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 can be picked up from the Richland Township Municipal building.
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.
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.
Stormwater Management Best Management Practice (SWM BMP)
The installation of a SWM BMP is required for any building project that increases the building footprint on the property by 800 square feet or more. This includes but is not limited to new homes, additions to an existing structure, large sheds, detached garages and new roof over existing decks. This does not include decks that have no roof or swimming pools.
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.
Occupancy Permits (Businesses)
Must be approved prior to operating any business in Richland Township. Please read through the entire application and fill out and submit all applicable forms in the above attachments.
Solicitor’s permits can be obtained from the Northern Regional Police Department (724-625-3156).
Commercial Plan Reviews
Planning Commission (Land Developments and Subdivisions)
- 2020 Land Dev Subdivision Application & Fees
- Land Development & Subdivision Checklist & Requirements
Zoning Hearing Board (Variances, Special Exceptions, Interpretation Rulings)
Temporary Use Permits
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.
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.