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The required items for obtaining a Building Permit are:
Note that incomplete applications may be denied and returned. Allow up to 30 days for approval or denial of a commercial permit or 15 days for approval or denial of a residential permit. 24 hours notice is required for any inspections. A Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan may need to be submitted if it meets the criteria set forth by Township Ordinance.
A permit is required for installing a shed. 1 shed is permitted per residential property. Place the shed 6 feet from all property lines. A shed may be placed in the rear or side yard of a property. If you live on a corner lot, you are considered to have 2 front yards and 2 side yards; you do not have a rear yard. Therefore, on the street side, you must set your shed back at least 40 feet from the property line. A shed may not be larger than 225 square feet (e.g., 14 feet by 16 feet).
In "Section 72-6: Definitions" of the Township Code:
For more information, visit the Township Code website.
The water for the Township is serviced by Aqua PA, which fluoridates its water. If you would like further information, please call Aqua PA at 877-987-2782.
The following markings are for underground utilities:
The West Goshen Township Code prohibits continuous barking by dogs. Please see the Township’s Code on Barking Dogs to learn more.
Call the Pennsylvania One Call system at 811, 3 to 10 business days before starting large excavation projects, such as those that require powered equipment. Visit the Pennsylvania 811 website for more information.
The Township Building is located on the corner of Paoli Pike and Five Points Road, diagonally across the street from BB&T Bank. The street address is 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA, 19380, and you can visit our Staff Directory to obtain online directions to the location.
Township offices are open Monday through Friday, 7 am until 5 pm.
This seat is currently vacant. Check back for updates.
Carolyn Comitta, 156th DistrictPhone: 610-696-4990Carolyn Comitta Website
Christina Sappey, 158th DistrictPhone: 484-200-8264Christina Sappey Website
The Township Board of Supervisors meetings, the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, will start at 6:00 PM, beginning in 2022. The West Goshen Sewer Authority meetings, the 1st Wednesday of each month, will also begin at 6:00 PM, beginning in 2022. Please see the Township’s meeting calendar and upcoming meeting agendas at www.westgoshen.org
The West Goshen Township Code is available online; to learn more visit the Township Code website.
Government Services Center601 Westtown RoadSuite 110West Chester, PA 19382Phone: 610-436-5757
In case of emergency, dial 911.
West Goshen Township is located in the West Chester Area School District. The number to call for information and assistance is 484-266-1000, or visit the West Chester Area School District website.
The Chester County Voter Services Office, who can be reached at 610-344-6410, or visit the Chester County Voter Services page for more information.
The Chester County Library, which is located next to the Exton Square Mall can be reached by calling 610-363-0884, or the West Chester Public Library, in West Chester Borough, at 414 North Church Street, can be reached by calling 610-696-1721. Visit the Chester County Library System website to learn more.
Township offices are closed for:
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The Township has 4 main parks:
Click the provided links for each park to learn more about the amenities and equipment at the location, or for online directions to the location.
No, though organized community sports are conducted by other organizations:
The Township does not provide this service. Discounted tickets may be purchased through the Borough of West Chester at 610-436-9010.
Pavilion rentals are available for groups at Barker Park, located on Falcon Lane and Westtown Road, Coopersmith Park, located on Spring Lane, and West Goshen Community Park, located on N Five Points and Fern Hill Roads. Each park is equipped with picnic tables, charcoal grills, ball fields and playground areas.
A rental fee is charged for the use of electricity, water and rest rooms. Township parks are open daily from dawn to dusk. Groups may check the availability of these facilities by contacting the Park and Recreation Office at 610-696-5266 or by emailing the Park and Recreation Director, Ken Lehr.
To learn more, access the Instructions and Application for Pavilion Rental (PDF).
The Summer Recreation Program for younger children will continue to take place at West Goshen Community Park, Barker Park and Coopersmith Park. The Summer Teen Program will now be held at Robert E. Lambert Park. Participants in the teen program may organize and run special events for the children in the Summer Recreation Program during the course of the summer. Otherwise, participants of the two programs will be kept separate.
Both programs begin at 9 am and conclude at noon unless a field trip or special event is scheduled. Summer Teen Program field trips may begin as early as 8 am and conclude as late at 8 pm.
Yes; many parents choose to enroll their child(ren) in both programs as a great way to keep them active and engaged throughout the summer! The Summer Recreation Program is offered Monday through Friday mornings 9 am to noon and the Afternoon Sports Clinics are offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 pm. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for each program. There is no adult supervision or lunch provided between programs.
