When do I need a permit from the Township?

Pocopson Township requires building permits for most construction projects. Permits are required to ensure that all construction activities meet the requirements of the ICC Building Codes. Some projects may also require zoning permits.

Examples of projects that require permits include:

  • Demolition of any structure
  • New construction and additions to an existing structure
  • Bathrooms and Kitchens: Alterations that require moving any plumbing drain, vent or water supply pipe, or the addition of electrical or mechanical construction
  • HVAC systems: New construction and alterations/replacements
  • Basement alterations that create living space
  • Plumbing: New construction and relocation of existing supply, drain, waste and vent lines
  • Electrical: All aspects
  • Doors and Windows: When enlarging openings
  • Re-roofing
  • Fireplaces
  • Decks and patios
  • Generators
  • Fences and walls
  • Swimming Pools: In ground and above ground
  • Underground Storage Tank: Removal or installation
  • Accessory buildings and structures, such as sheds, detached garages, and pole barns
  • Grading/Erosion and Sediment Control: When 1,000 square feet or more of earth is disturbed
  • Driveways: New or enlarged
  • Storm Water Management: When changing existing system or creating new impervious coverage
  • Wells and septic systems (Permit issued by Chester County Health Department)
  • Signs, both permanent and temporary (a permit is not needed for political signs 30 days prior to an election).

Permit applications are available on the Township website (pocopson.org). They may be picked up at the Township Building, or call 610-793-2151 to have the forms faxed or mailed to you.

To download Pocopson Township permit forms, please visit Pocopson Forms and Permits

How do I obtain a building permit?

Pocopson Township requires building permits for most construction projects. These permits are required to ensure that all construction activities meet the requirements of the ICC Building Codes required by law.

The Township Building Inspector is in the office on Mondays and Thursdays only, and the Zoning Officer works for Pocopson on as as-needed basis. Please allow at least two weeks for processing of a permit application. If any construction begins before a permit is issued and paid for, the permit fees will be doubled.

A non-refundable fee of $25.00 must be included when a building permit application is submitted. This charge is subtracted from the final permit fee that is due when the permit is picked up.

A building permit application must be signed by the landowner /applicant. If the applicant is NOT the landowner, a written statement indicating that the applicant will act as agent/ representative is required.

PLEASE NOTE: The Township requires two (2) copies of a plot plan showing your setbacks, your construction prints, and the estimated cost of your project. Your application cannot be approved without setback information. For more information, please visit Pocopson Forms and Permits

Pocopson Township Formed from Three Townships

Pocopson Township was formed from Pennsbury, East Marlborough, and West Bradford Township land.  In late 1848, 28 male residents from these Townships, along with Newlin, signed a petition to the Court of Quarter Sessions.  Eusebius Barnard, Pocopson’’s future Underground Railroad leader, was among these men.

Pocaupsing

The Indian name for Pocopson Creek was POCAUPSING, which meant roaring waters.

Source: A History of Pocopson Township by Alta Baily Bittle

Low Population Density

At 255 persons per square mile, the population density of Pocopson is lower than all adjacent townships except Newlin.

Source: 2010 Census; US Census Bureau.

Pocopson train station

In 1906, the Bell Telephone Company installed one of the first pay telephone stations at the Pocopson train station.

Source: A History of Pocopson Township by Alta Baily Bittle

Industrial land

Less than 1% of Pocopson Township (13 acres) is zoned for industrial use.

Source: 2014 Pocopson Township Comprehensive Plan

Public parks and recreation

932 acres (17% of Pocopson Township) is restricted to open space and parks. Public park and recreation areas include Pocopson Park (Locust Grove and Corrine Roads, N. Wawaset and Corrine Roads), Pocopson Creek Park (1440 Lenape Road, next to the Public Works Garage), and Wawaset Road Park (behind the Barnard House and opposite Pocopson Home).

Source: 2014 Pocopson Township Comprehensive Plan

Institutional land

Pocopson has modest institutional land use. 296 acres (6% of the Township) are zoned institutional.

Source: 2014 Pocopson Township Comprehensive Plan

Lenape Forge

Lenape Forged Products, Inc. occupies the building originally built by the West Chester Street Railway to run electric trolleys from West Chester to Kennett Square.

Source: A History of Pocopson Township by Alta Baily Bittle