Community Development

The mission of the Community Development Department is to serve the residents of Radnor Township through the administration and enforcement of regulatory ordinances adopted by the Board of Commissioners to assure the health, safety, and welfare of everyone involved in the Radnor experience. Its mission is also to provide efficient and courteous service to all members of the community, and to be dedicated to the continued effort towards maintaining a secure and pleasant environment, while striving to further enhance the quality of life that has become synonymous with Radnor Township residency.

Interim Department Protocols During COVID-19

For contractors working in Radnor, please read the attached Radnor Township Department of Community Development Inspection Protocols:
COVID-19 Inspection Protocols

Please contact the Radnor Township Community Development to schedule inspections  at 610-688-5600 x146 or  x 144 for more information.

Permitting Procedure During Corona Virus Protocol

Due to the rise in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution, starting Friday November 20, 2020 members of the public who require staff interaction must conduct such work by appointment only. Members of the public entering the Radnor Township Municipal Building are required to wear a mask or face covering for compliance with the mask wearing order from the PA Department of Health (updated 11/17/2020). All Department customer service windows will be CLOSED though each Department will provide a service table in the Main Lobby for common forms and paperwork, a box for outgoing paperwork for customer pick-up and a box for incoming paperwork for a customer to drop-off. Thank you to the Radnor community for your continued patience, understanding and please accept our well wishes for a healthy holidays season. Please note all permit applications can be found at  

Application Submittals shall proceed as follows:

  1. Applications submitted through the U.S. Mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. are still being accepted.
  2. For hand delivered submissions, drop of your submissions (applications and plans) in the bin marked “Community Development Application Submissions.”
  3. Please have your applications, plans, etc., when size allows, in an envelope or otherwise bound marked with: Name of firm/person on the application, Type of application, Date
  4. All review comments, questions, etc. will be handled via email or phone.
  5. When permits or licenses have been approved, the permits will be emailed to you once payment is received. You will be contacted to pick up the approved plan set(s).
  6. Payment:
    • For Permits and Licenses: due at time of plan pick-up.  You will be notified of the permit fee due.  You may leave your payment, in an envelope clearly marked: Name of firm/person on the application, Application Number (will be provided to you), Type of application, Date * Please note that no permit will be issued until physical payment has been received
    • For DRB, HARB, and/or ZHB applications should be submitted with payment.  If payment is sent separately, the applications will not be added to the agenda, nor considered complete until payment has been made.
Questions? Use the phone on the table, dial extension 146 for Maryann Cassidy or 144 for Lisa Currie.

New Construction & Development

Preserving and enhancing Radnor Township's quality of life at the close of the 20th century has continued to revolve, in large part, around effectively planned growth and development. Since the early 1960's, Radnor has been characterized by sustained growth in the number of residences, offices, and commercial establishments and in the size of its institutions. This has resulted both in an enhanced local tax base but also in a shrinking inventory of open space, leaving an almost fully developed Township.

Requests for Land Development

All requests for land development and subdivision in Radnor are process through the Engineering Department and reviewed for compliance with the Township's zoning code and subdivision ordinance by the community development, public works, and engineering departments. Their findings are considered by the Planning Commission, which also evaluates projects' adherence to the comprehensive land use plan. The Board of Commissioners then reviews the recommendations of staff and Planning Commission members before deciding to approve or reject a proposal.

Increased Development

The Township has continued to experience sustained growth in the past decade. The number of building permits for new construction, additions and accessory structures issued by the Township has increased gradually since 1990.