FAQs

Below you will find answers to some of Dover Township’s most Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Zoning and Building (16)

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A Stormwater Management (SWM) Permit Application must be completed for any improvements that will result in 100 square feet or more of new impervious (water cannot get through) surface.  Examples would include sheds, home additions, patios and driveways. A copy of our Stormwater Management Permit Application can be obtained by clicking the following link:

SWM Permit Application

The SWM application is typically completed at the time a building permit application is completed. Following the completion of a SWM application, Township Staff will utilize the following criteria in reviewing the application and information provided as part of the building permit application.

 

  • Will the project result in 1000 square feet or more of new impervious surface?
    • Yes, the applicant will be required to provide a SWM Site Plan which will require the services of a qualified professional. The completed SWM Site Plan will then need to be reviewed and approved by the Township Engineer before Township Staff can issue a SWM Permit.
    • No, Township Staff will review the SWM Application and will work with the Property Owner and/or Contractor to determine the Best Management Practice (BMP) to be used for managing rainwater runoff from the new impervious surface.

 

  • Does the project site qualify as a Disconnected Impervious Area (DIA)?
    • Yes, there are adequate on-site conditions to ensure that runoff from the new impervious surface will infiltrate into the soil and not leave the property. If the site is approved for a DIA, the completion of an SWM Permit will not be required.
    • No, some form of Structural BMP will be required such as infiltration beds, infiltration trenches, and/or Rain Gardens. The completion of a SWM Permit will be required.

 

A copy of our SWM Small Project Guide can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

SWM Small Project Guide

Our SWM Small Project Guide describes the on-site conditions necessary to qualify for a Disconnected Impervious Area (DIA) along with specifications and diagrams of the structural BMPs (beds, trenches, and Rain Gardens) that Township Staff can approve and permit.


The Property Owner and his/her Contractor are responsible to see that the structural BMP is constructed according to Township specifications and requirements. Dover Township will require a construction phase inspection to verify that these are being met.

The Small Project Stormwater Management Permit will also list the Property Owner’s responsibilities to Maintain and Inspect Structural BMPs.


Driveway permits are necessary if located within a public right of way.


Many projects related to home or property improvement do require permits.  Sheds 100 to 999 square feet require a zoning permit.  Zoning permits are also required for fencing, patios, some decks and some driveway repairs.

 

Larger accessory structures such as sheds, garages, additions, decks and pools require building permits.

 

The permit applications are the same and both require site plans, although building permits require two sets of specs to be submitted along with the application.

 

Fees for zoning permits are $50.00 plus any stormwater fee. Fees for building permits start at $50.00 (for a project with an estimated cost of less than $8,000.00); or $6.00 per each $1,000.00 of estimated cost of the project plus plan review fees and inspection costs, determined by our Third Party Inspection Agency plus any stormwater fee.

 

Many cosmetic home improvements do not require permits.

 

These projects may include:

  • replacement doors or windows with the same size doors or windows and no structural alterations.
  • replacing shingled roofing, including felt paper underlayment, flashing, gutters and downspouts with no structural alterations.
  • replacing siding with no structural alterations.
  • finishing basements that do not include bedrooms.  Mechanicals need to be sized appropriately for additional conditioned space.

 

In addition, any new project creating impervious area will require a Stormwater Permit Application, possible stormwater management for the project and a stormwater fee associated with the project.

 

 

Please call the Building Department at (717) 292-3634 if you have questions or for clarifications.


Sanitary Sewer Collections (14)

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Please provide the Township office with contact information such as telephone number and mailing address.  We recently made public announcements through our auto dialer system and were told by several residents that their neighbors got the call but they did not.

The reason:  We did not have your contact information.  PLEASE make sure you get the next notification should there be one, by providing us with your telephone number and e-mail address.


Dover Township owns and operates the Township’s water system.

The Dover Township Sewer Authority owns our sewer system, the Joint (inter-municipal) Interceptor and the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Dover Township operates our sewer system, the Joint Interceptor and the wastewater treatment plant.


The township taxes do not pay for the cost of utilities (water and sewer).  The utilities are paid totally by users’ fees.  Treatment costs for septic and holding tank wastes must be paid for by the contracting haulers.  It’s not fair for township residents that pay a sewer fee to subsidize residents that are not hooked into the sewer.


Between 8:00am and 4:30pm, please call Dover Township at (717) 292-3634.

