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Call the Wildlife/Game Protector at 610-608-1961/610-926-3136.
You do not need to register your alarm with the township.
Deer are active in the area, especially at dawn and dusk. They often dart into roadways and can cause a hazard to even experienced drivers. Please use caution, and urge young drivers to do so, especially when traveling along wooded roads during twilight.
Economic Development Director
More information on Economic Development can be found on the Economic Development Page: https://www.kennett.pa.us/271/Economic-Development
You can find all of the Townships financial information on the Finance page of the Townships website: https://www.kennett.pa.us/159/Finance-Billing
Closed all major Holidays, please see our calendar.
The County issues dog licenses. Information can be found here: https://www.chesco.org/1112/Dog-License
Property owners are responsible for sidewalks and curbs. If you need assistance on ensuring that the correct materials or specs are being used, please contact the Township Office.
Please call the police department at 610-388-2874 or 911 after regular business hours.
Permit Required -
• Cutting away a wall, partition or portion of a wall• Removal or cutting a structural beam or load bearing support• Removal or change or reduction in size of any required means of egress. This includes the rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements.• A permit is required for the alteration of, addition to, replacement or relocation of the following:o Standpipeo Water supplyo Sewero Drainage basiso Drain leadero Gas pipingo Soil vent or pipingo Waste vent or pipingo Electrical wiringo Mechanical alteration? A permit is not required for the installation, alteration or repair of equipment that is, by established right, under the ownership and control of a public utility as the term “public utility” is defined in 66Pa.C.S. § 102 (relating to definitions) These include installations, alterations or repairs of generation, transmission, distribution, metering equipment under the ownership and control of a public utility.
Zoning Permit – The following Building Construction require a Zoning Permit:
• Installation of an uncovered deck where the floor of the deck is no more than 30 inches above grade.• Any agricultural building• Utility and miscellaneous use structures that are accessory to detached single-family dwellings and have a building area of less than 500 square feet. The term includes:o Carportso Detached private garageso Greenhouseso Shedso Enlargement of existing porch or stoop that is a supporting structureNo Permit Require –
Building Related Construction – no permit is required for:• Exterior or interior painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, flooring, cabinets, counter tops and similar finishing works.• Swings and other playground equipment accessory to a one or two family dwelling.• Window awnings supported by an exterior wall which do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.• Replacement glass in any window or door. The replacement glass shall comply with the minimum requirements of the “International Residential Code”.• Installation and replacement of a window, door, garage door, storm window and storm door that does not require the alteration of the original opening. • The installation of replacement windows or doors for means of egress or emergency escape may be made provided the size of the opening and the dimensions of the framing is not reduced in size.• Replacement of existing siding.• Repair or replacement of a porch or stoop that does not provide structural support for a roof or enclosure. (Enlargement of an existing porch or stoop requires a Zoning Permit)• Installation of additional roll or batt insulation
Minor Electrical Work – no permit is required for:• Replacement of lamps or the connection of approved portable electrical equipment to already approved, permanently installed receptacles.• Replacement of a receptacle, switch, or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. Replacement of receptacles that require ground-fault circuit interrupter protection require a permit.• Replacement of installed electrically operated equipment such as a doorbell, communication system and motor operated device do not require a permit.• Installation, alteration or rearrangement of communications wiring.• Replacement of dishwashers• Replacement of kitchen range hoods• Installation of battery-powered smoke detectors
Gas Work – no permit is required for:• Portable heating, cooking or portable clothes drying appliances• Replacement of a minor part in approved equipment that would alter the equipment thereby nullifying the approval or rendering the equipment unsafe.• A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to the power grid
Mechanical Work or Equipment – no permit is required for:• A portable heating appliance• Portable ventilation appliances• A portable cooling unit• Steam, hot or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment governed under the Uniform Construction Code.• Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or render the equipment unsafe.• Self-contained refrigeration systems containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant or that are put into action by motors 1 horsepower• Portable evaporative cooler• A portable fuel cell appliance that is not connected to a fixed piping system and is not interconnected to a power grid
Plumbing Work – no permit is required for:• Replacement of bib valves if the replacement hose bib valves are provided with an approved atmospheric vacuum breaker.• Refinishing of existing fixtures.• Replacement of ball cocks• Repair of leaks• Clearance of stoppages• Replacement of faucets or working parts of faucets• Replacement of traps• Replacement of water closet, lavatory or kitchen sink in an existing location• Replacement of non-commercial clothes washers and dishwashers
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) – no permit is required for:• Replacement of motors, pumps and fans of the same capacity.• Repair and replacement of heating, supply and return piping and radiation elements that do not require rearrangement of the piping system• Repair and replacement of ductwork• Repair and replacement of control devices for heating and air conditioning equipment• Replacement of kitchen range hoods with the same capacity hood• Replacement of clothes dryers if there is not change in fuel type, location or electrical requirements• Replacement of stoves and ovens if there is no change in fuel type, location or electrical characteristics
Any work not listed above requires the appropriate permit for Kennett Township.
