Minutes & Information Page Index

Frequent Questions

Information about Frequently asked questions and where to find the Ordinance that regulates them.  

Borough Ordinances & Resolutions

The PDF's of our current Borough Ordinances and Resolutions including our Subdivision And Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) and our Zoning Ordinance featuring a zoning map.  

Franklintown Borough Zoning Map

The PDF's of our current Borough Zoning Map.  The Borough is zoned primarily Village with some Agricultural areas around our boarders.   

Borough Council Meeting Minutes

PDF's by year for Borough Council Meeting minutes from 2016-most recently approved meeting minutes.

Borough Fees & Brochure

PDF's showing the current fees charged by the Borough and our most recent Brochure

Zoning & Building Permits

PDF List of the zoning and buildinger permit applications for your project.  

PA 811 - PA One Call

Call before you dig! This is a free service to the homeowner and requires all of the utilites with underground facilities to mark them at your dig site.  If you do not call and you hit something you are fully liable.  If you call, you are protected.  

Landlord Tenant Occupancy Permit

Tenant Occupancy Permit and other documents regarding rentals for Landlords

Outdoor Burning Rules & Permit

Permit featuring burning conditions that must be met to burn in the Borough.

Transient Retail Business Permit & Rules

Information required for someone to sell door to door in the Borough.  If someone is at  your door selling you something you should be able to call the Borough to determine if they are legitimate.  

Stormwater Info.

PDF explaining the concerns with stormwater and how to make small changes on your property to mitigate the issue.  

Elections & Voting

Find out where to vote in Franklintown Borough

Frequent Questions

Nuisances

Nuisances

Nuisances

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Per the Codified Borough Ordinances

Part 8 Nuiscances and Offensive Activities is the main governing document.  

There are many types of nuisances.  

Please aim to be courteous and respectful of your neighbors. 


Noise

Nuisances

Nuisances

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Generally, noise is not permitted beyond the boundaries of a property at all times of the day, unless it is for a lawful or necessary purpose such as mowing the lawn.  When noise is generated for a lawful or necessary purpose, it must occur between 8:00 AM & 8:30PM, except on Sundays and Holidays when it must occur between 12:00 noon & 8:30 PM

 

Per the Codified Borough Ordinances

Part 8 Nuiscances and Offensive Activities 

Chapter 1:  Nuisances

Section 101

B.  #5

Parking

Nuisances

Winter Maintenance

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The main drag in town is State Rte 194 & Baltimore St.  This is a public parking area as governed by PA State Law.  There are no assigned parking spots.  Please be courteous and respectful when dealing with your neighbors.  If you are a tenant and your rental has provided parking, please use that parking first.  

Winter Maintenance

Property Vegetation Maintenance

Winter Maintenance

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A minimum 24 inch wide path must be cleared on all sidewalks in front of and along side properties in the Borough  within 24 hours after the snow or ice has ceased to fall or form.  



Per the Codified Ordiance 

Part 12:  Sidewalks

Chapter 2:  Snow and Ice Removal

Property Vegetation Maintenance

Property Vegetation Maintenance

Property Vegetation Maintenance

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**When cutting your lawn please do not project the clippings onto the road or sidewalk.  Should this occur please clean the clippings up immediately to minimize the safety hazard.  


Per the Codified Borough Ordinances

Part 5 Health and Sanitation 

Chapter 2 - Grass, Weeds, and other Vegetation

No grass, weed or any other vegetation whatsoever, that is not edible or planted for a useful purpose, shall be allowed to grow or remain upon the property so as to exceed a height above 12 inches or to throw off any unpleasant or obnoxious odor or to conceal any filthy deposit or to create or produce excessive pollens.   

Fowl, Rabbits or Livestock

Property Vegetation Maintenance

Property Vegetation Maintenance

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Per the Codified Borough Ordinances

Part 5 Health and Sanitation 

Chapter 1:  Animals

Fowl & Rabbits may only be kept if they are in a pen located out of doors that is at least thirty (30) feet from an inhabited dwelling.  All Felt accumulating in, about or under any pen shall be removed at least once a week and more often if so ordered by Council.  


If you live in an area governed by a Home Owner's Association or the like, their rules and guidelines must be consulted.  

Garage/Yard Sale's

Do I need a permit?

Do I need a permit?

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Per the Zoning Ordinance

Article 3 General

300. Purpose

301. Accessory Uses and Structures

B. Garage/Yard Sales 

In Summary

Each property may have up to (4) garage/yard sales per year each one not lasting more than (3) consecutive days.  They must be for personal posssessions only and may not be conducted in the street or right of way unless prior approval is obtained by council.  Signs may be put out no more than (1) week priot to the first day of the garage/yard sale amd all signs must be removed within 48 hours.  

Do I need a permit?

Do I need a permit?

Do I need a permit?

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The answer is generally, Yes.  