After hours please call 911.


Taxes (7)

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The elected Tax Collector has a duty to collect current year taxes for three separate organizations.  They are the Dover Area School District, York County and Dover Township.  The Tax Collector collects the real estate taxes for all three of these entities.

As of 2016, the per capita has been repealed.

Delinquent Real Estate taxes are turned over to the York County Tax Claim Bureau at year end.


The Tax Collector can be reached at (717) 292-4046


The Tax Collector’s hours are:

Office Hours (as of 09-15-20):
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9am to 4pm

A drop box has been provided for your convenience in the front of the office for after hours.


The Dover Township and York County real estate tax bills are mailed by February 15th each year.  They are usually mailed in the same envelope.  The bill includes a municipal tax line item (Dover Township) and a county tax line item (York County).

Dover Area School District Taxes are mailed by July 15th of each year.

Where do I go to pay my real estate taxes?

The elected Tax Collector has an office at the Dover Township Community Building located 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315.


Brush and Leaf Collection (8)

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The criteria for a flagging road is based on traffic volume, the speed of the traffic and roads that have curves and hills that interfere with a motorist’s sight distance.


Dover Township has both a curbside collection program and a brush drop off facility.  The Brush Drop Off Facility is located at 2480 West Canal Road, behind the Township Municipal Building on Municipal Road.  It is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 7AM – 4PM.

In addition, the Township performs a curbside collection program for Brush in both the spring and the fall.  We also perform a curbside leaf collection service in the fall.  Please check our website or sign up to receive an emailed copy of our newsletter to be notified of the dates for these programs each year.


The brush drop-off facility currently accepts the following items:

  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Shrubbery

We cannot accept roots, rooted ground balls, or grass clippings. This policy is strictly enforced. Proof of residency may be required.


Our equipment in not designed to vacuum long or heavy objects they cause the vacuum tube to clog and heavy items such as logs can damage the impeller.


Water System (13)

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Water conservation is an increasingly critical concern for people across the globe.
According to the United Nations, more than one out of six people (1.1 billion) in the world lack access to safe drinking water, and more than two out of six (2.6 billion) lack adequate sanitation.
As global population continues to rise, the resulting increase in demand for clean water will put enormous strain on the environment and some experts predict that the global wars of the next generation will be fought not over fossil fuels, but water.
Pollution:

Scarce water resources are fragile and very susceptible to industrial contaminants from factories and agricultural runoff.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a very volatile and toxic class of odorless, tasteless chemicals that were used in the first half of the 20th century in many industrial applications. In the 1970s research proved that PCBs were highly carcinogenic and were making their way into the American water system in high concentrations. Since the 1970s their manufacture, use and transportation have been highly curtailed, though PCBs are just one of many potentially lethal water contaminants.

Water-borne vector diseases like malaria still plague many parts of the Third World and the use of pesticides to curb these diseases has equally harmful effects on water sources
Preservation and Conservation:

Preservation is the act of protecting existing water quality from future contamination and pollution. Conservation is the physical act of changing individual behavior to use less.
Depletion and impairment of water resources from irresponsible overusage results in shortages when demand outpaces supply. Droughts and shortages are especially prevalent in the American West and have reached critical levels in sub-Saharan Africa.

What Can We Do?

The average American household can conserve water and save money by implementing some very simple tips and advice. Repair leaky faucets and other outlets. Install low-pressure shower heads and low-flow toilets. Take shorter showers. Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full to capacity. Compost organic waste instead of running it through a garbage disposer. Water your lawn every other day in the summertime, and never between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizer. Wash your car from a bucket rather than at a car wash. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than running the faucet until it runs cold.


Turn off the water at the exterior. Make sure that the water supply is turned off completely at the main supply point. If the furnace should fail on a very cold day, water in a pipe could freeze and burst the pipe. To turn water off to the exterior please call the Dover Township Water Dept @ 717-292-3634Note: The water meter should be disconnected and Drained to prevent meter from damage.