The PA One Call System should be contacted. This helps prevent damage to underground utilities. To promote safety, they provide an efficient communication network among property owners, contractors, and facility/utility owners. Call 811 before you dig!
For all other report inquiries please submit a request and see our webpage for service fees. To the extent that this request seeks or may be construed to see Kennett Township Police records involving covert law enforcement investigations, including intelligence gathering and analysis, the Department can neither confirm nor deny the existence of such records without risk of compromising investigations and imperiling individuals. Under No Circumstances, therefore, should the Department’s response to this request be interpreted as indicating otherwise. In all events, should such records exist, they are entirely exempt from public disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law, 65 P.S. §§ 67.101-67.3104, and the Criminal History Record Information Act, 18 Pa. C.S. §§ 9101-9183. Incident Form
Yes! If you have any concern, no matter the size, please report it! If it is not an emergency, feel free to call the Police Department at 610-388-2874, leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!
Private on site sewers must be pumped every three years, documentation needs to be sent to the Township, this can be a copy of the service order or invoice. Please email to Dina.McILvaine@kennett.pa.us or drop it off/mail it to the Township office.
Please fill out the following form
In most cases your title company has already supplied the needed information to change the name on the account. If you would like to follow up with an email please do so by emailing Dina.McILvaine@kennett.pa.us.
In most cases, your title company has already supplied the needed information to change the name on the account and request a sewer certification for final billing. If you would like to follow up with an email please do so by emailing Dina.McILvaine@kennett.pa.us. Please note, you will not receive a final bill nor will an invoice be forwarded to your new address.
Kennett Township legally has to bill the current homeowner for all invoices as they are responsible for all invoices once they take ownership. Please contact your title company as they may have credited you at the time of settlement or they are holding money to pay the invoice for you.
Kennett Township does not own and can’t touch any of Chester Water meters. Please contact Chester Water at 610.876.8181. Chester Water must inform Dina McILvaine of any changes they make to your consumption to possibly receive a revised invoice.
Filling a swimming poolRunning toiletDripping sinksLeaky faucetWatering lawn/sprinkler systemWashing car
Items Accepted in One Container The following single-stream items are typically collected in one container at your curb: • Aluminum cans, foil, and pie plates • Corrugated cardboard and boxboard• Glass bottles and jars • Metal cans • Mixed paper • Newspapers • Plastic #1-5 and #7 containers
Items Not Allowed:• Caps / lids • Ceramic cups / plates • Crystal • Drinking glasses• Flower pots• Light bulbs • Metallic wrapping paper• Mirrors • Oil cans / bottles • Ovenware • Paint cans • Plate glass • Window glass
The Township has a yard waste pile for residents to drop off to located at 557 Bayard road and is open from dawn to dusk everyday except when grinding is taking place. Contractors MAY NOT use this facility.
Accessory use, building or structure means a use, building or structure on the same lot with, and of a nature customarily incidental and subordinate to, the principal use, building or structure.
A Right of Way is the legal right, established by usage or grant, to pass along a specific route through grounds or property belonging to another. Example: The land used by a public utility.
Setbacks are distances between structures and property lines, and vary depending on the zoning district. Information for setback requirements for each zoning district can be found in section 240 of the Township codebook of Ordinances: https://library.municode.com/pa/kennett_township/codes/code_of_ordinances
The specific purpose for which land or a structure is designed, arranged, intended, occupied or maintained.
Accessory Use - A use customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal use or building and located on the same lot with this principal use or building.
Principal use - The main or primary use of property or structures.
A use, whether of land or of structure, which does not comply with the applicable use provisions in this chapter or amendment heretofore or hereafter enacted, where such use was lawfully in existence prior to the enactment of this chapter or amendment, or prior to the application of this chapter or amendment to its location by reason of annexation.
A variance is a use not permitted in a specific zone. A special Exception is a use generally compatible with a particular zone once specified criteria have been met.
Answer: Maybe! Fences 6 ft. high or shorter do not require a permit. Fences higher than 6' are considered structures and do require a permit. Fences may not be located within any drainage easement or street right-of-way.
Yes, However, There are exceptions like, non profit, political, religious, educational (and others). Please consult with the Townships Zoning officer. Signs may not be placed in the Right of Way.
Yes, Kennett Township currently does not regulate chickens on properties.
Yes, however, it should be located at least 5 ft. from the rear or side of the property line. Special consideration should be taken into the location of the pile compared to waterways and neighbors.
The Township does not have records of property lines. We recommend you contact a surveyor. Your deed will provide you with the coordinates. You can obtain a copy of your deed via the Chester County Recorder of Deeds website or at their offices in West Chester.