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Community Development

Our Community Development Department oversees the development of the Township. Guided by the zoning ordinance and building codes, the staff engineer and code enforcement officer lend advice to citizens and other Township departments about permitted land uses, building inspection and code enforcement.

General Information

Contact Information:

Charles W. Steinert, Jr., PE

Township Engineer

Professional Code Services, Inc.
Building Official/Code Enforcement

Good Neighbor Reminders

  • Grass must be cut prior to going to seed and all weeds must be cut or removed.
  • O'Hara Township Ordinance No. 1226 prohibits the mowing of grass on Sundays before noon.
  • Vehicles which are not currently licensed and inspected or which are inoperable are not permitted to be parked on any residential lot unless garaged.
  • Residents are also reminded that garbage should be placed at the curb in approved containers prior to 6:00 a.m. on collection day but not more than 24 hours prior to pickup. Cans and containers should be removed by 7:00 p.m. on the day of collection.

Pool Rules

Swimming pools can be a great source of family fun, rest and recreation. However, before you plan your new pool, please keep in mind the following:  
  • Swimming Pools must meet all yard setback requirements.
  • All pools require a Building Permit from the Township.
  • All pools must have an enclosure of not less than 4 feet above the ground.
  • All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching with latches placed at least 4 feet above the ground.
These requirements are pertinent to above-ground as well as in-ground swimming pools. If you have any questions, please call the Township at 412-782-1400.

Recreational Fires

A permit is required for all recreational fires, including open pit cookouts. Following is the list of requirements that must be met prior to issuance of a permit.

Open burning shall be deemed to be allowed with a permit only for the following:

  • For recreation, camping, or a cookout;
  • Only dry, clean wood products or other clean-burning fuels are burned;
  • Only smokeless fuels, if any, are used to start the fire;
  • The pile of material being burned is three (3) feet in diameter or less and two (2) feet or less in height; and the fire is at least twenty-five feet (25) from the nearest structure, inhabited area, roadway, property line, utility;
  • The fire is to be attended at all times Adequate means to control & extinguish the open fire shall be readily available at all times during any burning;
  • A class 4A fire extinguisher or garden hose shall be close to the fire. A barbeque grill needs no permit

You may also want to let your neighbors know that you are having a recreational fire so they are aware of the smoke that will occur.

Applications should be submitted at the Township office. Please allow ten (10) days for review and approval of the application.

To download Recreational Fire Permit Application, please click here.

Information on the O'Hara Township website is provided as a service to the community. Township rules and regulations are subject to change and the information on this web site should be considered as general guidance only. While the Township attempts to post current and useful information, not all information may be complete, accurate or up to date. In general, inquiries (including reference to official documents) can and should be made to the Township before proceeding with plans or programs.