Permits and Permit Processing is a division of the Licenses & Inspections Department and is responsible for reviewing plans and issuing permits according to building, zoning, plumbing, and electrical codes according to the Upper Darby Construction Code. The Permit Processing team helps resident, property owner, and business owner applicants understand their responsibilities and ensures that permitting and related processes are completed efficiently and correctly, with a high standard of customer service.
Below is information for the most common permits applied for - please note that this list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. It is the owner/applicant's responsibility to be aware of and apply for all required permits. Work may not begin until the required permits are issued by Upper Darby Licenses & Inspections. An application is not a guarantee that a permit will be issued. Working without a permit can result in double fees for permits.
Pay for permits by check, money order, or online at upperdarby.org/codepay. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH.
All matters regarding Food & Food Service Establishment Licenses and Inspections are handled by the Delaware County Public Health Department Bureau of Environmental Health
BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS: PERMITS REQUIRED
Building & Construction Non-Reviewable Permits are issued for certain projects based on submission and review of required paperwork. In most cases the review process can take 15-30 business days after the completed application, required plans/paperwork, and fee is received.
What documents do I need to apply for a Construction & Building permit?
Building & Construction Reviewable Permits require further review to certify the plans before a permit may be issued. Below is a list of the most requested Reviewable Permits. In most cases the review process takes 10-15 business days for Residential Projects and 30 business days for Commercial Projects after the completed application, required plans and paperwork, and fee is received.
What documents do I need to apply for a Reviewable Building & Construction permit?
General Building/Demo/Change Permit Application
This application covers but is not limited to:
CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING PROJECTS: PERMITS NOT REQUIRED
NOTE: If your property is in the regulated floodplain, permits are always required.
There are several circumstances where work may not require a Building Permit. Please review carefully for minimum standards and thresholds and note where there may be other requirements, such as work that may require a Zoning Permit. Please review the Upper Darby Construction Code for more detail and note that it is the owner/applicant's responsibility to be aware of and apply for all required permits.
To start a business or takeover an existing business, a Use & Occupancy Business Permit and a Business License (service businesses) or Mercantile License (retail businesses) is required. Please visit Start a Business in Upper Darby for more information and to apply.
Solicitation/Peddler License Application required for any individual who peddles or solicits on streets or sidewalks, or from house to house
Off-Street Sales Permit Application required for all individuals and/or entities that sells any goods, wares, or merchandise at a site located on private property, rented from or owned by any other individual or entity when the goods, wares, or merchandise are not being sold or exhibited by the proprietor in connection with the proprietor's existing business.
Parking Lot Permit Application is required for any person, firm or corporation desiring to operate a privately owned parking lot
A Special Events Permit is required for a variety of events and is the first step for event planners. Additional permits may be required, the most requested are below. It is the responsibility of the event planner to obtain all required permits. Larger events/parades/5k's will require a police detail. The event organizer is responsible for arranging police detail HERE. Events with open flame will require fire detail. The event organizer is responsible for arranging with the fire department by calling 610-734-7673.
Events/Block Parties/Street Closure Permit: Street Closures for Block Parties and other events requires a Petition in order to be issued a Street Closure Permit. The Petition must be signed by at least ninety (90%) percent of the households of the block and must be forwarded to the Upper Darby Township Council Office at least three (3) weeks prior to the day of party/event.
Recreation Facilities Permit is required to use Upper Darby Recreation facilities, parks, fields, etc.
Fair/Carnival Permit is required for events with amusement rides.
Beekeeping Permit Application No beekeepers may own or maintain an apiary without first registering and maintaining a current permit for all apiaries as required by Pennsylvania Bee Law
FIRE PROTECTION PERMITS:
Fire Alarm Permit Application
Fire Alarm Record of Completion Form
Fire Alarm Annual Test Form
Sprinkler Record of Completion Form
Sprinkler Required Inspection and Testing Form
Trailers: General Building/Demo/Change Permit Application
A permit is required for the parking of trailers used as offices, contractor trailers, or similar uses.
Loudspeaker Permit Application a permit is required for the outside operation of radios, loudspeakers, amplifiers, mechanical or electrical instruments or devices
Sign Permit Application a permit is required for the construction, placement, installation, or face change of most signs, as detailed in the Upper Darby Zoning Code
Street Opening Permit Application applications for opening of public streets requires a review by the Department of Public Works
Additional Permit Guidelines:
Installation of Above Ground Swimming Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs:
Installation of In-Ground Swimming Pools
Installation of Sheds or Garages
Sample Structural Sketch for a Standard Deck
This webpage is designed to educate and assist Upper Darby Township Residents and Businesses in identifying flood hazard areas, mitigating against flood hazards risk and connecting to state and federal resources.
What is a flood?
A flood is when water overflows from a creek, storm water pipe, river or lake and flows onto land that is normally dry. Flooding can happen slowly over a long period of rain or it can happen in minutes like a Flash Flood.
What is a floodplain?
A floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area is an area of land adjacent to a water resource such as a creek or river that is prone to flooding. The floodplain can generally be broken down into two sections, the Floodway and the 1% Flood Hazard area (formally known as the 100-year Floodplain).
Is my property in a floodplain?
Whenever you purchase a property or business it is important to determine if your property is in the Special Flood Hazard Area. This is important because being in the floodplain greatly increases your risk of flooding and could result in the need for flood insurance or improvements to prevent flooding damage.
To determine if your property is in the Special Flood Plain Hazard Area use the link to the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. Once you are on the webpage, enter your properties address and click search.
Floodplain Ordinance and Policies
Upper Darby adopted its most current Floodplain Management Ordinance on September 16, 2015. Ordinance No. 3024 or Section 305 of the codified code describes the authority, administration, identification of floodplain areas, technical provisions, prohibited activities, improvements on existing structures, variance procedures and definitions of the floodplain code. Upper Darby through it's Floodplain Ordinance regulates any development in the 1% Flood Hazard Area.
The Floodplain Ordinance is administered by the Upper Darby Floodplain Manager. The Floodplain Manager works in conjunction with the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Emergency Management Coordinator.
The management and policy procedures for permitting, substantial improvement and substantial damage can be found here. Any property seeking a building permit in the floodplain must be granted a floodplain permit.