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Administration Department

WHERE CAN I GET RECYCLING BINS?
You can get recycling bins at the North Huntingdon Townhouse during normal business hours, 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. Recycling is picked up on your normal garbage day. There is a recycling information page on the website.

WHO IS OUR NEW STATE REPRESENTATIVE?
Our new state representative is George Dunbar. His office is located at 12591 Route 30, North Huntingdon, 724-863-1585.

WHEN ARE THE YARD WASTE PICK UP DATES?
The 2017 yard waste pick up dates are during the weeks of: April 4, April 25, May 9, October 24, November 7 and December 5. Leaves and yard debris must be placed in biodegradable paper bags and placed at the curb by 6AM on your normal garbage pick up day.

CAN I GET MY OWN GARBAGE HAULER?
No, it is mandatory to use the hauler that is under agreement with the Township.

CAN I TRANSPORT GARBAGE TO ANOTHER LOCATION OR RESIDENCE?
No, State law prohibits transportation of garbage to other locations.

WHAT DO I DO WITH GRASS CLIPPINGS?
Solid waste can be placed with garbage at the curb.

HOW DO I DISPOSE OF BULK ITEMS?
Bulk stickers are discontinued starting in 2012. Residents can dispose of one bulk item per week at the curb. Contact Waste Management for mulitiple bulk item disposal at 1-800-458-4090.

IF I WILL BE AWAY FROM MY HOME FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAN I DISCONTINUE GARBAGE SERVICE?
If you are away from your home for 2 or more months, you can discontinue service with a 15 day notice and a return start up date.

HOW DO I DISPOSE OF YARD WASTE?
Yard waste will be collected during 6 occasions during the year and must be in biodegradable paper bags.

Public Works Department

WHEN WILL MY ROAD BE PLOWED?
Main arteries have plowing priority, housing developments are next. The Township is divided into districts assigned to drivers who are familiar with the specific conditions in that district and they may treat hills, intersections, and problem areas first.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY MAILBOX IS HIT BY A SNOWPLOW?
Contact the Township Administration Office at 724-863-3806.

HOW DO I GET A STOP SIGN INSTALLED?
Stop signs can only be installed when meeting specific criteria established by PennDOT. A study can be requested by contacting the Township Police Department for Township roads and PennDOT for State roads. Note: Requests for stop signs to slow traffic do not meet stop sign criteria.

CAN I GET THE SPEED LIMIT REDUCED ON A ROADWAY?
Speed is determined based on a variety of factors including volumes and design. A speed study can be performed to reevaluate speed limits.

WHO REGULATES THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS?
The Township owns and maintains the signals. PennDOT regulates and approves any changes.

WHEN WILL MY ROAD BE RESURFACED?
Public Works and Engineering review the Township roads to recommend roads for resurfacing each year. See Public Works web page.

MY ROAD IS ON THE LIST, WHEN WILL IT BE PAVED?
The Township awards a road resurfacing contract each year with a schedule developed at that time.

DO I NEED A PERMIT TO PAVE OR REPAVE MY DRIVEWAY?
No permit is required to pave or repave a driveway.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO MAINTAIN DRIVEWAY PIPES/CULVERTS?
Typically, it is the homeowner's responsibility.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO MAINTAIN DRAINAGE DITCHES?
Generally, it is the homeowner association's or private property owner's responsibility to maintain drainage ditches unless specifically designated as a public or municipal drainage easement.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO MAINTAIN PIPES/CULVERTS UNDERNEATH ROADWAYS?
The owner of the road maintains pipes/culverts underneath roadways. PennDOT maintains State roads and the Township maintains Township roads. Note: Developer's maintain roads that have not yet been accepted by the Township.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO CLEAR DEBRIS AND/OR EROSION ALONG STREAM CHANNELS?
Typically the adjacent homeowner would be responsible. In some cases the Township may conduct maintenance if public safety is a concern or the problem prevents the public drainage system to function properly.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO MAINTAIN STREET CATCH BASINS?
The owner of the road maintains the catch basin. PennDOT maintains State roads and the Township maintains Township roads.

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO MAINTAIN STORMWATER DETENTION FACILITIES?
The Township maintains the operational aspect assuring that they function properly. The Township does not provide landscaping or beautification activities. Commercial facilities are privately maintained.

WHO HANDLES STORMWATER COMPLAINTS OR CONCERNS?
Generally Public Works or in certain cases Engineering.

HOW CAN IT BE DETERMINED IF THERE IS SEWER AND/OR WATER AVAILABLE ON A PARTICULAR PROPERTY?
The Township Engineer or Planning Director can assist in determining sewer and water availability.

Parks & Recreation

WHEN CAN I RENT A PAVILION?
Between normal business office hours of 7:30am - 4:00pm, Mon-Fri. Rentals begin Mid-February. The first 2 days are rented to residents of the Township only, then open to the general public. Full payment must be made at the time of reservation to secure a pavilion payable only by cash or check.

WHAT ARE THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS?
Anyone who lives in the 15642 zip code or resides in the Norwin School District is considered a resident on most occasions. Few exceptions (i.e., pavilion rental, some special events & programs). Those living outside of this zip code are considered to be a non-resident.

