Actually, not according to the law. I will spare readers of the long long correspondence I received from a man in Pennsylvania.If you want to build anything better, sorry, now you need an on site engineer, environmental impact analysis etc...
It was originally posted in a YAHOO GROUP (which is no longer available).
(But I downloaded the archive, heh heh)
The soundbite version resolved to:
... I then ask him to let me see the "Application For Building Permit"
form and perhaps that will shed some light as to how one become
subject to the building regulations.
I pointed out to him that the form clearly stated that it was only
the undersigned "applicant" who promises to abide and conform to the
building code, inspections and other regulations such as the EPA,
etc. I told him I was not born an "applicant".
I then asked him to bring forth a copy of the PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPALITIES PLANNING CODE (the PMPC). It reads:
"Applicant," a landowner or developer, as hereinafter defined, WHO HAS FILED an application for development including his heirs, successor and assigns.I pointed out to him that an "applicant" is not all landowners or
developers but only the landowner or developer who HAS filed an
application for development. "Has" is past tense. One is not, by
definition an "applicant" until he HAS filed or submitted an
To make a long story short, the zoning officer never got back to me
so I went directly to the Township Supervisors and asked them to
bring forth the law that requires me to submit an application for a
building permit. I did not hear from them so I called one of the
supervisors at home and he said to me:
"I asked our solicitor if there was a law or ordinance that requires
anyone to submit an application for a development or building
permit?" The supervisor then said, "You know, it is the damnedest
thing, that solicitor just stood there, looked me square in the eyes,
and said, "I am unable to answer that question." Then he walked away.
Notice he did not say he did not know the answer to that question,
only that he was UNABLE to answer it.
END OF EXCERPT
Again, I urge everyone to READ THEIR OWN LAWS.
You won't believe what you find until you read it for yourself.