Businesses

Doing Business in Upper Makefield Township

Upper Makefield Township works closely with businesses, including providing ongoing resources for compliance with zoning and fire safety needs. You will find many resources within the Planning & Zoning Department pages.

If you have questions about doing business in Upper Makefield Township, please contact us! We will direct you to the person best able to help you.

Fire Inspection and Occupancy Permits

Before your first day of business, you’ll need the Fire Marshal’s inspection and from our Zoning Officer, an inspection and Certificate of Occupancy.

You may request a fire safety inspection by contacting Fire Marshal John Kernan at 215-968-2868.

With your Fire Marshal’s fire safety report (and proof of any requirements met), you may request a Certificate of Occupancy. Download the Occupancy Permit Application you need below. With your application in hand, please contact Dave Kuhns, Director of Planning and Zoning, or call 215-968-2868 for him to review your request.

Business Occupancy Use
Home Occupancy Business Use

Best Practices

As a riverside community, Upper Makefield has unique responsibilities to protect our waterways. We encourage you and your employees to learn about and adopt best management practices to protect our soil and water quality. The PA-Department of Environmental Protection, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Penn State Extension and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary each offer unique resources for businesses.

The Clean Water Partners Guide from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a useful 8-page guide (2012) for storefronts, grocery stores, manufacturers, gas stations and auto repair shops to protect local waterways. For a solid introduction and checklists, read this first. Find more resources online.

Guide to PA Commercial Recycling Requirements

PA Department of Environmental Protection

Guide for Businesses Best Management Practices for Stormwater

EPA Guide

Construction and Landscaping Practices to Improve Stormwater Quality

Infiltrating Stormwater-Description of Chapter 102 rules and regulations.

Pennsylvania State University Extension

The Upper Makefield Business Association

Operating as an independent non-profit organization, The Upper Makefield Business Association (UMBA) hosts the Annual Revolutionary Run each July 4 at Washington Crossing Historic Park. They also award an annual educational scholarship to a Bucks County-area student. Learn more about the Business Association’s other activities on their Facebook page.