Yes, the reduced price for multiple children applies across the two programs for residents of West Goshen Township. Proof of residency must be provided at time of registration to receive the resident rate (e.g. address on check, drivers license, utility bill). Parents are responsible for transporting children between parks. Visit the Chester County Road Index online to confirm that you reside in West Goshen Township.
No. Parents will be responsible for admission charges for each week’s field trip. Each field trip will cost between $15 and $35. The Park and Recreation Department will provide transportation from Community Park to the field trip sites at no additional charge.
Some, but not all: parents will be responsible for admission charges for 4 of the 8 weekly field trips. 4 trips are included in the registration fee and the additional 4 field trips will cost between $8 and $14 per trip. For most trips, the Park and Recreation Department will provide transportation from the parks to the field trip sites at no additional charge, however 1 or 2 trips will require parents / legal guardians to provide transportation to and from the field trip locations.
Our summer counselors are carefully selected individuals who have various educational and life experience backgrounds in areas such as elementary, secondary, physical, and art education, physical / behavioral therapy, psychology, and more. All of our summer counselors have hands on experience supervising and facilitating recreation programs.
In addition to being first aid and CPR certified, the Park and Recreation Department conducts a PA State Police Criminal History Background Check, a PA Department of Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fingerprint Background Check for each summer counselor.
The Summer Programs offer children an opportunity to be active and social while having fun in a supervised outdoor environment unplugged from televisions, video games and computers. Our program provides a combination of structured outdoor activities and free play in a safe and fun environment supervised by adult counselors. Experts agree and numerous studies have shown that in addition to offering enjoyable summertime activities for children, summer program experiences develop important life long skills.
Programs such as West Goshen’s Summer Recreation Program, Summer Teen Program, and Afternoon Sports Clinics offer important opportunities for participants to engage in a variety of recreational pastimes that encourage fitness habits and healthy behaviors for a long and enjoyable life, develop leadership and cooperation skills, while creating a sense of self, independence and individualism within a shared community.
All business establishments must be compliant by April 22, 2022.
The ban will affect all retail establishments in West Goshen Township that make bags available for carryout and/or delivery items such as food, clothing, home goods, etc. These businesses include indoor and outdoor establishments that offer food or other products to the public for sale and that generate a sales tax or use tax. Among them are:
Businesses can still provide reusable bags and compliant paper bags that meet certain criteria. For a list of vendors that provide compliant bags, click here
Yes, the rule applies to all paper bags of all sizes.
Yes, the following items are exempt:
Beginning January 3, 2022, and for six months after, retail establishments may post signage informing customers that the establishment will no longer provide single-use plastic bags and non-recycled content paper bags starting April 22, 2021. The signage must explain what types of bags and purchases are affected and provide any other information the Township may require by regulation. Click here to download a sign to print and post.
You must use all existing single-use plastic bags and non-compliant paper bag stock by April 22, 2022. Chain stores with outlets outside of the Township can ship their bag inventory to those outlets. Retailers may also consider donating their remaining stock to nonprofit reuse centers or businesses that reside in boroughs, cities or townships that do not have a plastic bag ordinance.
Yes, businesses can decide whether to provide bags for free or for a cost. We urge businesses to encourage their customers to bring their own reusable bags when they shop.
Plastic bags cost retailers money, and that cost is passed on to consumers. Their elimination is better for the environment and for your wallet.
Studies show that charging a fee does reduce use of single-use bags by about half, but a ban is more effective at reducing overall single-use plastic consumption.
They are up to 20% to 100% more expensive than petrochemical plastics, and although they are marketed as more eco-friendly solutions able to break down into harmless material more quickly than traditional plastics, in reality they do not.
In a recent study published in Environmental Science and Technology, researchers put supposedly eco-friendly bags made from various organic and plastic materials and sourced from U.K. stores to the test. After being buried for three years in garden soil, submerged in ocean water, exposed to open light and air, or stashed in a laboratory, none of the bags broke down completely in all environments. In fact, the biodegradable bags that had been left underwater in a marina could still hold a full load of groceries. Read more here.
No. The reality is that approximately 3-10 % of bags placed in recycle bins are actually recycled. The reason is that it is far cheaper to create a new single-use plastic bag than to recycle it. The ready supply of fracking gas used to manufacture plastic bags makes virgin plastic cheaper and more readily available than recycled plastic bags.
