Zoning & Building Codes
The Zoning Ordinance amendment (2-5-19 A) Permitted Uses & Short-Term Rentals
Zoning Districts - to determine a properties zoning district, please reference the Zoning Map or contact the Township office.
Please note: Payment to the Township must be received with the application.
To find out what the fee amount is, please contact the office prior to dropping
off the applications.
Please note for the applicants who are submitting a Demolition application and are
expecting Storm Water credits, exact measurements of the structure(s) being
removed must be submitted on the application.
Storm Water notice!
As of August 4, 2015, all applicants requesting a permit, must submit a storm water application even if you are expecting a credit. If in doubt as to which application you need for your project, please contact the Zoning Officer at 717-844-3065. All water run-off must be contained and maintained on the property. Water is not allowed to run onto your neighbors property or the roadways!
STORM WATER ORDINANCE Amendment (2-4-2019 B) (Governing Greenhouses/High Tunnels)
SWM (2,501 - 5,000 sq. ft. accumulated impervious area) *** Escrow fund required
We ask that if you are planning on submitting a Storm Water plan (greater than 5000 sf) for review to Martic Township, that you also forward a digital copy to to the Township so that it can be shared with the Township Engineer and Solicitor.
*** You may ask 'what is impervious area'?
An impervious area is a surface that prevents or impedes the infiltration of water into the ground (water from reaching and soaking into the ground).
Impervious Surface Examples:
Anything with a roof; new buildings, pole buildings, sheds, etc.
Driveways (paved, stoned, gravel, etc)
Walkways/ walking paths
Crushed gravel surface
Compacted dirt, Land disturbance of any kind
Greenhouse/permanent structure (not a hoop structure which will be lowered and removed after the growing season)
This list is not a complete list of impervious examples. In in doubt, please contact either the Zoning Officer or the Township Engineer to discuss your specific project.
Non-Impervious Surface Examples:
Zoning Officer: Dennis Shenk,
(meetings by appointment only)
Building Code Inspector:
Commonwealth Code Inspection Company
All applications, are submitted to the Township office for processing. If you have any land use or permitting questions, please feel free to contact the Zoning Officer at
Martic Township does not have a Property Management Ordinance. The Township may not become involved with Tenant/Landlord disputes, as this is a civil matter between the two parties. Inspection requests, by Tenant's must be approved by the property owner/Landlord. You can read this informative document from the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP). It answers most questions and helps point you in the right direction. Another helpful resource is: Landlord & Tenant Guide.
Property line issues and/or neighbor disputes are a civil matter between the two property owners and the Township will not become involved. We recommend contacting an engineer to have a survey done of the property or an attorney to discuss your dispute.
Martic Township will investigate written complaints and we thank you for alerting the Township to a possible violation, however the Township will only follow up with the Complainant if more information is needed. We will not give an accounting of the outcome of the investigation.
We will NOT accept anonymous complaints!
Please be specific with the information regarding your complaint. Include the address where the violation is occurring, the specific type of violation and where it is located on the property. If possible, photos are welcome! You must sign and date your complaint. ALL complaints, once accepted by the Township, will be kept confidential (unless needed for testimony).
After submitting your complaint, either the Township Zoning Officer or the Road Foreman, will validate it. If needed, a letter will be sent to the violating property owner giving timelines for compliance. If these timelines are not met, an Enforcement Notice will be prepared and sent to the owner.