Thank you to Zion Mennonite Church & Boy Scout Troop 461

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Mayor John Reynolds and members of Souderton Borough Council would like to express their appreciation to members of Zion Mennonite Church and Boy Scout Troop 461. Thank you for your volunteer service in cleaning up the trash and debris from the West Street Park on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Their service to the Community is very much appreciated.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area Information

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Souderton Borough is in the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. The PA Department of Agriculture has provided us with information on the Spotted Lanternfly. This information is listed below. Please feel free to print them or stop by the Borough office to pick one up.

Spotted Lanterfly Permit information

With this quarantine, any businesses that are located or working within this area are required to participate in a short training to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly Permit. Please click below to link to the training.

https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training

If you have any questions or concerns on the above training please contact Tyler Bettinger with the Pa Dept or Agriculture. His number is 717-908-6518 or you can email him at tbettinger@pa.gov.

Photos of The Spotted Lanterfly

Souderton Hometown Heroes Banners- Active Service Men & Women are Welcome to get banners too! Total of 150 so far hanging in the Borough!

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The Souderton Hometown Heroes Banner Program is a living tribute created for the community to recognize and honor our Veterans who are serving or are veterans who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces.

To qualify, a Veteran, living or deceased, must have had a connection to Souderton (attended local schools, relative, friend, etc…) at some point in his or her life, also those honored on War Memorials and Veterans recommended by the local VFW and American Legion Posts.

The Banner will be 24” x 48” heavy vinyl, printed the same on both sides, and will display the service person’s photograph, include their full name, branch of the Military and the era of service (WWI, WWII, Vietnam, etc.) Banners will be displayed from May through Veterans Day in November in observance of all Military Branch birthdays.  Banners will be removed and stored until the same period in the following year at which time they will be re displayed.

Each Banner requires the Hometown Hero Form to be filled out, a photograph of the Hero in uniform and a payment of $130.00 for each banner, payable to: Hometown Heroes. Click here to download form. Please note the picture will not be returned.

For further information please contact Anne Henning Scheuring, 225 South Line Street, Lansdale, PA. 19446 or at E-Mail address: heroes@verizon.net or call: (215) 855-1743

Hometown Hero banners have been placed around the Borough. We have received a total of 149 banners so far.  We have been told that there are more on order. So if you don’t see a name on the list we haven’t received it into our office at this point in time.  Click on the link to view the HOMETOWN HERO BANNER LIST- UPDATED JULY 17 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ

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.
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
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. https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Pages/Resource-Center.aspx
1. Obtaining a Marriage License or Death Certification are done through Montgomery County-Norristown PA. Please click the links below for more information on how to Obtain them. 2. http://www.montcopa.org/204/Obtaining-a-Marriage-Record 3. http://www.montcopa.org/353/Recorder-of-Deeds
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
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 via cash or check may be deposited in the drop box located in the front vestibule of the Municipal Building.
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.
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.
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 certification. With this you will get the outstanding balance for Sewer. This can be sent in with the U&O application. There is a $25.00 fee for the Sewer Certification. Additionally a Trash Certification is required. Please put this request in writing and submit it to our office. You will receive an outstanding balance for Trash. Fee for trash certification is $25.00. 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. When returning funds to our office after settlement please make sure you submit three separate checks. One for U&O, second for final sewer and third for Final Trash.
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. 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
ATTENTION ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL OWNERS Senate Bill No. 607 of November 2013 requires all residential multifamily and apartment buildings who use fossil fuel-burring 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 laura@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.
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 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 receive your bill from Souderton Borough not the trash company. The bill will look similar to your sewer bill. The writing 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. 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
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 

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