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John Soloe – Zoning Officer/BCO
100 Newport Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064
Office: (610) 759-5341 x204
Email: zoning@rcn.com
Upper Nazareth Township adopted a Zoning Ordinance, dated July 2007, which regulates the use, density, size and location of buildings and other structures and a Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO), dated November 2005. Copies of these Ordinances may be purchased at the Township Municipal Building. Questions concerning the Ordinances should be directed to the Zoning/BCO Officer.

Zoning Map


Moving Permits
Any person moving in, out, or within Upper Nazareth Township must obtain a moving permit in order to comply with Township Ordinance #2 of 1963. Permits can be obtained at the Upper Nazareth Municipal building for a fee of $5.00.

Building Permits
Regulations for the Uniform Construction Code are being updated and changed continually. Permits are required for above-ground/in-ground pools greater than 24” in depth including blow up pools, additions, basements, road openings, electric, sheds, fences, demolition, driveways, decks, signage, new construction, chimneys, sewer/septic, just to name a few. If you have any questions about permits and before doing any type of construction, it is advised that you contact the Zoning/BCO Officer at 610-759-5341 ext. 204 to find out the current requirements. Permits are not required for re-roofing existing roofs where there are no structural changes, exterior siding and/or window replacements where items are replaced in kind. Fees are calculated by the cost and size of the project. All residential home improvement contractors are required to be licensed by the state. It is recommended that you ask your home improvement contractor for their state certification number. It is also your responsibility to check property/lot deed restrictions before signing permit applications.

Pool Permits
A permit is required for any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains over 24 inches or more of water (this includes blow up pools, in-ground pools, above-ground pools, and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas). A fence or similar enclosure surrounding the pool is necessary for pools/hot tubs/spas 48 inches and below. A fence shall extend not less than 4 feet above the ground and not more than 6 feet above the ground. A separate permit is necessary for a fence. All gates shall be self-closing and self-latching, with latches placed at least 4 feet above the ground. Raised decking of a swimming pool shall be a setback of a minimum of 10 feet from side and rear lot lines. An inspection by a third party inspector will be required to comply with the Uniform Construction Code Appendix G and the Upper Nazareth Zoning Ordinance.

Electrical Permits
Permits and inspections are required when upgrading your breakers or service panel.

Weed Restrictions
Upper Nazareth Township Weed Ordinance No. 145 states that no grass, weeds or other vegetation that is uncultivated is allowed to grow to a height over twelve (12”) inches. For a complete copy of the ordinance, please call the zoning office.

Before You Dig
Contact Pennsylvania One Call Systems, Inc. (3 business days is the law) by dialing 8-1-1 or dialing 1-800-242-1776 or visiting their website at www.paonecall.org for more information.

Complaint Policy
If you have a problem or concern, please fill out the Complaint Form and send it to the Municipal Building at 100 Newport Avenue, Nazareth, PA 18064.



The Upper Nazareth Township Zoning Hearing Board is made up of three members and one alternate that help assure fair and equitable application and administration of the zoning ordinance by hearing appeals on the zoning officer’s determinations and by granting relief from the literal enforcement of the ordinance in certain hardship situations.

The Zoning Hearing Board meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building when/if there is a zoning issue to be discussed.

Zoning Hearing Board Actions & Variances