Township of Whitemarsh, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitemarsh 12-17-2009 by Ord. No. 885. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Supervisors of Whitemarsh Township ("Board") shall establish a schedule of fees, and such fees shall be fixed by the Board by resolution from time to time.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The schedule of fees is on file in the Township offices.
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to establish standards pursuant to which certain limited waiver of fees may be granted to a qualifying organization (herein defined) or other applicant.
B. 
Eligibility. The following entities or organizations shall be considered a "qualifying organization" under this section and shall, thereby, be eligible to submit a request for the waiver of an eligible fee (herein defined):
(1) 
Nonprofit emergency service providers with a principal facility located within the Township and which provide emergency services to residents and businesses within the Township;
(2) 
Religious organizations with tax-exempt status having been granted by the Internal Revenue Service; and
(3) 
Charitable organizations that have obtained tax exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C.A. § 501, (the "501(c)(3) organization"); provided, however, that the 501(c)(3) organization must further establish, to the satisfaction of the Board, pursuant to § A121-2E, Eligibility determination, below, that the 501(c)(3) organization provides a benefit to the Township community or otherwise lessens a burden that would fall upon Township government.
C. 
Eligible fees. A qualifying organization may apply for a waiver of the following fees as identified in the fee schedule adopted from time to time by the Board (an "eligible fee"):
(1) 
Building permit fees;
(2) 
Plumbing permit fees;
(3) 
Electrical permit fees;
(4) 
Mechanical permit fees;
(5) 
Zoning permit fees;
(6) 
Sign permit fees; and
(7) 
Any other fee designated an eligible fee by the Board.
D. 
Fee waiver. An amount not in excess of $300 of any eligible fee shall be waived in its entirety for a qualifying organization. Any portion of an eligible fee in excess of $300 shall not be subject to waiver except as otherwise provided herein.
E. 
Eligibility determination.
(1) 
Except as otherwise provided herein, every fee waiver request shall be processed through the Township Manager and/or the Township Manager's designee.
(2) 
The fee waiver request shall:
(a) 
Identify the name, business address, telephone number and primary contact person of the entity requesting a fee waiver request (the "applicant");
(b) 
Identify the eligible fee; and
(c) 
If the applicant identifies itself as a qualifying organization pursuant to its status as a 501(c)(3) organization, adequate proof of such status must accompany the fee waiver request.
(3) 
The Township Manager (or designee) shall respond within 30 days of receipt of a complete fee waiver request meeting the requirements of Subsection E(2) of this section. In the event the Township Manager (or designee) fails to respond on a timely basis in accordance with this section, the fee waiver request shall be deemed approved.
(4) 
The Township shall maintain a record of a qualifying organization's proof of eligibility. Any subsequent Fee waiver request from the same qualifying organization need not be accompanied by duplicate or unnecessary information, provided there is no change in the information originally submitted by the qualifying organization such that the organization is no longer eligible for a fee waiver.
F. 
Colonial School District, emergency service providers and library.
(1) 
Nothing herein shall be construed to either limit the type or amount of fees from which the Colonial School District (the "school district") may request a fee waiver; or grant either an automatic or blanket fee waiver to the school district.
(2) 
A fee waiver request made by the school district shall be submitted to the Township Manager and forwarded to the Board for consideration. The Board shall have the absolute discretion to determine whether the school district's fee waiver request is to be approved or denied.
(3) 
Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the type or amount of fees which may be waived for any nonprofit emergency service provider with a principal facility located within the Township and providing emergency services to residents and businesses within the Township (an "Emergency service provider"); and The William Jeanes Memorial Library (the "library")."
(4) 
A fee waiver request made by an emergency service provider or the library shall be submitted to the Township Manager and forwarded to the Board for consideration. The Board shall have the absolute discretion to determine whether the emergency service provider's or library's fee waiver request is to be approved or denied.
G. 
Declaration of disaster by Township. Nothing herein shall be construed to limit the type or amount of fees which may be waived for any property owner submitting an application to repair damage to property caused by a natural disaster if, and only if, the Board has issued a declaration of disaster emergency pursuant to Section 7501 of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa.C.S.A., § 7501, as amended. The Board shall have the absolute discretion to determine whether a Fee waiver request submitted by any such property owner is to be approved or denied.