The West Goshen Police Department may be contacted at 610-696-7400 during business hours. Business hours are 7 am to 11 pm, Monday through Friday.
The 911 emergency system was designed to be used to report serious police, fire, and medical emergencies.
Non-emergencies can be reported by calling 610-696-7400.
The best email to use depends upon the reason for contacting us. Choose from the following list to access the best email address for your issue:
No, it is posted as such and vehicles parked in the Fire Lane are subject to a fine.
The motor vehicle has to display a handicapped registration plate on the rear of the vehicle or a placard from the rear view mirror; if not hung from the mirror, the placard must be placed somewhere visible on the dash.
Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or a notary requesting an application for a placard. After it is received, your family doctor fills it out and it is returned to the Department of Transportation in Harrisburg. If you qualify, the placard is then issued by the Department of Transportation. The completed application can also be processed by a notary.
Typically, handicapped parking spaces are designated by the posting of signs and the handicapped logo painted in blue in the space. The painting of the logo on the space is not enough to designate the space as handicapped. The signs have to be present.
Yes. The owner of each dog within West Goshen Township shall at all times keep such dog confined within an enclosure from which it cannot escape, firmly secured by means of a collar or chain, or be under the control of a reasonable person. Fines can be imposed for violating any of the items mentioned.
The possession or sale of any "BB" guns, air rifles (air pistols), slingshot or any similar device is not permitted. For more information, view Chapter 23 of the Township Code.
No. It is not permitted to sell or use fireworks under the fireworks regulations. For more information, view Chapter 42 of the Township Code.
All accidents should be reported, however, it is not a requirement. Accidents involving death, personal injury or if one or more vehicles can not be driven from the scene under its own power must be reported to the police department in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. If an accident occurs in West Whiteland Township, it cannot be reported to West Goshen Police; it must be reported to West Whiteland Police.
Fender bender type accidents in which there are no injuries and in which the vehicles are operable are not required to be reported; however, your insurance provider may require a police report. A good rule of thumb would be to report all accidents in West Goshen to the police. Learn how to contact the West Goshen Police Department.
Yes. Sunday through Thursday, a youth under the age of 18 will not remain on, in or upon any street, public place or any establishment in West Goshen Township between the hours of 10 pm to 5 am of the following day. The exception is Friday and Saturday nights and all nights between June 15 and September 15 inclusive, wherein the hours shall be 11 pm to 5 am the following day.
This does not apply if the youth is accompanied by a parent, guardian or an adult over the age of 21.
When a Township parking ticket is issued on your vehicle, there are instructions on the ticket regarding payment. Payment should be made in accordance with the instructions, otherwise a state citation is issued imposing higher fines.
Yes. A solicitors license, issued by the West Goshen Police Department is required for each individual selling a product or service. The license is to be renewed annually. For more information, view Chapter 60 of the Township Code and visit the Forms page.
You may use the online Emergency Notification Information Form (PDF) to provide this information to the West Goshen Police Department. This form may be submitted by email or by fax at 610-696-3935.
The normal procedure for plowing streets in West Goshen Township is for the Streets Department to first salt hills, intersections, curve areas, then thoroughfares. The second step is to plow main streets, secondary streets, and cul-de-sacs, in that order, completing one pass in each direction on main and secondary streets, and a pass into and out of cul-de-sacs.
For more information, access the Guide for Winter Operational Procedures Snow and Ice Control and General Information (PDF).
Developers must begin removal of snow and/or ice within 2 hours after snow and/or ice begins to fall. For more information, view Chapter 68 of the Township Code.
Potholes on Township streets (not state roads) are repaired as quickly as scheduling and weather permits. Cold patching is done in the winter months; blacktop is used for the summer months.
The paving procedure is scheduled 3 to 5 years in advance, and in October and April the Board of Supervisors and the Township Manager accompany the Streets Superintendent on a road inspection. The process is determined by age, traffic patterns and winter damage. Line striping is done once resurfacing is done.
The Township is not responsible for trees to be taken down even if they are in the Township’s right-of-way. It is the owners responsibility.
If a tree has fallen into the Township street, then the Township will remove it out of the street area only. If the tree is in the Township right-of-way and it is deemed to be dead, we will contact the property owner to get a price to have it removed. We will then get another price, and notify the owner of the price.
The Township will not remove any tree limbs from electric or telephone wires. We will contact the appropriate utility company to do so.