The few exceptions are:

If you are replacing an existing structure within 1 year.  If it is over 1 year then you need a permit. 

If you are redoing your roof and replacing 25% or less of the decking then a permit is not needed.  If you are replacing 25.1% or more of the decking then a permit is required.  


Please refer to the permit section for other helpful information, search the Borough Ordinances, or email or call the office.  

Fire and Burning

Do I need a permit?

Fire and Burning

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The only type of fire not requiring a permit is one used to cook food provided it is in a fire ring, fireplace, charcoal or gas grill or another similar fireproof container.  


Fires should always be attended continuously by an adult property owner who is not under the influence and a functioning fire extinguisher should always be readily available.


  Fires should be no less than 25 lineal feet from the nearest point of any building and not less than 10 lineal fee from any boundary line of the tranct of land on which said burning occurs.  


Please find the burning permit below in the permit section should you need one.  


Please be aware of the current Fire Danger Rating before burning outside.

Mosquitos

Mosquitos

Fire and Burning

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York County

 Mosquito Surveillance Program

Lee M. Graybill

Program Administrator

28 E. Market St.

York, PA 17401

717-840-2375


As of January 2020 the program has moved to a new location within York City. 

The physical address is 745 W. Mason Ave. York, PA 17401. 

The mailing address however, is 28 E. Market St. York, PA 17401


This season, in addition to mosquito collection and control, we will also be conducting tick surveillance within the county that will consist of collection and testing of ticks for known pathogens. These collections will be performed at state and county parks from April thru October. 


 Residents with complaints or concerns, should visit the PA DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) West Nile Virus Control Program website http://www.depgis.state.pa.us/WNV/index.html  Here, they will be able to submit a concern directly to DEP, which will be assigned to the appropriate county for investigation. 


Sincerely,

Lee M Graybill

Fireworks

Mosquitos

Fireworks

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Per  Ordinance 288-2018 The Borough does not permit anyone to discharge consumer Fireworks on Borough Streets, Sidewalks or property. We also have a Nuisance Ordinance that includes Noise. Additionally, we are covered by the Pennsylvania State Law.

Below are the conditions that must all occur together to allow for legally setting off fireworks within the Franklintown Borough Limits. As you will see, there are very few places in the Borough Limits that will allow for the legal use of fireworks.


Conditions for legal use for Consumer Fireworks in Franklintown Borough

-must be 18 years of Age or Older

-must be a minimum of 150 feet from all inhabited structures ( The best way to determine this is to hold a measuring tape where you would like to set off the fireworks, pull it out to 150 feet and walk in a circle. If you encounter any inhabited structure that is not a legal place to set off the fireworks.

-must be on private property with permission of the land owner

***Franklintown Borough does not grant permission for anyone to use Consumer or Commercial Fireworks on Borough Owned properties to include land and streets.

-must be sober (No Alcohol, drugs or other substances)

Noise making fireworks may only be used during the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:30 PM Monday – Saturday or Noon- 8:30 PM on Sunday's or Holiday's due to our noise ordinance.

Borough Council Meeting Minutes

Borough Minutes are always a month behind as they aronly available to the public after they have been approved at the next meeting.  

Borough Fees & Brochure

Boro Fees for Office 2020 (pdf)

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2020 Franklintown Borough Brochure (pdf)

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Zoning & Building Permits

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 permits are not able to be issued until the bans are lifted.  The only exception is for those property owners with DCED waivers.  We can still accept the applications and submit them so they can be processed in the order of receipt when they are able to be issued.  Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.   

PA 811 - PA One Call

Call Before You Dig

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Before you dig for any reason call 811 to let them know.  This free service will contact all of the utilities in your area to come out and mark their underground facilities.  This infomation saves on damage and also protects you as the homeowner should something happen.  If you don't call you are fully liable.  

PA 811 - PA One Call Info.

PA 811 dig_safely (pdf)

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PA 811 Homeowner Brochure 2019 (pdf)

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Landlords

New Tenant checklist for landlords (pdf)

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Tenant Address Change Sheet (pdf)

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Tenant Occupancy permit (pdf)

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USPS Post Office Box Info (pdf)

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YATB New Resident Form (pdf)

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Outdoor Burning Rules & Permit

Burning Permit with ordinance (pdf)

Download

Transient Retail Business Permit & Rules

Transient Retail Business Permit Application (pdf)

Download

Stormwater Info.

Homeowners guide to stormwater (pdf)

Download

Elections & Voting

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

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Franklintown Fire Hall

107 S. Baltimore St. 

Franklintown PA 17323

Park in the lot behind the Fire Hall and follow the signs for the entrance to vote.

York County

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

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Click on the website link below for all York County Election and Voting info.

Pennsylvania

Where do you vote? See homepage for Primary location update.

Pennsylvania

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Click on the website link below for all Pennsylvania Election and Voting info.