Building & Zoning

Township Code

Building Permits

Both commercial and residential building permits are required in Richland Township to erect, modify, and/or repair structures. This includes, but is not limited to: new homes, new commercial buildings, structural changes to existing buildings, additions, accessory structures 1,000 square feet or greater, decks, and swimming pools.  Applications are available below, or they can be picked up from the Township building at 4019 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.  A building permit requires the building permit application AND the completion of a zoning certification (below).  All permit applications must be approved prior to beginning construction.

Zoning Permits

A zoning permit is required for new construction projects including, but not limited to: fences, sheds, accessory structures less than 1,000 square feet, and signs.


Demolition Permits

Residential demolitions require the Township’s demolition permit application.

Commercial demolitions require the Township’s demolition permit application and a permit from the Allegheny County Health Department.

Driveway Permits

Grading Permits

Logging Permits

Occupancy Permits (Businesses)

*Must be secured to operate any business in Richland Township.

Solicitor’s Permits

Solicitor’s permits can be obtained from the Northern Regional Police Department (724-625-3156).

Stormwater Management Pits

Commercial Plan Reviews

Planning Commission (Land Developments and Subdivisions)

Zoning Hearing Board (Variances, Special Exceptions, Interpretation Rulings)

Open Burning Regulations

Richland Township residents fall under the Allegheny County Health Department’s Open Burning Regulations.  Wood burning is legal in Allegheny County, however, all open burning must be done in compliance with the ACHD regulations.

Brief summary of the ACHD regulations:

Info regarding the pollutants found in wood smoke:

ACHD Complaint Line:  412-687-2243

The ACHD operates a 24-hour complaint line.  Complaints will be investigated by ACHD staff and violations can be issued when necessary.  Violators of ACHD’s Open Burning regulation can be fined for noncompliance.  Fines can begin around $250 and can increase with repeated non-compliance.

Visit www.burnfactsallegheny.info for more information.

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