Building Permits

Prior to starting any new building project, residents are encouraged to make an appointment with the township to review the permitting process.

Building permits are required to enlarge, alter, repair, move or demolish the exterior of an existing building, construct a new building or structure or change the occupancy of a building. A permit is also required to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace an electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.

When Permits Are Required

  • Adding or replacing all plumbing fixtures, including water softeners, water heaters, and garbage disposals (replacing an existing residential garbage disposal does not require a permit)
  • Constructing a new building, or additions, enclosures and alterations to an existing building, including decks, porches and sunrooms
  • Erecting signs
  • Installing a permanent heating or air conditioning equipment
  • Installing fences, utility sheds, above-ground and in-ground swimming pools (4 feet or deeper)
  • Installing fire protection systems and modifying systems including fire alarms, security systems, burglar alarms, sprinkler systems, hood systems, fire places and fire suppression systems
  • Regrading property
  • Removing and installing storage tanks, both above ground and underground
  • Replacing a roof
  • Working on an on-site sanitary sewage system (through Montgomery County)
If you are still unsure whether you need a permit for your project, please contact Whitemarsh Township Building and Permits.