Planning & Development

Pursuant to PA Governor Tom Wolf Order effective at 8:00pm on March 19 and until further noticeSouth Whitehall Township will not be accepting new applications for any land subdivision activity  These are considered non-essential activities pursuant to the order. Thank you for your patience.

The South Whitehall Township permit office is once again accepting permit applications.  While our office is still closed to the public, we have been authorized to accept new applications.  Please mail all applications, completed with all pertinent information, with payment directly to our office (4444 Walbert Avenue, Allentown PA  18104) or drop them in our secure drop box outside our temporary office at 1605 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 410, Allentown.  There is a separate box for any fees involved.  Please pay by check.  Cash or credit cards are not being accepted at this time.  Please do not email the application. 

Once your permit application is processed it will be forwarded to our 3rd party agencies or to our zoning officer for their review.  Upon approval of your application, you will be contacted by one of our permit clerks. All issuance fees must be paid prior to pick-up.  You may set up a time with the permit clerks to schedule a pick up or simply put your payments in the mail and your permit will be mailed to you. 

If you have any questions, please call and leave a message for one of our permit clerks at 610-398-0401.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The Purpose of the Planning Department

  • To review applications for subdivision of property or altering property lines
  • To review applications for rezoning requests
  • To propose and/or review modifications to the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, Storm Water Management Ordinance and Flood Plain Ordinance
  • To monitor the Township’s Comprehensive Plan
  • To review development plans for a variety of issues including but not limited to:
    • Impervious surface coverage and storm water runoff
    • Wetlands preservation
    • Traffic impact/circulation
    • Availability of utilities
    • Concerns of other governmental agencies, such as:
      • Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
      • PA Department of Transportation
      • Lehigh County Conservation District
      • Department of Environmental Protection
      • Zoning issues
      • Public Improvements
      • Any off-site impact
      • Public comment


  • Minor subdivisions Residential development involving five lots or less
  • Major subdivisions Residential development involving more than five lots or any non-residential development
  • Land development Non-residential development
  • Re-subdivisions Alteration of existing lot lines or recorded land development plans

Elements of the Planning Review Process: 

  • Submission of completed Subdivision Review application and plans drawn within the requirements of Subdivision And Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) and zoning regulations.
  • Review by the Township Staff, Township Engineer, and other governmental reviewing agencies.
  • A submission receipt from the Township that indicates the adequacy or inadequacy of the submission, provides a list of deficiencies seen upon first review, and the date for the Planning Commission meeting at which it will be first reviewed for the public. 
  • Corrections, amendments, clarifications, studies, calculations, etc., and resubmission by the developer.
  • Final review by Planning Commission, Staff and Engineer.
  • Review/Final Review by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Improvements Agreements, insurance and financial security arranged/provided.
  • Recordation of approved plan.
  • Construction conference.
  • Site development, and inspections by the Township Engineer.
  • Completion of construction and inspections. 
  • Administration of Maintenance Agreement for improvements – two years.
  • Final disposition of remaining financial security posted by developer.