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Right To Know FAQ

The only information that is required is your first and last name (so we know who the information is for when you come to pick it up) your email address (so we may contact you), the request itself and how you'd like the information (inspect the records and/or get copies). The other information is requested, should we need to contact you in the event of an extension or if another issue may arise, but is not required information.
A request can be submitted by mail, fax, email or in person directly. Download the RTK Request Form.

You can submit by:

  • Mail to: Upper Darby Township, 100 Garrett Road – Room 206, Upper Darby, PA 19082-3135. Mailed requests must be enclosed in an envelope and labeled: Right to Know Request. Attention: Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Fax to 610-734-7709, please label the cover letter: Right to Know Request. Attention: Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Coming In Person directly to the CAO Office at 100 Garrett Road – Room 206.
Yes. You will be charged the fee of the actual postage.

Just as it says on the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records How to File an Appeal web page:

To file an appeal under the Right-to-Know law, a citizen must provide the following:

  • A copy of the RTK request
  • A copy of the Agency’s response (or a written statement that the request was deemed denied meaning the Agency didn’t respond at all).
  • State the grounds they assert this is a public record
  • Address any ground stated by the agency

You must provide this within 15 business days from the date that the Agency [Upper Darby Township] mailed to you a denial letter or the date that the request was “deemed denied.” When an agency does not respond to you in writing with five business days of your written RTK request that request is “deemed denied.” If an agency did not respond, please indicate this in writing.

You must provide the required information no later than the 15th business day or your appeal will be untimely under the law and therefore cannot be processed. If that time frame has expired, or will expire, before you provide to us the required information, you will have to file another RTK request with the Agency.

When we receive your completed file, we will assign a docket number, send you a an acknowledgment letter and assign an Appeals Officer to process your appeal.

Appeals should be sent to the Office of Open Records, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North St., 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. They may also be submitted via facsimile to 717-425-5343 or via email.

Fire FAQ

Yes, we have a program to provide and install smoke detectors for the elderly, handicapped and those residents who cannot afford them. You can contact Fire Headquarters at 610-734-7674.
You can contact the volunteer company in your area and they will explain the process. Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Company Address: 350 Harrison Avenue Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-352-1088 Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company Address 323 Edmonds Ave. Drexel Hill, PA 19026 Phone 610-259-9110 Upper Darby Fire Company Address 7241 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-352-1666 Primos-Secane-Westbrook Park Fire Company Address Secane & Ashland Avenue Secane, PA 19018 Phone 610-284-9999 Highland Park Fire Company Address Park Avenue & Cedar Lane Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-449-8144

Health FAQ

Any dwelling that is occupied by someone other than the owner for a period of one (1) month or greater for consideration.
Yes. You must apply on a yearly basis; according to your date from the previous year.
Yes. On average we will send two (2) notices as a reminder you are due to apply for your new license. However, the responsibility is yours to always "check" the expiration of your license.
When it exceeds ten (10) inches.
The homeowner is responsible for the pruning and upkeep of these trees. However, if the branches are blocking any signs or leaning on the electrical wires belonging to the township the township will trim them back.
For the most part this is usually considered to be a civil matter. However, if it proposes a danger to the general public or impedes the right away for cars or pedestrians the township will enforce regulations.
Rule of thumb: Do not allow your dog to bark continuously for a length of time as where it becomes a public nuisance.
Before 7 AM and after 10PM the 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.
Yes. You must renew your dog license every January.
You may purchase them at the County Treasurer’s Office or in the Health Department (Room 306).
Yes. You will receive your key fob on the spot and your key will be activated by the end of the day of the purchase.

There are four (4) important papers that are needed:

  1. Copy of rabies vaccination
  2. Application
  3. Copy of current dog license paperwork (the envelope the license came in)
  4. Signed waiver form

No. This attracts rodents. Furthermore, we have an ordinance that prohibits cats from roaming the neighborhoods. In essence you would be contributing to this issue.
No. Rule of thumb: Any/All pet owners must take proper care of their pets. They must have adequate food and water supply and kept clean; free of urine and feces both inside and outside the dwelling.

Fire FAQ

Yes, we have a program to provide and install smoke detectors for the elderly, handicapped and those residents who cannot afford them. You can contact Fire Headquarters at 610-734-7674.
You can contact the volunteer company in your area and they will explain the process. Cardington-Stonehurst Fire Company Address: 350 Harrison Avenue Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-352-1088 Garrettford-Drexel Hill Fire Company Address 323 Edmonds Ave. Drexel Hill, PA 19026 Phone 610-259-9110 Upper Darby Fire Company Address 7241 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-352-1666 Primos-Secane-Westbrook Park Fire Company Address Secane & Ashland Avenue Secane, PA 19018 Phone 610-284-9999 Highland Park Fire Company Address Park Avenue & Cedar Lane Upper Darby, PA 19082 Phone 610-449-8144

Parking FAQ

We accept checks and money orders. You can pay in person at our office or through the mail. Please put your ticket number on your check or money order.
We are here Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm except holidays.
The hours of operation are posted inside each meter housing next to the clock on a white circular sticker with red lettering.
Note the number of the meter, found on the street side of the housing; note the location and call us at 610-734-7646 as soon as possible telling us the nature of the problem.
We are located in the municipal building 100 Garrett Rd Upper Darby Township Pa. Room 10. The office is on the ground floor and is easily accessible from the Long Lane side entrance.
You must wait to receive a summons from the District Justice in order to receive a hearing. The process is as follows; receipt of ticket, receipt of a notice letter reminding you that the violation exists, receipt of summons. Upon receipt of summons follow the instructions to receive a hearing.

