Township Ordinances

Barking Dog Ordinance (Ordinance 2006-08)
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this ordinance for the owner of any dog to cause or permit a dog or dogs to bark, howl, bay or otherwise make any repetitive barking noise or disturbance which results in a nuisance as defined in this ordinance.

Repetitive Barking Nuisance is the barking, howling, baying, or making of noise by dogs, which noise interferes with or deprives any person the peace, quiet, rest, sleep or legitimate enjoyment of his or her property within the township, and which barking has no reasonable or legitimate purpose to prevent trespass or harm to personal safety or property.

A nuisance shall be presumed by proof of the continual barking or making such noise for a period in excess of 5 minutes or intermittently for 1 1/2 hour or more during any day (24-hour period) and which is audible on any adjacent property or public right-of-way.

Upon the 1st offense the dog owner or keeper will be given a written warning notice by either certified letter, citation, or personal notice. After the initial written warning, anyone found in further violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance by a District Justice in a summary proceeding shall be ordered to pay a penalty of a minimum of $100 for the first offense, a minimum of $300 for the second offense and a minimum of $1,000 for the third and all subsequent offenses.

Noise Ordinance(Ordinance 2006-07)

The purpose of this ordinance is to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the resident’s of Uwchlan Township shall be protected from noise pollution and public nuisances from disturbing and/or excessive noise. This ordinance is intended to protect the physical, mental and social well-being of the resident’s of Uwchlan Township. This ordinance directly addresses excessive noise and vibration caused by:
  • Activities that create a nuisance, in that residents are deprived of the enjoyment of their homes, disturbed in their sleep, and otherwise prevented from the quiet enjoyment of their residential premise.
  • Noise or vibrations that are harmful to the health , safety and welfare of the Township’s inhabitants.
  • Related incidents that affect the property values of residences in the township and incidents that affect the public welfare by reflecting negatively on the quality of life in the residential areas of the township.
  • The conduct and operation of business and industry within the township, incidents that disturb the peace and good order of the township and those which create noise pollution.
The ordinance also addresses the hours of operation for business operations and for power equipment operated by property owners. Most uses of power equipment, or any other equipment which creates unreasonable noise, is prohibited between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. with the exception of Sunday morning, during which the restriction is in place until 9 a.m.

This time frame is also the established time frame for parties and other social gatherings where excessive noise and vibrations would also be prohibited between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. with the exception of Sunday morning, during which the restriction is in place until 9 a.m.

There are occasions where a special variance may be permitted. Any variances would be requested by the event organizer in advance of the event and reviewed by the township officials in advance of the event. Fines associated with violations of this ordinance range from $100 to $1000 depending on the circumstances related to a specific incident.

Curfew Ordinance (Ordinance 2006-02)
It shall be unlawful for any minor who has not attained the 18th anniversary of the date of his birth to remain in or upon any street, public place or any establishment in the Township of Uwchlan between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. of the following day, official township time.

This section shall not apply to any minor accompanied by a spouse 18 years of age or older, a parent, a legal guardian or any adult 21 years of age or others designated by the parent or legal guardian to be responsible for the care and custody of the person of such minor, or to minor upon an errand or other legitimate business directed by such minor's parent, legal guardian or to any minor who is engaged in gainful, lawful employment during the curfew hours; provided the minor carries identification and evidence in writing to this effect.

False Alarm Ordinance (Ordinance 2004-03)

The Uwchlan Township Police Department has for some time been burdened with responding to numerous false alarms at area residences, businesses and industries, an action that not only cost the Township unnecessarily, but also poses safety problems.

The Board of Supervisors, citing rising costs of police service as well as the problems cited herein, has deemed it necessary to increase fees to compensate for the costs incurred.

The Board of Supervisors amend Ordinance 94-12 as follows:

False Alarms

CONSENT to pay costs; schedule of costs:
a.  Unchanged

First, second and third false alarm / activation per calendar year: WARNING


Fourth and fifth false alarm / activation per calendar year: $50.00 per alarm


Sixth and subsequent false alarm / activation per calendar year: $100.00 per alarm