The Department of Licenses & Inspections has implemented receiving permit applications & payments online. This broadens the logistics of applying for permits and thereby ease of use for contractors and residents alike. In addition, there is a "Virtual Inspection Protocol" that we trust will be a viable tool in resolving most inspection issues. This informative tool is online as well. There are some inspections that will have to be in person. These inspections just require some coordination with the inspector due to social distancing requirements. We are evolving to meet the challenges of the moment and are confident to meet the needs of the Upper Darby Township community.
Pay for and apply for all licenses, permits, and certificates online: Licenses, Permits, and Certificates
The Department of Licenses & Inspection is responsible for the protection of persons and property through the general administration and enforcement of land development, zoning, construction, property maintenance and related structural and land use codes. The department also enforces many of the licensing requirements of the Township including licenses for contractors, amusement devices, junkers, solicitors, etc.
L&I is also responsible through its Community Development Division to apply and administer both state and federal grants for a wide range of programs including housing, capital improvements and many other programs to benefit the community.
The Director of Licenses & Inspection is responsible for the administration of all duties assigned to the Department including supervision of all staff assigned to the Department. The Director also acts as the zoning officer for the Township.
The intent of the Township zoning code is to provide a variety of land uses in a manner which is compatible with surrounding uses and at a density deemed appropriate for the specific area concerned. It is not the intent of the ordinance to exclude any legal use in an appropriate location. The zoning code seeks to promote the development of properly regulated commercial and industrial uses and avoid the undesirable mixture of incompatible uses while promoting residential neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and conducive to the protection of property values.
The Township zoning map divides the Township into specific zoning districts each with their own regulations and requirements which are defined in our zoning code.
The Zoning Hearing Board is an independent, quasi-judicial body which hears challenges and appeals to the Zoning Code, and considers variances from and exceptions to the requirements established and enforced under the Township Department of Licenses and Inspection.
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