All tree limbs, shrubs, etc. which are protruding into a roadway must be cleared a distance of 3 feet from the road and 15 feet up.
The Township will replace or install all missing or damaged stop signs and street signs as a top priority.
West Goshen Township recommends placing driveway markers, available at home maintenance stores, along the edge of your property to indicate to plow drivers the boundary between your lawn and the street.
West Goshen Township is responsible for maintaining all municipally owned public roadways. The Township is not responsible for maintenance to state or private roads. Please contact Chester County Maintenance by calling 484-340-3200 for any concerns, safety issues and pothole related complaints. We have provided a list of state roads and privately owned roads in West Goshen Township to assist in differentiating.
West Goshen Township filed a lawsuit against Sunoco Logistics in March of 2017 after it was discovered that Sunoco Logistics was not abiding by the May 2015 settlement agreement, namely that Sunoco Logistics, without the required notice to West Goshen Township, moved the automatic valve locations for the Mariner II pipelines.
The Township has yet to determine why Sunoco Logistics has breached the Settlement Agreement, but the current litigation aims to determine why the breach occurred and find a remedy.
First, the project scuttled an approximately $35,000,000 approved land development project, namely Traditions Independent Living, at the unauthorized location of the Mariner II valve stations on the eastern side of Boot Road at Route 202. The Traditions development project would have provided approximately $400,000 in road improvements to the congested intersection of Route 202 / Boot Road / Greenhill Road. In addition, the project would have provided over $100,000 in building permit fees and significant earned income and real estate taxes to the Township. The Traditions project would have provided a nearby independent living facility accessible to retired Township residents.
Second, building a 10,000 square foot valve station on the eastern side of Route 202 at Boot Road effectively stops any economic development or land development of the remaining parcel, given that the proposed valve station is situated in the middle of the parcel. This parcel will become tax-exempt, given the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and many Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rulings that Sunoco Logistics is a tax-exempt public utility.
As of July 2018 and since early 2014, West Goshen Township has expended over $705,000 in legal fees fighting Sunoco Logistics. These legal fees are in addition to the countless Township staff hours devoted to this issue.
West Goshen Township may seek recovery of legal fees for this prolonged fight, but the Public Utility Commission would have to approve recovery of legal fees.
The project installation costs just for the 2 Mariner II pipeline projects is estimated at 3.5 billion dollars. Profits for Sunoco Logistics after project completion are unknown.
The current litigation should be complete by September 2018.
The Township enacted an ordinance in 2014 that prohibited the installation of private pipelines in residential areas, but following Sunoco Logistics’ approval as a Public Utility by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, the Township no longer had any jurisdiction over the installation of the pipelines.
No, West Goshen does not have a Per Capita Tax. We do have a 1% earned income tax which is handled through Keystone Collections Group, who can be reached at 724-978-0300. The Township collects 0.5% of the Earned Income Tax and the other 0.5% goes to West Chester Area School District.
Pursuant to Pennsylvania Act 222 of 2004, West Goshen Township has also instituted an Emergency and Municipal Services Tax in the amount of $52 per year for residents and non-residents employed in West Goshen Township.
The millage rate is 2 mills.
Sewer and trash are billed quarterly.
The taxes goes into the General Fund budget for the Township. This fund is responsible for maintaining the day to day operations of the Township. Just a few examples of how your tax dollars are spent include services such as:
Bulk trash collection is a special pickup for furniture and heavy appliances. No building materials, automotive parts, or tires will be collected. Items containing Freon or other refrigerants must have the refrigerant removed and tagged prior to bulk trash collection. Electronic wastes will not be collected.
Extra bags of trash will not be collected as bulk. Republic Services, for a fee, will come to your home for a special pickup. Call 610-869-2222 to make arrangements and to work out billing.
Bulk trash is picked up every Thursday. If bulk trash is scheduled on a holiday, it will be picked up the day after. If a holiday falls on a Monday, the Thursday trash pickup will also be postponed until Friday.
Electronic items may not be placed with regular or bulk trash. Electronic trash will not be accepted at Chester County Household Hazardous and Electronics Waste disposals. To learn more about disposal of electronic items, call 610-696-5266, ext. 4305 or reach out via email.
All service questions should be directed to 610-696-5266, ext. 4305 or submitted via email. Urgent questions or concerns after hours or during weekends should be sent via email for the quickest response.