WHAT ARE THE PARK HOURS?
North Huntingdon Township Parks will be open from 8:00AM until sundown. Indian Lake Park shall be opened from 5:00AM until 10:00PM daily.

CAN I RENT THE FIELDS?
Yes-Fields are available to the general public under a daily, seasonal or tournament fee schedule beginning in February. Fields must be secured in advance with the administration office during normal business hours.

CAN I PARTICIPATE IN YOUR PROGRAMS IF I AM NOT A RESIDENT?
Yes. Anyone can participate in our programs, but different fees apply. In most cases there will be a nominal non-resident fee.

WHERE CAN I GET A PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAM GUIDE?
Program guides are mailed twice a year to our residents. They are also included in the local paper, The Norwin Star. Residents or non-residents may pick up program guides at the Townhouse. Program guides may also be downloaded from our website.

ARE DOGS PERMITTED IN THE PARK?
Pets are permitted in all parks with the exception of Indian Lake Park under the following conditions: Township Ordinance No. 938 Article 1 Section 13: Pet owners must clean up after their pet and dispose of it in provided waste receptacles. All domestic animals must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length, and under control at all times. Domestic animals are not permitted within 25 feet of pavilions, playgrounds, athletic playing fields or in attendance at Township sponsored special events. Owners are required to clean up after their domestic animals immediately.

CAN WE HAVE ALCOHOL WITH OUR PAVILION RENTAL?
NO - Alcohol is prohibited in all of our township parks.

DO I NEED A PERMIT TO FISH?
Yes. A current Pennsylvania fishing license, signed in ink and displayed (attach to a hat or outer garment), is required of persons age 16 and over to fish or angle for any species of fish. A license is also needed to take fish bait or bait fish. Casting and/or retrieving whether by rod, reel and line, or by handline, for oneself or another person, requires a current license unless specifically exempted by law. All Pennsylvania fish & game commission laws apply to our lakes.

WHAT ARE THE BALLFIELD USEAGE POLICIES?
Because your definition of "playable" may never be the same as ours, you are expected to respect the decision of the Parks & Recreation Department. Most fields are often faced with very short periods of time to get all fields in playing condition. Our decision is based on safety first. The Department of Parks and Recreation will determine the field of play throughout the day. Rain Outs are decided by 3:00 p.m. The Department of Parks & Recreation will determine if games are rained out. A rain out applies to all games throughout the evening. Only with authorized permission from the Department of Parks & Recreation will light maintenance be permitted. With education, training, product information and the proper equipment we will continue to improve the facilities. DO NOT BROOM, SWEEP, OR DIG any field without checking with us first. Fields are used on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to reserve a field for play, it is recommended that you secure a permit. You may phone the Department of Parks & Recreation at 724-863-3806 for available fields, times and pricing throughout the season.

Police Department

DO THE POLICE HAVE ANY JURISDICTION IN CHILD CUSTODY CASES?
NO - unless directed by the court to intercede.

DO THE NORTH HUNTINGDON POLICE SERVE PFA'S ISSUED BY THE COURTS?
Only Emergency PFA's are served by North Huntingdon Police or if designated to do so by the Courts. North Huntingdon Police does enforce all PFA's.

DO NORTH HUNTINGDON POLICE SETTLE ANY LANDLORD/TENENT DISPUTES?
This is a civil action to be handled at the District Justice office not by the Police.

WHEN CAN I BURN? (RESIDENTIAL ONLY)
Wednesday through Saturday in a barrell except holidays. Time - 9:00am to 5:00pm. Saturdays you can open burn with a permit issued by the North Huntingdon Police Department.

WHERE DO I GET A PERMIT TO BURN?
The Police Department issues permits at no charge.

WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE BURNING ORDINANCE?
The Police Department will issue a copy of the complete Burning Ordinance at no charge.

WHEN DOES THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ISSUE AND RENEW GUN PERMITS AT THE TOWNHOUSE?
Every third Monday of the month from noon until 6PM.

I AM A TOWNSHIP RESIDENT OR WORK FOR A TOWNSHIP BUSINESS AND NEED FINGERPRINTED. WHERE CAN I GO TO GET FINGERPRINTED?
The Police Department will do fingerprinting at the police station at no charge for a Township resident or Township business employee if its work related.

WHEN IS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OPEN TO GET REPORTS?
The Police Department is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Planning and Zoning Department

CARPORTS
Require a Residential Permit and follow the Garage/Accessory structure guidelines below.867_Accessory_Structures_03_15_1995.pdf

CORNER LOT RESTRICTIONS
Fall under different guidelines for front and side property lines. Please refer to "Corner Lot Diagram".Corner_Lot_Diagram.pdf

DECKS
At grade decks 30" or less in height do not require a permit.

DRIVEWAYS
May not exceed 25' in width at road edge back to the right-of-way line. It may be wider beyond the right-of-way.

