Delaware County – Thornbury Township

General Information

Type of Government:
2nd Class Township
Hours of Operation:
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Mon-Fri. SUMMER HOURS as of 6/6/11 M-TH 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., closed Fridays

Contact Information

Jeff Seagraves, Township Manager

6 Township Drive

Cheyney, PA 19319-1020

(610) 399-8383
(610) 399-3162
Willard McMullen

Tax Collector
(610) 459-8475

Residential Resale Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
Contact township
Reinspection Fee:


  • House numbers – At least 4 inches high and visible from the street required at all times by township code.



  • U & O Required only for property vacant for 9 months or longer or new construction.
  • Brinton Lea and Thornhill Sanitary Sewer Projects are underway which require tie-in to public sanitary sewer if existing septic system is failing or the property changes ownership. Contact Thornbury Township for specific information.
  • West Side Sewer District – 2 residents are responsible for sewage tapping fee to cover costs associated with installation of the sewage infrastructure and procurement of treatment capacity. Contact Thornbury Township for specific information.

Required Certifications

Building Codes and Sign Ordinances

Building Code Requirements

  • 2006 IRC
  • 2005 NEC
  • BOCA – Property Maintenance – 1993

Open House Directionals

  • No more than two signs & must have owners permission. Off site signs require permits and property owner authorization.

For Sale/Sold Signs

  • Signs may be a maximum of 4 sq. ft., one sign per street frontage.

Rental Property Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
Reinspection Fee:
Rental Property Registration/License Required:
Cost of Registration/Licensure:
Registration Valid For:
2 years
Other Rental Property Inspection Required:




  • Rental Occupancy Permit and inspection is required. Permit application available on township website.
  • Sewer certification needed on some properties.
  • Permit valid for two years from date of issue.

Required Certifications

Elected Officials

  • Chairman of Supervisors – James H. Raith
  • Vice-Chairman of Supervisors – James P. Kelly
  • Member – Sheri Perkins

Find your elected state and federal legislators.

Tax Information

Millage Rate

Millage Rate (County): 5.18
Real Estate Mills Municipal: 0
Real Estate Mills School District: 18.36
Total Millage Rate: 23.54

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: West Chester Area School District

Other Tax Information

Per Capita Tax: $0.0000
Earned Income Municipal: (%) 0.5
Earned Income School District: (%) 0.5
Local Services Tax: 0
Comments: West Chester Area School District spans portions of two counties – Chester and Delaware. The real estate tax rate for Thornbury Township, Delaware County is 14.22 for the 2011/2012 school year.

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 includes sleeping quarters
  • 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:
  • 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.