Director of Planning and Municipal Development
235 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
- Use Registration Form
- 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan
- 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan
- 2015 Outdoor Dining Permit Application
- 2012/13 Historic Facade Grant Program Package
- Dekalb Street Two Way Presentation
- Fair Housing Law Flyer
- Open Space Plan (05)
- Zoning Fee Schedule
- Zoning process flowchart
- Signage Ordinance
- Downtown Norristown is Next
- 2016 JAG Application
The Planning and Municipal Development Department is responsible for ensuring that Norristown develops and grows in ways that are consistent with our vision of the kind of community we want to be:
- - Walkable and transit-oriented
- - Ample park and recreation amenities
- - Appropriately located retail, commercial and industrial development
- - Variety of homes for every taste, budget, and life-style.
You can learn more about Norristown’s vision by reading our Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan explains the goals Norristown has set for itself to create a better community, one that is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
Municipality of Norristown Zoning
Please use the Use Registration Form HERE for any changes in Zoning (Buying and Leasing Commercial Real Estate; Buying and Selling Multi-Family Residential Real Estate; Signs; Fences; Patio's, Decks, Sheds, etc.) If you have any questions regarding zoning, please call our office at 610-270-0451.
Zoning Ordinance Here
View the Zoning Map Here
Municipality of Norristown Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO)
Please click HERE to access the SALDO
Please click HERE to access A User's Guide to the Development Process
There are four principle ways in which the Planning and Municipal Development Department shapes development to ensure consistency with the Comprehensive Plan.
Subdivision and Land Developers
This includes working with developers, investors, residents and others to review and approve plans for new construction in Norristown.
Norristown is divided into areas (or zones). Certain activities or uses (e.g., hospitals, manufacturing, retail, multifamily housing and others) are allowed in certain zones in Norristown but not others. The Planning and Municipal Development Department is responsible for ensuring that the uses in each zone are allowed by ordinance.
Grants and Administration
Each year the Municipality receives over $2 Million in federal, state and county grants. The Planning and Municipal Development Department develops projects and programs using these funds, including the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program and the first-time home buyer assistance program.
The Planning and Municipal Development Department, in cooperation with federal, state, county government and other agencies and organizations, helps develop and guide important strategic initiatives intended to have a major impact on Norristown.
Whether you are planning to subdivide your property (divide a property into separate parcels), build two houses or an entire housing development, a new commercial building or a shopping center, your plans will go through a series of reviews to ensure that they are consistent with local and state laws. We call thisthe “Subdivision and Land Development Process.” We recommend that before you begin your project you familiarize yourself with the process by reading the User’s Guide to the Land Development and Building Permit Process(5). This brief guide will help you get started. You can then contact the Department of Planning and Municipal Development with any follow up questions at 610-270-0450.To further help you with this process, please find a Plan Submission(34) and Plan Recording Procedure(35).
Norristown is divided into areas or “zones.” While a certain activity may be allowed in one zone, it may not be allowed in another. For example, it is typically not legal to operate a business in a residential neighborhood. The Norristown Department of Planning and Municipal Development is responsible for enforcing local laws that restrict where an activity (or what we call a “use”) can be located.
You may be interested in opening a new business in Norristown or converting a single family home into two or more residential units. Both of these activities require that you first get “zoning” approval. For this reason, before you sign a lease or sales agreement for a property you hope to use for a new business venture, contact the Planning and Municipal Development Department, or fill out a “Use Registration Form(1).” Department staff will work with you to determine whether the use you envision is legal and what conditions may be applicable to your use and get back to you within 30 days.
There are other activities that require zoning approval, including the following:
- 1. Fences. Norristown’s zoning ordinance restricts both the height of the fence and how close the property line a fence can be placed.
- 2. Signs. There are Sign Ordinance(2) requirements regarding the size, style and type of sign. Sign installations must be approved the Department of Planning and Municipal Development prior to installation. Most signs also require a building permit, so be sure to check with the Code Enforcement Department before installing your sign.
- 3. Sheds. Norristown’s zoning ordinance regulates the placement and size of sheds.
- 4. Decks. The Zoning ordinance also regulates the size and setbacks for decks.
You can view the entire Norristown Zoning ordinance online(3).
Zoning is an important first step in the process of opening or relocating a business, and transferring ownership of a business, or other use in Norristown. Once zoning is approved, the building where you want to locate must be inspected by the Norristown Code Enforcement Department(4 to ensure that the space has all the safety features and other improvements required by law to support your business activity. You must be issued a Property Transfer/Change of Tenant Permit prior to moving into your new space. Contact the Norristown Code Enforcement Department for more information at 610-270-1441.
Questions? Contact the Department of Planning and Municipal Development at 610-270-0451.
Planning and Municipal Development
Municipality of Norristown
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