Frequently Asked Questions

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Burning in the Borough

There is no Open Burning in the Borough of Souderton.

  • Items must be in a non combustible container
    • The container must be a recreational approved container. Example would be a fire pit that you could purchase from a hardware store.
  • In backyards only must be at least 20' from nearest property. (yours or neighbors property)
  • No Closer than 16' from nearest structure. (Example Shed or Garage)
  • Clean wood only. No Burning of leaves or grass clippings.

If you see this happening please contact our code enforcement officer 215-723-4371 as it is happening M-F 8:30-5 pm. If it is after hours please the police department 215-723-6500.

MAP OF WARDS/ Polling Locations/ Voter Registration

Polling Locations/  Click here for link to Montgomery County PA to be able to register to Vote

Ward 1: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 75 W. Broad St.
Ward 2: Zion Mennonite Church, Front St. & Cherry Ln.
Ward 3: Zwingli UCC, 330 Wile Avenue.

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New Lead Paint Requirements

Are you renovating, repairing or painting a home, child care facility or school built before 1978?

As of April 22, 2010, federal law requires that contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb more than 6 square feet of paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and trained to follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

  1. For your protection make sure you only hire a contractor who is in a Lead-Safe Certified Firm. Find a Lead-Safe Certified Firm near you
  2. Read about the EPA's requirements for renovation, repair and painting
  3. Download the Environmental Protection Agency’s brochure on renovation, repair and painting
Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certifcation

Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certifcation are done through Montgomery County-Norristown PA. Please click the links below for more information on how to Obtain them.

http://www.montcopa.org/204/Obtaining-a-Marriage-Record

http://www.montcopa.org/353/Recorder-of-Deeds

 

 

Paying Taxes

Donald D Bergey is the Tax Collector for Souderton Borough. His office is located at 31 W Summit St. He is in the office on  Monday AND Thursday 11 am to 5 pm. Check the top of your tax bill to see if he has any additional hours.  His Mailing address is PO BOX 64024 Souderton PA 18964. If you need to contact Donald his phone number is 215-207-1077

Permits

Permits are required for:

  • Curb, Sidewalk and Driveway Construction
  • New Construction, Alterations to Buildings
  • DEMOLITION PERMIT -demolition of residential or non-residential structures.
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Sheds
  • Electrical/ Solar Panels/New service(Meter Replacement)/Generators
  • Sale of your Home (Use and Occupancy Permit) Also need Sewer/Trash and Tax Certification
  • Signs
  • Decks/Patios
  • Fences
  • Swimming Pools: Above Ground 24 inches or greater and  All In Ground
  • SPAS
  • Solicitations (Contact Police Department) 215-723-6500
  • Yard/Garage Sale
  • COMMERCIAL KITCHEN HOOD, DUCT AND EXHAUST EQUIPMENT
  • MECHANICAL PERMIT PROCEDURES-Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning for new construction, renovations, alterations, fireplaces and insert, wood and gas stoves

Contact the Souderton Borough Office before starting any construction to ensure that your project complies with various building and zoning ordinances. The Borough will need a copy of your plans, estimated construction cost, and contractor information. Click on Forms to get permits. Fee Schedule is located here. Please note with Fees the state fee on permits has increased from $4.00 to $4.50.

Contact our office to set up inspections at 215-723-4371 any one of the ladies that can set up appointments for you.

Property Maintenance

FENCES - A fence permit is required to construct or replace a fence. Fences shall not exceed 6 feet in height in rear yards, with a maximum height of 4 feet in front yards. Fences in front yards must be designed to be open and ornamental. The finished side of the fence must be oriented to your neighbor. There is no setback requirement from property lines. Corner lots may require additional setbacks to maintain visibility at intersections. A professional surveyor should be contacted if you do not know where your property pins or monuments are located for your property. The property lines must be clearly visible or surveyed as a condition of the permit.

GRASS - Regular mowing required so as not to exceed six inches.

POOLS - Must be 10 feet from property lines. In-ground pools must be enclosed with a minimum 4' high fence and locking gate. Above ground pools must have removable ladders or fence-enclosed ladders and deck areas.

RECYCLING/TRASH REMOVAL -  In January 2016 we went to the single hauler in the Borough. JP Mascaro is the provider. Any issues you should be contacting the Borough office on your trash day. Please make sure your trash is out by 6:30 am on your collection day. Make sure your cans are out to the property line. Red can is for trash and blue lid can is for the recycling. Please only put recyclables in the tote with the blue lid.

SNOW REMOVAL - Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after cessation of snow. Clear a path of at least 30 inches wide.

