Welcome To The Ligonier Twp Zoning/Code Enforcement Webpage
Welcome to the Ligonier Township Zoning/Code Enforcement webpage. I want to thank Todd Wilkins of Wilkins Services for developing this webpage to better serve the citizens of Ligonier Township. The current Zoning Officer is James Nieusma and Code Enforcement Officer is Keith Ashley for Ligonier Township. The office hours for the Zoning Office are 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM Monday thru Friday.
The Township of Ligonier does have a Zoning Ordinance which recently (March 2015) went through the process of a curative amendment. As with anything new there are usually a number of questions from citizens regarding this Zoning Ordinance. Ligonier Township has seven (7) different zoning districts. They are A-1 (Agriculture), R-1 (Rural Residential), R-2 (Suburban Residential), C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial), C-2 (Highway Commercial), I (Industry) and V (Village). You can click on the Zoning Map located to your right and see what zoning district you reside in. Please call the Zoning Officer to ensure that the Zoning District is correct prior to beginning any and all projects. You can also peruse, at your leisure, the 2015 Zoning Ordinance, which is also located to your right on this webpage.
UCC inspections both building and plans for Ligonier Township are now completed by TKL Code Inspection Services. If you have any questions regarding the UCC you can contact them at (724) 801-8204. Residential inspections are completed by Andrew Lichtenfels, while commercial inspections are completed by Terry Lichtenfels. Terry is also the (BCO) Building Code Official.
Along with the 2015 Zoning Ordinance, most forms related to Zoning and Code Enforcement are located directly to the right.
Many residents have questions regarding what is required when they are contemplating building an addition or placing a lawn shed/garage on their property. Below is a list of frequently asked questions and there respective answers. As always, if you have further inquiries regarding any zoning or code enforcement question please feel free to call me at (724) 238-3640.
Posted Saturday, January 30, 2016
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a building permit for a shed on my property?
This requires a two-part answer. If your shed/garage is under 1,000 square feet and not attached to another building you are not required to have a building permit, but you will need a zoning permit. Over 1,000 square feet or attached, a building permit is required. But, if you are under 1,000 square feet, detached and adding a separate electrical entrance for the shed/garage, you don’t need the building inspected but you must have the electrical entrance inspected.
What is the difference between a zoning permit and a building permit?
The Zoning Permit is a township permit which determines a couple of things, first whether the structure, or use is a permitted use, conditional use or special exemption. Each zoning district has these uses listed on the Zoning Chart that is located on the right. The Zoning Permit also determines the minimum distances that are required from the front, side and rear property lines of your parcel that any accessory structure or addition can be located. These distances are also listed at the bottom of the Zoning Chart. Prior to having plans drawn up, I would contact the Zoning Officer to ensure what Zoning District your property is located.
A Building Permit is different from a Zoning Permit. Ligonier Township utilizes TKL Code Inspection Services for our building permits. Below is a list that DO require a building permit. If you have any questions regarding anything that is not on this list you can call TKL directly at (724) 801-8204 or go to their website www.tklinspection.com. You can also call the Zoning Office at (724) 238-3640. The list is as follows;
- ALL decks that are 30” or more above grade, regardless of square footage.
- All decks with a roof, regardless of inches above grade.
- Any “New” roofs; i.e., a new roof above an existing porch.
- All pools over 24” of water
- A DETACHED garage over 1,000 square feet.
- An ATTACHED garage regardless of square footage.
- Any demolition of an existing home. ESPECIALLY FOR COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES.
- Any size addition to a single family dwelling.
- Any fences 6 feet and over in height.
- Any structural alterations to a home, like new windows, or the removal of a structural wall.
- Any solar panels. (Plans and cut sheet required)
Again, if you have any questions regarding when a building permit is required you can call TKL or the Zoning Office.
Are there any other requirements I should be aware of?
