General Information
Township Engineer
Matt Houtmann
Phone Numbers
(610) 459-1529 x2
Fax: (610) 459-2921
Emergencies: Dial 911
1092 Bethel Road
Garnet Valley,

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:00pm

Building & Code


Bethel Township Residents are required to maintain their property in accordance with Ordinance 176 


On June 10, 2008, Bethel Township adopted Ordinance No. 182.  This comprehensive ordinance governs zoning, classification of districts, issuance of permits, signs, classification of districts, enforcement, due process requirements, and performance standards as outlined in Appendix A.  For a detailed look at the ordinance, please follow the appropriate links below:

Click to view Frequently asked Zoning Questions


On January 3, 2023, the Bethel Township Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2023-05 which identifies a fee schedule associated with permits and applications. You may view the Resolution by following the link below:


All permits are issued through the 
Code Enforcement Office
Phone: (610) 459-1529 x2

Any permit not available on this website can be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office, located at 1092 Bethel Road, during normal business hours.

A Building Permit is required for new construction, interior and exterior renovations, replacement construction, and all additions.
Pools, temporary or permanent, require a permit and a fence.  The following are examples of the type of work that may require various permits:

  • Additions* to single-family dwellings
  • Decks* - Require a Zoning Permit and a Building Permit
  • Fences - Require a Zoning Permit (most fences under 4 feet do not require a permit)
  • Paver Patios - Require a Zoning Permit
  • Pools* - Require a Zoning Permit, a Land Disturbance Permit, a Building Permit, a Mechanical/Plumbing Permit, and an Electrical Permit
  • Sheds* - Require a Zoning Permit

Commercial or Residential rental properties require a permit per Ordinance No. 187: Rental Property
*For more information, please call (610) 459-1529 x2 or visit the permit page