SUMP PUMPS - Sump pumps cannot be discharged to sanitary sewer lines. Please redirect sump pump discharges from streets or sidewalks between November and March to avoid ice hazards.

TREES/SHRUBS - Trees must be trimmed to a height of 7 feet over sidewalks and away from street signs and stop signs. Shrubbery must be trimmed to avoid overhanging onto sidewalks.

CURB/SIDEWALK - Property owners are responsible for the construction or replacement of curb and sidewalk. Deteriorated curb and sidewalk must be replaced prior to any scheduled road reconstruction activity or prior to the sale or transfer of the property as part of the Borough’s Certificate of Occupancy permit.

Residential Rental Registration and Inspection Program

ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL OWNERS

Senate Bill No. 607 of November 2013 requires all residential multifamily and apartment buildings who use fossil fuel-buring heater or appliances or have an attached garage to install centrally located in the vicinity of sleeping rooms and the heater room carbon monoxide detectors within 18 months of notice. Occupants are required to test and maintain batteries in such devices.

Since 1991, owners of rental properties have been required to regularly report the names of tenants to the Borough Office. This program has yielded only moderate results, prompting the adoption of Souderton Borough Council Ordinance No 647 on October 4, 2004, which completely revamps the reporting process for rental properties.

The goal and objective of this new comprehensive program is to provide for the equitable distribution of tax levies; protect and promote health, safety and welfare of the residents and particularly the occupants of rental units; encourage owners and tenants of rental units to maintain such units in a well maintained, safe and sanitary condition and develop and maintain a comprehensive data base of information and contacts to better respond to police, fire and medical emergencies that may occur within rental properties.

Since 2004 the Borough has required every owner of rental property to annually file registration information with the Borough, including tenant information and contact information. This data is maintained by the Code Enforcement Officer and Police for purposes of making contacts in emergency situations. Tenant information will also be shared with the local tax collectors. To help defray administrative expenses, there is an annual registration fee to register a rental property, payable to Souderton Borough, which should be enclosed with the registration form. Upon submission of the required information, the Code Enforcement Officer will issue a Certificate of Occupancy for display in a common area of the building.

Regulations also require periodic inspections of all rental units to verify compliance with life and safety issues and the Property Maintenance Code. The inspections will occur every three to four years. The inspection schedule is broken down by the three wards in Souderton Borough.

We hope that this program will be beneficial for all parties involved. Please feel free to contact our office at 215-723-4371 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm if you should have any questions or require assistance in completing a rental registration form. This form can be Fax to 215-723-5569 emailed to Bea@soudertonborough.org or dropped off at office located 31 W Summit St Souderton PA.

The Borough is to be notified of any changes to tenants as they are moving in or out. This helps the Police and Tax Collector know who is living in the Borough.

Selling Your Home?

A Use and Occupancy Permit is required prior to the sale of residential or commercial properties. The purpose of this permit is to verify that the current or proposed use of the property complies with Zoning and Building Codes.  This form can be found here on the website under Forms and Use and Occupancy. Fee for this is $100.00. The paperwork should be submitted to our office at least 30 days before settlement. An inspection of your property is required and should be completed 30 days prior to the scheduled settlement to provide time to address any problems. Of particular concern is the condition of curb and sidewalk and the closure of cellar drains.

Please put in writing that you are requesting a sewer cert. With this you will get the outstanding balance for Sewer and Trash.  This can be sent in with the U&O. There is a $25.00 fee for the Certification. These should be sent to Souderton Borough Attn: MaryJane 31 W Summit ST Souderton PA 18964.

Also please make sure you are contacting North Penn Water to let them know of the settlement date.

We will send all paperwork the day before settlement to the contact information on the U & O Form.

Sewer Bills

The amount of your sewer bill is based on the number of residential or commercial units on your property and the volume of water consumption as metered by the North Penn Water Authority. Excessive water consumption caused by watering lawns, washing cars and driveways, or leaking plumbing fixtures will be reflected in higher sewer bills.

Payments may be made by mail or in person at the Borough Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The Borough accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and debit cards. In December of 2016 there will be a fee of 2.45% Min of $3.00 for every card used at the Borough. The Borough had been absorbing all of the fees for years and with the new processer Munici-pay they now retain the processing fee. Please see the online bill pay site for more information on credit card payments.

Payments after hours can be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.

