How do I complain about or commend a police officer?
Citizens are encouraged to assist the Department by reporting all compliments or complaints to the Staff and Inspections Unit (610-645-6250) on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You may report a complaint in person, by letter, or by phone and the report can be anonymous. During weekend and evening hours, you may contact the Communications Center at 610-649-1000 and request an on-duty police supervisor. You may also use the linked complaint form and submit it via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), conventional mail, or bring it to the police station.
The Police Department welcomes compliments. If you are impressed by an officer’s professional demeanor, prompt response to a particular incident, or simply his or her courteousness, you are encouraged to mail or e-mail (email@example.com) a brief note to the attention of the Superintendent of Police who will ensure that the officer receives a copy of your letter.
Do I still have to pay EMST or OPT?
The Township will continue to collect EMST and/or OPT for any year prior to January 1, 2008. Taxpayers are still required to file the Fourth Quarter EMST return for the quarter ending December 31, 2007. This return is due on or before January 31, 2008.
How will the LST revenue be used by the Township of Lower Merion?
Act 7 requires municipalities to use at least 25 percent of the tax revenue for emergency services, including police, fire and ambulance protection. The remainder may be use for road construction or maintenance, property tax reduction, or property tax relief through the implementation of a homestead or farmstead exemption.
How many people does this affect?
It is estimated that approximately 41,000 people work in Lower Merion Township. Of that number, approximately 20% are Township residents; the remaining 80% are non-resident individuals who come into the Township and enjoy the many services and amenities provided by the Township.
When is payment of the LST due?
The LST is effective January 1, 2008 and provides that employers are responsible for withholding the LST for each individual subject to the tax. Employers are required to withhold the LST for each individual who reaches or is expected to reach the minimum level of $12,000 in annual compensation. Employers and/or self-employed individuals are required to remit the tax collected and file a tax return with the Township’s Department of Finance Business Tax Collections Office on or before the last day of April, July, October and January for the four quarters ending the last day of March, June, September and December. In the case of schedule C filers (self-employed individuals, Sole Proprietors, etc.), the entire $52 LST should be paid in the first quarter. If a self-employed or sole proprietor does not reasonably expect to have gross receipts of more than $12,000 from within the Township then an Exemption Certificate can be filed.
Will employers have to vary withholding amounts to make sure that $52 is collected from every employee?
No, the amount of LST paid for an individual will vary depending on the individuals hire date and/or termination date. Employers are only required to withhold the prorated amount for each per pay period that an employee works. The only situation which would require a lump sum catch up withholding is if an employee has filed an exemption certificate and subsequently exceeds $12,000 in income.
If LST is incorrectly withheld is there a refund process?
The Township will refund any overpayment of LST tax in excess of $1 to individuals that file a Refund Application with required documentation to demonstrate that they were not subject to the tax. In order to be refunded, the Township must have received the withheld funds from the employer.
Is there any way for those eligible for an exemption to avoid having LST withheld?
Yes, employees or individuals who had total earnings and net profits of less than $12,000 within the Township of Lower Merion in the prior calendar year (2007) and reasonably expect that they will not earn more than $12,000 in 2008 can file an Exemption Certificate to prevent LST withholding. Exemption Certificates and instructions are available on the township website. There are substantial penalties for filing fraudulent exemption claims.
Will any person who works in the Township be exempt from paying LST?
The Township’s ordinance provides a low-income exemption to individuals whose total earnings and net profits from all sources within the Township are less than $12,000 per calendar year. The LST also includes a new Active Duty Military Exemption for any individual called into active military service at any time during the tax year. Active military service does not include weekend or summer reservist training.
What differentiates the EMST from the LST?
The major difference between the EMST and LST is the manner in which the tax is withheld and paid. Unlike the EMST which was withheld in a lump sum, LST is withheld over the number of annual pay periods an employer has established for the calendar year. The LST also expands the available exemptions for employees.
What is the Local Services Tax (LST)?
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 7 of 2007 amended the Local Tax Enabling Act, Act 511 of 1965, to make major changes to the Emergency and Municipal Service Tax (EMST) effective January 1, 2008. The EMST is being renamed the Local Services Tax (LST) to better reflect how the funds are used by municipalities. Like the EMST, the LST is a payroll tax in the amount of $52 per year paid by ALL individuals (employed or self-employed) who work in the Township and are not eligible for an exemption.
Where can I find information on the Township’s outstanding debt?
The Township’s CAFR and annual Budget contain extensive information on the Township’s debt. Further information is available on the Finance Department website under Township Debt.
Where can I review a copy of the Township's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) or Budget?
Copies of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Budget can be reviewed at any of the Township Libraries and are available on the Finance Department website.
My smoke detector is chirping, what does that mean?
Most modern smoke detectors will chirp to alert you the batteries are low, you should replace the batteries and test your smoke detector. Smoke detectors can be purchased at any hardware or large commercial department store.
Are fire pits permitted in the Township?
Yes they are. With the recent popularity of fire pits increasing, fire safety has become even more important. There are many things you should consider while setting up and using a fire pit.
Keep away from flammable material and fluids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid or vehicles while in use.
Keep it a minimum of 15 feet away from buildings.
Do not use flammable fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid to light or relight fires.
Exercise the same precautions you would with an open fire.
Do not allow children to use the fire pit. Keep children and pets away.
Do not wear flammable or loose fitting clothing such as nylon.
Do not burn trash, leaves, paper, cardboard, or plywood. Avoid using soft wood such as pine or cedar that likely pop and throw sparks. Use of seasoned hardwood is suggested.
Before starting the fire, make sure that the lid will still close to extinguish the fire in case of emergency. Do not overload.
Before you light the fire, check the wind direction.
Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby.
Can I burn leaves and/or sticks on my property?
No. Open Burning in the Township is prohibited due to changes to Chapter 78, the Fire Prevention Code of the Township of Lower Merion in September 2008. Because Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards do not allow open burning, the Township’s open burning ordinance was repealed to remain in compliance with state standards. This action was duly advertised and the Board of Commissioners took formal action on September 17, 2008. The Township appreciates citizen compliance with this important safety measure.
Do you have any parks where my dog can be off leash?
Yes, but a permit is required. Please follow this link to more information reguarding our off leash dog program
How does the Township define “curbside collection”?
Curb-side collection is defined as any point within five feet of the curb line. Any collection point beyond five feet is considered an enhanced level of service, or rear-yard collection.
How do I get a crash report?
Crash Reports are available at the front counter of the Public Safety Building. There is a schedule of fees for various types of reports. Please call 610-645-6290 to request the report or additional information. Additionally, crash reports may now be purchased online 24/7 by visiting www.docview.us.com. Additional fees may be charged by this online document service.
Yes, the list of currently approved (as of 9/30/2010) student homes is available as a PDF.
How long does the solicitor permit application process take
The turn around time from the submission of the application to the permit actually being issued is between 7 to 10 business days. The permit must be picked up by the individual on the application itself.
What is required for the Solicitor Permit
The completed application, two passport photos, a copy of a verifiable form of government identification (Drivers License or Passport) and the application fee.
What are the costs associated with a Solicitor Permit
There is a $150.00 fee per applicant. Payable in the form of cash or check only. The check is to be made out to the Township of Lower Merion.
How do I obtain a Solicitors Permit
You may download the application for the solicitor permit located under the Permits and Forms section.
