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Welcome to Upper Darby

In this section of the site you can find helpful information pertaining to Trash and Recycling; guidlines for Licenses and Permits; helpful Health and Safety tips from the Police, Fire and Health Departments; information about the future Upper Darby Community Site as well as additional resources and contact numbers.



  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
(See Map for Area)
  • 4 and 6
  • 2
  • 3 and 5
  • 1
(See Map for Area)
  • 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • 1 and 2
  • 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • 1 and 2



  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
(See Map for Area)
  • 3
  • 5
  • 1 and 2
  • 4
  • 6


When a holiday falls on a regular trash or recycling day, that trash or recycling will be collected on Wednesday of the holiday week.

Recycling North of Garrett Road

Since Wednesday is a recycling day for Area 1 and Area 2, residents north of Garrett Road should refer to specific holiday instructions in this calendar. As a general rule, recycling in Area 1 will be collected on Friday and recycling in Area 2 will be collected on Tuesday of the holiday week.

There will be NO trash or recycling collected on the following Township Holidays.

NEW YEAR'S DAY 2014 - Tuesday, January 1, 2014

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. DAY - Monday, January 20, 2014

LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY - Monday, February 10, 2014

PRESIDENTS' DAY - Monday, February 17, 2014

GOOD FRIDAY - Friday, April 18, 2014

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY - Monday, May 26, 2014

INDEPENDENCE DAY - Friday, July 4, 2014

LABOR DAY - Monday, September 1, 2014

GENERAL ELECTION DAY - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY - Thursday, December 25, 2014

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Licenses & Permits

Included below is some helpful information for residents in relation to licenses, permits and zoning. For a more detailed explanation of those topics, please visit the Licenses and Inspection section of this website.

Work that does not require a permit:


  • One story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses that are l20 square feet or less only require a $40 zoning permit.
  • Replacement of existing windows or doors.
  • Painting, flashing or replacement of downspouts.
  • Fences do not require permits; they must comply with the fence ordinance.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4ft in height, unless they are supporting a surcharge. Please be aware that retaining walls must also comply with the fence ordinance requirements.
  • Replacing private sidewalks, or replacing/repaving private driveways or patios as long as their size in not being increased.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools that that are less than 24in deep.
  • Swings and other playground equipment.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54in from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  • Repairing less than 50% of a roof, siding, or stucco.


  • Minor repair work, including the replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to approved permanently installed receptacles.
  • Residential burglar or fire alarm systems.


  • Portable heating appliances.
  • Portable ventilation appliances.
  • Portable cooling units.
  • Steam, hot or chilled piping within any heating or cooling equipment.
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Self contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant, or that are actuated by motors of 1 horsepower or less.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.
  • The stopping of leaks, or clearing of drains unless the work requires the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures.


  • Portable heating, cooking, or clothes drying appliances
  • Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such equipment unsafe.
  • Portable-fuel-cell appliances that are not connected to a fixed piping system and are not interconnected to a power grid.

Zoning Information

The zoning classification for your property can be found on the Zoning Map. Once you know how your property is zoned, you can than find the applicable regulations in our Zoning Code.

Trailer Permit

A permit is required for the parking of trailers used as offices, contractors trailer or similar uses.

Loud Speaker Permit

A permit is required for the outside operation of radios, loudspeakers, amplifiers, mechanical or electrical instruments or devices within the Township

Dumpster Permit

A permit is required for the placement all dumpsters, open-top containers and compaction containers maintained and located on a public street within the Township.

Resale Certificate

Any person who owns real property within the Township and desires to sell said property must first obtain a resale certificate.