L&I

Upper Darby Township enforces the PA state mandated Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Currently, the UCC requires the Township to enforce the 2015 ICC family of codes with amendments. The following link to the PA Labor & Industry website will give more information on the UCC: https://www.dli.pa.gov/ucc/Pages/default.aspx
The codebook is copyrighted material; therefore, it can be purchased online at: http://www.iccsafe.org/e/category.html
The question better asked is what does not require a permit. The following work does not require permits: Building: 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 Section 1001 - Fences in the zoning code. Retaining walls that are not over 4' 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 24" deep. Swings and other playground equipment. Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54" from the exterior wall and do not require additional support. Repairing less than 50% of a roof, siding, or stucco. Electric: 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. Gas: 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. Mechanical/Plumbing: 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. What documents do I need to apply for a building permit? A site plan. Floor plans. Elevation view drawings. Sectional drawings providing all construction details.
The zoning classification for your property can be found on the zoning map
First, you must find out how your property is classified (see above.) Once you know how your property is zoned, you can than find the applicable regulations in our zoning code.
A design professional will be required for additions that are greater than 1 story, or if the design you are proposing is not in accordance with standard engineering practices.
The frost line in this area is 36".
Footings for these walls are required to protect against warping and twisting and framing from frost heave. For a definition of frost heave see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost_heaving
The most common design for this wall is 2"x6" studs spaced 16" on center with 5/8" Type X gypsum wall board (or equivalent) on the interior side, and 5/8" Type X gypsum exterior sheathing board (or equivalent) on the exterior side. Each side must have the wall board applied horizontally and secured with 2 1/4" #6 Type S drywall screws @ 7" O.C.
The bottom sill of an egress window must be 44" or less above the floor. The minimum height is 24", and the minimum width is 20" inches; however, one or both of those dimensions will have to be bigger to meet the total minimum opening area of 5.7 square feet. The opening are is measured with only the bottom sash open. The minimum opening size for an egress window at grade or below grade is 5 square feet.
The prescriptive requirements are R-19 for floors, R-13 for walls, and R-38 for roofs/ceilings.
The ground snow load for this area is 30 psf.
Yes, as long as the truss drawing bears the seal of a PA registered engineer.
Yes, an ice barrier must be provided from the eave to a point 2' inside the wall line.
The existing roof covering(s) must be removed when any of the following occur: Where the existing roof or roof covering is water-soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing. Where the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay, and cement or asbestos-cement tile. Where the existing roof has two or more applications of any type of roof covering.
No. All contaminants must be exhausted directly to the outdoors.
No. These vents do not meet flame spread requirements.
Yes, as long as they meet the testing standards for these specific products.
The homeowner is responsible for maintenance of their entire sewer lateral pipe, and any curb, sidewalk, or street that must be excavated to make repairs. The Township is only responsible for the sewer mains throughout the Township.
Yes, as long as it is accessible and at least one stack vent or vent stack extends to the open air.
Yes, as long as it is run through the floor/ceiling joists. If the cable must be run up or along a wall, then it must be installed in a listed conduit or tubing.
No, unless you are going to rewire to provide an equipment grounding system; however, there are three options to address this situation: You may replace the receptacle with another non-grounding receptacle. You may install a GFCI type receptacle that is marked "No Equipment Ground." You may install grounded type receptacles supplied a GFCI protected circuit that is marked "GFCI Protected" and "No Equipment Ground." What are the barrier requirements for protecting a pool against accidental drowning? The barrier must be a extend from a maximum of 2" above grade to a minimum of 48" above grade Openings in the barrier may not allow the passage of a 4" sphere. The barrier may not be designed in any way that facilitates climbing. A self closing and latching gate that swings outward away from the pool must be provided. If any door(s) from the house provide direct access to the pool, then a UL 2017 listed pool alarm(s) will be required for this door(s). Above ground pools 48" or greater in height are allowed to be protected by providing a barrier meeting the above requirements may be provide around the ladder or steps. Above ground pools 48" or greater in height may also be protected by providing a self folding and latching ladder or steps. Hot tubs are not required to comply with these barrier requirements, if they are provided with a safety cover that complies with ASTM F 1346.
In order to accurately determine where your property lines are, we recommend you enlist the services of a registered land surveyor.
In order to obtain information that is not public record on a property that you are not the owner of, you must submit a Right to Know Request with the Townships Right to Know Officer.

Property Maintenance FAQ

Trash should be placed out for collection eight hours (8) prior to collection inside trash cans with lids at the designated trash line.
When it exceeds ten (10) inches in height.
All vehicles must be operable/non hazardous and must have current Pa. state registration along with valid inspections and emissions stickers.
Snow must be cleared within twenty-four hours (24) after the snow has stopped falling.
Even though it is not always written in a deed in layman's terms, it's always included in the property dimensions and ultimately the homeowner's responsibility.