Who must obtain a Solicitors Permit
A solicitors permit is required for anyone canvasing the township offering services, wares or goods for sale. Exemptions for the permit requirement are as follows; This article shall not apply to boys or girls under 16 years of age who take orders for and deliver newspapers, greeting cards, candy and the like for schools or school-related associations or scholarships, or who represent the Boy Scout and Girl Scout or similar organizations and take orders for and deliver cookies and the like, nor to any person who works for an organization which has registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State, as required by that statute known as the "Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act,"as amended from time to time, or which is exempt from such registration.
How much are my subscription fees?
The basic one-container subscription has changed from the 2016 rate of $292 to $307 for 2017. Each additional container costs an additional $61.
For those who place refuse/recycling for collection at the curb, no further fees were incurred.
Solid Waste Fee Subscriptions
One Mini-Can (20-gallon container)
1 Container (up to 45-gallons)
Rear Yard Collection Fee (optional)
Is curbside collection mandatory for multi-family units or townhomes?
All multi-family dwellings of four units or less are required to subscribe to Township solid waste collection by choosing a container level per unit as well as the rear yard collection option per unit if the collection point(s) for the refuse and recycling generated is more than five feet from the curb.
What will happen if I don't comply with curbside collection?
Households that do not subscribe to Rear Yard Collection will be required to place their trash at the curbside, which is within five-feet of the curb line. If you fail to do so, you will be given a notice of violation. Violations beyond two violation notices will result in automatically being charged and separately billed the full annual $210 RYCF.
What will be the cost to receive Rear-Yard Collection?
Customers who prefer to place their refuse/recycling further than five-feet from the curb line will now be required to subscribe to this service. The cost to receive rear yard collection will be an additional $210 annually.
Citizens who currently receive rear-yard collection may opt to discontinue this level of service to avoid the $210 fee.
Customers who do not subscribe to rear-yard collection will be required to place their trash for collection at the curb line. Rear-yard trash containers will not be collected without a subscription for this enhanced level of service.
What about households where no one is physically able to place their refuse/recycling within five-feet of the curb line?
The Township offers a program to exempt qualified disabled homeowners who meet certain criteria from paying the fee to maintain rear yard collection service. Customers who wish to apply for this exemption can obtain an application here or call the Township’s Public Works Department at (610) 645-6150 for an application.
A waiver of the rear yard collection fee will be granted when the subscriber’s application includes a doctor's confirmation that he or she is disabled and not able to transport a 50- pound refuse container to the curb for collection. Waivers will not be granted to those who reside with others who are physically capable of bringing trash containers to the curbside.
If a subscriber has previously filed a waiver form along with documentation from their doctor indicating a permanent disability, the Township will allow the annual waiver form to be re-certidfied by the disabled subscriber (without a doctor's signature). The subscriber must also re-certify that there are no others residing in the home who are physically capable of brinigng the trash to the curbside. All other requests for a disability waiver must be submitted along with confirmation of the disability form their doctor.
Are there any incentives to reduce trash disposal?
Charging increased fees for each container set out for collection is an incentive for citizens to decrease the amount of waste generated at their household. A further incentive to reduce trash disposal was the creation of the new “mini-can” option. This option is available only to subscribers whose one-container level of service is a maximum 20-gallon capacity. The “mini-can” subscription level would actually lower the annual fee to $215 for those choosing that option.
There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can place for collection.
Does the Township offer a Senior Citizens Discount?
The Township currently offers Solid Waste customers that meet certain requirements, including income levels, a Senior Citizens rebate, which is 20% of the single container subscription. Applications forms are available on www.lowermerion.org or you may call (610) 645-6146 for more information.
NOTE:Senior Citizens rebates are not applicable to the Mini-Can subscription level or for Rear Yard Collection.
How does the Township define a container size?
Customers throughout the Township use many different sizes of trash cans. One standard container is defined as a container with a capacity of up to 45-gallons.
I currently have a 30-gallon container. Can I increase the size of my container to reduce my 2016 subscription level?
The Township will accept up to a 45-gallon container (weighing up to 50 pounds) for collection. Citizens whose current containers are smaller than 45-gallons may be able to reduce their subscription level and subsequent fees by purchasing the maximum capacity container. Each household should carefully consider the subscription level and container size that works best for them. Remember: regardless of size, no container can contain more than 50 pounds of refuse/recycling.
When will I choose my subscription level for 2018?
The 2018 subscription form is at the bottom of the subscription letter mailed to customers in early November. Selections must be made and returned by mid-December (specific date TBA) and are effective January 1, 2018.
If I don't want to change my level of service, do I need to return the subscription form?
It is encouraged, but not required. Since the Township is not implementing any service changes in 2017, it is not necessary for all solid waste collection customers to return the subscription form. However, due to the new fee schedule implemented in 2017, residents should take this opportunity to reassess their choices and report their subscription levels to the Township.
What do I do about a sanitary sewer problem?
Contact the Public Works Department at 610-645-6150, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For sewer emergencies after normal working hours or on weekends, contact the Lower Merion Township Police Department at 610-649-1000.
What is the current method for Township refuse and recycling refuse pick-up?
The Township provides collection and disposal services to all single-family dwellings, all two-family dwellings and all apartments containing four or fewer dwelling units. Collection by the Township is optional for residential buildings of five to fifty units, but not from dumpsters. The Township does not collect commercial waste.
Trash is collected once a week at curbside or from the rear yard by municipal employees. Residents are also required to recycle plastic, glass, aluminum food and beverage containers (comingled) and mixed paper which is collected once every two weeks by municipal employees. Residents are charged a Solid Waste Fee based on thier container subscription level. There is no limit on recyclables.
What is the Solid Waste Fund (SWF)?
The SWF is an enterprise fund which is intended to be self-supporting through user fees charged for services to residential customers. The purpose of the SWF is to account for revenues and expenditures related to the state mandated disposal of refuse and recycling.
Will my trash still be picked up once a week if a new collection option is selected?
Yes, there would still be weekly trash collection. Recyclables would continue to be collected every two weeks.
What is the Sanitary Sewer Rental Rate?
The current sanitary sewer rate is $4.51 per thousand gallons of water consumption.
How do I find out what goods and/or services are being bid by the Township?
Formal Bids (those valued at $19,400 or over) are available on-line in the Current Bid section in the Purchasing Division section. In addition, bids are advertised in the Legal Section of the Main Line Times.
Are there dollar limits which govern the purchasing procurement method?
Yes. They are as follows:
Individual Township departments may make purchases via their own staff for supplies/services where the value does not exceed $3,000 and are NOT under contract via annual supply contracts. The Purchasing Division will obtain price quotes for supplies/services where the value falls between $3,000 and $10,500. For purchases between $10,500 and $19,400 the Township adheres to the First Class Township Code and solicits multiple quotes from qualified suppliers.
For most purchases exceeding $19,400 formal sealed bids are required. This requires that an advertisement be placed in the local paper with a set time and place for receipt of a sealed bid.
Will the Township accept faxed bids?
Bid quotes valued under $10,000 can be faxed. Sealed bids and Request for Proposals that exceed $19,400 in value cannot be delivered via fax.
Where and when are bid openings held?
Bid openings are generally held at the Township Administration Building, 2nd floor, Board Room at 11:00am.
What are the different types of smoke detectors?
