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Front Yard - The area contained between the street right-of-way(s) and the principal building. Corner lots shall have two front yards, one side, and one rear yard.
Rear Yard - A yard extending across the full width of a lot between the principal building and the rear lot line, and measured perpendicular to the building at the closest point to the rear lot line.
Side Yard - A yard extending from the front yard to the rear lot line between the principal building and the side lot line, and measured perpendicular to the building at the closest point to the side lot line; or a yard which is not a front or rear yard. On corner lots, the side yard shall be considered the area between the principal building and the lot lines directly opposite the non-address street.
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A property that has two street frontages.
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 Article 3 of the East Hempfield Township Zoning Ordinance linked below
A right-of-way granted for limited use of private land for a public or quasi-public or private purpose, and within which the landowner shall not have the right to make use of the land in a manner that violates the right of the grantee.
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.
Fences do not require a permit however they do have regulation for height and location. Fences may be 6 ft high in the side and rear yard and four ft high in the front yard. Fences may not be located within any drainage easement or street right-of-way.
Yes, temporary signs require a temporary sign permit.
Click here to open the permit application
chickens and other animals considered livestock are not allowed in residential zones. Only the Agriculture and Holding Zones.
Front porch and front patio expansions are not permitted as they are considered accessory structures. Accessory structures are not permitted in the front yard.
Yes, however it must be at least 5 ft from the rear or side property line and must be confined within a structure.
The Lancaster County Treasurers office handles the sale of dog licenses.
The budget is posted on this website or you may visit the office and request a copy.
Citizens are not allowed to do open burning of leaves or trash. Please review the current burning ordinance adopted in 2015 which can be found under forms/applications section of this website.
Wildlife, such as raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and groundhogs sometimes become a nuisance in residential areas. Wildlife management is the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The Pa Game Commission offers some solutions to this problem on their Nuisance Wildlife webpage.
Here are the phone numbers for the Southeast Regional Office of the Pa. Game Commission:
610-926-3136 or 610-926-3137
Another solution is to contact a wildlife pest control agent
Yard waste season generally begins in early April and runs through October. Check the Township calendar for exact dates.
You must first fill out a Property Maintenance Report Form (available on this site or at the Township Office). After the form is submitted to the Township, the property will be examined and it will be determined if there is a violation. Note: Grass must be at least 10" in height to be in violation.
Contact the Police Department (717) 898-3103.
The Township maintains several park areas with pavilions however the only pavilion that is rented is the one located at the A. Herr Park on Nissley Road. Forms are available in the forms and application section of the website.
If possible write down the poll number. Outages can be reported on the PPL website or by calling the Township Office at 898-3100. Repairs can sometime take a week or two.