Chester County – Uwchlan Township

General Information

Type of Government:
2nd Class Township
Hours of Operation:
8am to 4:30pm Mon-Fri

Contact Information

Doug Hanley, Township Manager

715 North Ship Road

Exton, Pa 19341

610-363-9450
610-363-0518
Jean Hoffman

Tax Collector

Residential Resale Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
$75.00
Reinspection Fee:
$35.00

Exterior

  • Sidewalks and Curbs – Sidewalk inspection, any sidewalk with a crack wider than 1″ or having a vertical plane difference of 1/2″ shall be replaced.
  • Handrails – Handrails (one side of stairs with 3 or more risers; enclosed guards on both sides of open stairs or surfaces exceeding 30″ above grade)
  • House numbers – Address posting, minimum of three (3) inch size reflective numbers posted in a location visible from the street from both directions.
  • No hazardous conditions (sidewalks, walls, roofs ect…)
  • Pool fences and gates in proper working condition
  • Electric service cable in good condition
  • Rotted decks, railing or stairs must be repaired or replaced
  • Exterior building sewer vent & cleanout piping shall be properly capped and not affording surface water inflow

Interior

  • Smoke alarm/detectors – Smoke Detectors must be operational and located on each level
  • Handrails (one side of stairs with 3 or more risers; enclosed guards on open side of stairs or surfaces exceeding 30″ above floor)
  • Sump pump – No sump pump connection to sanitary sewer permitted
  • Exit doors – Egress door readily operable with need for keys or special effort
  • Safe/adequate plumbing (no visible evidence of leaking plumbing facilities and toilets
  • No openings in electrical service panel box
  • Dryer exhaust to be vented outside
  • All switch and receptacle Covers in place
  • Operational bathroom exhaust fan or window
  • No hazardous conditions, (wiring, fireplaces/stoves, floors, walls, windows, etc)
  • Exhaust from oil or gas fueled appliances to outside

Other

Required Certifications

Building Codes and Sign Ordinances

Building Code Requirements

  • Pa UCC
  • IRC

Open House Directionals

  • A tent sign announcing Open House for a residential resale- within 1000ft. of the house for sale and property owner consent for placement. Per ordinance.

For Sale/Sold Signs

  • On site real estate signs, on individual properties that are for sale, rent, or lease or which have been sold, rented or leased. The former type shall be permitted for as long as the property remains for the sale or rent, but the latter type shall be removed within a week of the date of the sale or rental agreement. Per ordinance.

Rental Property Inspection Information

Inspection Fee:
$50.00
Reinspection Fee:
$25.00
Rental Property Registration/License Required:
No
Cost of Registration/Licensure:
Registration Valid For:
Other
Other Rental Property Inspection Required:
Yes

Exterior

  • Sidewalks and Curbs – Sidewalks shall be in good repair and in a safe condition. Sidewalks with horizontal crack or a difference in elevation of more than ½ inch vertical or one inch horizontal shall be deemed not in a safe condition and shall be replaced.
  • Handrails – Every flight of stairs which is more than three risers high shall have a handrail and guard, and every open portion of a stair, landing, or balcony, which is more than 30 inches above floor or grade, shall have guardrail installed in accordance with the Building Code. All decks, more than 30” above finished grade, shall have a guardrail installed in accordance with building code.
  • House numbers – Each house, building or structure shall have the assigned address number displayed in a position easily observable and readable from the public or private street or right-of-way. All numbers shall be in Arabic figures at least 3 inches high and reflective.
  • Exterior walls, roofs, doors and windows shall be free of holes or breaks. The roof shall be weather tight.

Interior

  • Smoke alarm/detector – Every residential dwelling unit shall have a minimum of one, 110 volt A/C powered with battery back-up, smoke detector near a sleeping area.
  • Handrails – Every flight of stairs which is more than three risers high shall have a handrail and guard, and every open portion of a stair, landing, or balcony, which is more than 30 inches above floor or grade, shall have guardrail installed in accordance with the Building Code. All decks, more than 30” above finished grade, shall have a guardrail installed in accordance with building code.
  • Sump pump – Floor drains shall not be permitted. Sump pumps are not permitted to be connected to the sanitary sewer. All illegal connections shall be removed and discharged to an approved location.
  • Every habitable room in a dwelling unit shall contain at least two separate and remote receptacle outlets. Every bathroom shall contain at least one G.F.C.I. receptacle.
  • All plumbing fixtures shall be clean, operating properly and in a sanitary condition. All traps and fixtures shall be operational at all times.
  • Exit signs an emergency lighting must be present and operational as required.

Other

  • All dwelling units in rental properties shall be inspected and a certificate of compliance will be issued valid for five (5) years.
  • All common areas of rental properties shall be inspected on a yearly basis and a certificate of compliance will be issued valid for twelve (12) months.
  • Rental property inspection required at change of tenant.

Required Certifications

Elected Officials

  • Chairman of Supervisors – Joseph E. Toner III
  • Vice-Chairman of Supervisors – Milton H. Bozarth
  • Member of Supervisors – Frederick W. Gaines

Find your elected state and federal legislators.

Tax Information

Millage Rate

Millage Rate (County): 3.965
Real Estate Mills Municipal: 0.12
Real Estate Mills School District: 26.728
Total Millage Rate: 30.813

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: Downingtown 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: 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 for new construction
  • 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: www.uwchlan.com
  • 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.