Borough of Pottstown, PA
Montgomery County
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§ 200 Permits Required.

[Ord. 1968, 9/8/2003, § 200; as amended by Ord. 1985, 10/12/2004, § 3]
1. 
A zoning permit is required to:
A. 
Build or install any structure, including signs, fences and storage buildings.
B. 
Change the existing use of any land or building.
C. 
In the Conservation and Gateway Districts, to alter the exterior of any building.
D. 
Install solar energy equipment with a total combined area of eight square feet or more, pursuant to § 503 of this chapter.
[Added by Ord. 2064, 7/13/2009, § 1]

§ 201 Applications.

[Ord. 1968, 9/8/2003, § 201]
1. 
Applications for zoning permits should be made to the Zoning Officer in the Pottstown Codes Department. Applications must be signed by the property owner, lessee, or authorized agent.
2. 
In the case of new structures or additions, the applicant must submit a plan, also known as a plat, for the Borough's review and approval. The plat must conform to the specifications in the Pottstown Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22], Section 400.
3. 
In the case of signs, see Part 7.
4. 
For proposals to change the existing use of any land or building, the applicant shall fill out a form provided by the Zoning Officer.

§ 202 Applications in Conservation and Gateway Districts.

[Ord. 1968, 9/8/2003, § 202]
1. 
In addition to the information required in Section 201, applicants in the Conservation and Gateway Districts shall submit the following information:
A. 
For new buildings:
(1) 
A scale drawing, known as an elevation, showing the facade of the proposed building facing the street.
(2) 
A description of the materials comprising the facade of the proposed building.
B. 
For additions or alterations to existing buildings:
(1) 
No less than one photograph of the facade of the building facing the street.
(2) 
A sketch of the proposed changes to the facade or addition to the building.
(3) 
A written description of the proposed changes to the facade or addition to be constructed, including the materials to be used.
C. 
For fences and sheds:
(1) 
A photograph or sketch showing the appearance of the proposed fence or shed from the street.
(2) 
A scale drawing showing the location of the fence or shed on the property.

§ 203 Permits.

[Ord. 1968, 9/8/2003, § 203]
1. 
No building shall be occupied or used until a Certificate of Occupancy is issued by the Zoning Officer. Certificates will only be issued after the Zoning Officer determines the building is sound and meets the provisions of this Chapter.
2. 
Permits will be valid for six months after they are issued, although the Zoning Officer may grant extensions of up to 90 days each. The permit will expire if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after it begins.
3. 
The Zoning Officer may revoke a zoning permit in the case of any false statement or misrepresentation in either the application or the plans on which the zoning permit is based. If a zoning permit is revoked, any other permits issued on the strength of the zoning permit shall automatically become invalid.

§ 204 Details.

[Ord. 1968, 9/8/2003]
For further information about this Part, see Zoning Appendix A2, Sections A200 and A200.1, located at the end of this Chapter.