The person in this position is responsible for reviewing and coordinating zoning issues, land use
requests and subdivision and land development plan review, and providing support information to other
staff, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. This person identifies and researches planning
problems, and presents solutions to the issues presented. In this position he directly supervises the staff in the
Planning, Zoning and Codes Department, and meets with residents and consultants to assist in advising them of
He also serves as the Township Zoning Officer. Zoning Officer duties include interpretation and administration
of the Zoning Ordinance.
In South Middleton Township a single person fills these positions. The main responsibility
of the Codes Enforcement Officer is to ensure compliance with all aspects of codes enforcement
pertaining to subdivision and land development and nuisances. Code compliance is monitored through
on-site inspections and follow-up to complaints received. This person is required to maintain files
relating to codes, interacts with the public and other staff on issues relating to codes, and may need
to initiate legal action and testify on code related violations before the District Magistrate.
As the Assistant Zoning Officer he assists the Zoning Officer administering and enforcing the zoning ordinance.
The Building Inspector's responsibility is to administer and enforce the building code by assisting
the Building Codes Official in all activities relating to building codes. The Inspector primarily deals
with inspections of building projects as well as maintains the proper paperwork to keep the files and
the projects up-to-date and in compliance. Investigation of suspected or reported violations is also
required. His primary duties involve the review and inspection of commercial construction.
This position is responsible for performing tasks relating to land use planning for the Township, specifically
providing technical and administrative support for the Planning Department, including zoning and codes enforcement,
the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors in land use and development activities. This is accomplished
by creating and maintaining files, creating data to generate various reports and information related to
planning activites and providing any assistance when directed.
Attention All Building Permit Applicants
Any building plan that has electrical work must be submitted to Middle Department Inspection Agency for electrical approval before submission to the South Middleton Township Building Department.
Middle Department will accept plans at the counter, or you can mail them to their office. Plans must be accompanied by a completed South Middleton Township building permit application.
This change includes both Commercial and Residential plans.
Effective June 1st, 2015
South Middleton Township will no longer accept plans that have not been pre-approved by Middle Department Inspection Agency (MDIA).
Middle Department Inspection Agency Inc. is located at 3901 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 112, Camp Hill, PA 17011. Phone (717) 761-5340 Fax (717) 761-5590.
When you pick up your approved electrical plans from MDIA you will pay MDIA directly for any fees owed to them. South Middleton Township will continue to issue the building permit.
Due to customer complaints about turnaround time on electrical reviews the Township is taking these steps to hopefully shorten the overall review time.
Now the customer can work directly with MDIA to get the correct information needed to complete their electrical review without passing information and plans through South Middleton Township.
Building Permit Applications are available at the Township office, or by calling the office at
Completed applications may be sent by mail to:
South Middleton Township
South Middleton Township has adopted the 2009 ICC Building Codes.
If you have any questions please call the Township. 258-5324 prior to starting any project.
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Boiling Springs, PA 17007-9536
Under the MPC (Municipalities Planning Code), any municipality that has zoning must also have
a Zoning Hearing Board to provide citizens with relief from the Zoning Ordinance and the
interpretations of the Zoning Officer.
The Zoning Hearing Board consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. All
members are Township residents and serve a five year term. The Board is assisted by a Solicitor
who provides legal counsel. By Pennsylvania statute, the Solicitor is chosen by the Zoning
Hearing Board, but his compensation is set and paid by the Board of Supervisors. Meetings are held
on the second Monday of each month and are held at the Township Building. Members are paid a
fee for each meeting attended.
The Zoning Hearing Board's purpose is to hear appeals of the Zoning Officer's decision by
interpreting the ordinance and granting relief from the literal enforcement of that ordinance in
certain hardship situations. Also, it decides on the applications for variances, home occupations
and special exceptions. The Board schedules hearings on applications of requested appeals. It hears
the evidence presented and renders decisions which contain findings of fact and conclusion of the
law. Legal notices of proposed meetings are listed in the legal section of the local newspaper.
Copies are also sent to the applicant, adjacent neighbors of the applicant, and notice is posted at
the proposed site.
Do you need a permit?
YES - Alterations, repairs, additions, reconstructions, new constructions, demolitions, new
driveways, new sewage systems, and repairs to existing sewage systems. Certain circumstances apply.
NO - re-shingling a roof (with no structural changes), repaving or paving driveways over stone.
Certain circumstances apply.
When beginning a project, please call the Township office for specific directions on how to proceed.
In the fall of 1993, and ordinance prohibiting certain nuisances was adopted. This ordinance states
it is unlawful to throw, deposit, or dump any trash, junk, waste or discarded materials on any public
or private property; or to store or to deposit any abandoned or junked vehicles on any property, either
public or private. An abandoned vehicle is defined as one that is inoperable and left unattended on
public property for more than 48 hours; one without a valid registration plate, inspection or title and
left unattended for more than 48 hours; or other motor vehicle intentionally abandoned by its owner. A
junked vehicle is any motor vehicle not in running condition and does not exhibit a valid inspection
sticker. Contact the Township for an expanded definition of these vehicles.
Violation of any part of this ordinance may result in fines of $200 - $600. Please direct questions
concerning this ordinance to the Township Zoning/Codes Enforcement officer at
Registration of Non-conforming uses
The Zoning/Codes Department is registering non-conforming uses within the Township. If any property
owner believes the current use of his property is not in compliance with the current zoning district in
which the property is situated, but had existed prior to the adoption of the new zoning ordinance on
December 14, 1999, the property should be registered at the Township.
This registration will help to create a record to insure grandfathered protection to those uses no
longer in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. Please contact Tim Duerr, Zoning Officer, at 258-5324
with questions or directions on how to proceed.
Township receives Source Water Protection Award
Chesapeake Bay Program
South Middleton Township has been awarded the gold community status as a result of its efforts to
help restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and its streams. Please visit their website:
PA 2006 Waste Watchers Award
South Middleton Township has been awarded the PA 2006 Waste Watchers Award for composting. Click on this
link to read the Award Presentation Letter
and visit their website
to learn more.