There are many different smoke detector/alarms available on the market but they fall under two basic types:
Ionization alarms sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs. Photoelectric alarms are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoking fires. There are also combination smoke alarms that combine ionization and photoelectric into one unit, called dual sensor smoke alarms.
Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because homeowners cannot predict what type of fire will occur in a home, the USFA (U.S. Fire Administration) recommends the installation of both ionization and photoelectric or a dual sensor smoke alarms.
The Lower Merion Fire Department reminds you to change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. An easy reminder is to change your batteries when you change your clocks!
Where should smoke detectors be placed in our home?
For complete coverage in residential homes, smoke detectors should be installed in all rooms, halls, storage areas, basements and attics. Minimum coverage is one detector on each level.
However, we suggest that you:
Put a smoke detector in every sleeping quarter.
Put a smoke detector on every floor of your home.
Put a smoke detector as close to the center of the ceiling as possible.
Acceptable locations are no closer than 4" from side wall. You may mount on the wall at least 4" from the ceiling, but no more than 6" from the ceiling.
How do I obtain a Dog License?
Dog LIcenses will be sold at the front counter of the police station Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm effective January 2, 2008.
Dog Licenses are also available on line, please use the following link to obtain your license.
Installing a pool in Lower Merion requires a building permit. Please click here for pool permit requirements.
What are residents required to do to assist the sweeping process?
Citizens must avoid parking cars in the street on the days their district is scheduled for sweeping.
Which streets are swept?
Only streets with curbing are swept, which amounts to approximately 410 curb miles. The fall sweep tends to be the most challenging because of the number of leaves that collect on Township streets.
Should residents rake leaves into the street?
Residents should be aware that under no circumstances are leaves to be raked into the street for pick-up by these machines. A street sweeper is not designed to handle bulk leaves and the contractor is instructed to go around raked out leaves.
Why doesn’t the Township collect leaves raked into the street?
The Township does not collect leaves in the street because of the sheer volume, the number of roadway miles for which the Public Works Department is responsible and the staffing it would take to accomplish such a task. Also, leaves piled in the street are considered a hazard. They wash into and clog storm sewers, they are slippery when wet and they can be a fire hazard to parked cars with hot exhaust.
What should residents do with their leaves?
Leaves from private property are to be put in biodegradable paper bags and placed by the curb for collection. They will be collected by Township personnel and taken to the Township’s compost site. It is ILLEGAL to burn leaves in the Township.
Where can residents purchase leaf bags?
Leaf bags can be purchased for .52 cents a bag plus tax, and $27.50 for 50 bags plus tax, at the Township’s Transfer Station, which is located at the Koegel Public Works Complex in Penn Valley, 610-667-1952 or at local hardware and home centers.
Who is my Congressman/State Senator/State Representative and their districts and County Commissioners/School District Board?
United States Congress, 2nd District Representative Chaka Fattah
2301 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
State Senator - 17th Senate District Daylin Leach
184 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
601 S Henderson Road Ste 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
148th Legislative District May Jo Daley
815 Fayette Street Ste 200
Conshohocken, PA 19428
House PO Box 202148
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2148
149th Legislative District Tim Briggs 554 Shoemaker Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
House PO Box 202149
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2149
194th Legislative District Pam DeLissio
6511 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19406
House PO Box 202020
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
Montgomery County Commissioners
One Montgomery Plaza
Norristown, PA 19404
Josh Shapiro, Chair
Leslie S. Richards, Vice-Chair
Bruce L. Castor, Jr, Commissioner
Board of School Directors
Contact: Jane Guelich
School Administration Building
301 E Montgomery Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
What Ward/District am I in?
This determination can be made by checking the official Township Ward map available in the Office of the Township Secretary and/or the Planning Department. In addition, both the current polling places and the Commissioners search forms mentioned below will return the Ward number for a street address.
Who is my Commissioner?
Call 610-645-6145 or e-mail the Township Secretary with your street address and the two closest intersecting streets to make this determination. You can also access the Commissioners using a Township search form.
When does the Board and its subcommittees meet and where?
The Board of Commissioners meets in the Board Room of the Township Administration Building, 75 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA every third Wednesday at 8:00 PM (except in August when the meeting is held in the community on the first Wednesday). Subcommittees of the Board meet monthly. Monthly calendars with the times and dates of the various weekly Committee meetings are available by contacting the Office of the Township Secretary. Meeting dates and approximate times are also posted on the Township's Government Access Channels (Comcast - Channel 7; Verizon - Channel 37) and on the Township Meetings page of the website. The monthly Board of Commissioners meeting and the Wednesday night subcommittee meetings are cablecast live on Channels 7 and 37.
How do I get to address the Board at a meeting?
Each Board meeting has two public privilege of the floor sessions during which citizens may address the Commissioners. The first session is to address matters appearing on the evening's agenda only. The second session is to address any matter or concern under which the Township has jurisdiction or authority which you may wish to bring to the attention of the Board. There is a three minute time limit for each individual addressing the Board. Sign in sheets are available at the entrance to the Board Room.
Where do I obtain a copy of an Ordinance?
Copies of Ordinances are available in the Office of the Township Secretary. There is a reproduction fee charged.
Where can I find your legal advertising?
Legal ads for Public Hearings, Notices of Intention to Adopt Ordinances, Bidding Proposals and special meetings are currently advertised in the Legal Classifieds - Main Line Life newspaper.
How do I get a copy of the minutes from public meetings?
Minutes from public meetings may be secured by contacting the Office of the Township Secretary 610-645-6145. A reproduction fee is charged.
How do I schedule a meeting with my commissioner?
Contact the Office of the Township Secretary to arrange this at 610-645-6145.
Where can I view the Township Code?
The Township Code is now available in an electronic format and may be viewed in the Township Administration Building and the Ludington Library. It can also be viewed online by using the link from the Codebook Online page. The print edition is available at all six Township libraries
How do I apply for a volunteer appointment to Township Boards and Commissions?
The Township has many Boards and Commissions which are staffed by qualified volunteer residents. Read the Boards and Commissions Handbook and contact the Township Secretary for more information at 610-645-6145.
Where do I secure permits for various projects and home improvements?
Contact the Building and Planning Department at 610-645-6200.
Where do I pay a traffic ticket?
A traffic ticket or citation should be paid within 10 days and mailed to the district court listed on the citation. There are three district courts in Lower Merion Township: Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd and Narberth.
What time does the Township open/close?
The hours of the Township Administration Building are from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Where can I look at historical records such as minutes and the budget?
The Office of the Township Secretary in the Township Administration Building during normal business hours. The Budget is also available at the six Township libraries and the Past Budgets page of the website contains previous budgets.
Where do I call to...
Report a pothole: 610-645-6150
Find out about snow removal and salting operations:
During a declared snow emergency: 610-726-7127 (storm command center)
After snow emergency has been suspended: 610-645-6150 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
For police, fire, or medical emergencies: 911
Report a missing or damaged street sign: 610-645-6150
Request a new street name sign: 610-645-6150
Request a no parking, speed limit or stop sign: 610-645-6260; Traffic Safety - Police
Report a storm water problem: 610-645-6150
Inquire about the Township’s recycling program: 610-667-1952 or 1953
To find out when my trash is collected: 610-667-1952 or 1953
Get a copy of the trash and recycling schedule: 610-667-1952 or 1953
For non-emergencies, please call the Public Works office at 610-645-6150 during normal working hours 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For non-emergencies after hours and on weekends, contact the Lower Merion Township Police Department at 610-649-1000.
