Engineering Department COVID19 Protocols, as of November 20, 2020

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.

The Engineering Department will be processing Applications for Grading Permits, SWM Permits, Real Estate U&Os, SALDO, and Clearing permits, business as usual, during this time period.  The only change is that when you enter the Township Building, place your permit application in the box on the Engineering Table.  You will be contacted by phone or email when your permit is ready for pickup; it will be in the “Pick up” box on the engineering table.  Please note the following:

  • Make sure your application is complete, and include any payment required to process the permit.  This should all be in an envelope, not just loose in the box.
  • It is imperative you include a valid phone number and email address so you may be contacted when your permit is ready to be picked up in the lobby.
  • When your application is approved, you will be contacted and you can then pick up your permit in the lobby.


  • Contact the party you use, as usual to schedule your inspections.  You will receive confirmation of the inspection date.
  • Our inspectors will be wearing masks; all persons in contact with the inspector must keep a distance of at least six feet, and wear a mask.  If this does not occur, the inspector will leave the site and you will have to re-schedule when you can comply with the Covid19 protocols.

If you need to speak to an Engineering Department Team member, the phone numbers are posted in the lobby.  Please contact the appropriate party, and they will address your concerns, and/or call you back.

Trish Sherwin                       610-688-5600 x130

Doug Meder                          610-688-5600 x129

Dennis Capella                      610-688-5600 x166

Stephen Norcini, PE             610-688-5600 x130

The mission of the Engineering Department is to furnish professional expertise to various Township Boards, Commissions, Township Manager, and other departments as necessary in order for those Boards and Departments to fulfill their charge under the Township's Home Rule Charter. Some examples of our advice concern engineering, stormwater management, stormwater runoff, sanitary sewers, flood plain management, and subdivision, and land development issues within Radnor Township. The Engineering Department is the liaison to the Planning Commission, Shade Tree Commission and the Environmental Advisory Council.

Permit Application

As of Monday, June 29th, 8:00am, the Radnor Township Engineering Department is open for business and processes as normal (pre-COVID-19).  During inspections, social distancing is required.

Grading Permits

Normally all applications for construction projects must apply for a grading permit. This permit is required if the footprint of any impervious surface is being expanded and/or replaced. A grading permit must be approved before a building permit application is accepted by the Community Development Department.

Impervious Surfaces

Impervious surface is any surface that prevents the infiltration of water into the ground. Impervious surfaces include, but are not limited to, streets, sidewalks, pavements, driveway areas, or roofs. Any surface designed to be gravel or crushed stone shall be regarded as impervious surfaces.

Earth moving in any instance also institutes the necessity of a grading permit.

Subdivision and Land Development (SALDO)

All requests for subdivision and land development in Radnor are processed 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.

Important Links

Planning Commission
Shade Tree Commission
Stormwater Advisory Committee