Block Party Information

If you wish to have a block party you will need a street closing permit. Listed below are the guidelines, you may find the petition for getting the permit itself on the permit page in the Licenses and Inspection section of this website

  • A Petition signed by at least ninety (90) percent of the households of the block represented must be forwarded to the Upper Darby Township Council office at least three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled day of party.
  • Time permitted for street closure is 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on the day of closure. At all times the street must be accessible to emergency vehicles.
  • The petition will name an individual or individuals to be contacted in the event any problems occurring concerning the time the street is closed.
  • Councils office will recommend to the Mayors Office, as soon as possible prior to the scheduled date, whether or not a permit to close the street should be notified accordingly.
  • A SPECIAL PERMIT will be necessary if live bands or amplified music are used during the time the street is closed.
  • State highways and/or bus routes may not be closed. Vehicles of any type may not be used to block off any street. Wooden barricades or trash containers are permitted for this purpose. (All trash must be cleared from the street at conclusion of the event).
  • The Laws of the State of Pennsylvania and the ordinances of the Township of Upper Darby concerning excessive noise, alcoholic beverage consumption, disorderly conduct, etc. must be adhered to at all times. Fireworks are not permitted at any time. If while the street is closed it is determined that underage drinking was allowed or if the police are called to the street and file a disturbance report, future permits may not be allowed.
  • If and when complaints are received regarding the street closure, the Police Department will act accordingly.
  • The Township will permit the closure of any street only once during the calendar year.
  • Whenever possible the Township will provide barricades for the closing of the street.

Health & Safety


Health Tips and Information

  • Trash should be placed out for collection eight hours (8) prior to collection inside trash cans with lids at the designated trash line.
  • Grass must not exceeds ten (10) inches in height
  • Snow must be cleared within twenty-four hours (24) after the snow has stopped falling.
  • The rear driveway/alley behind a house is the homeowners responsibility.
  • The homeowner is responsible for the pruning and upkeep of trees in between the curb and sidewalk.
  • All dogs in Upper Darby must be licensed.
  • All dog licenses expire December 31st.
  • Always check the expiration date on your rental license which corresponds with your payment date
  • Landlord/tenant cases may be postponed if the rental license is not current, there are open violations and/or the inspection is past the yearly inspection date.
  • Before 7 AM and after 10PM Upper Darbys noise violations will be enforced. This includes barking dogs, construction work, trash removal, or any other type of "loud” noise that is disturbing to the public.



Personal Safety

  • While walking, present an alert and confident appearance; be aware of people and your surroundings. Criminals consider you as a target if you appear intimidated or unaware of your surroundings.
  • Walk near the curb facing traffic; and do not pass too close to shrubbery, dark doorways and other places of concealment. Avoid shortcuts and unfamiliar areas with little pedestrian or other traffic present.
  • Grip carried items such as purses firmly, and avoid leaving them unattended or in a shopping cart. Thieves will distract you while a second thief walks off with your belongings.
  • Become familiar with stores and gas stations that stay open late at night that can provide access to safety.
  • Carry some type of personal alarm (whistle or electronic device), and at night carry a flashlight with you as well.
  • Know that wearing earphones connected to portable radios, CD players, and other devices can distract you, and make you less able to sense potential danger, thus making you a potential target for criminals.
  • Before you enter your vehicle look around, have your keys ready, and look inside to ensure it is clear.

Auto Theft Prevention

  • Always roll up your windows and lock the car, even if it is in front of your home. Never leave your keys in the car or ignition, even inside a locked garage.
  • Never leave your car running unattended, even to dash into a business or back inside your home.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk out of sight.
  • Install a mechanical device that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake pedal. These devices can act as a highly visible physical deterrent.
  • Buy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases, and a factory installed alarm system.
  • Check your vehicle if you hear the alarm, but do not try to stop a person breaking in. Call the police.
  • Carry your drivers license, registration, and insurance card with you, and if your vehicle is stolen, promptly report it to the police.

Burglary Prevention

  • Make sure external doors have sturdy well-installed dead-bolt locks and are made of solid wood or metal. Sliding glass doors are easily accessible, so install a lock, place a broomstick, or dowel in the track to jam the door. When you move into a new house or apartment, re-key the locks.
  • Clearly display your house number, and give an extra key to a trusted neighbor. Never hide a key outside.
  • Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors, and cut back shrubbery that hides doors and windows.
  • Lock double hung windows with key locks or pins, install bright outside lights, motion detection lighting, and keep them on at night.
  • If you travel, use timers to turn lights off and on in different areas of your home throughout the evening.
  • Consider buying an audible alarm system, the sound will draw attention to your home in an emergency. If your home or apartment is burglarized, promptly report it to police regardless of whether anything is taken or not.