The Township has an annual road resurfacing program. The scheduling of roads to be paved each year is based on a structural rating prepared by Township staff through annual inspections of the roadway surface. If you wish to obtain the rating number for your street and the approximate year in which the road is scheduled for resurfacing, please contact the Public Works Department at 610-667-1590 ext 709.
How do I contact the Refuse Division?
The Refuse and Recycling Division Office is located at the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley, PA 19072. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The telephone number is: 610-667-1952 or 610-667-1953. Saturday Telephone # 610-667-7035 for the Scale House.
How do I report a problem with, or learn more about, my refuse and recycling collection?
Each year in January the Township mails to all Township residents a packet containing information on refuse and recycling collection and the holiday collection schedule for the year. Should you have any questions about your refuse and/or recycling, or should you want an additional copy of this packet, please contact the Refuse Division at 610-667-1952.
How often does refuse and recycling collection occur?
Refuse is collected once a week between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Place it out before 7:00 a.m. so that your collection is not missed. Refuse collected curb side should be put out after 7:00 p.m. the night before collection. All containers must be retrieved no later than the end of the day of collection. For rear yard collection, driveways must be cleared of all vehicles on collection day.
Are there any days that the Township does not collect refuse or recycling?
Refuse and/or recyclable items are not collected on: New Years’ Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. You can also use a Township search form to determine your Refuse and/or Recycling holiday collection day.
How do I schedule the collection of additional refuse not provided for under the subscription level of refuse collection?
Bulky items and large appliances may not be placed out for regular refuse collection. You may obtain a Special "pick-up" application at the Public Works Department on the first floor in the Township Administration Building, 75 E Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, or at the Public Works Complex, 1300 N Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley or by download here (PDF). There will be an additional charge for this collection based on the amount or size of the item. You can save the pick up fee by bringing these items or additional refuse beyond your subscription level to the Public Works Complex where you will only be charged a disposal fee.
Bulky items, large appliances and other items normally collected with a special pickup are:
Auto Parts (150 lb. limit)
Couch or Sofa
Freezer (door removed)
Luggage or Trunk
Playground Equipment (dismantled)
Refrigerator (doors removed)
Toilet or Commode
Wood (over 3 ft. long)
Items other than those listed above may be subject to non-collection, in which case the fee for Special pick-up will be refunded.
What items can I recycle?
Recyclables include commingled items, mixed paper, and textiles. Commingled items include green, brown and clear glass; #1 through #7 plastics; and metal and bi-metallic food and beverage cans. You may have lids on these items. Place your commingled items in the yellow recycling bin supplied by the Township.
Mixed paper includes newspapers, magazines, catalogs, "junk mail", telephone books, notebooks and school papers (including spiral bound books), soft and hardback books and textbooks, shopping and pet food bags (without plastic liners), chipboard packaging (including nonperishable food boxes), beer and soda cartons and six-pack packaging, cracker, cake and cereal boxes (without plastic pouches or inserts). Mixed paper is to be tied or placed in brown kraft-type paper bags next to your recycling bin.
Corrugated cardboard is also accepted. Cardboard boxes must be broken down to 4' x 4' x12".
Textiles consist of clothing and fabric. Textiles are not collected by Township crews. They can, however, be taken to the Township’s recycling drop-off center located at the entrance to the Robert J. Koegel Public Works Complex, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley.
How do I dispose of leaves?
Leaves must be placed at the curb in biodegradable paper bags only for weekly collection on your normal collection day. Plastic bags not accepted. You may purchase the biodegradable brown paper bags from your local hardware stores or the Transfer Station at the Public Works Complex on Woodbine Avenue. The charges for the leaf bags are $0.52 per bag or $26 for 50 bags (plus tax).
Leaves are not to be raked, blown, or dumped in Township parks or properties. Leaves from residents' property are not to be raked or blown into the street. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BURN LEAVES IN THE TOWNSHIP.
How do I dispose of shrubbery and tree trimmings?
Small shrubs and tree trimmings may be placed in biodegradable paper bags. Other trimmings no larger than four feet in length, six inches in diameter, and bundled no more than eighteen inches in diameter can be placed for collection. Branches may be brought to the Transfer Station if under six feet in length. Logs six inches to eighteen inches in diameter may be disposed of by way of the pit for a charge of four cents a pound. We do not accept logs over eighteen inches in diameter. BURNING BRANCHES AND TWIGS IS ILLEGAL in the Township.
How do I dispose of grass clippings?
Grass clippings are not recycled by the Township. They may be disposed of with your regular refuse. Do not mix grass with other yard waste which is recycled. A recommended disposal method is to leave grass clippings on your lawn as they act as a natural fertilizer and can help improve the soil.
How do I dispose of motor oil?
While the Township does not accept motor oil for recycling, the following service stations will do so: Haliman Sunoco, Woodside & Lancaster Avenues, Ardmore; Fritsch’s Exxon, Montgomery & Woodside Avenues, Ardmore; Mike’s Amoco, 500 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford; and Laird’s Gulf, 949 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth.
You can also bring it to the Hazardous Waste Collection Day at the Koegel Complex in Penn Valley. This is usually held on Sunday in October and will be advertised well in advance on this website and on social media.
How do I dispose of items considered to be hazardous?
Montgomery County sponsors collection weekends each year in October. This program will allow residents to dispose of hazardous waste which includes, but is not limited to, automotive products such as motor oil and antifreeze; paint products such as turpentine, paint remover and furniture stripper; household pesticides, herbicides, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, rug cleaner and other items such as swimming pool chemicals, asphalt sealer, etc.
May municipal trash containers be used for household trash?
Depositing household or business trash into containers located in municipal parking lots is prohibited.
Whose responsibility is the maintenance of the trees?
The trees located within the right-of-way are the responsibility of the Township to maintain. Trees located outside the right-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner. Upon request, the Township Arborist will inspect a tree to determine if it is located within the right-of-way.
What is the right-of-way?
The right-of-way consists of the street plus a strip on each side for curbs, sidewalks and utilities such as electric cables; telephone, water and gas lines; and sewers. For shade trees, the important dimension is the distance from the curb to the edge of the right-of-way. This distance varies from street to street and also sometimes within the same street. A property owner who wishes to determine whether a specific tree is within the right-of-way may obtain this information from the Township Arborist at 610-667-1590 ext 240.
How can I get a tree trimmed, removed, planted, etc.?
You may contact the Shade Tree Division at 610-667-1590 ext 240 and leave your name, address, telephone number and a brief message. The Township Arborist will investigate your request and contact you once the inspection is complete. As the Public Works Department receives numerous requests for tree plantings and maintenance, several days may elapse before the Arborist can provide you with any information.
Who is responsible for the sidewalk and curb that borders my property?
The property owner is responsible for the maintenance, repair and/or replacement of sidewalk and curb abutting their property. A permit from the Public Works Department is required for any work done within the right-of-way.
Who do I contact to have a street light repaired?
To report a malfunctioning street light , contact the Public Works Department at 610-645-6150. It is important to provide an accurate location of the pole – either an address or the pole number – to insure a prompt response.
How do I request a new street light?
