Planning & Zoning

As the township population grows and new houses and businesses break ground, the Planning and Zoning Department and the Planning Commission work together to review active land development plans as they move through the township’s development process to ensure that new construction complies with township regulations and long-range planning goals.

Residents that have questions regarding a possible zoning violation or other concerns about potential issues in your neighborhood please fill out and e-mail or drop off the Service Request Form.


The Land Development Process

The Planning and Zoning Department processes land development or subdivision applications, submits them for consultant review, and presents them to the Planning Commission for consideration with recommendations.

Click Here to view the Upper Providence Zoning Ordinance

Click Here to view the Upper Providence Zoning Map


Inspections and Permits

The department emphasizes the protection of residents' health, safety, and welfare and ensures that all structures comply with the township’s building code and zoning ordinances. 

Construction projects must comply with the following codes, which are enforced by the building inspector:

  • Commercial work: The International Building Code, 2009 edition
  • Residential work: The International Residential Code, 2009 edition

Inspections are made between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

Residents must obtain a permit for:

  • New buildings and homes
  • Sheds
  • Barns
  • Garages
  • Patios with footers
  • Gazebos
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Additions or structural alterations
  • Yard sales
  • Burning (recreational fires)
  • In-ground and above ground pools
  • Roofing
  • Alterations / Renovations and Repairs

Residents should display permits in a front window throughout construction and should call for an inspection 24 hours in advance. Download permit forms.

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The Planning Commission

The Planning Commission's members oversee all development proposals for the township, working in conjunction with Planning and Zoning to determine a project's feasibility, impact on the surrounding area and traffic, and compliance with township codes. Then, the Planning Commission submits development plans with their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for approval.


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Township Offices
1286 Black Rock Road
PO Box 406
Oaks, PA 19456
Fax: 610-983-0355


Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Upper Providence Police
1286 Black Rock Road
PO Box 406
Oaks, PA 19456
Emergencies 911
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Police Office Hours:
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m


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