General Information

ALARM SYSTEMS: Several changes were made to the Alarm Systems Chapter of the Township Code throughout 2015.  For more information, please review the Summary of Changes to the Alarm Ordinance document and the full text of the Amended Alarm Ordinance.

Alarm System Registration
:  Alarm registration is voluntary, but important.  Without a current registration form on file, the West Chester Police Department may not be able to reach you in an emergency.  Be sure to submit the Alarm Registration Form to the West Chester Police Department annually (there is no charge).

False alarms are billed by the West Chester Police Department at the following rate:
First false alarm per calendar year - Warning;
Second false alarm, $50.00;
Third false alarm, $100.00;
Fourth false alarm, $100.00;
Fifth false alarm and any subsequent false alarm $250.00. 
We are no longer billing for an annual alarm system permit.

BUILDING PERMITS: Building permits are required to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure or change the occupancy of a building or structure requiring greater strength, exit-way or sanitary provisions or change to another use or install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the State Wide Building Code (UCC) adopted by the Township.

Prior to building or making any changes in a structure or building or in the use of a structure or building you should check with the Zoning Officer to ensure that the proposed change is permitted by the zoning ordinance. Building permits are required for (but not limited to): sheds, garages, pole buildings, houses, barns, porches, decks, dormers, swimming pools. Please see our Forms Page for more info: click here

CURFEW: It is unlawful for a minor (or individual under the age of 18) to be or to remain in or upon a public place at any time between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. except that on Fridays and Saturdays nights and on all nights between June 15th and September 15th, of every year, the hours shall be from 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.

The above provisions do not apply to any minor accompanied by his/her parents; or when the minor is engaged in employment or is in transit to or from his place of employment, or when the minor is returning home, by direct route from and within 30 minutes of the termination of a school or other activity which he or she attended or participated in or when the minor is seeking or providing aid in an emergency situation concerning imminent danger to life or property or both.

FIREARMS: It is unlawful to fire or discharge any firearm within East Bradford Township except under the following conditions:

  1. The use of firearms is permitted when hunting in conformity with the game laws and other applicable laws, regulations and ordinances of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the township, provided that any person hunting upon the land of another shall have the written permission of the owner or lessee of the property and shall have the written permission on his/ her person.

  2. The use of firearms is permitted on target ranges, indoors or outdoors, under the supervision of the owner or occupant at the land or his or her duly appointed representative.

The definition of Firearms includes: air guns, air pistols, spring guns or pistols, shotguns, rifles, automatic pistols and/or any handgun of any caliber.

SOLICITORS' PERMITS: Are required for anyone soliciting door to door in the township. If a solicitor comes to your door, request to see the Township Solicitors Permit issued to them with their photo attached. Some non-profit organizations are not required to have a permit but still must register with the Township. If you have a concern about a solicitor, please do not hesitate to contact the West Chester Police Department at (610) 696-2700. Solicitors Permits Applicaitons are available on our Forms Page.

OPEN BURNING: All outdoor burning, in open fires, brush, grass or wood (leaves may not be burned) shall be performed only in compliance with the following conditions :

  1. The burning shall be located at least fifty (50) feet from any and all boundary lines, buildings, structures of any kind, public roads, curbs, sidewalks, utility poles, trees, shrubs and other combustible materials.

  2. The burning shall be performed only between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

  3. A responsible adult, eighteen (18) years of age or older, shall be in attendance during the entire duration of the burning.

It is illegal for any person to intentionally, maliciously or negligently burn, or cause, permit or authorize to be burned, garbage, leaves, paper, rubbish, plastics, rubber, oil-based materials, noncombustible materials or any material which when burned emits noxious, offensive or harmful smoke, odor or fumes.

Fires during drought - it shall be illegal for any person to light or attempt to light or to cause, permit or authorize another to light or attempt to light or otherwise kindle any outdoor fire when a ban on such fires has been publicly announced in a time of drought.

Extinguishment of dangerous fires - any fire on public or private property may be extinguished by the local fire company either with or without the consent of the landowner or person in charge, if in the opinion of an official (fire, police, township) they feel such fire constitutes a danger to persons or property.

We recommend that you contact the West Chester Police Department when you are going to burn giving your name and address, so that they are aware that you are doing a controlled burn.

ANIMAL CONTROL: Pennsylvania State Act 437, provides: It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep at all times such dog either confined within the premises of the owner, or firmly secured by means of a collar so that it cannot stray beyond the premises, or under reasonable control of same person, or when engaged in lawful hunting or field training accompanied by an owner or handler. The Township has a contract with the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A. to enforce this state law. In addition, on or before January 1st of each year the owner of any dog three months old or older is required to purchase a license for such dog, at the county treasurer’s office. Applications for dog license are available in the Township Building or visit  for more information.

MINI-BIKES, SNOWMOBILES, ETC.: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motorcycle, mini-bike, trail-bike, motorbike, snowmobile, or similar type motor vehicle on the sidewalks, footpaths, parks, or other real property within East Bradford Township belonging to any person or persons, corporation, East Bradford Township or other type of entity, other then that owned by the operator of the type of vehicle hereinbefore described, or the parents thereof or the person standing in loco parentis thereto, unless said operator has obtained prior written permission to do so from the owner of said real property.

TOWNSHIP ROADS: There are a total of 72.17 miles of roads in the Township; 54.7 miles are Township roads and 18.4 miles are State highways. Township roads are maintained by the Township Public Works Department who are responsible for resurfacing, patching, signs, storm water drainage and snow removal. Questions about Township roads should be directed to the Township Office (610) 436-5108. Questions regarding State highways should be directed to the PA Department of Transportation Chester County Maintenance Office 484-340-3200.

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