Requests for street light upgrades will only be considered if seventy-five percent (75%) of the affected property owners petition the Township for the expansion or upgrade. All requests for street light expansion and/or upgrades must be received in writing by the Public Works Department. Public Works staff will review the request and provide a recommendation for approval or denial to the Public Works Committee of the Board of Commissioners based on prioritization parameters and the available funding allocated in the Township’s Capital Improvement Program.
What is the schedule for street sweeping?
Street sweeping is scheduled several times a year, in March, mid-summer and late fall. The Township is divided into 10 sweeping districts. With a new private contractor in 2017, the process takes about a week or longer, depending on weather conditions. The fall cycle will likely take longer.
No sweeping is done on holidays or on Saturdays and Sundays. Announcements will be made on the front page of this website (www.lowermerion.org) when street sweeping is scheduled, and also on LMTV (channel 7 Comcast, channel 37 Verizon FiOS), on the Township Facebook page and our our Twitter feed.
What is the special water meter program?
The Township allows residents who are connected to the public sanitary sewer system to have a water meter installed (at the resident’s own expense) to account for water that is not returned to the sanitary sewer system (e.g., swimming pool, lawn sprinkler). Upon installation of this special meter, the resident notifies the Township to register the meter (610-645-6144). Each year, residents who have registered these special meters will receive a card which must be completed and returned to the Finance Office. The reading is then credited against the resident's sanitary sewer rental bill.
How can I reach other Recreation Program providers?
Click here for the list of additional recreation program providers.
What are my obligatios to the Treasurer regarding my property?
As a homeowner within the Township of Lower Merion you are responsible to notify the Treasurer’s office of any mailing address changes and or corrections pertaining to your property location. All notices must be in writing and mailed or sent via fax at 610-645-6152. You may mail or drop off a written request at our office located on the 2nd floor of the Township Administration building. Our mailing address is: Treasurer, Lower Merion Township, 75 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003-2376.
When are the tax bills mailed?
Township and County taxes and Solid Waste fees are mailed around January 31. School/Real Estate taxes are mailed July 1. Sanitary Sewer Rent bills are mailed around May 31. If you do not receive a bill within three weeks after the above dates, please call our office at 610-645-6210.
I never received my tax bill, why?
There are many reasons, it may have been requested by a mortgage company, sent to a previous mailing address or to a previous owner. The bill may have even gotten lost in the mail, or sorted in among your "junk" mail.
All residents and organizations are urged to review the mailing address used by the Board of Assessment to send out real estate tax bills. Please find your property at the Property Records website. If your mailing address is incorrect or needs to be changed, please send a signed notice to the Treasurer, Lower Merion Township, 75 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA 19003. Please note that failure to receive a real estate tax bill does not absolve a taxpayer from their obligation to pay their bills in a timely manner.
Why should I pay the flat/penalty when I never received the first bill in time to pay the discount?
It is the homeowner's responsibility to obtain their tax bill. We mail over 20,000 tax bills and we don't know if a particular taxpayer received their bill or if it is returned we many not know the correct mailing address. There are many other reasons that a bill is not received but it is the homeowner’s responsibility to notify us that a bill was not received and to give us the information to send it to the homeowner.
What fees are assessed by the Treasurer's Office for tax administration?
The following fees may be assessed by the Treasurer:
Duplicate bill fee
Copy of receipt
Dishonored check fee
Tax certification fee per year
Expedited tax certification charge
Duplicate payment refund fee
I need tax receipts for the last several years, where do I obtain these?
You can obtain these receipts in the Treasurer's Office. Give us a call and we will instruct you further.
What are your hours?
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Treasurer’s office will be closed on Friday after Thanksgiving.
Where are you located?
Lower Merion Township Building
75 E Lancaster Ave, Second Floor
Ardmore, PA 19003-2376
Can I pay by credit cards or electronic check?
Yes. Payment by credit card can only be made by phone or over the internet and a convenience fee is charged. For payment by credit card taxpayers can go to www.officialpayments.com or call 1-877-568-2937. Payments of school taxes can also be made by electronic check without a fee at www.officialpayments.com/echeck. No partial payments accepted for payments by credit card or echeck.
Why is my Sanitary Sewer Rent bill so high?
The Sanitary Sewer Rent bill is based on actual water consumption from the previous year. Further questions regarding the bill should be directed to the Finance Department at 610-645-6144.
What hours is the department open?
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days per week. For counter service (reports, permits, etc.), 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed for counter service on all legal holidays.
What is the department's mailing address?
Lower Merion Police Department 71 E Lancaster Ave Ardmore, PA 19003-2323
Does the Police Department do fingerprinting for applications, etc?
Yes. There is a fee of $30 for the first card and $10 for each additional card. Payment is in the form of cash or check only. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. There is no appointment needed, fingerprinting is done on a first come first serve basis. A copy of your drivers license or passport or other form of verifiable Government identification is required. If you do not have a fingerprint card(s) supplied to you, the Police Department uses form FD258 and does have a supply of them. Please call 610-645-6242 for further details.
Where do I renew a license or car registration?
The department cannot renew either, please contact a tag service, AAA or the PennDOT Website for assistance.
A traffic ticket or citation should be paid within 10 days and mailed to the district court listed on the citation. There are three district courts in Lower Merion Township: Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd and Narberth.
How do I find out about crime statistics for my neighborhood or about a neighborhood that I am considering moving into in the Township?
The department publishes an annual report that provides a complete breakdown of a wide variety of incidents reported to the police. These reports are available at all public libraries and at the Public Safety Building, or on-line.
How do I get a copy of a police report for my insurance company?
Request that your insurance company contact the police department. Typically, it will expedite the situation if the department deals directly with the insurance company and it saves you time and work.
What if the insurance company requests that I provide the report?
Reports are available at the front counter of the Public Safety Building. There is a schedule of fees for various types of reports. Please call 610-645-6290 to request the report or additional information.
How do I find out which investigator is assigned to follow-up my case?
Typically an investigator will contact you within 48 hours of an incident (excluding weekends). If you need to speak with someone sooner, please contact 610-645-6280 and ask to speak to the unit supervisor.
Does this department provide residential and commercial security surveys?
Yes. Please call 610-645-6240 to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this crime prevention service.
How can I get Crime Prevention information?
Please go to the Crime Prevention Unitpage for additional information or call 610-645-6240 and an officer can provide you with additional information to improve your personal, residential or commercial safety and security.
How do I request temporary No-Parking signs in front of my house for a special event?
Contact 610-645-6250 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. At other times, contact 610-649-1000. Tell us how many cars you expect, the hours of the event and any special circumstances. Please call at least 3 days prior to the event.
How do I get police services for a special event at my residence or business?
Contact 610-645-6250 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Police Officers will be assigned to assist with traffic situations, security or other police related issues at special events. The cost for these services will be borne by the party making the request. Please call at least 3 days prior to the event. Contact the number listed for a schedule of fees. The Township Finance Department will bill you for the service.
How do I get a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA)?
If you are experiencing abuse of any sort, immediately contact the police by dialing 9-1-1, if it is an emergency. If you need to speak to someone about the situation and it is not an emergency, call 610-649-1000. Officers will personally assist anyone who is a victim of abuse through the process.
Are there any other sources of assistance for victims of abuse or other crimes?
