Applications and Permits

Below are applications and forms used in overseeing and permitting construction and zoning activities in the Township.  Please check the Fee Schedule for any applicable fees or escrow amounts which must be submitted before or after your application.

Also, please make note of the expiration date of the permit for which you’ve applied and make a note to renew if your project is not completed in the expected timeframe.

Building Permits:

Initially a resident simply submits the building permit application along with any other drawings or materials required for the type of structure being built (please see the Building Permit Required List and Guides listed below).  The Building Code Official will process your application, checking any necessary inspections which will be required, and let you know when you can pick up your permit and the amount you will be charged.  Your check should be written out to Union Township and brought with you when you pick up the permit.  If you would like to know the fee in advance, please see the Fee Schedule which is available on-line.

Click here for the:  Building Permit Required List

Remember to call 811 before digging anywhere or use the website.  Also available are Safety Videos at the website.  (Also refer to the Pipeline Safety item under our Emergency Menu for more info.)

Certain types of construction do not require a Building Permit but DO REQUIRE submittal of a Zoning Permit Application (for instance a zoning permit is required for fences, sheds under 200sqft, carports, etc., so that the property can be reviewed for the appropriate setbacks):  Zoning  Permit Application:  Zoning Permit Application

Building Permit Application:  UT Building Permit Application

If any electrical work is to be done, please complete and submit the following:
Electrical Inspection and Permit Application
NOTE:  All new electrical services require an electrical permit and inspection by a Union Township official.

Construction of a new home, business, or apartment will require that an address be assigned:  Application for New Address and an Occupancy Permit be issued: Union-Township-Occupancy-Application-2016

Driveway Related Permit

Where a driveway intersects a Township road, a permit from Union Township is required as follows:  ROAD-ENTRY PERMIT
Where a driveway intersects a state road, contact Penn Dot as they have their own permitting requirements:  Penn Dot Legal Driveway vs. Unpermitted Driveway Flyer

Junkyard Permit

junk yard permit

Construction / Hauling Activity Related to Township Roads

Road Cut / Road Bore Application:  Road Cut Bore Application

Heavy Hauling Permit:  2016 Road Use and Bonding Agreement – Blank (Sweat-Harshman)
Road Bond Application:  UT Road Bond Application

Seismic Testing Application:  Seismic application UT

Please note that if repairing a road, our construction standards are also on-line in the Land Development Section:  construction standards.

Permits Related to Grading

Grading Permit: Union Grading Application

Zoning Forms

Please contact the Zoning Officer, James Harshman, by email at or by phone 724-503-4125,  for guidance on zoning issues pertaining to what application you need to complete and what procedures you must follow to suit your intended purpose in your zoning related request.  A hearing may be required.

Zoning Change Application:  ZONING CHANGE-rev0

Conditional Use Application:  Conditional Use app

Variance Application:  Union Zoning Appeal Application
Checklist:  varianceprocedures-rev0


The required drawing(s)/mylar should label and identify each residual parcel and the resulting acreage of each. Please see the Subdivision Guide for the detailed specific requirements.   Please note that all subdivisions, large or small, must be accompanied by a Sewage Planning Module and cannot be approved without one.

The approval process, in brief, is as follows.  The subdivision mylar must be approved and signed first by the Washington County Planning Commission.  Afterwards, the subdivision mylar must be presented to the Union Township Planning Commission and receive the Commission’s approval and signatures.  The mylar must then be presented to the Union Township Board of Supervisors for the Board’s approval and signatures.  After all signatures are obtained, the mylar must be taken to the Washington County Recorder of Deeds for recording.  The Zoning Officer can provide additional information regarding this process.

Also see the Fee Schedule and Subdivision and Land Development menus for more information and any applicable fees and escrows.  Also contact the Zoning Officer, Jarod D’Amico, by email at or by phone 724-503-4125,  with any questions pertaining to Subdivisions and Land Development.

Minor Subdivision:  Subdivision Land Development Application-rev0

Land Development: Subdivision Land Development Application-rev0