Fire Safety Tips

  • Never smoke when drowsy or when your in bed.
  • Use sturdy, non-tip ashtrays and check for smoldering butts in furniture - especially after parties. Douse butts and ashes with water before discarding them. Use all space heaters with care. Keep them away from combustibles.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles.
  • Identify your house with large address numbers that the fire department can see easily.
  • Have your chimney and central heating system inspected at least once a year and cleaned if necessary.
  • Keep papers neatly stacked and bundled, or in boxes.
  • Never use or store gasoline inside your home. If necessary keep a small quantity in an approved safety container locked in an outdoor shed.
  • Store paints, thinners, and other flammable liquids in their original containers, well away from heat, sparks, or flame.
  • Store matches and lighters up high, out of reach of children. Use only child-resistant lighters.
  • Make sure there are two clear exits from each room and that everyone knows these escape routes and has practiced using them.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet. Never override or bypass fuses or circuit breakers. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Keep Christmas trees watered, and extinguish all candles before going to bed.


Township streets are swept on a revolving two week schedule. STREET SWEEPING WILL BE POSTPONED IN YOUR AREA FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: inclement weather, holidays, equipment failure, anything that prevents the safe passage of the street sweeping equipment down a street (including improperly parked vehicles) or any other unforeseen circumstance. When any of these instances occur, your street will be swept on your next “scheduled” day. PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAW AND UPPER DARBY TOWNSHIP ORDINANCE NO. 626 PROHIBIT THE DUMPING OF ANYTHING IN THE STREET. THIS INCLUDES GRASS CLIPPINGS AND LEAVES.

Tentative schedule:

Area A
Area B
Area C
Area D
Area E
Area F
Area G
Area H
Jan 6Jan 7Jan 8Jan 9Jan 13Jan 14Jan 15Jan 16
Jan 20Jan 21Jan 22Jan 23Jan 27Jan 28Jan 29Jan 30
Feb 3Feb 4Feb 5Feb 6Feb 10Feb 11Feb 12Feb 13
Feb 17Feb 18Feb 19Feb 20Feb 24Feb 25Feb 26Feb 27
March 3March 4March 5March 6March 10March 11March 12March 13
March 17March 18March 19March 20March 24March 25March 26March 27
March 31April 1April 2April 3April 7April 8April 9April 10
April 14April 15April 16April 17April 21April 22April 23April 24
April 28April 29April 30May 1May 5May 6May 7May 8
May 12May 13May 14May 15May 19May 20May 21May 22
May 26May 27May 28May 29June 2June 3June 4June 5
June 9June 10June 11June 12June 16June 17June 18June 19
June 23June 24June 25June 26June 30July 1July 2July 3
July 7July 8July 9July 10July 14July 15July 16July 17
July 21July 22July 23July 24July 28July 29July 30July 31
Aug 4Aug 5Aug 6Aug 7Aug 11Aug 12Aug 13Aug 14
Aug 18Aug 19Aug 20Aug 21Aug 25Aug 26Aug 27Aug 28
Sept 1Sept 2Sept 3Sept 4Sept 8Sept 9Sept 10Sept 11
Sept 15Sept 16Sept 17Sept 18Sept 22Sept 23Sept 24Sept 25
Sep 29Sept 30Oct 1Oct 2Oct 6Oct 7Oct 8Oct 9
Oct 13Oct 14Oct 15Oct 16Oct 20Oct 21Oct 22Oct 23
Oct 27Oct 28Oct 29Oct 30Nov 3Nov 4Nov 5Nov 6
Nov 10Nov 11Nov 12Nov 13Nov 17Nov 18Nov 19Nov 20
Nov 24Nov 25Nov 26Nov 27Dec 1Dec 2Dec 3Dec 4
Dec 8Dec 9Dec 10Dec 11Dec 15Dec 16Dec 17Dec 18
Dec 22Dec 23Dec 24Dec 25Dec 29Dec 30Dec 31Jan 1

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Additional Resources

  • 610-789-4440
  • 610-734-7649
  • 610-622-8091
  • 610-626-6900
  • 610-789-7200
  • 215-386-2100