BILL INFORMATION

SEWER BILLING                  SEND 1st WEEK                   DUE 2nd WEEK

1st Quarter-Dec 1 to March 1         Bill: May          Due:2nd Fri in June

2nd Quarter-March1 to June1          Bill Aug           Due: 2nd Fri in Sep

3rd Quarter-June 1 to Sept 1            Bill Nov           Due:2nd Fri in Dec

4th Quarter-Sept 1 to Dec 1             Bill: Feb      Due:2nd Fri in March

 

Summer Home Renovation Tips

For many Souderton Borough homeowners, summer is a time for home improvement and construction projects! To best protect yourself from home improvement fraud, remember to complete these 4 research steps before hiring a contractor for home renovation work:

  1. All contractors must be registered with the state. Search for registered contractors on the Attorney General of Pennsylvania’s website
  2. Check out your contractor’s company with the Better Business Bureau
  3. Call your contractor’s references
  4. Always obtain more than 1 bid for your home improvement project
Trash Bills

 

TRASH BILLING INFORMATION

 

SEND 1st                                                            WEEK                    DUE 2nd WEEK

 

1st Quarter-Jan1 to March1             Bill: Jan                       Due: 2nd Fri in Feb

 

2nd Quarter-April 1 to July 1            Bill April                      Due: 2nd Fri in May

 

3rd Quarter-July 1 to Oct 1              Bill: July                        Due: 2nd Fri in Aug

 

4th Quarter-Oct 1 to Jan1                  Bill Oct                        Due 2nd Fri in Nov

In 2016 Souderton Borough went with a single hauler trash service. You will recieve your bill from Souderton Borough not the trash company. The bill will look similar to your sewer bill. The writting on your trash bill will be Green verses the Red color of the sewer bill. Your trash bill is a flat rate of $60.00 per unit per quarter. for more information on the Trash service please go to the Trash/Recycle page on this website.

What is Recyclable - please see Trash/Recycling page

Please click the link below to see what items are recyclable and how to dispose of other items that you might have.

http://www.montcopa.org/1923/A-Z-RECYCLING-WHAT-TO-DO-WHEN-YOURE-DONE

Yard Sales

Anyone wishing to conduct a yard sale must obtain a Yard Sale Permit from the Borough Office. There is no fee for the permit. Call the Borough Office and provide your name, address and sale dates and pick up your permit at your convenience.

Residents are permitted to have 2 yard sales per year. A single yard sale can extend over two consecutive days and count as one yard sale. Remember, do not post yard sale signs on utility poles or street signs.

Ordinances now online !

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Souderton Borough Council has considered and enacted over seven hundred ordinances governing a vast variety of matters from designating streets, traffic laws, creating a police department, setting annual budgets and tax rates, building codes, property maintenance, use of public parks and public spaces to name only a few. Most of the borough ordinances are codified and maintained in specific categories for easy reference by a municipal consulting firm known as General Code. This firm has completed the update to our codification of ordinances to make this entire library of ordinances available online. Please Click Here to view the library of ordinances.

One major component of legislation is the Souderton Borough Zoning Ordinance, which establishes zoning districts throughout the Borough and permitted uses and other regulations governing the use of property. The Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance is appended to this article for viewing or downloading.

The division and development of property within the Borough is governed by the provisions of the Souderton Borough Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, most commonly referred to as SALDO. This ordinance is a comprehensive document governing procedures to create subdivisions of property and provides regulations for the development of property covering all aspects from utility construction, street construction, landscaping, stormwater management and even architectural standards in certain zoning districts. A copy of the SALDO regulations is also appended to this article.

Attachments
Souderton Borough SALDO
Souderton Zoning Ordinance 2017
2015 Zoning Map 

TRASH/RECYCLING

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We have moved the information regarding Trash/Recycling/ Leaf Collection/ TV collection to a new page. Please click on TRASH RECYCLE on the menu on the top of the page or on the menu on the left.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HAS JUST RELEASED 2018 DATES FOR TIRE COLLECTIONS AND HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENTS. For more information please go to the Trash page.

SCAMS In Montgomery County-INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO!

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The SeniorLAW Center has provided us with information on the scams that are occurring in Montgomery County.  These scams can effect everyone! Below are a list of the scams.  Please click here for what to do!

Heath Care Scams, Grandkid Scams, IRS imposter Scams, Tech Support Scams, Identity Theft, and Utility Scams.

PECO Joins National Effort to Help Fight Scammers “Utilities United Against Scams Day 11/15/17” helps raise awareness and provides customers with essential information to fight back!

WELCOME TO ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENT

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Souderton Borough is pleased to announce:                               

Residents are now able to pay their trash and sewer bills online via Credit Card.