Yes. Victims of abuse can call: Women's Center of Montgomery County 800-773-2424; Victim Services Center 610-277-5200; Child Abuse 800-932-0313; or the Rape Crisis Hotline 610-277-5200.
I want to become a Lower Merion Township Police Officer, how do I go about this?
Please refer to our Employment page for further information. Inquiries about future recruitment efforts can be made by calling 610-645-6250.
Who do I contact about traffic problems in the Township?
For immediate problems such as road blockages, traffic light malfunctions, etc., contact 610-649-1000. For problems such as speeding, traffic regulations or general questions, contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 610-645-6260 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
How do I get on the Township's bidders list for goods and/or services?
Send written information i.e. line cards, catalogs, business cards, and your business' type of work, requesting to be put on the bidder's list (PDF) located on the website. Sales representatives, please call 610-645-6148 to schedule an appointment. The Township's Guide for Contracting for goods and/or services is available in the Purchasing Division Office.
Does the Township advertise bid solicitations?
The Township advertises all contracts for goods and services valued over $19,400 in the Main Line Times.
Are there Bond and/or Insurance requirements when submitting bids to the Township?
For most purchases valued over $19,400, a formal bid process is required (advertising, public bid opening and contract award). In these instances, a bid security equaling 10% of the bid amount is required and must accompany the bid. The bid security can be in the form of a Bid Bond, Treasurer's Check or Certified Check. For Goods and Equipment, the successful bidder will be required to submit an Insurance Certificate and a Performance Bond. For Construction projects, the successful bidder will be required to submit a Performance Bond, Labor and Materials Bond and a two (2) year Maintenance Bond.
Does the Township conduct surplus sales?
Surplus vehicles and assorted equipment and supplies are usually disposed of through Public Auction.
How do I get a permit to use a Picnic Area or a Ball Field?
To get a permit for Picnic Areas and Ball Fields, Lower Merion residents must complete an Application for Use of Township Property (PDF). Please See Fee Schedule for appropriate fee. Payment must be received with the application to reserve the date, time and location.
What Parks allow dogs?
Dogs on leashes are allowed in the following parks provided the owner or person in charge of dog immediately cleans up and properly disposes of all feces: Ashbridge Memorial Park, Austin Memorial Park, Black Rock Road Site, Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Cynwyd Station Park, Eco Valley Nature Park, Henry Lane Park, Kenealy Nature Park, Linwood Park, Merion Botanical Park, Merion Square Road Site, Mill Creek Valley Park, Pencoyd Park, Righters Mill Road Site, Rolling Hill Park, West Mill Creek Park, Williamson Road Site, General Wayne Park (in designated wooded area behind embankment), Sharpe Park & Bird Sanctuary and Shortridge Park (in area bounded by paved walk at Parkview Drive and East Wynnewood Road from stream bank to woods) and Penn Wynne Park (wooded area between tennis courts and Lankenau Hospital property).
Can I barbecue in Township Parks?
Yes, you may bring your own Grill to the park, but all charcoal must be full extinguished and disposed of properly.
How do I become a member of the Belmont Hills or the Ardmore Avenue Pool?
The Lower Merion Aquatic Club operates an indoor pool at Lower Merion High School. For more information, please contact the pool at 610-645-1889 or www.lowermerionaquaticclub.com
What is offered at the Bala Gym?
The Bala Gym is located on Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd. The facility can be used for basketball, volleyball or children's parties. No food is permitted in the facility. To get a permit, Lower Merion Residents must complete an Application for Use of Township Property(PDF). Please See Fee Schedule for appropriate fee.
What facilities can be used for Children's Birthday Parties?
The Belmont Hills Community Center is available for birthday parties for senior citizens and children (up to 12 years of age) and bridal and baby showers. No fee is charged for residents of Lower Merion Township, but a Security Deposit is required if food is being served.
How can someone adopt a park or make a contribution to beautify a park?
The Park Friends Program provides residents, organizations, schools and businesses with a variety of ways to help protect and enhance the parks and to educate people about the importance of parks and open spaces. Call the Recreation Office for information about the program or visit the Park Friends Program page.
Where can I get program information?
Program information can be obtained through our seasonally Program Brochure or by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at 610-645-6220.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, money order and checks payable to Treasurer, Township of Lower Merion.
What are the park hours?
Sunrise to sunset (except where posted).
Are dogs allowed off-leash in any parks?
Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough residents may purchase off-leash permits to exercise their dogs off-leash in designated areas of Rolling Hill Park in Gladwyne and West Mill Creek Park in Penn Valley. Go to the Off-Leash Dog Program page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Are there any lighted tennis or basketball courts?
Are there any public boat launches in the Township?
Yes, at Flat Rock Park in Gladwyne. A permit is required to launch motorized boats, including personal watercraft (PWC) from the park’s boat launch. Go to the Flat Rock Park Boating Facilities page for more information or contact the Parks & Recreation Department office at 610-645-6220.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed in Township parks?
Are there restrooms available in parks?
Yes, restrooms are open from May through mid November at Ashbridge Memorial Park, Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, Flat Rock, General Wayne, Gladwyne, McMoran, Penn Wynne, Richie Ashburn Field, South Ardmore, Vernon V. Young and Wynnewood Valley Parks.
Yes, the Township accepts applications at all times. Applications are available at the Human Resources Department on the second floor of the Township Administration Building or you may download one here.
Where do I obtain working papers for minors?
Lower Merion High School Main Office, 315 E Montgomery Avenue, Ardmore PA 19003, or call the Main Office at 610-645-1810.
What teaching positions are available?
The Lower Merion School District and Lower Merion Township are two separate employers. Call 610-645-1950 for job opportunities at the School District.
How do I apply for a Police Officer position?
Contact the Staff and Inspections Unit of the Police Department at 610-645-6204.
When do you have to put money in the meter and what are the hours of enforcement?
Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., regardless of weather, excluding Sunday and the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
What is the cost of parking at a meter?
Fifty cents per hour. All meters will accept dollar coins, quarters, dimes, nickels, and the E-Z Park Smart Card.
How can you tell which meters are long-term parking?
Meter casings are color coded: red - 12 hours; dark gray - 2 hours.
Who should you notify if there is a problem with a malfunctioning meter?
Notify the Lower Merion Parking Services Department, 610-645-6230. Give them the lot number or street address plus the alpha-numeric designation found on the small metal tag located on the back of the meter case below the silver lock.
Where do I go to request to have a meter bagged for periods of one day or more?
The Parking Services Department at the Public Safety Building. There is a fee.
Is there any parking by permit in the Township?
Yes, municipal lots In Ardmore, Bryn Mawr and Bala. Applications can be made through the Parking Services Department.
How can a resident obtain a permit?
Residential Parking Permits may be obtained at the Parking Services Office, located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Please bring the vehicle registration card for each vehicle to be included in the Residential Parking Permit Program, a valid driver's license and proof of residency such as a deed or notarized lease. Up to 2 vehicles may be listed on a permit.
How much does it cost to purchase a permit?
Each permit is valid for the calendar year and can be purchased at a cost of $20.00. They are renewable every December. There is no grace period for displaying an expired permit.
What if I purchase a new car or license plate?
You will be required to respond immediately to the Parking Services Department and notify them. A new permit will be issued indicating the change. The old permit will be surrendered.
Where should the Residential Parking Permit be displayed?
