Planning and Zoning FAQs

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Permit Questions

Do I need a zoning permit to finish my basement?

Yes, a zoning permit is required to be obtained prior to beginning work to finish a basement in any type of structure.

Do I need a zoning permit to install a fence on my property?

No. Approvals are not needed from the Township to install a fence. However, fences are not permitted to interfere with the site distance on corner properties, nor are they permitted to be located in a floodplain, drainage way, or stormwater easement.

While the Township does not require a permit for a fence, you should check with the Centre Region Code Agency to determine whether a permit is needed from their office. The office can be reached by calling (814) 231-3056.

Do I need a zoning permit to install a temporary inflatable swimming pool?

Yes, a permit must be obtained to install these pools. Permits are generally required for pools as defined under the Building Code. If you take the pool down over the winter, a new permit is required to be obtained when it is installed again. Please also check with the Centre Region Code Agency regarding the need for stairs and fencing associated with certain sized pools.

Additional questions may be directed to the Township Zoning Administrator by email or by calling (814) 238-4651.

Do I need a zoning permit to install a propane gas tank?

Yes, a permit must be obtained for propane gas tanks and underground gas tanks.

Do I need a zoning permit for a temporary structure?

Yes, a permit is required for a structure with an ascertainable location whether or not it is permanently affixed to the land.

Do I need a zoning permit to install a small shed?

Yes, a zoning permit is required for any size accessory structure.

Do I need a permit to hand out flyers or sell door-to-door?

Anyone engaging in any of the following activities is required to apply for and obtain a license from the Township Manager:

  • Peddling, soliciting, or taking orders, either by sample or otherwise for any goods, wares, or merchandise on any street, sidewalk, public ground, or from house to house in Ferguson Township;
  • Selling, soliciting, or taking orders for any goods, wares, or merchandise from a fixed location within the Township, on a temporary basis, which shall include, but shall not be limited to such activities conducted at the time of special occasions or celebrations, for seasonal purposes, or for or in advance of specific yearly holidays;
  • Any required State or County licenses shall also be obtained and provided at the time of application to the Township. Every license holder is required to carry such license or display it at the location where he is engaged in business.
How long are permits good for?

The permitted work must begin within two years of the issuance of the permit.

Do I need a permit if I am putting in a patio that is flat to the ground?

Yes, a zoning permit is required for the proposed erection, extension, or alteration of any structure or portion of a structure, including patios that are flat to the ground. For more information, click here. To view a fact sheet on zoning permit requirements, click here.

Zoning Questions

Can I establish an apartment or in-law quarters in my single family dwelling if I am in the R-1 zoning district?

No. Apartments of any size are prohibited within the R-1 zoning district.

Can I keep chickens as pets?

The Board of Supervisors adopted a Domestic Chicken Ordinance at its Regular Meeting on July 18, 2016. The ordinance allows residents living in residential districts to keep up to six chickens provided they meet certain criteria and obtain a permit. You may view the ordinance online, or call or visit the Township offices if you have any questions about the regulations or wish to obtain a permit.

What can I do about a barking dog in my neighborhood?

Barking dogs can be in conflict with the noise regulations of the Township. A noisy animal shall be defined as one or more animals which make(s) noises habitually, so as to constitute annoyance to a person of ordinary sensibilities. If you have a complaint about a barking dog, you should contact the Township's Ordinance Enforcement Officer.

Must dogs be leashed at all times?

Dogs are prohibited from running at-large within the Township and must be under control of the owner at all times. If you have a complaint about a dog running at-large, you may contact the Township's Ordinance Enforcement Officer.

During what hours are the Township's noise regulations applicable?

Generally, the noise regulations are effective between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The Township Noise Ordinance applies any time with the exception of noise caused by construction.

How do I rent a pavilion in a Township park?

Pavilion rentals are controlled by the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Department. You may find more information by clicking here, or by calling (814) 231-3071.

Where can I find my zoning district?

You may view a map of Ferguson Township zoning districts online by clicking here.

How can I find out what the permitted uses are in our zoning district?

Chapter 27 of the Township's Code of Ordinances includes a listing of permitted uses in each zoning district. Click here to view Chapter 27 online. You may also direct any questions regarding permitted uses to the Zoning Administrator by email or by calling the Township office at (814) 238-4651 during regular business hours.

What are the setbacks in our zoning district?

Chapter 27 of the Township's Code of Ordinances includes a listing of required setbacks in each zoning district. Click here to view Chapter 27 online. You may also direct any questions regarding required setbacks to the Zoning Administrator by email or by calling the Township office at (814) 238-4651 during regular business hours.

Concerning rentals, how many unrelated people are permitted in a residence?

The Township's Zoning Ordinance prohibits more than three unrelated individuals occupying the same residence. Some exceptions to this restriction apply in multi-family dwellings as defined in the Township's Zoning Ordinance. Questions regarding this ordinance should be directed to the Zoning Administrator by email or by calling the Township office during regular business hours at (814) 238-4651.