Paying Your Bill

You can pay your Sewer and Trash Bills via US Mail, in office (M-F 8:30 am to 5 pm), via drop box (24/7 in vestibule), over the phone (M-F 8:30 am to 5pm) or online via MuniciPAY (24/7 from home) using:

  • Check (In office, drop box or Mail) NO FEE
  • Cash (In office, drop box or Mail) NO FEE
  • Money Order (In office, drop box or Mail) NO FEE
  • Visa, MasterCard, and Discover (Service fee will apply, see below) FEE

Convenience Fee for payments using a Credit/Debit Card.

Credit card photo for link

Souderton Borough will offer the convenience of accepting MasterCard, Discover, and Visa credit cards for sewer and trash bills. The payment processing company will charge a service fee of 2.45% or $3.00 minimum to cardholders who use this service. This fee will be applied any time there is a payment made via credit card. Debit cards are considered Credit Cards the fee will apply to them as well. This charge applies if you use your card online, over phone, via mail, in drop box or in the office.

This fee goes directly to the third party who will be processing the transaction for us; it is not retained by the Borough.

The link is on the top of the web page on right hand side BILL PAY

Also there is a link on the left hand side under contact us that says BILL PAY

You will need the Last name of the Account holder and Account Number. Please us last name only and not add the first name into search field. If you need your account number or need any help please contact us at the Borough office 215-723-4371.

 

Stormwater Management

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   Protect Our Water Supply

As storm water flows over roofs, across lawns, and down driveways, it picks up dirt, debris, and chemicals before entering storm drains. Storm drains then empties into the bodies of water we use for drinking, swimming, and fishing—our water supply. Project our water supply by helping to reduce the contaminants in our storm water.

Small MS4 Stormwater Program Overview

Here’s how:

  • Use the Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program to dispose of hazardous household substances, such as used motor oil, cleaning supplies, and paint.
  • Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly to prevent excess runoff.
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. If left in your yard or at the park, pet waste can be carried into the storm sewer system or a stream by storm water runoff.
  • Instead of washing your car in your driveway, take it to a commercial car wash, where the water is treated and recycled.
  • Plant drought-tolerant, native plants and grasses in your garden. They often require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

For more information on how storm water affects our water supply, use the links at right and below.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
Southeast Regional Stormwater Management

EPA Storm water Outreach Materials

MCM#1-Public Education Outreach Minimum Control Measure

MCM#2-Public ParticipationInvolvement Minimum Control Measure

MCM#3-Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure

MCM#4-Construction Site Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure

MCM#5-Post-Construction Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure

MCM#6-Pollution Prevention Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measure

 

2017 Summer Tips

   CLICK HERE to download the entire booklet

 

Helpful Storm water Links

The Link to the Montgomery County Conservation District: http://montgomeryconservation.org/watershed-management/

The link to the to Perkiomen Creek Watershed Map: http://www.perkiomenwatershed.org/watershed-area-map/

The link to the DEP Storm water website must be added as per their last MS4 Report review: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The link to the DEP Storm water PA is a great educational website and should be added to the Storm water page: http://www.stormwaterpa.org/pennsylvania.html

Rain Drain Brochure also on the right hand side of this page.

2017 INFORMATION

Spring MS4 Article SPRING 2017

Press release SPRING 2017

Fall MS4 Article 2017

Learn more about your environment and how to help prevent Stormwater pollution in your community.

Souderton Borough lies within the Perkiomen Creek Watershed. Learn more about your watershed and how you can help protect it by going on the Souderton Borough website to check out a wealth of information on preventing Stormwater pollution as well as other things you can do to help the environment and improve your lawn and gardens.

Additionally, the Perkiomen Creek Conservancy has more information about the entire watershed including the following workshops and volunteer days:

  • Perkiomen Creek Stream Clean-Up Day – Help Celebrate Earth Day by joining the stream clean-up on Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm 
  • Rain Barrel Workshop – Make your own rain barrel on Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:00am – 10:30am at the Conservancy’s Brownstone Barn (Must register in advance) 
  • Native Plant Sale – Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm at the Peter Wentz Farmstead 
  • Downspout Planter Workshop – Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the Peter Wentz Farmstead  

Go to www.perkiomenwatershed.org for more details and to learn more about these fun and helpful events and more! 

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP!

Please report the following activities to the Borough if they are observed:

 

  • Sediment leaving a construction site
  • Spills such as chemicals, gas, diesel or oil
  • Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers (Dial 911)
  • Sanitary sewer overflow
  • Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (please allow 72 hours after a rain event to report)
  • Dumping or composting of firewood or leaves along stream embankments
  • Storage of firewood or other loose materials along stream embankments

 

During Normal Business Hours (M-F 8:30 – 5:00): 215-723-4371 Souderton Borough Office

During all other hours:  215-723-6500 Souderton Borough Police Department

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