Yes. West Goshen Township provides each resident household with one 96 gallon trash container. No additional containers of trash will be accepted. There is no limit to the amount of recyclables per household. Residents may request a second recycling Toter cart that is delivered to your door. Please contact Lisa Covatta at 610-696-5266 or by email to order a second recycling Toter cart.
Pickup begins at 6 am and ends at 5 pm. It is strongly recommended to place trash and recycling out by the curbside the night before pickup.
The holidays recognized by the trash service provider are:
Your trash will be picked up on the day after a holiday if the holiday occurs on a scheduled trash pickup day. If a holiday falls on a Monday, the Thursday trash pickup will also be postponed until Friday.
Recyclables are collected every Monday.
Acceptable/recyclable materials include:
Materials which are not acceptable/recyclable include:
Additional information is available at the Pennsylvania Recycling Hotline: 800-346-4242.
No, you may commingle your recyclables. The Township utilizes a "single-stream" recycling program. No plastic bags please!
Yes. Please flatten cereal boxes.
Refrigerators and air conditioners may be collected as bulk trash. The door from the refrigerator must be removed. Refrigerators and air conditioners must bear a sticker indicating Freon has been drained by someone certified for Freon removal and disposal.
With latex (water-based) paints, remove the lids from the paint cans, place in the sun, and stir occasionally to allow the paint to dry out. What will be left will be a thick material. Then place the open can with the lid off in the trash. You may also pour the paint into a plastic bag with absorbent material such as kitty litter. Put the plastic bag in with regular trash.
Oil-based paints must be disposed of through the Household Hazardous Waste programs.
Solid waste disposal in West Goshen Township is handled on a contractual basis. Due to the high expense for curbside leaf vacuuming, many disposal companies do not offer this service. In order to ensure competitive bidding for solid waste disposal, leaf vacuuming is not included in the bid. Residents are encouraged to compost leaves or to place leaves in bags and/or cans on leaf collection dates.
In compliance with standards set by Title 25 of the Pennsylvania Code, yard waste is no longer permitted to be burned in West Goshen. Open burning is prohibited in West Goshen Township.
Food waste makes up over 22% of all municipal solid waste. Backyard composting is a great way to dispose of food waste! For more information, visit the Chester County Solid Waste Authority’s Composting page.
Hazardous waste materials are identified by any of the following words:
You may call the Chester County Solid Waste Authority at 610-273-3771. Be sure to check the Chester County Solid Waste Authority’s Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Events page to learn more about any planned events such as dates and registration information.
Recycle motor oil, car batteries, tires, and antifreeze at your local service station.
The base amount for the quarterly sewer bill is $105 for residential properties, and the quarterly base amount for trash collection is $85. There is a 10% penalty if either bill is submitted late and a 0.75% penalty for each additional month.
Sewer and trash are billed quarterly after the service period has been completed. Bills are mailed in January, April, July and October and are due on the last day of the month in which it is mailed.
If you vacate your house for 6 weeks or more, you may suspend your trash service by notifying the West Goshen Billing Department by email. Sewer service is continuous and can not be discontinued.
Pennsylvania’s Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of July 1998 mandates that all municipalities with populations of 10,000 or more must implement curbside recycling programs and separate leaf waste from all other municipal waste. West Goshen Township is in compliance with this act.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act, visit the Local Recycling Program Reports page of the PA Department of Environmental Protection website.
Visit the Forms page to view and download general township forms. For Police Department forms, visit the Police Department’s Forms page.
Forms that require payment have to be printed out and then mailed with payment. Most of these forms can be filled out online before printing. Those that require signatures and other attachments might also have to be printed and mailed to the Township Administration Building. Check each form’s specific instructions before printing and submitting.
The Portable Document File (PDF) format makes it possible for anyone to view and print a document in its original layout. A software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view documents in PDF format. The Acrobat Reader software is free of charge and may be downloaded from the Adobe website.
The agenda for an upcoming public meeting will be available as soon as possible prior to the meeting. To view all currently posted agendas, visit the Agenda Center.
The West Goshen Township website features minutes from the meetings of the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, the Park and Recreation Board and the Historical Commission. These minutes are posted on the website shortly after they are formally approved or amended at the following month’s meeting. Some boards and commissions may not meet each month, so posting of meeting minutes may be delayed. The only Board that is required to meet monthly by the Pennsylvania 2nd Class Township Code is the Board of Supervisors.
To view all posted minutes documents, access the Agenda Center, or to view the pages for a specific body, visit the Boards and Commissions page.
Submit suggestions to the Township by email, please.