Permits must be displayed on the rear view mirror facing outward.
Can I park for free at a meter, or in a Permit Parking Lot?
The privileges of a Residential Parking Permit do not include free meter parking or Permit Lots.
May a guest or visitor display my permit?
Permits are transferable only between vehicles to which they are registered. They cannot be displayed on any other vehicles.
What is the penalty for parking violations?
Vehicles parked in violation will receive parking tickets, which carry a fine of $20.00. Violations in the Lower Merion High School zone are $30.00. Failure to respond to a ticket will result in increased fines and costs. Duplicating, counterfeiting or altering permits will result in a fine not to exceed $600.00 and revocation of the permit, as mandated by Lower Merion Township Code 145-23. For Further Information: Parking Services Department 610-645-6230.
What is the 'Parking Report' and where can I find it?
The June 22, 2001 Parking Report of the Parking Policies Committee is available in Township libraries for review and is available on the website.
LMTV is the Government Access Cable channel in Lower Merion Township. It is provided to residents of Lower Merion who subscribe to Comcast Cable Television. The Township uses LMTV to inform its residents of Township services, upcoming events and Township meetings.
What is the program schedule?
Board of Commissioners' Committee Meetings beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. are broadcast live on the first and second Wednesdays of the month with the monthly Board meeting broadcast live on the third Wednesday of the month beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Channel 7 charges a $30 fee for each copy. Copies of many shows are available for borrowing through the Lower Merion Library System.
How do I get a message on the Government Access Channel?
All messages aired on LMTV are posted by the Public Information Office. Message content is usually in reference to Township services.
Will LMTV tape our event?
Only Township-sponsored events are considered for taping.
Does the Government Access Channel offer an internship program?
Yes. High school and college students may receive college credit for interning at LMTV. Have your school contact LMTV, Lower Merion Township, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003-2376.
How can I get involved at the Government Access Channel?
Individuals wishing to volunteer for LMTV should have experience in video production, ENG and/or EFP. If you are interested please send your resume to LMTV, Lower Merion Township, 75 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA 19003.
What is the phone number for reporting a hazardous spill or leak?
Contact the Montgomery County office of Voter Services in Norristown at 610-278-3280.
Where do I find out where to vote?
Access the list of current polling locations or contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections at 610-278-3275 or the League of Women Voters of Lower Merion and Narberth at 610-896-4700. Refer to the League of Women Voters Guide for the list of polling places. The "Guide" is published in local newspapers and is available in the Township Administration Building and Township Libraries. You can also access current polling places using a Township search form.
How can I contact the Better Business Bureau?
Call the Philadelphia Office at 1-215-448-6100.
How can I register a formal complaint with regard to my Comcast cable television or internet service?
A formal complaint takes place after the customer has contacted Comcast and the problem has not been properly resolved. To contact Comcast about a cable TV matter, call 610-667-8880. For comcast.net inquiries, call 888-793-0800. To register a formal complaint, either call 610-645-6199 or e-mail. The Township's Public Information Officer will forward the matter to Comcast officials and ensure that a satisfactory resolution occurs.
Where may I call to complain about low-flying aircraft?
Call the Federal Aviation Administration's Regional Office of Flight Standards at 1-610-595-1500.
What are the requirements for a home based business?
All home based businesses must have zoning approval. Contact the Building Regulations Department for a Zoning Application at 610-645-6165. In addition, after zoning approval, you must obtain a business license at 610-645-6142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there legal steps to having a going out of business sale?
Yes, for more information please contact the Finance Department at 610-645-6142.
What are the fire station locations and telephone numbers?
Belmont Hills Fire Company 4 S Washington Ave Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 610-664-9185
If you or any member of your family would like to join the Volunteer Fire Service which protects your community, we always welcome new members. No experience is necessary.
Our Fire Companies are partially funded by Township allocations, but they all depend heavily on the support of the residents. Your local Fire Company will be contacting you through the mail during their next Fund Drive. Our Fire Companies do not solicit by telephone.
You can go to any one of the fire companies web sites to find out more information on how you can help to support your local fire company. Remember, your local fire fighters need your financial support for the maintenance of their firefighting equipment, fire trucks, rescue gear, maintenance and upkeep of the firehouse as well as training and retention programs for the Volunteer firefighters.
How are fire departments and fire hydrants situated throughout the Township?
Generally, each property in Lower Merion Township is located within two miles of a fire station and within 600 feet of the nearest fire hydrant.
Who provides fire service?
Township fire service is provided by the Lower Merion Township Fire Department's seven volunteer fire companies.
Are fire reports available?
Copies of Fire Reports are available from the Fire Department Office. The fee for all Fire Report is $75. Checks should be payable to "The Township of Lower Merion." CD’s of photos are also available. Please contact the Fire Department Office for fees. 610-645-6190
What are the guidelines for the use of charcoal and propane?
No charcoal or propane-fired cooking equipment shall be used on the patio or patio balcony in any individual unit or covered common area or under any overhanging portion of a multi-family dwelling in Lower Merion Township. Charcoal or propane-fired cooking units may be used in multifamily dwellings if they are on the ground and fifteen feet from any building. Charcoal, charcoal lighter fluid and / or propane shall not be stored in any multifamily dwelling in Lower Merion Township. The owner of any vacant building or structure is responsible for removing all combustible waste from the premises as well as keeping doors and windows closed and locked at all times.
How effective are smoke detectors?
Residential fire deaths have decreased steadily as the number of homes with smoke detectors has increased. Reports from the National Fire Protection Association on residential fire deaths show that people have a 40-50% better chance of surviving a fire if their home has the recommended number of smoke detectors.
Drawing water from a fire hydrant for any purpose without permission from Aqua, PA and the Fire Marshal.
Erecting any sign containing the words "Fire Marshal" without the authorization of the Fire Marshal.
Leaving any part of the piping or oil tank or oil fill when removing an oil burner or taking the burner out of service in any structure in Lower Merion Township.
Open Burning in the Township is prohibited due to changes to Chapter 78, the Fire Prevention Code of the Township of Lower Merion in September 2008. Because Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards do not allow open burning, the Township’s open burning ordinance was repealed to remain in compliance with state standards. This action was duly advertised and the Board of Commissioners took formal action on September 17, 2008. The Township appreciates citizen compliance with this important safety measure.
What is your fax number?
The fax number is 610-649-2529.
Where can I review a copy of the Township's Annual Financial Report or Budget?
Copies of the Annual Financial Report and Budget can be reviewed at any of the Township Libraries.
What is a sanitary sewer rent bill?
A sanitary sewer rent bill is for water discharged from your property from any drain into the Township's sanitary sewer system. Your sanitary sewer rent bill should arrive during the first week of June. The bill is based on your prior year's water consumption as reported by Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. If you have not received a bill by the end of the first week of June, please call the Finance Department at 610-645-6144. Refer to the front of your bill for due dates and the bottom of your bill for important general information.
What if I fill my swimming pool or do outside watering?
A special meter device must be attached to your water line to record the unsewered consumption. This meter must be registered before use with a member of our Sanitary Sewer Division. For more information, please call the Finance Department at 610-645-6144.
Who do I call if I have a question about my sewer rent bill?
If your question is related to payment of the bill, call the Township Treasurer's Office at 610-645-6181. All other sewer questions are handled by the Finance Department at 610-645-6144.
What is solid waste?
