Chester County – Malvern Borough

General Information

Type of Government:
Borough Home Rule
Hours of Operation:
9am to 12 noon & 1pm to 5 pm – Mon-Fri

Contact Information

P.O. Box 437

Malvern, Pa 19355

Tax Collector

Residential Resale Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
$50.00 existing
Reinspection Fee:


  • Sidewalks and Curbs
  • Handrails
  • House numbers – Each structure to which a street number has been assigned shall have a number displayed in a position easily observed and readable from the public right of way. All numbers shall be Arabic numerals at least three inches high and 1/2 stoke.
  • GFCI – All exterior receptacles below six and one-feet above grade must be GFCI.
  • Per section 302 of IPMC akk exterior property and premises shall be maintained in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. This includes all repairs to sidewalks.
  • Other items identified upon inspection


  • Smoke alarm / detectors – In R-2, R-3, & R-4, regardless of occupant load, smoke detectors shall be installed and maintained at ALL of the following locations – In each room used for sleeping purposes. On the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms. In each story within a dwelling unit, including basements and cellars.
  • Handrails
  • GFCIs – Every bathroom must contain at least one receptacle and if required by the NEC must be a GFCI. All receptacles in a kitchen must comply with the provisions required by the NEC as related to GFCI.
  • Exit doors – All means of egress doors shall be readily openable from the side from which egress is to be made without the need for keys, special knowledge or effort, except as provided for in Sections PM-702.11.1.
  • Sewer certification required.
  • All means of egress (exterior and interior stairs, hallways, exit paths) must be in safe condition. This includes handrails as required.
  • All bathrooms must have either a window or a functioning exhaust fan.
  • Electrical panels must be properly identified.
  • All water heaters must have the required pressure relief device (PRD) installed and be piped per the plumbing code.


  • Inspection requests must be submitted at least 14 days prior to settlement.
  • The above list is not all-inclusive. Rather it is a list of items most frequently not in compliance.
  • Application available on borough website.
  • SEWER Certification – please contact borough for specific information.

Required Certifications

Building Codes and Sign Ordinances

Building Code Requirements

  • Pa UCC

Open House Directionals

  • Not permitted

For Sale/Sold Signs

  • Sign permit required

Rental Property Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
$50 residential
Reinspection Fee:
Rental Property Registration/License Required:
Cost of Registration/Licensure:
Registration Valid For:
1 year
Other Rental Property Inspection Required:




  • Inspection required at change of tenant or sale of property. Contact Borough for requirements or visit website. Annual license is $75 for initial license and $50 per year thereafter.
  • Refer to residential resale section for basic guidelines on items most often not in compliance.
  • Commerical properties are on a different rate schedule – please contact Malvern Borough for specifics.

Required Certifications

Elected Officials

  • Mayor – Gerard J. McGlone, Jr.
  • Council President – Woody Van Sciver
  • Council Vice President – Catherine Raymond
  • Members
  • Duane McGory, William Macaleer, Richard Sporenbaugh, Zeyn Uzman

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Tax Information

Millage Rate

Millage Rate (County): 3.965
Real Estate Mills Municipal: 3.9697
Real Estate Mills School District: 19.03
Total Millage Rate: 26.9647

Realty Transfer Percent

PA State Transfer Percent: 1
Realty Transfer Percent Municipal: 0.5
Realty Transfer Percent School District: 0.5
Total Realty Transfer Percent: 2

Other Information

School District Name: Great Valley School District

Other Tax Information

Per Capita Tax: $10
Earned Income Municipal: (%) 1
Earned Income School District: (%) 0
Local Services Tax: 52

Uniform Construction Code

Many local governments have adopted use and occupancy ordinances. Increasingly, code officials are citing non-permitted uses and or structures during their inspections. The following lists the enforcement policies as they relate to a residential resale inspection. Please see link below for more information regarding Pennsylvania’s statewide building code, the Uniform Construction Code (UCC).
PA Labor and Industry Building Codes Homepage

  • Non-permitted decks that have been installed: Owner must remove or get a permit and ensure structure is compliant with codes
  • Non-permitted finished basements: Owner must remove or get a permit and ensure structure is compliant with codes
  • Means of egress for finished basement is required when within an existing structure and/or includes sleeping quarters and/or
  • Non-permitted fences, sheds, or other structures: Owner must remove or get a permit and ensure structure is compliant with codes
  • Our web address for building and/or zoning codes is: (Zoning only)
  • Our web address for use and occupancy inspection checklist and/or application is:
  • We have not separately adopted NFPA standard 211, Chapters 13 &/or 14, which regulate fireplace and heater chimney maintenance.


(Municipal data last updated 7/08/2011)

The information contained in this profile is only intended to provide a general summary of real estate-related laws and regulations in this municipality. It is not intended to take the place of written law, ordinances, or regulations that can be obtained directly from the municipality.