Positive Steps

While regulations, permits and fees sometimes seem like unnecessary bureaucracy, it is the only real tool your local elected officials have to provide for the health, safety and welfare of their citizens.

Managed effectively, these regulations can help to foster home ownership, ensure the maintenance of the building stock and stabilize the property value of your neighborhoods. It is with the preservation of your community in mind that the Lower Alsace Township Board of Supervisors asks for your cooperation on the following regulations and it is why the township reserves the right to double the permit fees for those who proceed with projects without proper permits and inspections. Click here to view (Permits not needed for) but  please be sure to contact the township for information and permit applications before you begin.

Lower Alsace Township boasts some interesting housing styles remaining from the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as:

Friedensburg Road

19th century farmhouses and buildings associated with the vineyards that predominated land use in this area before 1876.

Stony Creek Mills

Residences and industrial buildings related to the woolen mills that operated at Friedensburg Road and the Antietam Creek from 1865 to the 1940s.

Both houses below are the homesteads of the founders of  Kraemer Mill established in 1984.

Suburban Development of the 1920s

Trolley lines from the City of Reading brought patrons to the resorts and amusement parks that existed at the turn of the 20th century on Mt. Penn and Neversink Mountain. From 1887 to 1929, developers divided old farmstead into housing developments representing an eclectic mix of Spanish, Colonial Revival and Craftsman architecture in a traditional neighborhood pattern.

For your information:

In 2008, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act.  The law requires that all contractors who perform at least $5,000 worth of home improvements per year register with the Attorney General’s Office.

Use the icons below to access the specific information you need from the Attorney Generals website:



Before you sign a contract or apply for a building permit for a building, pool, shed or fence, please be sure to perform a  pre-plan PA One Call (811) to determine the location of any underground utilities on your property.  

Please be aware that public water and sewer lines may have been constructed through your property many years ago and in most cases, without providing an easement on your deed.  To avoid any future issues and or liabilities for the removal of the structure that is affecting the maintenance for a public utility, please make the call first.

Click here for a copy of the  Know what’s below brochure.