temporary mobile generator, follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, fire, electric shock or electrocution. Note these general cautions:
If you purchase an emergency stand-by generator, you must secure a permit before installation. Download the permit here. As you budget and plan for installation, note these required provisions:
If you wish to subdivide your property, please submit a Subdivision Application and plans. The completed application is reviewed by the Planning Commission and forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for their review and final approval. The Zoning Hearing Board meets the 4th Monday of each month as needed.
Certain property uses listed in the Zoning Ordinance require a Conditional Use Application. The application pertains only to the use of the property, although the review process with the Planning Commission followed by the Board of Supervisors is the same as the Subdivision process.
The Planning and Zoning Department reviews permit applications to comply with township ordinances as well as:
All electrical work must be inspected at rough and final stages and a cut card sent to the township. Neither the final inspection of a project nor the permanent certificate of occupancy will be issued until an underwriter completes the final inspection of the electrical work and a sticker is on the electrical box. At that time, the township must be notified for a final inspection.