FENCES
Corner lots; please refer to diagram. Corner lots are considered to have 2 front yards. From the face of your home to the front property line is the front yard and fencing cannot exceed 4' in height and cannot block vehicular sight vision. From the face of your home to the rear property line is the back yard. Fencing cannot exceed 6'6" in height and cannot block vehicular vision. Decorative fencing can face either side; property owner's preference. While fencing can be located directly on the property line, the Township strongly recommends the fence be placed inside the property line to allow enough room for maintenance on both sides without infringing on the neighboring property.

GARAGE OR ACCESSORY STRUCTURE
Require a Residential Permit. They cannot exceed 624 square feet nor be any higher than 14' in height measured from the floor to ridge. These structures cannot infringe on the side yard setback and must be located a minimum of 10' from the rear property line. No accessory structures can be built in the required front yard.867_Accessory_Structures_03_15_1995.pdf

GRADING, EXCAVATAIONS & FILLING
Grading_Excavations_and_Fill.pdf

HOME OCCUPATION
Home occupations (business) are permitted and require a Home Occupation Permit for a one-time fee of $100.00.814_Home Occupations.pdf

LIVESTOCK & POULTRY
The Township Zoning Ordinance #765 only permits poultry (chickens) and livestock to be kept on a farm, defined as: FARM: Any parcel of land containing at least two (2) acres which may be used for gain in the raising of agriculture products or at least 10 acres or more for livestock, poultry and dairy products. It includes necessary farm structures with the prescribed limits and the storage of farm equipment. It excludes the raising of fur bearing animals, riding academies, livery or boarding stables, and dog kennels. Farms with poultry or livestock are a permitted use in both residential and commercial zoning districts subject to the minimum area requirements set forth in Section 811 of the Zoning Ordinance as follows: FARMS AND LIVESTOCK Area Requirements: R-2/20 acres, R-3/15 Acres, & R-4/10 Acres. Any housing or feeding structures shall be centrally located and in all cases shall be located a minimum of 250 ft. from property lines. 811_Farms_and_Livestock.pdf

MULTIPLE DWELLINGS ON A PROPERTY
Only 1 principle structure is allowed per lot. However, certain zoning districts allow duplexes and other multi-family buildings.

PAPER STREET/UNOPENED ALLEY
A “paper street” is an unopened road, alley or street drawn and depicted on a recorded plan of lots or subdivision which is recorded in the Recorder’s Office of Westmoreland County. However, this street is not constructed or built. Under Pennsylvania law, a street that is unopened and not constructed or built within 21 years of a plan being recorded is considered a paper street and the public and North Huntingdon Township lose any rights to the use of that street. The only individuals who have any rights remaining in the paper street are those property owners within the plan or subdivision that established the paper street. North Huntingdon Township has no duty or responsibility for maintenance, improvements or repairs to paper streets. These streets are private and are the responsibility of the various individual property owners in the plan or subdivision. Since other property owners have the legal right to utilize a paper street, these may not be blocked or obstructed by vegetation, walls, fences or structures.

PERMITS
North Huntingdon Township has 15 business days to review residential building permits and 30 business days for commercial permits. Payment for building permits are taken when the permit has been approved. Permits Required: new house construction, residential addition, commercial construction, commercial addition, detached garage, all swimming pools, elevated deck (31" or higher), deck with roof, retaining walls above 4', storage shed, signs, home occupation, and larger windows. Permits NOT Required: replacement of shingles, replacement of same-size windows, patio slab, deck 30" or less, repaving of driveway, home siding and retaining walls 4' or less.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
Must be parked in your driveway or on an impervious surface.

RETAINING WALLS
Less than 4' does not require a permit. Over 4' requires an engineered design and permit application.

SHEDS
Under 200 square feet requires a $25.00 Zoning Permit Application. 200 square feet or larger requires a Residential Building Permit Application. 100 square feet or smaller can be located 5' from the side & rear property lines. 101 square feet or larger must be a minimum of 10' from side & rear property lines. Only 1 shed permitted per lot.

SETBACKS
Setbacks are dependent on the zoning district. Contact the Planning & Zoning Office to determine current zoning.

SIGNS
Sign Permit required for permanent and temporary signs. 2152_Sign_Requirements_11-17-2010.pdf 823_Sign_and_Billboard_Regulations.pdf

SWIMMING POOL, SPA, HOT TUB & REQUIRED FENCING
All pools, in-ground and above-ground, require a Swimming Pool Permit. Follow setbacks the same as an accessory structure (Corner lots; please refer to Corner Lot reference diagram). Temporary fencing or barrier must be provided during construction. Swimming_Pool_Regs_UCC_IPMC_2009.pdf

ZONING HEARING BOARD APPEAL APPLICATION
Approximate seven (7) week process. Should I apply for a variance -- Zoning_Hearing_Board_Relevant_Case_Findings.pdf

SUBDIVISION & LAND DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
Minimum seven (7) week process. An application must be submitted to the Planning & Zoning Department. The Planning Commission recommends to the Board of Commissioners the approval or denial of a plan.Subdivsion_Land_Development_1011_of_2000.pdf


 
 

 
 
 
 
 


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