Zoning & Code Enforcement

Please transact Township business via phone, 610-294-9154, via email at the addresses below, or fax 610-294-9889. Staff is available to speak with you by phone or email from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. In-person meetings with the Zoning Official, Building Code Official, or other office staff are by appointment only. Please call (610) 294-9154 to schedule an appointment. Building Code and Zoning Officials are part time and have limited hours. Scheduling an appointment enables officials to prepare for your appointment and ensures that you make the best use of your time.

Documents may be sent to: Tinicum Township, 163 Municipal Road, Pipersville, PA 18947 or placed in the drop box located near the office door 9 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday 9 am to noon.

Zoning Review
Tinicum Township is a Zoned Community. Please check with the Zoning Officer before you erect, construct, reconstruct, alter, resize, and/or remove a structure in Tinicum Township. The Zoning Officer can be reached at (610) 294-8076 and zoning@tinicumbucks.org. In-person meetings with the Zoning Officer are by appointment only.

Scheduling Building Inspections
Please call the Township office at (610) 294-9154 to schedule required building inspections for permitted projects at the appropriate construction phases to ensure that all building specifications and materials meet code. You will need to provide the permit number, location, type of inspection requested, contact name and contact number when scheduling an inspection.

Inspections are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 9:00 AM. Call (610) 294-9154 during office hours to schedule. Please do NOT leave voice message. Cut off for scheduling a ‘next-day’ inspection is noon.

Please note that PA Uniform Construction Code 2018 went into effect statewide as of Feb. 12, 2022.

Submitting Applications
Applications can be mailed to: Tinicum Township, 163 Municipal Road, Pipersville, PA 18947 or placed in the gray drop box located near the office door 9 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Wednesday 9 am to noon.

Application Fees
An application review fee of $50 per application is required at the time of submission. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. If the permit is approved and issued, the $50 review fee will be subtracted from the total fee amount. Click here for fees.

Picking Up Permits
Upon payment of permit fees, you can choose to have your permits mailed or emailed to you or you can make arrangements to pay for and pick up your permit during regular office hours from 9 am to 5 pm and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and on Wednesday 9 am to noon. If you choose to come to the office to pick-up permits, please call ahead so we can have your permit ready.

Zoning & Building Officials Information

Mark D. Fournier, Keystone Municipal Services, Inc.Zoning Official (part-time)zoning@tinicumbucks.org(610) 294-8076
Business Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM. Meetings are by appointment only.
James Kopchak, BCO, Keystone Municipal Services, Inc.Building Code Official (part-time)tinicumcodeofficial@gmail.com(610) 294-9154
Business Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM. Meetings are by appointment only.
Curtis J. Genner, Jr., Wynn Associates, Inc.Township Engineer & Flood Plain Administrator (consulting basis)cgenner@wynn-associates.com(215) 536-7336
By appointment only.

Applications and Forms

Please be aware that upon review the Zoning Officer and/or the Building Official may require additional information, applications and/or reviews by other experts. This list is intended only as a basic guide.

TypeApplications & FormsReview
AdditionsZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
AlarmsAlarm Registration ApplicationPolice Dept.
Alterations/RenovationsBuilding Permit Application & InstructionsBuilding Inspector
Attic RenovationBuilding Permit Application & Instructions
• Proof of Septic
• BC Health Inspection for Bedroom
• BC Health Inspection for Bedroom
• Building Inspector
• Bucks County DOH for Bedroom
Basement RenovationBuilding Permit Application & Instructions
• Proof of Septic
• BC Health Inspection for Bedroom