  1. Open all faucets and drain all waterlines. If you live in an area where freezing pipes can be a problem, drain the toilets, the water heater (turn off the gas or electric supply first) and the expansion tank.
    • get a air compressor to blow the lines of excess water. Eliminate or dilute the water in drain traps by pouring an “RV” type antifreeze solution into them, as directed by the instructions.
    • Close the sink and tub drains.
    • If a house is to be vacant for a long time, you may prevent water in a toilet’s trap from evaporating (and thereby permitting sewer gases to enter the home) by raising the toilet’s lid and seat and covering the bowl with saran wrap.
    • Turn off and drain fountains and other sources of standing water.
    • Drain water from dishwashers and pour RV antifreeze. with refrigerators (with a water dispenser or an ice maker) and washing machines, following the manufacturer’s directions. Remove the water filter from inside the refrigerator.

It has been determined that a number of hot water heaters manufactured between 1993 and 1997 may have defective cold water supply dip-tubes. These tubes are designed to direct the cold water entering the heaters to the bottom, thereby forcing the previously heated water to the hot water outlet near the top of the tank. The defective dip tubes have been found to separate from the cold water inlet and, over time, disintegrate into minute pieces resembling crumbled eggshells.

This material can readily clog sink aerators and showerheads but is said to be non-toxic.


Many industrial and domestic water users are concerned about the hardness of their water. Hard water requires more soap and synthetic detergents for home laundry and washing, and contributes to scaling in boilers and industrial equipment. Hardness is caused by compounds of calcium and magnesium, and by a variety of other metals. Water is an excellent solvent and readily dissolves minerals it comes in contact with. As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves very small amounts of minerals and holds them in solution. Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water “hard.”

Dover Townships primary source of water supply is wells.

The hardness of water is referred to by three types of measurements: grains per gallon, milligrams per liter (mg/L), or parts per million (ppm). Typically, the water produced by Dover Township Water is considered “moderately hard”. The table below is provided as a reference.

 

WATER HARDNESS SCALE

Grains Per Gallon Milligrams Per Liter (mg/L)or Parts Per Million (ppm) Classification
less than 1.0 less than 17.1 Soft
1.0 – 3.5 17.1 – 60 Slightly Hard
3.5 – 7.0 60 – 120   Dover Twp. Moderately Hard
7.0 – 10.5 120 – 180 Hard
over 10.5 over 180 Very Hard

 

Hard drinking water is generally not harmful to one’s health, but can pose serious problems in industrial settings, where water hardness is monitored to avoid costly breakdowns in boilers, cooling towers, and other equipment that handles water. In domestic settings, hard water is often indicated by a lack of suds formation when soap is agitated in water, and by the formation of limescale in kettles and water heaters. Wherever water hardness is a concern, water softening is commonly used to reduce hard water’s adverse effects.


Utility Billing (4)

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This depends on your account number. If your account number beings with:

  • 0 – your bill months are January, April, July and October
  • 1 – your bill months are January, April, July and October
  • 2 – your bill months are February, May, August and November
  • 3 – your bill months are March, June, September and December
  • 6 – your bill months are February, May, August and November

You should always have your bill by the 5th of these months. If you do not receive your bill by that date, please contact the office for your bill amount due, so you can avoid late fees.

Typically your bill will be due on the 15th  of the same month.   After the due date a penalty will be assessed.

Make sure that if you move or are going to be away from home when your bill is scheduled to arrive, that you provide an updated address to us, so that you can receive you bill in a timely manner and avoid being charged a late fee.


Dover Township bills property owners only.  If your landlord has it in the lease that you are responsible for the water and sewer bills, it will be up to them to contact our office and authorize redirection of the bill.  We cannot change the bill based on the tenant notification.


You may pay by mail (no cash please), in the office (open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm), or use our drop slot (conveniently located in the vestibule area, which is accessible 7 days a week/24 hrs. a day).  You may also pay by credit card on our website ONLY by clicking here.  There will be a convenience fee if paying by credit card as we use a third party processor to process the credit card payments for security purposes.


Please provide the Township office with contact information such as telephone number and mailing address.  We recently made public announcements through our auto dialer system and were told by several residents that their neighbors got the call but they did not.

The reason:  We did not have your contact information.  PLEASE make sure you get the next notification should there be one, by providing us with your telephone number and e-mail address.


WWTP (16)

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Sludge is a generic term for the solids removed from any plant.  These solids are treated at this facility by aerobic digestion. This is a natural biological process that utilizes existing bacteria to stabilize the solids.  The stabilized sludge, called biosolids, must meet many strict State and Federal requirements before it can be applied to farmland.  The liquid biosolids are pumped to the  centrifuges where it is dewatered to approximately 20% solids concentration.  The dewatered biosolids have a look of damp rich soil and has an earthy/slightly musty odor.


