Schwenksville Names Isett for Third-Party Services

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – The engineering firm of Barry Isett & Associates Inc. has been tapped by Schwenksville Borough Council to provide third-party services to the borough for building inspection, code enforcement, and zoning review work. It succeeds Castle Valley Consultants Inc., which is expected to close out its remaining work on open permits by the end of July.

Council members, who made the decision during their May meeting, described the change as “an effort improve the service provided to the borough, and to residents and business owners seeking to make improvements to their properties, start new businesses, or sell their properties.”

Isett, with offices in Phoenixville, “is much larger service provider” with more than 20 master code officials on staff,” the borough added in its recent newsletter announcement. It also can provide building code administration, property maintenance code enforcement services, zoning administration and resale, rental and change in commercial tenant inspection services, according to the borough.

Application submissions for building, zoning, pool, stormwater, highway occupancy, and other permits were moved online to the borough website, here, at the beginning of the pandemic.

Those submissions will continue, the borough stated, “although adjustments may be made to the administrative forms and paperwork.” Also due for adjustment: the borough’s fee schedule, “to ensure the application fees cover the full cost of services,” it said.

All applications must be properly submitted, and payments received, before being processed by Isett. Those questioning whether a permit is needed for their project should contact the borough, it added, and obtain all necessary approvals, if any, approval before work begins. Property owners relying on contractors must check to ensure they have filed and received the necessary permits.

Beware, the borough also warned. “Work without a permit results in the doubling of all permit application fees,” it said.

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