• Building Inspector
• Bucks County DOH for Bedroom
Bathroom RenovationBuilding Permit Application & Instructions if moving pipes or complete redoBuilding Inspector
Bed & BreakfastBed & Breakfast Permit ApplicationZoning Officer
Building Permit (includes Electrical)Building Permit Application & InstructionsBuilding Inspector
BurningOpen Burning – Township
Open Burning – DEP
Tinicum Township is within the Dept. of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) air basin, and, except in limited circumstances, DEP prohibits burning within the air basin.
Concern/ComplaintComplaint/Concern FormTownship Manager
Conditional UseConditional Use Application• Zoning Officer
• Board of Supervisors
DeckZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Zoning Officer
DemolitionDemo Permit Application• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
Dog Licensewww.padoglicense.com
DrivewayDriveway/Road Encroachment Application• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
• Township Engineer
ElectricalElectrical Application• Building Inspector
• 3rd Party Electrical Underwriter licensed in PA
Erosion & Soil Application (Bucks County)Bucks County Erosion Control AppBucks County Conservation District
Fees2024 Tinicum Fee Schedule
FenceFence Permit ApplicationZoning Officer
FireworksFireworks Application & Policy• Zoning Officer
• Police Chief
• Fire Chief
FloodplainFloodplain Application
• FEMA flood maps available on: www.bucksgis.maps.arcgis.com
FEMA flood maps available on: www.bucksgis.maps.arcgis.com
• Zoning Officer
• Township Engineer
• Building Inspector
Garage – under 1,000 sq. ft.Zoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application if attached to house
• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
Garage – over 1,000 sq. ft.Zoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Grading Permit Application
Stormwater Management Application
• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
GeneratorGenerator• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
3rd Party Electrical
• Underwriter licensed in PA
GeothermalZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application– mechanical section
• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
GradingGrading Permit Application• Zoning Officer
• Township Engineer
Home Based OccupationHome-Based Occupation PermitZoning Officer
HVAC/ACBuilding Permit Application & InstructionsBuilding Inspector
Kitchen RenovationBuilding Permit Application & Instructions,
 if complete redoBuilding Inspector
Land DevelopmentLand Development ApplicationZoning Officer
Land PreservationConservation Easement Procedure
Fully-Donated Conservation Easement App
Conservation Easement Application
Property Evaluation Criteria Sheet
• Land Preservation Committee
• Tinicum Conservancy
• Township Manager
• Zoning Officer
• Board of Supervisors
PatioZoning Permit ApplicationZoning Inspector
Professional Services ContractProfessional Services ContractTownship Manager
RentalsBed & Breakfast Application
Short-Term Rental Application (Transient) & Neighbor Notification
Long-Term Rental Tenant Registration Form
• B&B = Zoning Officer
• Short-Term = Zoning Officer
• Long-Term = Office
Right-To- Know RequestsRight-to-Know Request Form & PolicyRight-To-Know Officer
Roof Repair/ReplacementNo permit is required unless structural changes are taking place.
Septic System Repairs/Replacement• Bucks County Dept. Of Health Application
Sewage Management Permit Application
• Bucks County DOH
• Township Enginee
Shed – under 1,000 sq. ft.Zoning Permit ApplicationZoning Officer
Shed – over 1,000 sq. ft.Zoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Stormwater Management Application
• Zoning Officer
• Building Officer
• Township Engineer
Short-Term RentalShort-Term Rental Application (Transient) & Neighbor NotificationZoning Officer
SignSign Permit ApplicationZoning Officer
Single Family Detached Dwelling (New)Zoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Grading Permit Application
Stormwater Management Application
Driveway/Road Encroachment Application
• Bucks County Dept. Of Health Application
Sewage Management Permit Application
Well Permit Application
• Water test
• Water Test
• Zoning Officer
• Building Inspector
• Township Engineer
• Bucks County Dept. Of Health
Solar on the GroundZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
• Zoning Officer
• Building Officer
Solar on the RoofBuilding Permit Application & InstructionsBuilding Inspector
Stormwater ManagementStormwater Management Application• Zoning Officer
• Township Engineer
Sprinkler WaiverResidential Sprinkler WaiverBuilding Inspector
SubdivisionSubdivision ApplicationZoning
Swimming Pool – above groundZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Fence Permit Application
• Zoning Officer
• Building Officer
Swimming Pool – below groundZoning Permit Application
Building Permit Application & Instructions
Fence Permit Application
Grading Permit Application
• Zoning Officer
• Township Engineer
• Building Inspector
Outdoor LightingOutdoor Lighting Regulations
Tank RemovalBuilding Permit Application & InstructionsBuilding Inspector
Tenant RegistrationTenant Registration FormTenant info is provided to the 911 system. All entrances and addresses must be well marked for emergency response.
Tree HarvestingTree Harvesting ApplicationZoning Officer
Uniform Construction Code AppealUCC Appeals Board ApplicationBuilding Code of Appeals Board
UseUse Permit ApplicationZoning Officer
WellWell Permit Application
Water Testing Labs
Zoning Officer
Wood Fired BoilerWood Fired Boiler Application
DEP Wood Fired Boiler Fact Sheet
Zoning Officer
Zoning Hearing BoardZoning Hearing Board Application• Board of Supervisors
• Zoning Hearing Board
ZoningZoning Permit Application• Zoning Officer
• Zoning Hearing Board