The wastewater treatment system is owned by the Dover Township Sewer Authority and is leased to Dover Township to operate and maintain the system. Plant operation is done by highly trained and certified operators who are employees of Dover Township.  After a thorough training and exam process, operators are licensed by Pennsylvania DEP.


The plant has a diesel-powered emergency generator.


No, the plant is only staffed one shift per day.  The plant is continually monitored by computers with a complex alarm system.  The rotating on-call plant operators must responded to alarms and get to the plant within 30 minutes.


Stormwater (4)

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A Watercourse is a stream, river, brook, creek, channel, ditch or swale where water flows on a continuous, seasonal, or intermittent basis. A watercourse can be natural or manmade.


As the property owner, you are responsible to maintain the Watercourse. This means keeping it free of trash, debris, excessive vegetation, and obstacles that could block the flow of water. You also have the responsibility to prevent pollution and contamination of the water flowing through the Watercourse.


A Stormwater Management (SWM) Permit Application must be completed for any improvements that will result in 100 square feet or more of new impervious (water cannot get through) surface.  Examples would include sheds, home additions, patios and driveways. A copy of our Stormwater Management Permit Application can be obtained by clicking the following link:

SWM Permit Application

The SWM application is typically completed at the time a building permit application is completed. Following the completion of a SWM application, Township Staff will utilize the following criteria in reviewing the application and information provided as part of the building permit application.

 

  • Will the project result in 1000 square feet or more of new impervious surface?
    • Yes, the applicant will be required to provide a SWM Site Plan which will require the services of a qualified professional. The completed SWM Site Plan will then need to be reviewed and approved by the Township Engineer before Township Staff can issue a SWM Permit.
    • No, Township Staff will review the SWM Application and will work with the Property Owner and/or Contractor to determine the Best Management Practice (BMP) to be used for managing rainwater runoff from the new impervious surface.

 

  • Does the project site qualify as a Disconnected Impervious Area (DIA)?
    • Yes, there are adequate on-site conditions to ensure that runoff from the new impervious surface will infiltrate into the soil and not leave the property. If the site is approved for a DIA, the completion of an SWM Permit will not be required.
    • No, some form of Structural BMP will be required such as infiltration beds, infiltration trenches, and/or Rain Gardens. The completion of a SWM Permit will be required.

 

A copy of our SWM Small Project Guide can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

SWM Small Project Guide

Our SWM Small Project Guide describes the on-site conditions necessary to qualify for a Disconnected Impervious Area (DIA) along with specifications and diagrams of the structural BMPs (beds, trenches, and Rain Gardens) that Township Staff can approve and permit.


The Property Owner and his/her Contractor are responsible to see that the structural BMP is constructed according to Township specifications and requirements. Dover Township will require a construction phase inspection to verify that these are being met.

The Small Project Stormwater Management Permit will also list the Property Owner’s responsibilities to Maintain and Inspect Structural BMPs.


Highway (8)

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Regulatory signs require a traffic study.  Some traffic studies can be performed by our Public Works Director, while others require assistance from another agency.  Please contact our Public Works Director regarding specifics.

Non-regulatory signs like children at play, deaf child area, etc. do not usually require a study.  However, residents may be required to pay for the cost of installing such signs.  Please contact the Public Works Director with your issue to find out the details.


Northern York County Regional Police Department handles traffic enforcement within Dover Township.  Please visit their website here.


Driveway permits are necessary if located within a public right of way.


The minimum width is 33 feet; however you should contact the Township regarding your specific road as right of way widths do vary within the Township.


Trash and Recycling (16)

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Basic Service consists of:  4 bags, unlimited recycling and one large item per week.

Residents can chose to add cart service through Penn Waste.

The Minimum service is a pay by the bag service.

Contact Penn Waste at (717) 767-4456 or www.pennwaste.com for details and pricing.


We do have a special day for Christmas tree pick up in the Township.  Call our office at (717) 292-3634 or check the Township calendar to find out the date annually for pick up, However, if you missed the pick up you can put it out as a large item for pick up with your garbage.


Grass clipping can go right in your regular garbage for pick up.


If you see someone taking your recycling from the bin, call 911 to report it.  This is illegal.  The recycling collected in the Township is reported by the ton each year to the Department of Environmental Protection. The Township receives grant monies to help pay for brush and leaf collection costs through this funding.