Typical household refuse and trash excluding recyclables.
Can I reduce my Solid Waste Fee container selection?
You may only decrease your selection by the annual Solid Waste Subscription mailing, issued December 1st. All requests for a decrease must be returned to the Finance Department no later than December 31st. Any reduction selection made after December 31st will not be reflected.
How do I increase my Solid Waste Fee container selection?
You may increase your container selection to a higher level at any time during the year by calling Joe Przybyszewski in the Refuse Division at 610-667-1952 or the Finance Department at 610 645-6144. The full annual cost differential between each level will be charged.
Who do I call about business tax questions?
For general questions about business taxes, processing issues or for information on setting up a new account please the business tax hotline at 610-645-6142. For your convenience, your questions may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Does Lower Merion Township have an Earned Income Tax (EIT)?
Does Lower Merion Township have an Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST)?
No, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 7 of 2007 amended the Local Tax Enabling Act, Act 511 of 1965, to make major changes to the Emergency and Municipal Service Tax (EMST) effective January 1, 2008. The EMST is being renamed the Local Services Tax (LST) to better reflect how the funds are used by municipalities. Like the EMST, the LST is a payroll tax in the amount of $52 per year paid by ALL individuals (employed or self-employed) who work in the Township and are not eligible for an exemption. However, delinquent EMST is still collected for the years 2005 through 2007.
Any individual (self-employed or employee) who earns $3,500 or more per calendar year is required to pay EMST. A payment of $52 is due in the first quarter in which the individual reaches $3,500. It is the responsibility of the employer to deduct and remit this tax.
Emergency and Municipal Services Tax was due on or before the last day of April, July, October and January for the four quarters ending the last day of March, June, September and December. Late returns are subject to penalty of ½% per month and interest of ½% per month.
Does Lower Merion Township have an Occupational Privilege Tax (OPT)?
No, effective January 1, 2005 the OPT was replaced by the Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST). However, delinquent OPT is still collected for the years 1973 to 2004.
Any individual (self-employed or employee) who earned $1,000 or more per calendar year is required to pay. A payment of $10 is due in the first quarter in which the individual reached $1,000. It is the responsibility of the employer to deduct and remit this tax.
Occupational Privilege Tax is due on or before the last day of April, July, October and January for the four quarters ending the last day of March, June, September and December.
Does Lower Merion Township have a Gross Receipts Tax?
Yes, Mercantile Tax is levied on retail stores and restaurants at a rate of 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000) of gross receipts. Business Privilege Tax is levied on all service-type businesses at a rate of 1.5 mills ($1.50 on each $1,000) of gross receipts.
Is there any statute of limitation on an unfiled business tax form?
There is no statute of limitation. The Township is required to collect taxes due from the date business started.
Where do I register a fictitious (business) name or tax ID number?
To receive an application or assistance about a fictitious (business) name, call the Fictitious Name Department in Harrisburg at 717-787-1057.You can also visit the Pennsylvania Department of State website.
To receive a federal tax ID number, please call the Philadelphia IRS Service Center Tele-TIN unit at 866-816-2065. You can also visit the Internal Revenue Service website.
What is the due date for Mercantile / Business Privilege License/Tax forms?
The Mercantile/Business Privilege License/Tax return is due April 15th each calendar year.
If a business begins after April 15th, the license/estimated tax is due 40 days after the business opens.
The new Mercantile / Business Privilege license / tax forms are available for download:
It varies since there are approximately 19 different districts. To find out your district, please contact us at 610-645-6200. You can also use the zoning search form, but remember that the definitive answer on zoning classifications are the Zoning Maps in the Building Department.
May I, as the property owner, perform my own plumbing and electrical work?
Generally, no, but an owner may perform minor repairs to an electrical or plumbing system if they can demonstrate that they have some knowledge of the trade. For more information, please contact us at 610-645-6200 or e-mail us.
What are the requirements for building an addition or expanding my residential property?
We have most plans from houses built from 1927 to present. Call first to confirm.
Can I get copies of my house plans?
On July 19, 2000 the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners authorized the disposal of residential archtectural plans for properties that have received occupancy approval prior to July 1995. The approved method of disposal is the distribution of these plans to the property owner. This approval includes the architectural plans but does not include the site plan.
I have an abandoned underground fuel oil tank on my property. Does it have to be removed and who can remove it?
All abandoned tanks must be removed. All work on underground tanks in Lower Merion Township shall be performed by individuals certified by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). A Lower Merion Township building permit is required.
How long is the process to receive a resale certificate?
It takes thirty to sixty days for a property owner to receive a certificate verifying that sidewalks and curbs are in good condition, house numbers are displayed visible from the street and smoke detectors are installed. The fee is $80.00 if application is received 20 or more days prior to settlement. The fee is $145.00 if application is received 20 or fewer days prior to settlement. Property owners must complete a Property Resale Certification Application that can be obtained from the Building Department or may be downloaded here.
No, because of the potential conflict of interest and liability problems associated with recommending contractors.
Do you maintain a file for contractors?
Any information provided by a resident, positive or negative, is placed in the contractor's file. This is for information purposes and is available for review by the general public. We do not attempt to verify the accuracy of the information provided.
What are the requirements for the installation of a fence?
The finish side of all fences must face your neighbor's property.
Fences in the required side and rear yard:
The maximum height of a solid fence is 6 feet above grade.
If a fence is higher than 6 feet in the side or rear yard setback, the entire fence must be a minimum of 75% open.
The maximum height of a 75% open fence in the required side and rear setback is 8 feet.
Fences in the required front yard setback:
The maximum height of a solid fence is 4 feet above grade.
If a fence is higher than 4 feet in the front yard setback, the entire fence must be a maximum of 75% open and a building permit must be obtained.
The maximum height of a 75% open fence in the front yard is 6 feet.
A gate must be installed along every street frontage to provide access to the yard between the fence and the street for maintenance purposes.
A front yard exists on all street frontages.
Fences are not permitted in the floodplain. If there is a stream or drainage swale in the vicinity, Township floodplain maps must be checked for the location of the floodplain.
If a fence is to be installed near the property line, the property should be surveyed prior to the fence installation.
Existing fences which were legal when built do not meet these requirements maybe repaired. If the entire fence is replaced, the new fence must meet the provisions in effect at the time of installation.
Swimming pool fences:
Pools must be totaling enclosed be a fence a minimum of 4 feet in height above the proposed graded.
The maximum size of any opening in the fence is 4 inches.
All gates must be self-closing and self-latching.
The gate latches must also be 4 feet above the proposed grade.
All contractors and subcontractors must hold a current Lower Merion Township Contractor's License prior to installing a fence.
Is a permit required for the installation of a fence?
A permit is required when one proposes to erect a fence that is higher than four feet within the front yard setback and when one replaces an existing fence.
What codes do you enforce?
Code Standard as of January 1, 2016
***Be sure to see pdf below the table regarding certain sections of various 2015 I-Codes which became effective December 31, 2015 under PA’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC)***
Lower Merion Township Zoning
Lower Merion Township Stormwater Management
Lower Merion Fire Code
International Fire Code
International Building Code
Chapters 2-29 & 31-35 including Appendices C, E, G, H & I
International Residential Code
including Appendices A, B, C, D, F, G & sections AE501 thru AE503 & AE601-AE605 of Appendix E