If you are building an accessory structure (shed, garage, etc) and you are going to move ANY earth at all, you should have Erosion and Sediment Control plans present on site. If you plan to move ANY earth these E & S plans are essential and MUST be on site. (To have an understanding of what is required in these plans please call Westmoreland Conservation District at (724) 837-5271 and speak to Jessica Kane or Chris Droste. They will explain what is needed in these plans.) Further, if you disturb more than 5,000 Square Feet of earth, you will need to put E & S Controls in place at the work site. If you disturb more than one (1) acre of earth, you will need permits from Westmoreland Conservation prior to any earth disturbance. These steps are important in the completion of your building permits.
The Permit Fee Schedule is also located to the right of this webpage. Building permit fees are affected by a myriad of determinations. These are determined by TKL Code Inspection Services.
What do I do if my intended use is not under permitted uses?
If you are interested in, let’s say building a “Animal Hospital” in a A-1 (Agriculture) Zoning District, which is listed in the “Special Exemption” section of the Zoning Chart, you would have to file for a “variance” through the Ligonier Township Zoning Hearing Board, which meets once a month. To inquire about a “conditional use”, or a “special exemption” you can contact the Zoning Officer and he/she can give you all the details.
What if I witness a nuisance in my neighborhood?
If you witness any nuisance, or what you believe to be a nuisance, you can check the “Nuisance Ordinance” which is located to the right to determine whether it is indeed a nuisance. If you feel it is a nuisance, or have a question about a nuisance, you can call the Code Enforcement Officer at (724) 238-3640. There is also a “Nuisance Complaint Form” to the right, which you can download, fill out and either drop it off at the Municipal Comples or mail it to Ligonier Township, One Municipal Park Drive, Ligonier PA 15658, or you can drop it off directly at the office. The Code Enforcement Officer will not act on an alleged nuisance unless there is a written complaint. You may remain anonymous.
Does Ligonier Township have a burning ordinance?
At this time the township does not have a burning ordinance. The township is covered by the Pennsylvania Department of Enviromental Protection in regards to what you can and cannot burn. We ask that you obey the PA DEP regulations regarding burning and not burn the prohibitive items, such as plastic, siding, and any and all toxic materials. If you have any questions you can go to the PA DEP website and see the prohibitive items to burn.
The Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer is here to answer all your questions regarding zoning and/or code enforcement. Please feel free to contact me at anytime for any and all questions.
Posted Saturday, January 30, 2016
Ligonier Valley Comprehensive Plan
Recently, the Borough of Ligonier, the Borough of Laurel Mountain and Ligonier Township began the process of exploring and authoring a new Multi- Municipal Comprehensive Plan. This comprehensive plan will be vital to determining the direction in which the Ligonier Valley can explore as we move forward. The citizens of all three municipalities will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on a myriad of issues regarding our beautiful Ligonier Valley. As I stated in the beginning, this is the first step in this process. The three entities will be addressing a multi-municipalitiy agreement and will be forming a committee, made up of representatives of all three municipalities. Moving forward we will be involving our citizens in this process by using a three prong approach to involvement. First a survey delivered to every citizen, addressing issues that are important to them. We will also utilize social media to garner participation with the survey. And finally, we will be conducting town hall meetings which the public can participate in and voice their opinions regarding the direction in which the Ligonier Valley may endeavor. Once a Multi-Municipality Comprehensive Plan is completed it can then be filed with the County and posted on the municipalities' respective websites to give people and business owners the opportunity to take a look at our valley and see everything we have to offer. It can also be used for any business to look at to determine whether they would like to relocate or locate in Ligonier Valley.
Posted Monday, February 1, 2016
Please note that the Ligonier Township Code Enforcement office has changed its hours of availability for your convenience. Code enforcement officers are available to speak with you on an appointment only basis, Monday through Friday. Township ordinances and complaint forms are available at the municipal complex during normal business hours, as well as online at www.ligoniertownship.com. Complaint forms may be mailed to: Code Enforcement Office, One Municipal Park Drive, Ligonier, PA 15658. If you wish to speak with a code officer, are inquiring about a property that is in violation, or would like to make an appointment to meet with a code officer, please call 724 238-3640.
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015