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Zoning Officer Job Description

Zoning Officer

The Township Zoning Officer is the inter between the Township Supervisors and Township residents relative to ordinance compliance issues. This position is responsible for working closely with Township residents to ensure compliance with the Township’s ordinances and in certain situations may need to implement legal actions to obtain compliance. The Zoning Officer is responsible for ensuring that the problems and questions of residents are attended to and are brought to the Supervisors' attention when necessary. Work is performed independently with supervision from the Supervisors, with decisions being made in accordance with established rules and policies.


•    Perform the day to day operations relating to Zoning Enforcement.
•    Issue or deny applications for permits in accordance with the provisions and procedures set forth in the Township Ordinance.
•    Receive and process applications for permits, certificates, variances, conditional uses, special exception uses, appeals and other applications required under the terms of the Township Ordinances.
•    Enforce the Township’s Ordinances as written in the Township Code of Ordinance, and shall not have the authority to permit any construction or any use or change of use, which does not conform to the Code of Ordinances.
•    Issue written enforcement notices as specified in the Township Ordinances, and to institute enforcement proceedings with the appropriate district justice on behalf of the Township as a means of enforcing the Ordinances.
•    Provide information pertaining to Township Ordinances to Township residents and others.
•    Make inquiries and resolve complaints regarding Ordinaces from Township residents or owners of property in the Township.
•    Examine land, buildings and structures to determine their consistency with the Township Ordinances at the time of application filing, during the work and upon completion of the work.
•    Perform routine weekly and systematic inspections throughout the Township verifying compliance with the Township Ordinances and issue violation notices, when applicable. 
•    Maintain a log of all applications, permits or certificates issued, variances granted, inspections made, reports rendered and notices or orders issued.
•    Prioritize all communications and respond to mail and emails, answer phone calls, faxes and emails, USPS mail and other correspondence.
•    A monthly written report shall be presented at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting with a copy given to the secretary 3 business days prior to Board meeting on all permits issued, denied and violations investigated.
•    Within five (5) days of approval at a Board of Supervisors meeting update the Township Ordinances and Official Zoning Map. 
•    Issue certificates of nonconformance as requested.
•    Process requests for hearings before the Township Supervisors and Zoning Hearing Board, as applicable.
•    Post notice of pending hearings and proposed zoning district boundary changes in accordance with the procedures established in the Township Ordinances.
•    Present facts, records, and other information to the Township Supervisors, Planning Commission, Township Solicitor, Township Engineer or others, as well as assist them in their deliberations of specific applications.
•    Inter with the Township Building Inspector, SEO, and Solicitor.
•    All files must be kept up-to-date and accessible.
•    File all required reports with Federal, State and Local agencies.
•    Flood Plan Management Coordinator.
•    Recycling Coordinator.
•    Attend training as directed.
•    Other duties as assigned.


•    High school diploma or equivalent
•    Proficient in Microsoft Word / Microsoft Excel / Internet Research / Email
•    Valid driver’s license
•    Reliable transportation
•    Ability to read, write and speak English
•    Ability to attend evening Board meetings


•    Ability to represent the Township with the public in a respectful manner
•    Ability to interact with land surveyors, developers and builders.
•    Ability to speak publicly to effectively communicate with members of the public, attorneys, judges, police officers and the township supervisors.
•    Knowledge of or ability to learn and understand zoning documents, construction methods, sewage systems and land surveying. 
•    Ability to operate the following equipment: personal vehicle, printer, fax, scanner, phone and any other equipment as directed.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•    The employee must be able to see, hear, walk, stand, sit, squat, climb stairs and ladders, etc.
•    The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.
•    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•    The employee works inside daily and occasionally outside and may be exposed to dirt, dust, noise, sewage, fumes, airborne particles, water, cold, heat, snow, rain and sunlight. 
•    The employee frequently works at a desk requiring long periods of sitting.


•    Formal application, rating of education and experience, oral interview and reference check, job related testing.
•    The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
•    The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.